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Tough competition for Cyril and Methodius

The catholicity of the Church: “like a symphony of the various liturgies in all the world’s languages united in one single liturgy, or a melodious chorus sustained by the voices of unnumbered multitudes, rising in countless modulations, tones and harmonies for the praise of God from every part of the globe, at every moment of history…”

Dives and Lazarus: The Pope’s Lenten Message

What are you doing for Lent this year?

Feast of the Presentation: Open Thread

How did your church celebrate?

Epiphany James

When I arrived at 10:30 Wednesday night, I called a Lyft ride to get from the airport to the hotel. James came to get me, a black man in a gray sedan. It’s a challenge to rideshare after 10 pm…

The Epiphany Proclamation

I think it is a good thing to be reminded, in the liturgy of Epiphany, how we Christians keep time and attempt to order our lives.

January 1st in the 17th century Chinese Liturgy

In 1670, following approval received in 1615 from Pope Paul V, a translation of the Roman Missal was published in classical Chinese. In the Missal, the feast on January 1st contains all the same readings as the Latin Roman Missal but bears a different title. Instead of the feast of the “Circumcision of the Lord,” the liturgical calendar names the day the “Establishment of the Holy Name of Jesus” (立耶穌聖名).

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Ars Praedicandi: Holy Family as Model (?)

All too often we are being asked to imitate culturally and historically conditioned icons of the family that are retrojected onto a particular first-century family in Nazareth without much regard for what the Gospels actually tell us about that family.

Liturgy and Patience

Patience is not a substitute for the pursuit of justice and compassion in the world. It is a complement to that pursuit, borne up always by the gracious God who seeks to bring to completion the good work that he has begun.


What does a Hanukkah video mean to a Christian liturgist?

This was tonight’s Maccabeats Hanukkah video because tonight I attempted latkes for the first time (they’re good!). But also, it weaves together the meaning of food, family, and faith in a way that I find beautiful and admirable.

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Pope Francis Christmas Eve Homily

“Let us allow the Child in the manger to challenge us, but let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today’s world…”