Archdiocesan Handbook Handy for Dioceses
With the publication of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook, the Archdiocese of Portland has made a landmark contribution to diocesan offices of worship throughout the United States.
The Word and Silence
The only way we can be saved from succumbing to the inflation of words is if we have the courage…
The Public Face of Love (and Sin): How Humanae Vitae Reflects the Liturgical Value of Marriage
Celebrating fifty years, Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical on life is still bearing and delivering far-flung and lasting consequences—even for the marriage liturgy, says Jeremy Priest.
It is “fitting that every church have bells by which the faithful are invited to divine offices and other religious acts.”
It Never Gets Old: Fruitful Repetition versus Redundant Reductionism
The March 27th Chrism Mass homily by Bishop Michael Olson was an impassioned plea to the priests of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, to maintain and strengthen a heartfelt faithfulness to the received liturgy of the Church. Bishop Olson said, the “importance of Christ-centered and shared repetition in our collaborative mission as the Church requires that we avoid the addition of words or gestures that are alien to the rites and liturgical texts provided us by the Church.”
Ritual, Consistency, and Participation
When the Mass is changed to try to create more relevant, more engaging liturgical experiences, the reverse happens: people stop outwardly participating.
Mass Attendance Down Over the Past 10 Years
A recent Gallup poll indicates that Mass attendance is down in the United States over the past ten years. The most significant drop is found in the demographic of those 60+ years old, which declined from 59% to 49% in just a ten-year span.
Divine Mercy, The Eighth Day, and the “Combat Stupendous”
The octave day of the Lord’s Resurrection opens a pathway for the Church to appropriate more deeply and take into herself the Mystery of the Lord’s victory over death.
Hearing the Passion in Holy Week
“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Mt 13:16–17).
Book Review: Find God Where He Lives
The House of the Lord: A Catholic Biblical Theology of God’s Temple Presence in the Old and New Testaments, by Steven Smith. Review by Jeremy Priest.