Pope Francis’s Exhortation to Young People Values Liturgy
The apostolic exhortation Christus vivit (Christ lives), which Pope Francis offered to the young people of the Church on April…
Vatican: Eucharistic Yuca not on the Table at Amazon Synod
Vatican City (CNA)—Vatican officials have said there are no plans to discuss changing the matter of the Eucharist during an…
Liturgical Institute Announces 2019 Young Adult Conference
Summertime will be in full-swing by July—and that means time to head back to school—at least as far as the…
Pope Francis to Young People: Holiness Takes Effort
Vatican City (CNA)—In his follow-up document to October’s youth synod, Pope Francis urged young people to approach holiness not only…
Liturgical Traditions: The Introductory Rites for Mass
In this post, we will examine how the introductory rites for Mass might best take place according to the provisions set down in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the “traditional practice of the Roman Rite” (GIRM no. 42).
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.
Some Pastoral Notes about Holy Week from the Roman Missal
At the end of Lent, are statues and crosses to be covered—and if so, when? When are holy water stoups emptied? How many crosses may be used for veneration on Good Friday? Who carries the Paschal Candle when there is no deacon? Even though the current edition of the Roman Missal has been in use since 2011, many of its rubrics and clarifications are overlooked.
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.
God’s Trunk Show: An Apologia for Glorious, Priestly Vestments
If clothes make the man, clerical vestments make the manifest glory of God even more manifest, argues Father Michael Rennier in a whole-cloth account of looking good for God.
New Book Explores a Year of Living Liturgically
Liturgy changes everything – and even time is anything but ordinary when lived in the Church’s calendar, says Alexis Kutarna in her review of The Catholic All Year Compendium.