John the Baptist: A Clear Voice for the Liturgy in the Wilderness of the World
One rarely named—or, perhaps, never named worthy—is St. John the Baptist. But Christ’s cousin, the Forerunner and the Last Prophet certainly deserves a hearing from anyone wishing to deepen his or her insight into the depths of the liturgy.
The Beating Heart of a Liturgical Life
At every Sunday Mass you can hear the heart of Christ, see the face of Christ, and experience the love…
The Rite Questions: What is “Intinction,” and is it Allowed?
Q: What is “intinction,” and is it allowed? A: “Intinction” is the practice of dipping the consecrated host into the Precious…
Stand—Sit—Kneel—Repeat: Colin Kaepernick and Liturgical Posture
A recent drive to work one morning found me listening to sports radio. The topic was San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback…
“Make Worship Better”
With a decrease in the number of Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 914,000 to 632,000 over the past 35 years, a 40 percent decline in Sunday Mass attendance—less than 100,000 attend on a given weekend—, and a projected decline in priests, Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik sees the solution, in part, as a liturgical one.
What’s Behind Cardinal Sarah’s Ad Orientem Call?
Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, gave a recent interview to the French Catholic magazine Famille Chretienne. For many commentators and readers, the subject of the interview was his encouragement (again) for priest and people to face east, toward the orient—ad orientem in Latin—at certain parts of the Mass.
Let Us Adore: Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Much has happened in the world, in the Church, and in her liturgy over the past 21 years. In 1995, Liturgiam Authenticam did not exist. The third edition of the Roman Missal was not realistically imagined. Joseph Ratzinger was “only” Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (back before he was better known as Pope Benedict XVI). Vocations to the priesthood were declining. Only 30 years had passed since the Second Vatican Council.
The Rite Questions: Hymn in the Divine Office
Q: Is it permissible to skip the hymn in the Divine Office when reciting it in private, or with a small group? Even if it’s not sung, need it be recited?
Campaign 2016: Road to the White House and the City Upon the Hill
Like it or not, we hear a great deal nowadays about the “race for the White House.” Who will make it, and how will he or she get there? Twists and turns, dead-ends and detours: the path to the center of the city set upon the hill is – even for the bystander – long, tiring, wearisome – and worrisome.
The Orate, fratres, literally, “Pray, brethren,” concludes the preparatory rites at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The…