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Online Edition:
February 2012
Vol. XVII, No. 10

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The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, by Daniel Mitsui
Bordering the central scene, in the four corners are: an abbot and his monks; the presentation of a veil to a nun; the presentation of a crosier to an abbot; the presentation of a ring to an abbess. Other border scenes are: the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the Visitation; the Nativity of St. John the Baptist; the Nativity of Christ; the Annunciation to the Shepherds; the Circumcision of Christ; the Adoration of the Magi; the Flight into Egypt; the Massacre of the Innocents; and the Fall of the Idols of Hermopolis. Between these are drawings of the twelve patriarchs holding candles. This drawing was commissioned for use as an illustration for an interim English-language edition of the Roman Pontifical soon to be published by the Vox Clara Committee, and it appears with the permission of the artist (website: danielmitsui.com).

News & Views -- Exploring Sacred Music Seminar 2012 | Pope Names 22 New Cardinals: 2 from US | American Nunico for a Tense Ireland | 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland | Msgr. Moroney to be Rector of Boston's Seminary | Saint Joan of Arc's 600th Birthday

The Sign of the Cross - Prefigured in history, this sign of faith, hope and love is fulfilled in Christ -- by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI -- Excerpt from the Spirit of the Liturgy, Part IV, Chapter 2, "The Body and the Liturgy"

"Coming to Mass in a Catholic Church" UK priests produce leaflets on how to behave in Church -- by Joanna Bogle

Holy Smoke -- The Use of Incense in the Catholic Church -- by Matthew D. Herrera

Year of Faith: Note with Pastoral Recommendations, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Readers' Forum: More on Music at Mass | Where’s the Common Repertoire of Liturgical Songs? | Using the New Collects | Spoken Alleluia? | A Eucharistic Future

Prayer for Protection of Conscience Rights in Health Care

A Blessed Day Has Dawned -- Sacred Choral Music: Palestrina, Laude Spirituali, Gregorian Chant by the St. Vincent Camerata Scholars

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Almighty ever-living God,
we humbly implore your majesty, that just as your Only Begotten Son was presented on this day in the Temple in the substance of our flesh, so, by your grace, we may be presented to you with minds made pure.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

-Collect for the Feast of the Presentation

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