O Redemptor: Chant for the Chrism Mass

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It was my privilege this year to attend the Chrism Mass at Detroit's Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday.  It's at that Mass, on the day on which the Lord instituted the priesthood, that priests of the Archdiocese renew their commitment to priestly service.Also during that Mass, the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of the Catechumens and the Sacred Chrism are each presented to the Archbishop and blessed.  As each oil is processed to the Archbishop, the choir sings the beautiful O … [Read more...]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Triduum

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Courtesy of the U.S. Bishops:  One of the most helpful descriptions I've seen for the events of the Easter Triduum--the holy days which begin with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, and ends on Easter Sunday evening.Thank you to the USCCB for this comprehensive explanation of the coming weekend, and thank you for giving permission for dioceses and others to reprint this Q&A.When does the Triduum begin and end? The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of … [Read more...]

Everyday Wisdom from Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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+ JMJ + This Lent, I've been spending a little time each day with Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  Things just sort of came together:  First, a medical board completed their review of an alleged miracle, calling it "unexplainable", and forwarded to theologians and the Pope for a final decision.  If approved, the miracle would advance Archbishop Sheen's cause, moving one of America's best-known and loved teachers and preachers along the road toward canonization.Then, I was fingering books in my … [Read more...]