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The Lord often reveals to the younger what is best

I have this set of juice glasses in my house. I have been putting them away in the cabinet a few times a week for three years.

I have a 10 year old boy in my house, too…

Ambrosian Preface Texts for Celebrating Advent

May these few reflections on Ambrosian Preface texts inspire us to a deepened appreciation for this season of longing for the Savior who came in history, comes in mystery and will come again in majesty.

Introducing “Liturgy Lines”

Get Real!

How Many Times Do I Need to Read Genesis?

Our engagement with revelation—from Genesis to the traditions of faith cultivated by the Christian churches—can never stop, rest, or cease, but only continue.

Request: Reading Suggestions for Undergrad Theology Class

I want the students to think hard about how some people find worship attendance to be meaningful, related to their daily life, a constitutive part of their value system, and the like, and also how some people who reject organized religion find meaning and values and a fulfilling life.

Review of June Programs Related to Liturgy

A report on two conventions and one summer degree program of potential interest to Pray Tell readers: the annual meetings of the College Theology Society and Catholic Theological Society of America, plus the summer degree programs in liturgy and preaching offered by the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South.

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Out of the mouths of babes

My point here is that I originally considered the children’s questions about prison food to be a distraction from the “important” points of the class. In fact, however, their questions had deeper implications that I did not recognize.

Church Music across History, part II

Are there resources out there that feature music from the seventeenth-century, for example, or which provide samples from across church history?

Incarnation and Easter

While Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth has lovely angels and songs of praise, Matthew’s is decidedly dark. There are no angels crying “Gloria” for Matthew.

Catholic Mission and Witness: Notes on a Spring Break Trip to L’viv, Ukraine

We were showered with generosity and hospitality, including indulgence in the fine local cuisine, not to mention the loving touch of homemade delicacies.