Altar girls, again: what happened when a SF parish banned girl altar servers—UPDATED

It must have been a slow news day in San Francisco, since it appears this led the local news last night: A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since [Read More...]

The pope’s liturgical “abuse”

Over at the blog Pray Tell, Anthony Ruff notes a recent letter regarding the Sign of Peace during Mass: One of the last acts of Cardinal Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship was to sign, along with secretary Arthur Roche, the circular letter on the Sign of Peace of June 8, 2014. [Read More...]

In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

As you may have heard, Cardinal Raymond Burke is not a fan of female altar servers:  It seems clear that many men are not being drawn into a deeper liturgical spirituality; today, many men are not being drawn to service at the altar. Young men and men respond to rigor and precision and excellence. When [Read More...]

Andrew Cuomo delivers 40 minute eulogy at his father’s funeral

Andrew Cuomo by Pat Arnow via Wikipedia From The New York Daily News: Former Gov. Mario Cuomo was laid to rest Tuesday at a packed funeral highlighted by a stirring public farewell from his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In an emotional and personal 39-minute eulogy, Cuomo, his voice sometimes quaking, branded his father “the keynote [Read More...]

Deacons: don’t forget to chant the date of Easter this Sunday

  Photo: Rosalind Chan Consider this your warm-up for the Exsultet. A lot of places don’t do this chant anymore; a visiting priest who heard me do it last January was amazed. “I’ve never heard that before, anywhere,” he said. But my parish also does arcane bits of liturgy like the Blessing of Chalk and marking [Read More...]

Announcing a Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Brooklyn

Earlier this year, I posted several times on the impressive restoration of Holy Name Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Last spring, the parish offered Mass in the Extraordinary Form—and now they’re planning to do it again. The church will offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form (a.k.a., the “Latin Mass”) for its feast day, January 4th, at 5 [Read More...]

The disappearing Midnight Mass — UPDATED

My pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez, at Midnight Mass at our parish, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, NY in 2013. (photo: Rosalind Chan) It’s happening in the United States—I know of more and more places that are offering “Midnight Mass” a few hours earlier—and it’s a phenomenon that has taken hold in the [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

People, look east: Bishop announces celebration of Mass ad orientem during Advent

From Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Nebraska:  Since ancient times, Christians have faced the east during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to remember to keep watch for Christ. Together, the priest and the people faced the east together, waiting and watching for Christ. Even in Churches that did not face the east, the priest [Read More...]

A liturgical practicum for deacons?

I spotted this notice on an Orthodox website, and thought something like this might benefit Roman Catholic clergy, too—both priests and deacons: The Eighth Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum — a program held in conjunction with the Orthodox Church in America’s Diaconal Vocations Program (DVP) and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary — will be held Sunday, June 22 through Wednesday, [Read More...]