Missing the Advent Beauty that Used to be Catholicism – UPDATED

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

Part of what makes Patheos so interesting is this: it's a place where you can find a progressive female Christian minister write so exquisitely about a Lutheran Advent Vespers as to make a Catholic's soul lurch in holy envy:In those soft evenings, the quiet of late December surrounded me – but my life itself was loud. I did not know how much I needed to settle for 45 minutes into song and silence and hear someone sing about the angel Gabriel and Mary. The first time I heard, "you have cast … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Installation Liturgy like None We’ve Seen! – MORE! UPDATED!

Details are emerging of what to expect at tomorrow's papal installation. I don't have a link, yet, but here is what I'm seeing on Twitter, via Commonweal's Grant Gallicho:1) Rather than readings specific to a papal installation, the readings for the Solemnity of St. Joseph (which is tomorrow) will be used.That would be 2 Samuel 7:4-5a,12-14a,16, (the prophecy of Christ from the royal house of David) then Romans 4:13,16-18,22 ("Fatherhood of Abraham and righteousness of faith over law") … [Read more...]

When Mass Rubs the Nerves Raw

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My First Things piece this week confesses that I sometimes seek out a music-less mass at an early hour, just to escape the rambunctious irreverence that sometimes makes Sunday mass an opportunity to practice the virtue of patience...and endurance:Perhaps it is different where you worship, but in my parish—and I would count mine as one of the “quieter” and “more reverent” in our area—that sort of preparation is nearly impossible. The choir and musicians are noisily setting up, talking and lau … [Read more...]

Reactions Found in Translation – UPDATED

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So, the new English translation of the mass was introduced yesterday for, as the saying goes, better or worse. How did it go for you?As I suspected would be the case the ordinary folks in the pews saw all of this as much less dramatic and onerous than some seemed to want it to be; despite the hand-wringing and drama queening from some quarters (why assume that people are incapable of adapting and re-learning? We do it all the time!) it all went pretty smoothly at my parish, and everyone … [Read more...]


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