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Bishop Callahan on Ad orientem

“I have shown my support for this practice as well as a deep concern that it be implemented appropriately and after proper consultation with the leadership of a parish, after truly hearing and respecting the People of God…”

Construction on Christ Cathedral Begins

Yesterday, after several months of agonizing over cost estimates and design plans, Bishop Kevin Vann [blessed] the Christ Cathedral sanctuary before it is sealed off to be renovated into a Catholic cathedral.

Pontifical Council for Culture to Study Training in Aesthetics

The much-quoted words of Dostoevsky, “Beauty will save the world” must be contextualized in order to have meaning. “The beauty that saves is a beautiful church nestled in a bad neighborhood.”

Liturgy Lines: Primary Liturgical Symbols

These symbols demand something from us and call us to deeper faith. They are not decorative accoutrements but are present to support our ritual prayer.


Confirmation, Faith, and Emil Nolde’s “Pentecost”

Sometimes we forget the many languages spoken at Pentecost and expect a common sacramental experience/formula in our pastoral approach to Confirmation. Nolde offers us an artistic corrective.


Liturgy in non-liturgical Spaces

Liturgy in non-liturgical spaces illuminates the qualities of gathering for the privilege of offering liturgy, and embracing the fact that Christian identity need not be shaped solely by a particular parish community.

New Marian Shrine at Christ Cathedral

On Wednesday, the seventh, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, announced that there will be a shrine in the Marian plaza surrounding the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang. The Diocese of Orange has some 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics, worshipping throughout the diocese, with large communities in fifteen parishes. Our Lady of […]

Christ Cathedral Renderings

How does one renovate an existing place of worship to suit a new dogma?

“Twelve Secular Christmas Songs that are Actually About Advent”

What do such musical gems as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” have in common?
They are about Advent!

“I Photographed Jesus Christ’s Tomb”

As PrayTell readers may know, the Edicule, the shrine over the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Seplechure is undergoing renovation. National Geographic has a fantastic piece by Nicole Werbeck about  Oded Balilty and Dusan Vranic photographing the the original burial shelf within the shrine itself. Head over to see some fantastic reflection […]