In its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Second Vatican Council declared …the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows. For the aim and object of apostolic works is that all who are made … Continue reading On the Liturgical Culture Wars
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you*. (Matthew 28:19-20a; NRSV) * But only once you have been thoroughly vetted, educated and formed, and officially commissioned to … Continue reading On The Professionalisation of Ministry
Below is the translation of the catechesis of Pope Francis during his weekly Audience of Wednesday 10 February 2021. Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In the preceding catechesis we saw how Christian prayer is “anchored” in the Liturgy. Today, we will shed light on how the Liturgy always enters daily life: on the streets, … Continue reading Liturgy and Life. Inseperable After All.
Below is the translation of the catechesis of Pope Francis during his weekly Audience of Wednesday 3 February 2021. For those with any interest in liturgy, it is well worth reading: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In the history of the Church, there has often been a temptation to practise an intimist Christianity, which … Continue reading Christianity Without Liturgy? The Answer is No.
Overnight, we have heard the news the Church has authorised a new Mass proper "In Time of Pandemic", in response to requests for specific prayers for use in these uncertain times. The rubrics regarding the usage of this Mass proper read: This Mass can be celebrated, according to the rubrics given for Masses and Prayers … Continue reading In Time of Pandemic
Overnight, Pope Francis gave an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing in the light of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic event. Below, via the ZENIT website, you can find the translated text of the Pope's address prior to the imparting of the blessing. “When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like … Continue reading Pope’s Urbi et Orbi Blessing
The Eucharist is not celebrated to simply consecrate the elements of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, but to transform the assembly into the Body of Christ. This transformation takes place a through a participation in the Eucharist that empowers those present to proclaim to the world the kingdom of God … Continue reading The Awesome Power of Eucharist