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RIP: Laurence Hull Stookey

Laurence Hull Stookey (1937-2016)

Liturgy and Patriotism

A recent survey of Protestant pastors found that 61% felt it was important to incorporate patriotic elements into July 4th worship, even though 53% suspect that their congregations love America more than God.

An Argument for Liturgy

An argument for liturgy from someone in a non-liturgical Christian setting can help raise thoughtful questions for liturgists in liturgical churches too.

A Joint Catholic-Lutheran ‘Common Prayer’ for 500 years of Reformation

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017.

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Merry Christmas! A liturgical logic puzzle as a gift from me to you

I made this puzzle on a whim to stump my son (so far, it’s working). Use the clues to solve this logic puzzle. No cheating by using information you just happen to know! (There is a downloadable version you can open with a word processor and edit at the bottom.)

There are five churches right in a row from East to West on a little street in Maintown, USA…

The Yale ISM Review, Fall Issue on Water

The Fall issue of The Yale ISM Review asks us to reflect on how we invite people to the waters of baptism, how we conserve the natural gift of water, and how we celebrate the seasons of creation in the church’s worship.

Thousands Leave German Churches to Avoid Tax

Up to 200,000 Germans are believed to have filed official declarations last year renouncing their membership of the Protestant church, the highest number in almost two decades. A similar number are thought to have left the Catholic Church.

Viewpoint: Is the Catholic Church Ready for the Megachurch Movement?

A Catholic megachurch would have the resources for liturgical and musical excellence. It could have perpetual adoration, confessions daily, and be open twenty-four hours a day seven days a week for operating such things as crisis ministry. It could run a small medical clinic for the poor.

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Cranmer’s language considered unorthodox and harmful

A scholar in liturgy who is also a professor of renaissance English and a convert from Anglicanism to Orthodoxy says that use of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer material by English-speaking Antiochian Orthodox communities is harmful in many ways — in essence, it imports heresy into the liturgy. Much of his critique is relevant to the Ordinariate use of Prayer Book language and texts.

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Expecting a blue Christmas?

I wonder whether there are Catholic parishes that offer a blue Christmas worship service too? And what liturgical forms are proving helpful here?

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