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  • [Catholic Caucus] The Mass in Slow Motion: The Altar is Reverenced

    09/21/2019 10:44:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    The Mass is Slow Motion ^ | pre 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mass in Slow Motion The Altar is Reverenced As the Entrance procession draws to its close something rather unusual happens! Upon entering the sanctuary, (the part of the Church where the Altar and Tabernacle are located) the priest and deacon enter the sanctuary and kiss the altar as a sign of reverence and veneration. Many of us who go to Mass all the time may hardly notice this gesture. But to someone observing Mass for the first time this gesture may seem quite unusual and raise questions. Why kiss an altar? Where did this gesture come from and what...
  • On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer

    09/20/2019 9:28:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on September 19, 2019September 19, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer There is a text from the Acts of the Apostles that sets forth quite well some of the qualities of the Sacred Liturgy. Although the “liturgy” cited in this passage is not a Mass, the description should apply to all our liturgies; from the Liturgy of the Hours to baptism, from a penance service to a full sung Mass. Let’s look at the passage and learn from it the power of liturgy to deliver, instruct, and transform us and the world.About...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Mass in Slow Motion, The Gathering Rite

    09/18/2019 10:35:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    The Mass in Slow Motion ^ | pre-2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mass in Slow Motion This is a series on the Mass explaining the meaning and history of what we do each Sunday. This series of flyers is an attempt to add insight and understanding to our celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. You are also invited to learn more by attending Sunday School classes for adults which take place in the school cafeteria each Sunday from 9:45 am. to 10:45 am. This series will follow the Mass in order. The Congregation Gathers We begin by noting the simple and obvious fact that before Mass can begin we must all...
  • The Eucharist is about more than Christ becoming present. CATH CAUCUS

    08/16/2019 4:06:23 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 13 replies
    Religious News Srvc ^ | 8-15-2019 | Thomas Reese, SJ
    I personally find the theology of transubstantiation unintelligible, not because I dont believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, but because I do not believe in prime matter, substantial forms, substance and accidents. I dont think we have a clue what Jesus meant when he said, This is my body. I think we should humbly accept it as a mystery and not pretend we understand it. In any case, Jesus did not say, This is my body. Adore me. He said, Take and eat. This is my body. Only in the early 20th century,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Liturgy is More Than a Text

    07/24/2019 8:50:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocoese of Washington ^ | 07-23-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on July 23, 2019July 23, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Liturgy is More Than a Text One of the greatest liturgical shifts in the last sixty years has been in the area of language and the spoken word. Although the almost complete disappearance of Latin is lamentable, the use of the vernacular has arguably had some positive effects. To my mind, the augmentation of the Scriptures used has been notable and helpful. In addition, greater emphasis has been placed on preaching and preparing the clergy to be able to preach well.The most recent debates concern a thirty-year...
  • Why (Protestant) Millenials Long for (Catholic/Orthodox) Liturgy

    06/18/2019 10:08:13 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 53 replies
    Americas youth are leaving churches in droves...Yet amidst this exodus, some church leaders have identified another movement as cause for hope: rather than abandoning Christianity, some young people are joining more traditional, liturgical denominationsnotably the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox branches of the faith. This trend is deeper than denominational waffling: its a search for meaning that goes to the heart of our postmodern age. For high-school English teacher Jesse Cone, joining the Orthodox Church fulfilled a deep yearning for community and sacramental reality... When I look at a Protestant service, it lacks the mystery and power of the body...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Ancient Mass in House Churches Was Not as Informal as Many Think

    03/27/2019 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 61 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-19 | Mark Rothe
    Posted on March 26, 2019March 26, 2019 by Mark Rothe The Ancient Mass in House Churches Was Not as Informal as Many Think The Catholic Faith was illegal in the Roman Empire prior to 313 A.D., when the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan permitting it to flourish publicly. Prior to that time, Church buildings as we know them today were rare Mass was usually celebrated in houses.These houses were usually rather sizable, with a central courtyard or large room that permitted something a little more formal than Mass around the dining room table. I remember being...
  • (Lent) Living the Liturgical Year: A Bastion against Secularism

    03/08/2019 9:40:07 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 24 January AD 2018 | Tom Collingwood
    Having grown up without any religion until attending a Lutheran high school, I had a secular view of the rhythm of the seasons. There was Christmas and New Year-hockey and basketball seasons. There was Easter-the start of baseball and track season. Summer was construction jobs, more baseball, beach, and beer. Fall was football. Interspaced through the seasons were family birthdays and national holidays, like the 4th of July and Thanksgiving. Even after becoming Lutheran, the rhythm of a religious life wasnt always present. Only Christmas, a little Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Reformation Day were on my radar. But in...
  • The Role of the Angels in Every Liturgy

    02/07/2019 8:18:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Role of the Angels in Every Liturgy Msgr. Charles Pope February 5, 2019 Ghent Altarpiece Jan van Eyck (1429) This is the second in a series of five posts on the angels and their role in our lives. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. The fundamental source for these reflections is Jean Cardinal Danielous book...
  • The Key Question of Every Liturgy

    01/29/2019 8:33:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key Question of Every Liturgy Msgr. Charles Pope January 28, 2019 There is a legend that explains how the liturgy and the faith took hold in Rus (Russia): Prince Vladimir of Kiev, seeking a right worship for his people, sent representatives to look into various faiths as well as liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were not sure if they had been in Heaven or on Earth, so beautiful was what they had seen in the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. They were sure that God dwelt there...
  • Church Calendar: Overview of the Pre-Lenten Season

    01/20/2019 12:44:52 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Pre-Lenten Season Theme: Babylonian Captivity, Mans Fallen State Color: Violet Mood: Penance Symbols: chains, tears, Jeremias Length: Septuagesima Sunday to Shrove Tuesday Septuagesima and Lent are both times of penance, Septuagesima being a time of voluntary fasting in preparation for the obligatory Great Fast of Lent. The theme is the Babylonian exile, the mortal coil we must endure as we await the Heavenly Jerusalem... The Sundays of Septugesima are named for their distance away from Easter: * The first Sunday of Septuagesima gives its name to the entire season as it is known as Septuagesima. Septuagesima means seventy, and Septuagesima...
  • The History of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'

    01/01/2019 2:19:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    CNA ^ | Fr. Calvin Goodwin
    The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. To fit the number scheme, when you reach number 9, representing the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, the originator combined...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Sins of Priests

    11/13/2018 7:54:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins of Priests Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2018 • The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord presents a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case shows a body of evidence that is just as true today as it was then. God has plenty to say and we have much to hear, much of which to repent.As we consider the sins of the priests enumerated below, please...
  • DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing

    10/21/2018 9:44:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Whispers of Restoration ^ | October 17, 2018 | unknown
    DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing For those just now connecting the dotsPattern of Liturgical Deviance Plenty of controversy now surrounds Pope Francis:his seemingly invalid election, his long pattern ofheterodox teaching,the Vigan report implicating him in cascading sex abuse crimes,the ongoingAmoris Laetitia debacle, the Vatican sell-out to CommunistChina, pick your disaster.As this Popes penchant for making a mess shows no sign of diminishing to the peril of countless souls, we agree with Chris Ferraras assessment over at The Remnant, and hiscall(like Bishop Gracidas) for an imperfect synod to defend the Church from Francis:...
  • On the Length of the Homily

    09/18/2018 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Length of the Homily Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2018 • During a recent day trip to Sicily, Pope Francis said that homilies should not last more than 8 minutes and that the entire Mass should be completed within 40 (although he may have been exaggerating on this second point). He has said similar things before.He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I disagree. No sweeping generalization about sermon length is necessary. There are cultural and even local differences that come into play. In my own parish I offer two rather brief masses, on...
  • In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance

    08/09/2018 8:26:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Loud and Strident Times, the Sacred Liturgy Can Restore Us to Balance Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2018 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often-strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times as anything but contentious....
  • The Call to Integrity in Worship

    07/17/2018 8:01:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Call to Integrity in Worship Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2018 • The first reading for Monday of the 15th week of the year is provocative, especially for those of us who hold the Liturgy in high esteem, as well we should. However, it is possible for us to distort even great things like the Mass and the sacraments.Let’s look at the reading and then draw a few teachings from it:Hear the word of the Lord, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! What care I for the number of your...
  • At the name of Jesus

    06/23/2018 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1,130 replies ^ | 06-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the name of Jesus Bowing at the mention of Jesus’ name is an old practice that has since fallen into wide disuse Msgr. Charles Pope June 10, 2018 Question: I was taught to nod my head when the name of Jesus was spoken. I see some priests and congregants do it, but not most. What is the current practice? — Diane Garrett, via email Answer: Liturgically it is not required. This is a pious custom that, while less common today, is still observed by many. This is not only in the liturgy, but at any time the name of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy

    04/22/2018 4:08:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 21, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy Pope Francis is to ordain 16 deacons to the priesthood on April 22 The Words of Consecration and the Pope (Rome) The Holy See yesterday published the texts and chants for the Pope's Mass on the 4th Sunday after Easter, which Pope Francis will celebrate on April 22 in St. Peter's Basilica. On this occasion, the head of the Church will consecrate several candidates to the priesthood. The priestly ordinations Pope Francis will ordain sixteen deacons preparing for the priesthood as priests, sincethe 55th World Day of Prayer is celebrated at the same...
  • Rachmaninof's Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

    03/12/2018 9:13:37 AM PDT · by redhead · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | Sergei Rachmaninif
    Middle of Great Lent. Lord bless us. Lord have mercy. Such sublime sounds.