There is a certain tension between the liturgical year and academic year. This tension becomes most pronounced when one places the season of Lent and the Spring semester in the same arena.
Archive for February, 2010
Any “wandering Armenians” out there on the First Sunday of Lent?
Today, around the world, dioceses are celebrating the Rite of Election, the second “step” of catechumens in their journey toward the Easter sacraments. In this rite, which closes the period of the catechumenate proper, the Church hears testimony as to the catechumens’ readiness, and confirms that they are fit to take part in the next great celebration of the sacraments, at Easter.
“It is a scandal and an open wound that Christians are not able to celebrate the eucharist in common. We can fast, and not merely pray, for church unity. There is spiritual power in freely foregoing reception of the eucharist for a time,” writes Philipp Harnoncourt.
The liturgical function of the proper chants is to aid meditation upon scriptural texts. When the chants are sung in Latin, they can serve this function for only a few. –Bruce. E. Ford
For the past many years I had the good fortune of working with Richard in creating an annotated catalog of all his works. –Michael Silhavy
Through no fault of his, this Egyptian Jesuit mystic’s letter to Pope Benedict was accidentally made public. The Church of today is too formal and too formalistic, he wrote.
The realistic expectation is that confirmation will come this spring, with about a year’s worth of catechesis and printing of books to follow. …
Lutheran composer Richard Hillert passed away February 18th. He was Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University Chicago. He wrote many articles and composed many hymns and pieces of service music, among which is the widely used “This is the Feast of Victory.”
Pray Tell’s editorial committee had a great meeting this week. Interesting questions like these came up: …