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Archive for June, 2016

Facing West? An Easterner’s Journey

Deepening communion requires effort and a willingness to hear the other. How do we know if we want to restore Communion when we can’t get past talking about the historical causes of division?

Re-Thinking the “Prayer for Days of Terrorist Attacks, Mass-Shootings, and other Human-Made Catastrophes,” after Istanbul

I have been wondering all day long whether to re-post the “Prayer for Days of Terrorist Attacks, Mass-Shootings, and other Human-Made Catastrophes” which I wrote after the attacks in Bruxelles, Belgium, earlier this year.  Pray Tell re-posted this prayer in response to the Orlando massacre a couple of weeks ago.  Now there is Istanbul.  And there […]

Holy and Great Council: Documents and Initial Reaction

I hope that the non-Orthodox who want to dialogue with us will push us on these issues: our job in dialogue is to hear you, just as you hear us with consistent graciousness.

Altar Before and After: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Houston, TX

A reader sent in photos of an altar renovation.

Review of June Programs Related to Liturgy

A report on two conventions and one summer degree program of potential interest to Pray Tell readers: the annual meetings of the College Theology Society and Catholic Theological Society of America, plus the summer degree programs in liturgy and preaching offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South.

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Can a Priest Celebrate Mass Alone? Voices from Antiquity and the Middle Ages

“A priest may never celebrate the Mass alone.” – Theodulf, 9th century.

R.I.P David Clark Isele

He is known especially for the Lamb of God of his Holy Cross Mass.

Pray Tell Live at NPM in Houston

Once again, Pray Tell is broadcasting live at the national convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Summer Visits to Famed Sanctuaries — Virtually

Now that summer is officially here, I wish to flag, for readers of this blog, the chance to visit some renowned sanctuaries – virtually. (If of course your summer travels happen to take you to Rome, France, and Germany this year, you might be able to see these sanctuaries and their treasures in brick-and-mortar, but […]

Youth Compline

Here is the National Catholic Youth Choir singing Compline in Saint John’s Abbey church.