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Tag: Liturgy

On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

July 30, 2015 22 Comments
On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

In yesterday’s readings at Mass we read about how Moses laid out the “tent of meeting” exactly according to the pattern God gave him up on the mountain. A millennium later John described a similar scene of the sanctuary in Heaven. Few Catholics today realize that God actually did indicate a good deal about how […]

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Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year

July 29, 2015 3 Comments
Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year

I wrote yesterday in a general way about the part of the Mass that is called the “preface.” It is called this because it introduces the Eucharistic Prayer by stating a theme or reason for our gratitude. The text of the preface has a standard opening and closing which surround a varying text that speaks […]

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Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer

July 28, 2015 12 Comments
Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer

In tomorrow’s blog I will be looking at a few of the “prefaces” we use at Mass (these occur just before the Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus)). As a preface to speaking about those prefaces tomorrow, today I would like to consider the purpose of the preface and the dialogue that precedes it. For, indeed, a […]

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Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

July 14, 2015 13 Comments
Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

One of the great and often-missed moments in the Mass is the opening prayer, also known as the “collect.” It is called this because after priest says to the faithful, “Let us pray,” he waits a moment as they do so and then “collects” their prayers and directs them to God. Most of the collects […]

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How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video

July 12, 2015 45 Comments
How Do You Dress for Church? Some Helpful Encouragement from a New Video

I have written at length before on the issues of modesty and how we dress for Mass: http://blog.adw.org/2010/05/adore-the-lord-in-holy-attire-on-proper-dress-for-mass/ http://blog.adw.org/2012/04/i-miss-women-wearing-hats-and-veils-in-church-a-brief-reminiscence-of-days-gone-by/ http://blog.adw.org/2013/07/have-we-lost-reverence-in-church-these-days-how-can-we-recover-it/ http://blog.adw.org/2010/02/modesty-is-reverence-for-mystery/ http://blog.adw.org/2010/04/modesty-and-men/ Rather than repost all that commentary here, I would like to focus on a new video (thanks to Brandon Vogt and the other producers) that invites us to be more considerate about how […]

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The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – A Meditation on a Teaching From Joseph Ratzinger

July 5, 2015 13 Comments
The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – A Meditation on a Teaching From Joseph Ratzinger

There is a legend of how the liturgy and the Faith took hold in Rus (Russia). Prince Vladimir of Kiev was seeking a right worship for his people and sent representatives to look into various faiths and also liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were not sure […]

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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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