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Poetic Prayer

“I’m interested in character. I’m especially interested in how language—story, memory, names, word choice—reflects and reveals character. The language of the Catholic Church—the liturgy, the prayer, the gospels—was in many ways my first poetry. ” Year in Reading alumna Alice McDermott discusses her short story, “These Short, Dark Days,” published in the latest The New Yorker.

Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference - October 1-3 in NYC

The Society for Catholic Liturgy will celebrate its twentieth anniversary ?in the heart of Manhattan, at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, ?with a conference exploring how the Church’s sacred worship is dignum et iustum, right and just.? ??The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Show More Summary

Drawn through Beauty - Guest Article by Fr Charles Byrd

Fr Charles Byrd, pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, Georgia, here writes about his encounter with a man who wasn’t quite sure his church was Catholic, because the liturgy was done with some care for beauty. Our thanks to Fr Byrd for sharing this with our readers. Show More Summary

Catholic Indifference to the Liturgy

One of the most astonishing things about the Catholic Church is the almost universal indifference of her members (including her clergy) to the sacred liturgy as such. Sure, many parish parking lots are full on Sunday mornings. Many of the laity are “involved” in one ministry or another. Show More Summary

First Report from Fota VIII

The St Colman Society for Catholic Liturgy has very kindly sent us the following summaries of the papers delivered yesterday at the Fota VIII Liturgical Conference, currently happening in Cork, Ireland. The subject of the conference this year is A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation: Aspects of the Priesthood of Baptism. Show More Summary

Who’s Afraid of Pomp and Splendor?

Obviously, not the zealous Catholics who participated in the Sacra Liturgia 2015 conference and its liturgies. According to some left-leaning news reports, the conference was an esoteric gathering of a tiny elite. Interesting. I wasShow More Summary

Society for Catholic Liturgy - October in NYC - Call for Proposals

The Liturgy: It is Right and JustOctober 1-3, 2015??New York CityKeynote speaker: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone??The Society for Catholic Liturgy will celebrate its twentieth anniversary at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture...Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Woman Sheila Ryan Becomes A 'Consecrated Virgin' Of The Catholic Church

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Sheila Ryan said she sensed she has had an unusual call from God from the time of her upbringing in McKeesport. It wasn’t until recently, though, that she learned the Catholic Church had a name for it and an official liturgy to formalize it. Early Sunday morning at St. Show More Summary

A New Home for the Adoremus Bulletin

From The Badger Catholic comes the following news about Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, which had suspended publication of the Adoremus Bulletin after the death of long-time editor Helen Hull Hitchcock. After...Show More Summary

Orchestral Mass for Ascension Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina

From the blog Liturgy Guy comes the following news about an orchestral Mass to be celebrated on Ascension Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Ascension Thursday, May 14, the Carolina Catholic Chorale will conclude their 2014/2015 season singing the Missa Octo Vocum for double choir by Renaissance master Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) at St. Show More Summary

In Much Wisdom Is Much Vexation

Sacred Scripture says: “In much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecclesiastes 1:18). The more a devout Catholic studies the history, theology, and spirituality of the Roman liturgy, the moreShow More Summary

Call for Participation - Society for Catholic Liturgy October 2015 Conference - NYC

A Call for Papers for the 2015 Meeting of the Society for Catholic LiturgyThe Liturgy: It is Right and JustOctober 1-3, 2015New York City?Keynote speaker: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone?At the Sheen Center and the?Basilica of St....Show More Summary

Ashes to Ashes; Dust to Dust

"Remember, man, thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return." Memento, homo, quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris. This warning, from the Catholic liturgy for Ash Wednesday, is based on Genesis 3, 19: In sudore vultus tui vesceris...

Music for the Eucharistic Sacrifice (Part 2)

Last week I offered some thoughts and questions on how we might evaluate liturgical music (and other aspects of our public worship) by considering the fact that, as Pope Pius XII taught, “the entire liturgy... has the Catholic faithShow More Summary

Fota VIII Conference Speakers Announced

St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy is pleased to announce a provisional list of speakers and topics for the Fota VIII International Liturgy Conference to be held in Cork, Ireland, July 4-6, 2015, on the subject of the priesthood of the baptized, entitled A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation: Aspects of the Priesthood of Baptism.1. Show More Summary

Is the Liturgy an End or a Means? Further Considerations

After seeing the post “A Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Nature of the Catholic Liturgy,” a reader wrote to me about her experiences in a certain religious community that seemed to embody this very misunderstanding. She gave her permission to share the letter as long as I did not reveal any names or dates. Show More Summary

Monumental Love: Liturgy of the Word

In order to make our nuptial mass helpful to any other Catholic brides, I’ll be including our readings, song choices, and some of the prayers.  And in order to make all of that manageable to write and read, I’ll be … read more

The Book of Revelation: Guide to Catholic Worship

According to Joseph Ratzinger, the last book of the Bible, Revelation or the Apocalypse of St. John, is showing forth a kind of “archetypal liturgy” to which all our earthly liturgies must bear resemblance:With its vision of the cosmic...Show More Summary

A Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Nature of Catholic Liturgy

Catholics today might sometimes be struck by the passionate conviction of the younger generation of Catholics who are fighting for the cause of the Sacred Liturgy. It is as if we are fighting for dear life, in a struggle to the bitter end, against our mortal enemies. Show More Summary

The Poverty of the Church and the Beauty of the Liturgy

Dino Marcantonio, the president of the Catholic Artists Society, has alerted me to the available audio of a recent talk given by Fr. John Saward (Oxford) that will be of interest to readers. "The Poverty of the Church and the BeautyShow More Summary

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