Entering into Holy Week

03-25-2018Liturgy CornerCheryl Manfredonia

These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the "Easter Triduum" or Paschal Triduum". We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

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Veils over sacred images keep our minds on the promise of Easter

03-18-2018Liturgy Corner

It seems strange that during the most sacred time of year we cover everything that is beautiful in our churches, even the crucifix. Shouldn't we be looking at the painful scene at Calvary while we listen to the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday?

While it may appear counter-intuitive to veil statues and images during the final weeks of Lent, the Church recommends this practice to heighten our senses and build within us a longing for Easter Sunday. It is a tradition that should not only be carried out in our local parish, but can also be a fruitful activity for the "domestic church" to practice.

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You Need These 7 Things to Make This Lent Your Holiest Lent Yet (Part 2)

02-25-2018Liturgy CornerChloe Langer

The beginning of Lent is almost upon us. And while it may seem that you just took down your Christmas tree, before you know it, it will be Ash Wednesday. Lent is time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. It's time to take a look at how we're doing spiritually and make changes so that we can grow closer to God. But that can be a hard task to go at alone. Want to make this your holiest Lent ever? Father William Casey's latest book, Making a Holy Lent can help tackle areas in our life where we need to grow.

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You Need These 7 Things to Make This Lent Your Holiest Lent Yet (Part 1)

02-18-2018Liturgy CornerChloe Langer

The beginning of Lent is almost upon us. And while it may seem that you just took down your Christmas tree, before you know it, it will be Ash Wednesday. Lent is time for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. It's time to take a look at how we're doing spiritually and make changes so that we can grow closer to God. But that can be a hard task to go at alone. Want to make this your holiest Lent ever? Father William Casey's latest book, Making a Holy Lent can help tackle areas in our life where we need to grow.

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Why Church Teachings on Chasity are Undeniably True (Part 2)

02-11-2018Liturgy CornerAnthony Esolen

For virtue is like health. That is something Shakespeare understood quite well, and the feminist critic did not. The typical charge against Prospero is that he has used his magic art to cause Ferdinand to fall in love with Miranda, stealing her freedom from her — "freedom" understood as self-will, autonomy, the spoiled teenager's "I want it!" — but Miranda needs no art to make her wondrous, and when the young people meet, Prospero suggests that the magic is in them: "They are both in either's powers."

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Why Church Teachings on Chasity are Undeniably True (Part 1)

02-04-2018Liturgy CornerAnthony Esolen

Many years ago, in one of the standard editions of The Tempest that I had ordered for my students, I read an angry little essay whose proximate target was the mage Prospero, and whose ultimate target was anyone alive, particularly men, who would uphold a view of sexual morality one or two steps higher than, "I get to do what I want." The author inveighed against Prospero's supposed "control" over the sexuality of his daughter Miranda.

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These U.S. saints fought for the dignity of all people.

01-14-2018Liturgy Corner

Each year the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 reminds us of the fragility of life and the need to protect it at every stage. Besides treating everyone with dignity and fighting for legislation that reflects that fundamental truth, another powerful way to protect life is by invoking the intercession of the saints.

In particular, there are many saints who fought for the most vulnerable in society during their lifetime and retain that special love in heaven.

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Rosemary in the Life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

01-07-2018Liturgy CornerMargaret Rose Realy

Joseph would have added sprigs of rosemary to the stable’s straw,to protect infant Jesus from bugs.

The purple of Advent and Lent is the color that bookends the life of Jesus. Both holy seasons are penitential, in preparation for the coming of the Christ: the Incarnation, Resurrection and Return. I like the continuity of a colorthat threads its symbolism through our religion. We know by altar linens and chasubles of priests what season weare in, and what prayers will be said. The purple of penitence and preparation, reds of sacrifice, whites of virtue and victory and the green of hope and freedom.

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Beauty will save the world: Catholic Artisans and the Restoration of the Sacred (Part 2)

12-17-2017Liturgy CornerWinifred Corrigan

Benedict XVI (As Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in a 2002 letter to the Communion and Liberation Movement)

"To admire the icons and the great masterpieces of Christian art in general, leads us on an inner way, a way of overcoming ourselves; thus in this purification of vision that is a purification of the heart, it reveals the beautiful to us, or at least a ray of it. In this way we are brought in to contact with the power of the truth. I have often affirmed my conviction that the true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth against every denial, are the saints, and the beauty that the faith has generated. Today, for faith to grow, we must lead ourselves and the persons we meet to encounter the saints and to enter into contact with the Beautiful."

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Beauty will save the world: Catholic Artisans and the Restoration of the Sacred (Part 1)

12-10-2017Liturgy CornerWinifred Corrigan

Does a beautiful Church building matter to Christians? What about adornments like statues, altar rails, decorative pews and such? Stained glass… Stations of the Cross… the placement and design of the Tabernacle… If God is everywhere, especially in the humble and downtrodden, should beauty matter?

A recent article in the UK's Telegraph shares a statistic that should be of interest to Christians: "Around 13 per cent of teenagers said that they decided to become a Christian after a visit to a church or cathedral, according to the figures. The influence of a church building was more significant than attending a youth group, going to a wedding, or speaking to other Christians about their faith."

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