Would God Tell You to Just Shut Up?

God the Father

One day up in heaven, people were praying and praising and singing and having a good ol' time.And John Smith, who had just died and arrived at the Pearly Gates, spotted his wife Mary, who'd been waiting for him all these years.  "Honey!" he exclaimed.  "How I've missed you!  How great to see you again!"At the same time Jeanette Evans, overwhelmed by the radiant beauty of the golden path and the delicious aroma of the heavenly flowers, exclaimed loudly to her friend Rosa, "Oh, look at the … [Read more...]

O Redemptor: Chant for the Chrism Mass

Chrism 2

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

Easter Vigil

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...]