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Update: Deaconesses in Alexandria

Five deaconesses consecrated.

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Non Solum: Clothing and the Catechumenate

In the RCIA, there is an optional clothing of the newly baptized at the Easter Vigil with a (most often) white robe to symbolize their new baptismal purity.

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Vatican Radio: Catholic Parishes ‘Twinning’ for Papal Visit

Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the ‘twinning’ of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city.

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Viewpoint: What Does it Mean to Say that Jesus “Descended Into Hell”?

The Catechism situates Jesus’ descent into hell in a larger context…. Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead.

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Tough competition for Cyril and Methodius

The catholicity of the Church: “like a symphony of the various liturgies in all the world’s languages united in one single liturgy, or a melodious chorus sustained by the voices of unnumbered multitudes, rising in countless modulations, tones and harmonies for the praise of God from every part of the globe, at every moment of history…”

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“Flash Mob – Catholic style!”

The bride was in tears at the performance and commented afterwards “We had the best day ever and absolutely everybody said that the church was their favorite part of the day.”

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Remaining Rites for ACNA Book of Common Prayer Released

The Anglican Church in North America, the largest body of Anglicans who have left The Episcopal Church, has released additional liturgies for the proposed Book of Common Prayer to be implemented in 2019. These rites, the liturgies for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week were approved in January and mark the completion of the proposed BCP‘s […]

Pilgrimage Liturgies and Popular Piety

Pilgrimage is a vital expression of popular piety. The premier French institute of higher study of liturgy just held a conference exploring this phenomenon of pilgrimage – as experience, as theology, as liturgy. Here is a report of what they discussed.

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The Proslogion and Liturgy in the Classroom

One student was comforted to see her own questions in this text from 1000 years ago. Students wrestled with Anselm’s argument, let it bend their minds a bit, but began to see it as a reflection on a liturgical life.

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On science and the sacred

What does dust have to do with the sacramental world of the liturgy? Maybe science can tell us.
If scientific language feels irreverent and laughable in our prayer, it might be because it isn’t our native language as it is the scientists of the Vatican Observatory. But then we have a problem….

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