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America’s Most Important Church?

The new church will serve as a national shrine as well as a parish church and is destined to become one of the most visited churches in the nation.

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Non solum: Pitch of Congregational Music

How high should congregational hymns and antiphons and refrains and service music be pitched?

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Martha et Labora

Maybe Martha is busy, even bossy. But, Martha is my spiritual hero.

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Deacons and the RCIA

By comparison with the Missal, the RCIA pays little attention to the role of deacons in the liturgy.

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“Laudato Si” and Liturgical Life — Example 2: How We Assemble for Worship

I keep thinking about the implications of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si for liturgical life.  Today, I ponder some concrete elements of how we assemble for worship. First, there is the uncomfortable truth that churches are big consumers of energy, and quite a bit of that consumption happens on Sunday morning.  Let’s take the parish […]

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Seeking “Sacred” Silence

The “opening prayer” is a silent prayer done by “all in silence with the priest” (per the Roman Missal), with the priest truly functioning as a presider by leading all in the silent prayer and concluding it with the Collect.

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Tabernacle

This week we hear familiar stories in the semi-continuous readings from Exodus 32–40: the revelry around the Golden Calf and its consequences for the people, Moses’ plea for forgiveness and God’s promise that an angel will lead the people, conversations between Moses and God in the tent of meeting and on Mount Sinai, and Moses delivering the tablets to the people as he stood veiled before them.

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Cambridge: Hymns in Liturgy and Life

I’m in Cambridge, England this week for a joint conference of IAH, HSGBI, and HSUSC.

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A Common Date for Easter? Bert Groen in Interview

“It is a bit funny that, in various places, the central and unique main event of the Church year is celebrated several times consecutively.”

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Mauds and Mespers

The General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours allows joining Mass with Lauds or Vespers – do you do so?

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