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On Reverence and Reserve in the Holy Liturgy – A Meditation on an Instruction by St. Cyprian

June 16, 2015 15 Comments
On Reverence and Reserve in the Holy Liturgy – A Meditation on an Instruction by St. Cyprian

In the Office of Readings we are currently sampling from a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer by St. Cyprian. One of those readings earlier this week offered some cautionary notes on what might be termed “reverential reserve” when celebrating the Sacred Liturgy. Before quoting St. Cyprian, I’d like to make some observations regarding the role of culture and history. Of course, dear […]

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A Reflection on the”Prayer of the Faithful”at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing

May 17, 2015 41 Comments
A Reflection on the”Prayer of the Faithful”at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing

One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the “Prayer of the Faithful.” However, there is (in this author’s mind) a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. […]

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Without Our Traditions, Our Life Would be as Shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof!

January 1, 2015 27 Comments
Without Our Traditions, Our Life Would be as Shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof!

When I was a young man, a teenager really, I did the usual crazy stuff of the early ’70s: had long hair, wore bell bottoms, wide ties, and crazy plaids, kept at least the top three buttons of my shirt open, and, of course, listened to rock-n-roll. But through it all I had this love […]

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Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

December 31, 2014 10 Comments
Will the Real January 1st Please Stand Up? A Homily for New Year’s Day

This feast day of January 1st is a very complex tapestry, both culturally and liturgically. Perhaps we can use the second reading by St. Paul to the Galatians as a way to weave through some of the many details. We can look at it in three parts. I. The chronology of our celebration – The […]

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Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event?

December 23, 2014 12 Comments
Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event?

O Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not? Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, […]

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Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects

December 16, 2014 94 Comments
Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects

In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the […]

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Don’t Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source

December 15, 2014 43 Comments

We have discussed before many of the trends of modern liturgy and how the focus has shifted from God to the “assembly.” Too much of modern liturgy today is anthropocentric (focused on man). Back in the 1990’s, Thomas Day observed in the book Why Catholics Can’t Sing, that liturgy today often comes down  to “the aware, gathered […]

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A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

December 11, 2014 27 Comments
A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

The old Roman Ritual was (is) a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It had some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. For example, among other more common blessings of statues, religious medals, and so forth are blessings, often elaborately laid out, […]

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