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Online Edition - Vol. X, No. 1: March 2004

Table of Contents

Christ Crowned with Thorns.
Style of Jan Mostaert, after 1510. Oil on oak (30.5 x 21 cm).
Copyright © The National Gallery, London.

On the Passion of Christ - Thomas à Kempis, a German monk of the 1400s, was a member of the Canons Regular of Windesheim at Mount St. Agnes for seventy years. He is best known as the author of The Imitation of Christ, after the Bible the most widely read spiritual book in the world. This passage is from On the Passion of Christ According to the Four Evangelists, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004. Translation by Joseph N. Tylenda, SJ. Reprinted with permission of Ignatius Press.

The Foundations of Liturgical Reform - Sacrosanctum Concilium Anniversary Address -- By Francis Cardinal George -- In observance of the anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Liturgy, a day-long conference sponsored by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) was held at the Vatican on December 4, 2003.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago gave the initial address at the conference. Cardinal George, who heads the US Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, is a member of the CDW and is US representative to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, which provides English-language liturgical texts. His address, which focuses on the philosophical background and foundation of the post-conciliar liturgical reform, is reprinted here with the cardinal's kind permission.

News & Views -- Loss of Faith the Besetting Problem of the Church -- Gospels "not historical accounts" Bishop Says -- South African Archbishop, an ICEL Founder, Dies -- Ave Maria U to Offer Sacred Music Degree -- New Vatican Document to Encourage Use of Latin

Bishops Receive Missal Texts; Translation Norms -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock -- Two signs of significant progress on the authentic reform of the Liturgy were revealed at the beginning of this year.

Music at the Monastery - by Lucy Carroll, DMA -- Music at our monastery reflects the serious and somber nature of those days.

Readers' Forum --March 2004 -- Ecclesia de Eucharistia -- Holy Eucharist Booklet Useful -- Adoration Unites Us with Jesus -- On AB Articles -- Courage! -- Bishops' Advisors -- How Friendly? -- Good Parishes? -- Liturgy Education Resources -- Christ's Presence in Both Species -- Proper Attire for Mass -- Liturgical Discrimination -- Priest Suffers Culture Shock -- Do Dissenters Long for God? -- Disturbed by Interruptions at Mass -- Children's Masses -- Altered Lyrics -- Spiritus et Sponsa -- Searching for Musician

Goodbye, Father Joe and Father Mikey and Father Bob... by Karen Csengeri -- Are we too chummy with our priests? What does this say about our - or his - view of the priesthood?

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary... --The Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, is one of the most important in the Church calendar. It celebrates the actual Incarnation of Our Savior, the Word made flesh, in the womb of His mother, Mary.

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