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What is the Church? A reflection on the readings for Friday during the Easter Octave

“What is the Church?”

Simon Peter said to the other disciples, “I am going fishing.”

Simon Peter, the passionate. “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”

Simon Peter, the spokesman. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Simon Peter, the failure….

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Organ Repertoire: Why Catholics Don’t Care

I was asked by a student today, “I just don’t understand why we need to have organ repertoire. When would you ever use it?” I stared at the student, confounded, dumbfounded. And then I had an intense moment of Catholic soul-searching. How many Catholics would understand why you’d want to have organ repertoire—how many Catholics ever do hear actual repertoire in the course of a liturgical celebration?

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The Liturgical Music Institute in New York

Now in its sixth year, The Liturgical Music Institute offers musical, liturgical and pastoral formation to both new and experienced liturgical musicians.  

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Richard Vosko Interview in Church Designer

Church Designer magazine published an interview with Fr. Richard Vosko on March 29th about where he thinks liturgical architecture is now and where he sees it heading. It is well worth the read.

Is This The Most Significant Local Church Building Project in a Generation?

A $81 United Methodist Church with sacramental architecture, finished ahead of schedule…..

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Sister Delores Dufner OSB to Receive Lutheran Award

Benedictine Sister Delores Dufner will receive the Christus Rex (“Christ the King”) award from Valparaiso University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies at its annual conference this coming week.

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Liturgy as Evangelization

If liturgy isn’t for the unchurched at some level, then whom are we evangelizing?

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Liturgy Lines: Blessings

It is an invocation upon a person, thing or event asking that it will become a sign, a sign of God’s goodness. When we bless another person we invoke divine help upon them; we pray that they may be placed under God’s loving care.

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A dose of reality

To anchor our feet firmly on the ground, here’s a report of another Vigil that an American friend sent me

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How many hands does it take…?

This year’s Easter Vigil was a real logistical ordeal for presiders.

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