We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Liturgical Catechesis: a few tidbits from the blogging world.

Liturgical Gesture: contra "holding hands" during the Our Father
http://aleteia.org/2015/07/06/the-lords-prayer-during-mass-should-we-hold-hands-or-raise-them-in-the-air/?ru=52850f3255e711596c54474da768575e
"Consecration and Communion. There – during the Mass – is where we find our unity; that is where we join ourselves to Christ and in Christ, through the common priesthood of the faithful. Holding hands is obviously a distraction from that. We as Catholics are united by receiving Holy Communion, not by holding hands."
Ars Celebrandi: the beautiful Liturgy
https://www.romancatholicman.com/priest-pastor-purifying-new-order-mass-matter-much/
A parish priest shares his experiences and commitment to the reverent and beautiful celebration of Holy Mass and acknowledges the resulting spiritual fruit. The Liturgy reverently celebrated is the doorway through which people receive the gifts of awe and wonder.
"In prior years, folks were led, by way of profoundly reverent Masses, to a 'devout life.' I have witnessed it in many, since we began to devote ourselves to offering reverent Masses. I know many young adults who had left the Church for years, until they encountered a truly 'Sacred Mass.' Everything changed for them. Because such 'seriousness' was given to offering the Mass, they could no longer avoid their call to take their faith 'seriously.'

"This, I believe, gets to the heart of the matter. Many use other words to describe what is happening today … I have chosen the word, 'Serious.' Once someone breaks through to that level of dedication and devotion, they are 'hungry' for 'the more' of their faith. I have witnessed this too. Virtually all of the former young agnostics, I spoke of above, are now regularly quoting Aquinas." 
Mass Guide: Extraordinary Form of the Mass
https://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Tradition-Ultimate-Guide-Latin/dp/193663936X/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=whatdoesthepr-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=6cecf667eb764109952175799996f3de&creativeASIN=193663936X
Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass by Lisa Bergman 
"Whether you've been attending the Extraordinary Form of the Mass for years, or are merely curious about it, this guide is designed to open up the riches contained within the Mass to all. Inside, you will find a word-for-word English translation of the Latin text of the Mass, together with photos, diagrams, notes and explanations that will help you not only to follow along, but also to understand the history and significance of the ceremonies in which you are taking part. In addition, you will find sections explaining the main differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, a discussion comparing the development of the Mass with that of its sister liturgy, the Divine Office, an exploration of the English translations of the Bible, a full glossary, and finally, recommended prayers intended to help you prepare when receiving the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist."
Ad Orientem Worship
https://liturgyguy.com/2016/07/16/why-ad-orientem-is-anathema-to-so-many/ 
"Why are so many bishops opposed to masses being offered ad orientem? The answer may be as simple as this: Pride."
Music (summer course): Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children
http://sthughofcluny.org/2016/07/teaching-gregorian-chant-to-children.html
August 1 - 6, 2016
St. Joseph's Seminary
Yonkers Campus
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Donelson

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