December 2013 – January 2014
Vol. XIX, No. 9
Table of Contents
Presentation of Christ at the Temple — Scenes from the Life of Christ
1304-6. Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua. Fresco. Giotto di Bondone
News and Views — Evangeli Gaudium, the Joy of Hope – Liturgy and Scripture | John Paul II Eucharistic Center Dedicate | Pope to Create Special Commission on Sexual Abuse | Musica Sacra St. Louis 2014 features Chant
Stewards of the Tradition, Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium — US Conference of Catholic Bishops — Committee on Divine Worship
The Dies Irae and the Last Day — by Bishop Arthur Serratelli
US Bishops’ November 2013 Meeting — Special Report — Elections, religious liberty, new liturgy books highlight actions — by Helen Hull Hitchcock
The Council of Trent and the Sacred Liturgy — by James Hitchcock
Readers’ Forum — Facing "Liturgical East" | "Rise" vs. "Raised" | Consuming Precious Blood | Immaculate Conception and the Incarnation | Masses Offered for Special Intentions
O come, let us sing to the LORD; Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! — Psalm 95:1-2
Behold, I send My messenger to prepare the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming, and who can stand when He appears?
For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, till they present right offerings to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. — Malachi 3:1-4, First Reading for the Feast of the Purification