So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Liturgical Catechesis: a few tidbits from the blogging world.

Liturgical Gesture: contra "holding hands" during the Our Father
"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
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
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 
"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
August 1 - 6, 2016
St. Joseph's Seminary
Yonkers Campus
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Donelson

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