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Archive for June, 2014

Phyllis Zagano, Ordination of Women to the Diaconate in the Eastern Churches – Part 2

“I have been asked to express my opinion about the possibility that the church, if it judges it appropriate, would be able to confer on women the sacrament of order in the diaconal grade.”

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Conflict in Iraq Imperils Christian Community

Reports forwarded to me from Christians in Iraq suggest that the latest round of conflict in the country may spell the end of one of Christianity’s oldest and most important Christian communities.

Springfield’s Bishop Issues New Directives on the Placement of the Tabernacle

In his first pastoral letter, Ars celebrandi et adorandi, Bishop Paprocki of Springfield Illinois discusses the “art of celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy Properly and Adoring the Lord in the Eucharist Devoutly.”

Liturgy in Collegeville: From the Archives – Part III

“A discussion of possible adaptions of daily liturgical program was begun.”

Non Solum: Scheduling Ministers

Scheduling ministers is one of the most challenging and significant parts of any liturgist’s job.

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UPDATE – RIP David Power

Rev. David Noel Power, OMI, 81, died in Washington, DC, on June 19, 2014. He was born on December 14, 1932, in Dublin, Ireland, and was a son of the late David and Kathleen (Davis) Power.

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St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant

Learn about the upcoming 6th Annual Summer Learning Schola from St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant.

Viewpoint: Are Pope Francis’ Achievements Substantial or Mere Symbolism?

More than one commentator has suggested recently that Pope Francis is all symbolism and little substance. I disagree. (For one thing, I think symbolism is substance.)

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Interviewing Liturgical Leaders: Fr. Michael Joncas

“I think it is important to remember that liturgical participation in the Church’s rituals cannot capture the kingdom/reign of God, but can point to it and in some ways embody it. I think it is important that just as Brecht wanted his spectators not to achieve a cathartic release by submerging their critical and reflective thinking in identifying with the characters, so I believe those who participate fully, consciously and actively in the liturgy do so not to escape from reality but to encounter reality as envisioned in the kingdom/reign of God and leave the liturgy empowered by the Spirit to assist in the transformation of the world.”

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Mass of Reparation for a Miscarriage or Stillbirth?!

The announcement below came across my desk a few days ago