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Archive for March, 2016

Damian Thompson: Confessions of an Ex-Traddie

“I used to be too snooty to appreciate an ‘ordinary’ Mass. Now lay ministers, altar girls, even an exuberant sign of peace – they don’t bother me in the least.”

Non solum: Prayers over the People in Lent

When the newly translated Missal first came out, I thought these were an enrichment.

RIP Mother Angelica

Mother Angelica, the feisty Franciscan nun who founded Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and was a co-founder of Adoremus: The Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Ars Praedicandi: Preaching at the Vigil and on Easter Sunday Morning

In addition to offering quite different scriptures to work with, these two liturgies draw very different sorts of assemblies, and so, at least ideally, call for different sorts of homilies.

Ars Praedicandi: A Good Friday Homily

The great English metaphysical poet John Donne, wrote one of his most famous poems, Upon the Annunciation and Passion Falling Upon One Day, 1609.

A Motet for Holy Thursday: Ave Verum

Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary.

A Prayer for Days of Terrorist Attacks, Mass-Shootings, and other Human-Made Catastrophes

I awoke last night with memories from the carnage in Bruxelles still in my mind.  I yearned for a prayer with which to respond to the images — something to banish the media frenzy I had tried to distance myself from during the day.  I began to ponder what such a prayer would need to […]

The Homeless Jesus Comes to the Vatican

“Pope Francis walked over to the sculpture, and it was just chilling because he touched the knee of the Jesus the Homeless sculpture, and closed his eyes and prayed.”

Thousands Joining the Catholic Church in the U.S. This Easter

Thousands of people across the United States will be welcomed into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

Andrea Grillo on Translation

The German bishops reportedly will not submit any translations to Rome for approval as long as Liturgiam authenticam is in effect.