Silence and the meaning of the Mass

Bishop Robert Barron: Post-conciliar call for full participation of laity "has produced, especially among the young today, the impression that the Mass is a sort of religiously-themed jamboree"

Robert Cardinal Sarah’s recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the Church. His observations are most trenchant in regard to the liturgy, which should come as no great surprise, given … [Read more...]

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Abandoning Latin changed liturgical music for the worse

"Singing 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Get Together,' and 'Day by Day' at Mass never me feel holier"

A century ago, Pope St. Pius X took on the reform of liturgical music in a big way. Late nineteenth-century liturgical music had largely pushed Gregorian chant aside, and the patrimony of the Roman Rite’s most distinctive musical form was in danger of fading away. His 1903 motu proprio on sacred music “Tra Le Sollecitudini” sought to reclaim chant and minimize the damage that … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI: “The things of God do not seem urgent”

Bemoans man-centered liturgy in new edition of Opera Omnia

The following comes from an Apr. 19 story on LifeSiteNews. A mistaken liturgical reform following Vatican II that emphasized human “activity and creativity” in place of giving “priority” to God has jeopardized the very existence of the Catholic Church, according to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. “In such a situation, it becomes ever clearer that the existence of the Church … [Read more...]

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Don’t you want to hold my hand?

Hand holding during Our Father isn't explicitly prohibited, but it comes from a Protestant tradition

The following comes from a July 6 Aleteia article by Father Henry Vargas Holguín: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The reason is that Protestants do not have the Real Presence of Christ; that is to say, they do not have real and valid sacramental Communion that joins them among themselves and with God. Therefore, … [Read more...]

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Thousands attend Anniversary Mass for Orange diocese

Diocese celebrates 40 years

The following is a September 19 OC Catholic article: More than 4,500 Orange County Catholics descended on Christ Cathedral for Sunday’s 9:30 a.m. Mass. They celebrated Mass, presided over by Bishop Kevin W. Vann, and commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The Mass was broadcast live worldwide on EWTN, the Eternal Word Television … [Read more...]

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Over 200 people attend Mass at San Bernardino abortion center

Priest offered liturgy for women affected by abortion

The following comes from a September 12 Inland Catholic Byte article by Mary Huber: SAN BERNARDINO—On July 23, more than 200 people joined Father Manny Cardoza as he celebrated Mass in front of the Family Planning Associates abortion center in San Bernardino. He offered the liturgy for all women considering abortion and for all women that have been hurt by abortion, … [Read more...]

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You never know what you’re going to get

The following comes from an August 10 The Motherlands blog post by Denise Renner: We recently took a family vacation to a small Midwest town with only one Catholic church. We would be there for two weekends, so we knew we would be hearing Mass—and that non-Catholic family might be coming with us. That first Sunday morning we pulled into a packed parking lot. There was a … [Read more...]

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Dear Father: please stop it

'If you’re a daily Mass attendant, the odds are that you hear this norm violated a dozen times a week'

The following comes from a January First Things article by George Weigel: In all the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council, is there any prescription more regularly violated than General Norm 22.3 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy? Which, in case you’ve forgotten, teaches that “no . . . person, not even a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the … [Read more...]

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Why are Mass intentions so often disappointing?

A reflection on the “Prayer of the Faithful”

The following comes from an Archdiocese of Washington blog post by Monsignor Charles Pope: One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the “Prayer of the Faithful.” However, there is (in this author’s mind) a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological … [Read more...]

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Does God care what you wear?

Most Christians don't wear their 'Sunday Best' to church anymore

The following comes from a May 13 Huffington Post article by Timothy Merrill: If you're headed out the door this morning in a suit or a chic outfit, and if you're under the age of 92, I can say with absolute certainly, that it is not Sunday and that you're not going to church. You might be headed for a job interview, a seminar or a meeting with the boss. You could be off … [Read more...]

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