Q: What should be the posture of the faithful after receiving communion?
A: The proper postures for both ministers and faithful are described in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)…
A Fixed Rule of Language Reflects the Grammar of Faithful Assent
Whether in Latin, English, or Kiswahili, the language of prayer must express and foster the belief of the Church. Put more simply: the Church says what she means and means what she says. The Church calls this premium it places on words its fixed rule of language. To better understand how this is so, though, we must first examine another sort of rule first formulated in words some 1,500 years ago.
The Church’s Vernacular
We hear the sacred Scriptures proclaimed at each celebration of the Mass during the Liturgy of the Word. But apart from the Liturgy of the Word itself, echoes of the word resound in the rest of the Church’s prayers. Let’s take a few examples.
We Are Our Own Parents: Let Us Not Abort Ourselves
The life you save may be your own – and Christopher Carstens shows how, in startling terms, the liturgy must be integral, according to St. Gregory of Nyssa, to hope of (re)birth in Christ.
Be It Done to Us According to the Word: The Virgin Mary and the Roman Missal
In recent months, we have found many occasions to reflect upon the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in our…
On the face of it, culture shouldn’t be a difficult thing to comprehend. After all, culture is everywhere. Yet what is culture?
The Holy Gift Exchange
Looking for the perfect present? It’s already here. I had hoped for a particular pair of size 11 cowboy boots…
You Are What You Eat…and What You Hear and Sing
Mothers have been telling children for years, “You are what you eat.” Eat healthy food and you will be a healthy person; eat junk food and you will feel like junk.
Vote Early and Vote Often: “The Democracy of the Dead”
In every month and every year—at all times—denizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem voice their votes via the Church’s living tradition.
The Unique Language of Liturgical Prayer (Or: What is a “venti frappuccino skinny”?)
If a Catholic (or especially a non-Catholic) were to stop and think about it, he would discover that there are some things—perhaps many things—about Catholic worship that on the surface seem strange.