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“Flash Mob – Catholic style!”

The bride was in tears at the performance and commented afterwards “We had the best day ever and absolutely everybody said that the church was their favorite part of the day.”

Liturgy Lines: Communal Reconciliation: The Second Rite

Such poor celebrations turn people away and deprive them of a wonderful opportunity to experience communal reconciliation which “shows more clearly the communal nature of penance”

Lincoln: Ad Orientem Masses Encouraged during Advent

Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization…

One Priest, One Altar, One Church, One Eucharist

How is it different for a priest to preside at Eucharist, concelebrate, or participate with the other baptized?

Another Debate We Can’t Ignore

Unfortunately, like the presidential debate, we cannot afford the luxury of apathy.

Ad Orientem Worship from the Deaf Perspective

Part I – The Deaf Experience

Prayer and/as Political Speech

The prayer offered at the Democratic Convention by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, in a perhaps odd way, put me in mind of some of the things that get said in the debate over the orientation of the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist.

A “Service of Lament” with Bishop Johnston of Kansas City

How does one preside over a special liturgy of penitence in response to clergy sexual abuse when one is a local bishop?

Kinda Incensed Over Incense

I felt reduced to a mere spectator, watching the priest dignify the objects of bread and wine and candle–symbols of the risen crucified one, indeed–but seemingly blind to the dignity of the baptized assembled for the great offering of praise and thanksgiving.

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The Curse of Clericalism

Nothing remarkable there; indeed, the sort of things that liturgists have talked about both informally and formally during the past 50 years.

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