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Archive for April, 2017

First Communion: Questions from an Eastern Christian

an you imagine your Church celebrating the communion of infants who have been fully initiated into the Church?

Liturgy Lines: Singing the Pentecost Sequence

It is a challenge to liturgy planners to ensure that the sequence is a joyful expression of the feast in which all can participate…

Saint John’s among Worship Grant Recipients

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced today that it will fund another 33 worship renewal projects for 2017-2018 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program.

What is the Church? A reflection on the readings for Friday during the Easter Octave

“What is the Church?”

Simon Peter said to the other disciples, “I am going fishing.”

Simon Peter, the passionate. “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”

Simon Peter, the spokesman. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Simon Peter, the failure….

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Organ Repertoire: Why Catholics Don’t Care

I was asked by a student today, “I just don’t understand why we need to have organ repertoire. When would you ever use it?” I stared at the student, confounded, dumbfounded. And then I had an intense moment of Catholic soul-searching. How many Catholics would understand why you’d want to have organ repertoire—how many Catholics ever do hear actual repertoire in the course of a liturgical celebration?

The Liturgical Music Institute in New York

Now in its sixth year, The Liturgical Music Institute offers musical, liturgical and pastoral formation to both new and experienced liturgical musicians.  

Richard Vosko Interview in Church Designer

Church Designer magazine published an interview with Fr. Richard Vosko on March 29th about where he thinks liturgical architecture is now and where he sees it heading. It is well worth the read. Send to Kindle

Is This The Most Significant Local Church Building Project in a Generation?

A $81 million United Methodist Church with sacramental architecture, finished ahead of schedule…..

Sister Delores Dufner OSB to Receive Lutheran Award

Benedictine Sister Delores Dufner will receive the Christus Rex (“Christ the King”) award from Valparaiso University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies at its annual conference this coming week.

Liturgy as Evangelization

If liturgy isn’t for the unchurched at some level, then whom are we evangelizing?