Posts Tagged ‘Liturgy’

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 […] Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 […] Read the rest of this entry »

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, […] Read the rest of this entry »

Advent and the Drama of Light and Darkness

Here are the summary notes from a talk I gave tonight at the Parish of St. Columba, here in D.C. Many people think of Advent merely in terms of pre-Christmas time: office parties, shopping, decorating etc. But in the Church, Advent is more a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the Christmas Feast and the […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Churching of Women and it Relation to the Feast of the Presentation

As we prepare for the Feast of the Presentation (Sunday, February 2), I though it might be appropriate to describe a liturgy of the Church that is largely lost to most today, “The Churching of Women.” To some extent it is subsumed in the modern Rite of Baptism with the blessing of the Mother, but […] Read the rest of this entry »

Pondering a Puzzling Liturgical Posture: Standing until all have received Communion

As some of you know, I write the question-and-answer column for the Our Sunday Visitor weekly newspaper. Here’s a link to some of my back columns: OSV Q & A Columns. Recently, a liturgical question came in from a Catholic in a Diocese that will remain nameless.  Below is the question, along with my brief […] Read the rest of this entry »

Do you want a place at the table so you can direct the course of history? Try this.

I sometimes like to joke with my parishioners that our church building which is located on the same street as United States Capitol has quite an exulted status. For, indeed, just up the street from my parish of Holy Comforter, is the United States Capitol.  It is arguably one of the most powerful buildings on […] Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass – Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

Perhaps as a concluding post on funeral masses, this is my third post on the subject this week (omni trinum perfectum – all things are perfect in three), I would like to re-post an article I wrote over a year ago. Many of the comments these past days mentioned the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, which […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Funeral Sermon designed to teach on the Last Things, and inspire prayer

On yesterday’s blog post, I discussed some of the more common problems that arise with funerals these days. That blog post provides the kind of background to the homily I present here. In this homily, I try to teach on what I think are important and central themes that need emphasis in Christian funerals today. […] Read the rest of this entry »

Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things

I was recently asked by the Archdiocese of Washington to lead a workshop for catechists that focused on the catechetical teachings implicit in the funeral rites of the Church. At first, I was somewhat surprised at the request. It didn’t strike me as the first sort of topic that one might speak about when speaking […] Read the rest of this entry »

For all the Saints – Reflecting on a Great Hymn of the Church

One of the greatest English hymns ever written, is “For All the Saints.” It is a wide and sweeping vision of the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant. It’s imagery is regal and joyful, it’s poetry majestic and masterful. A vivid picture is painted in the mind as the wondrous words move by. If you […] Read the rest of this entry »

Pastoral Perspectives on Silence in Church

One of the more frequent concerns expressed by many Catholics is level of talking and other noise in churches in recent decades. Many of us who are a bit older remember a time when to walk even into a rather full Church was to walk into a realm of great silence. People just didn’t talk […] Read the rest of this entry »