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  • The Heavenly Elements of the Liturgy

    11/10/2014 7:20:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 86 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Heavenly Elements of the LiturgyBy: Msgr. Charles PopeIn November, Catholics are encouraged to meditate on the “Last Things.” As you know, I write quite often on Hell. But I have written on Heaven, too. In this post I propose simply to set forth how much of our liturgy is a kind of dress rehearsal for Heaven.Indeed, Catholics are often unaware just how biblical the Sacred Liturgy is. The design of our traditional churches; the use of candles, incense, and golden vessels; the postures of standing and kneeling; the altar; the singing of hymns; priests wearing albs and so forth are...
  • Jewish Temple Altar Rebuilt, Ready for Use

    03/14/2015 8:03:58 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 36 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 9MAR2015 | Ahuva Balofsky
    And the altar of burnt-offering he set at the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt-offering and the meal-offering; as the LORD commanded Moses. (Exodus 40:29) The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has announced that it has finished building an altar suitable for the Temple service. The altar, which took several years to build, can be operational at little more than a moments notice, reported Matzav Haruach magazine. The Temple Institute is committed to preparing all the necessary clothing and tools for the rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem. In addition, the institute operates...
  • Turning to the East in the Diocese of Lincoln UPDATED

    11/26/2014 9:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATED: see belowORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of the Council, and it wasn’t even mandated by the Council.  There is no document that required tables be set up.But I digress.Great news from the Diocese of Lincoln!His Excellency Most Reverend James Conley has determined that Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Lincoln will be ad orientem. Bishop’s Column Looking to the east Friday, 21 November 2014 Jesus Christ will return in...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion The Incensing of the Altar

    08/21/2010 2:46:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/25/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Holy Smoke! What is all that incense about? The reaction is rather mixed when it comes to incense. So love it and some love to hate it. But the bottom line about incense is that it is a symbol of prayer. As the incense gently rises it images our prayers going up to God. As the incense slowly settles in is a fragrant symbol for Gods graces. And dont fan that incense away! Take a breath! It is holy smoke. Like holy water that literally showers a blessing on us, so too does the fragrant incense, blessed by the...
  • Rail by rail! (priest explains why he installs altar rails at each parish where he serves)

    05/13/2013 6:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 13, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    One for the Brick by Brick file.I had a note from a friend in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where the great Bishop Robert Finn presides.At St. Andrew the Apostle on the north side of KC, Fr. Vince Rogers has installed a new brand new Communion rail!My friend wrote: He has installed altar rails in most of not all of the parishes in which he has served over the past 15-20 years.He noted in his homily this morning, “So, why do I do this everywhere I go? It started when I was a seminarian at the NAC. Mother Teresa...

    08/22/2011 3:22:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    After reading this howler from the Conference for Women’s Ordination or COW … no… that’s not it… the Women’s Ordination Conference or WOC…. whatever… take note (below) of our WDTPRS ACTION ALERT!I’ll bet this comes from WOC’s Ministry of Irritation. I am not making that up. Really. Ministry of Irritation. Women’s Ordination Conference [WOC!] Decries Ban on Altar Girls in Phoenix DioceseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2011Contact: Erin Saiz Hanna, 202 675-1006, woc@womensordination.orgWomen’s Ordination Conference Decries [A high dudgeon word if ever there was one.] Ban on Altar Girls in Pheonix Diocese [No... really. Pheonix, who was, I believe both...
  • If Obama Thought The GOP Leaving Him At The Altar Was Bad...Just Wait

    07/27/2011 6:01:25 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-27-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • "Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/24/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies · 140+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament FrequentlyTonight we conclude our five-part series on the Sacrament of the Altar. So far we have followed the outline Luther uses for the Sacrament of the Altar in the Small Catechism: the Nature of the Sacrament, what it is; the Benefit of the Sacrament, what it gives; the Power of the Sacrament, how it can do such great things; and the Reception of the Sacrament, how to receive it worthily. But remember what I said right at the outset of this series, about the purpose of this teaching: Our purpose here in...
  • "How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/17/2010 11:45:45 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 170+ views ^ | March 17, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the AltarDuring this series on the Sacrament of the Altar, weve been following the outline Luther uses in his treatment of this part of the Small Catechism. And so we began by asking, What is the Sacrament of the Altar? And we said that the nature of the Sacrament is that it is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. Then in week two we asked, What is...
  • "How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/10/2010 12:01:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 210+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the AltarTwo weeks ago we began this series by establishing The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar, asking the question What Is It? and hearing Christs answer, This is my body, this is my blood. Last week we followed that up by asking What Does It Give? and Jesus told us, Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. We said that this is The Benefit of the Sacrament and that where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. But...
  • "What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/03/2010 1:11:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 257+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the AltarIn this midweek Lenten series, were looking at the Sacrament of the Altar--Holy Communion, the Lords Supper, are other names by which we know this sacrament instituted by Christ. Last week we began by focusing on The Nature of the Sacrament. We asked the foundational question, What Is It? And the answer came, It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. Our answer was based on what Jesus...
  • "What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    02/24/2010 8:55:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 278+ views ^ | February 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the AltarWhen the Lord God brought the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and led them up to the Promised Land, he provided for them along the way. He gave them food and drink for their journey, to sustain them as they traveled. He gave them bread from heaven. It came in the form of a fine, flake-like thing that fell on the ground in the morning, for them to gather up. The first time the Israelites saw it--they had never seen such a thing before--they were amazed, and...
  • Model Altar of Unhewn Stones Completed at Temple Institute (conforms with Biblical specifications)

    12/25/2009 8:39:52 PM PST · by bogusname · 50 replies · 1,928+ views
    Israel National News ^ | December 25, 2009 | Gil Ronen
    The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced Friday the completion of a model of the biblical altar which G-d, through Moses, commanded the nation of Israel to build at the Mount of Eval (Ebal) overlooking Shechem: And there you shall build an altar unto Hashem your God, an altar of stones: you shall lift up no iron tool upon them. You shall build the altar of Hashem your G-d of unhewn stones. (Dvarim / Deuteronomy 27:5,6)...
  • Quebec man's Web messages urge Al-Qa'ida to attack Canada

    10/17/2008 2:58:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 457+ views
    Canwest News Service ^ | October 17, 2008 | STEWART BELL
    A Quebec man has posted messages on the Internet encouraging Al-Qa'ida to attack Canada, the latest in a series of similar sentiments that are worrying counterterrorism officials. The author of the messages, who uses the pseudonym Altar, praised terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and asked why Al-Qa'ida was focusing its efforts only on Europe instead of Canada. "Allah is great and may Allah bless Sheikh bin Laden. May the sword held by the hand of Al-Qa'ida hit not only Europe, but hit all our enemies. Wherever they are," he wrote in a Sept. 25 posting. "Me, I live in Canada...
  • RNC Stage vs. DNC Stage

    08/22/2008 7:38:38 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 111 replies · 3,284+ views
    GOPconvention2008 and Demconvention | August 22, 2008 | Vanity
    RNC stage: More on GOP Convention Podium DNC stage: More on DNC Denver Podium
  • Motherless Children Await Arrival of Air force One

    09/21/2007 11:17:55 AM PDT · by AuntB · 41 replies · 922+ views
    TheTownCrier ^ | Sept. 21, 2007 | TheTownCrier
    Last night on the David Letterman show, his redundant spot about Bush's poor speaking abilities featured a statement about the immigration debate. The president was leaning over the podium whining that some farmer (Is that what they call transnational corporate agriculture now?) met him at Air Force One, suffering mightily, because ' he can't find no body to pull them onions fer him....' Well isn't that special? The president must have been in Georgia. Vidalia Onions are a big crop with even BIGGER owners with political ties, who have pulled off destroying employer sanctions of illegal aliens hires before. This...
  • Fr. Carola on the Diaconal Ministry at the Altar

    05/01/2007 9:34:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 280+ views
    Roaming Roman ^ | 24 April 2007 | Father Joseph Carola, S.J.
    A. M. D. G. Father Joseph Carola, S.J.Sermon on Diaconal Ministry at the AltarFor the Third-Year Students of the Pontifical North American CollegeVatican City24 April 2007 John 19: 38-42 Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were members of the Sanhedrin which had ruthlessly sought Jesus death. But Joseph was a virtuous and righteous manwho, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action ( Luke 23:50-51). Indeed, he was himself a disciple of Jesus (Matthew 27:57)although secretlyfor fear of the Jews (John 19:38). It was he, a distinguished member of the council whocourageously went...
  • Should the American Catholic Church Continue with Altar Girls, Yea or Nay?

    01/13/2007 10:09:52 AM PST · by Dennis Paul Morony · 45 replies · 853+ views
    Everyday day parish life in most any diocese in North America | Today | Dennis
    For all it's been going on for years now, not everyone agrees with me that using girls (and young women) as altar servers might be worth keeping in the future.

    07/19/2006 10:40:38 AM PDT · by Youngstown · 310 replies · 5,086+ views
    IS THE NEW CATHEDRAL TO PADRE PIO IN SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO ACTUALLY A "MASONIC TEMPLE"? I have just received and am in the process of studying a special issue, #381 (March 2006), of the Italian religious magazine CHIESA VIVA. It is my understanding that in March 2006 this special issue was sent by the publisher/editor of Chiesa Viva, Dr. Monsignor Luigi Villa, to Catholic & 'catholic' priests, Bishops, Cardinals, as well as a selected group of Italian lay persons including members of the judiciary. This entire special issue deals with only one subject, that being the inauguration in July 2004...
  • Church artifacts finding unusual homes

    06/12/2006 10:06:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 730+ views
    AP ^ | June 11, 2006 | CARA ANNA
    The altar was old. It was ornate. And it was on the gambling floor of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.James Lang was startled when he saw it there. Lang, vicar of parishes for the Roman Catholic diocese in Syracuse, had a chat with the manager about desecration. The altar eventually was removed."They thought it looked cool," Lang remembers.It also looked like part of a growing phenomenon: Religious artifacts are migrating as America's shifting population leaves empty churches across the Midwest and Northeast. This March, New York City's archdiocese recommended shutting 31 metro parishes, and Boston has...
  • Youth Mass Madness in Frankfurt, Germany

    05/08/2006 10:16:23 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 3 replies · 391+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 8 May 2006 | Gillibrand
    No longer the wood of the Cross but the crossed bricks. Strange monsters were once only to be found in drug induced hazes and outer space. But now at a Catholic Mass.
  • Where Altar Crucifixes Should Face And More on the Easter Vigil

    05/02/2006 6:51:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 2, 2006 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, MAY 2, 2006 ( Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: When an altar crucifix is used during the celebration of Mass, ought the corpus to be facing toward the priest or toward the congregation? -- D.V., Washington, D.C. A: The indications in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal are sparse regarding the direction of the figure of Christ on the cross: "No 308. There is also to be a cross, with the figure of Christ crucified upon it, either on the altar or near it, where it is clearly visible...
  • The Altar Of Sensitivity To Diversity

    03/15/2006 10:17:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 593+ views ^ | 3/15/06 | Bruce S. Thornton
    Hats off to the UC Riverside College Republicans. They recently hosted a program that contrasted the sort of vile anti-Semitic slander that saturates the Muslim media, with the cartoons of Mohammed that sparked riots throughout with Muslim world. Of course this exercise in Constitutionally protected free speech was noisily protested by the campus Muslim group, the same people who when theyre not squealing about hate speech are hosting speakers like Amir Abdel Malik Ali, who recycles the standard catalogue of anti-Semitic lunacy repackaged as pro-Palestinianism and anti-Zionism. You know how that slight-of-hand works: instead of decrying the sinister Jewish control...
  • Church-service assault - Assailants disrupt 11 a.m. Mass at Annunciation of the Lord, breaking altar

    10/04/2005 6:44:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 900+ views
    Decatur Daily ^ | October 3, 2005 | Ronnie Thomas
    DAILY Photo by John GodbeyThe Rev. Joe Culotta of Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church discusses Sundays attack. Children were scared and people were crying, he said.What would seem to be among the safest places in America came under attack Sunday morning at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church on Spring Avenue Southwest.After communion at the 11 a.m. Mass, a man and woman came forward, screaming.Then, to the shock and horror of the Rev. Joe Culotta and his congregation, the man turned over the cherished century-old marble altar. It tumbled down the steps and smashed onto the floor, ripping...
  • Murderin' the Cathedral?: My Trip to Rochesters Sacred Heart

    06/10/2005 10:12:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,048+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 10, 2005 | Rich Leondi
    Bishop Matthew Clark took over my home diocese of Rochester, New York, in 1978 when I was about ten years old. So fixed is his name in my memory that regardless of where I attend Mass, during the liturgy of the Eucharist I half expect the priest to say "Matthew our bishop" despite the fact that I haven't lived in Rochester for almost twenty years. A Visit Home The controversy surrounding the renovation of Sacred Heart Cathedral is something I've followed off and on since the bishop announced his intentions in 2000. Clarks plan was to "update" the small 1928...
  • Tunnels under Cusco

    12/28/2004 9:45:15 AM PST · by vannrox · 20 replies · 1,569+ views
    El Comercio Peru ^ | FR Post 12-29-2004 | El Comercio Peru
    Tunnels under Cusco Early chroniclers reported that by far the greatest amount of treasure in Cusco was in the Sun Temple (Koricancha). However, it disappeared before the conquistadors could get hold of it and melt it down. Despite the use of various forms of persuasion, the Spanish never found this horde. A team of investigators from Spain, using modern technology of radar and software producing 3D images, have suggested that there are tunnels connecting the former Incan temples (over which colonial churches were built) to Sacsahuaman. They have discovered the existence of huge tunnels over 5 metres deep under the...
  • Keith Olbermann's Dan Rather moment

    11/14/2004 9:51:12 AM PST · by OwnershipSociety · 17 replies · 1,214+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 11/14/04 | Bill Steigerwald
    Keith Olberman Kneels at the alter of Cronkite/Rather
  • Life Teen Liturgy Experiences Changes

    09/20/2004 9:11:36 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 87 replies · 1,948+ views
    The Catholic Sun ^ | September 20, 2004 | Claudia I. Provencio
    Life Teen Liturgy Experiences Changes By Claudia I. Provencio The Catholic Sun MESA In joyful obedience to the Church, Life Teen officials say they will cease the ministrys longtime trademark of gathering teens arm-in-arm around the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer. The practice that has been a staple at Life Teen Masses nationwide for nearly two decades will cease Oct. 1 in compliance with the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The youth ministry will also refrain from using the phrase, The Mass never ends, it must be lived at the conclusion of the liturgy. In a recent...
  • Catholic Priest Celebrates Mass in a Dracula Cape w/hangings of Wolfman & Frankenstein

    11/08/2003 12:42:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 36 replies · 352+ views
    <p>Growing up a member of the Adams family, The Rev. Dave Adams got kidded about the old TV show featuring creepy family members who snapped their fingers in unison and were particularly popular during Halloween.</p> <p>The holiday was always "a big deal" in this home with spooky sounds from a tape recorder, and a lurking cast of Halloween characters - Dracula, Frankenstein, mummies and werewolves.</p>

    06/25/2003 6:03:53 AM PDT · by streetpreacher · 3 replies · 148+ views
    self ^ | June 25, 2003 | streetpreacher
    Is the altar call, sinner's prayer, Jesus as Personal Saviour, etc. Biblical? Or are we peddling a false gospel, a modern gos-pill that is easy to swallow but doesn't cure man's disease: a sin sick soul? Check out this important thread to find the answer to what's wrong with our modern gospel: This link will take you to Part Two of What's Wrong With The Gospel, but it is highly recommended that you scroll down to the bottom of the article and click the link to Part One. In order to appreciate how badly these "added parts" are to...