Liturgy

In letter to Cardinal Sarah, pope clarifies new translation norms

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not to "impose" a specific liturgical translation on bishops' conferences, but rather is called to recognize the bishops' authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah.

In the letter, released by the Vatican Oct. 22, Pope Francis stated he wanted to correct several points made in a "commentary," which Cardinal Sarah sent him and which was published on several websites in a variety of languages.

DEAR FATHER | Resources abound for learning more about the liturgy

One of the great desires of the Second Vatican Council was to increase knowledge of the liturgy among the faithful. In our archdiocese, thanks to liturgical giants such as Msgr. Martin Hellriegel, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Baden, a great love of the liturgy has been instilled in both the clergy and the laity. This legacy is manifested in beautiful liturgies at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, vibrant liturgies in our local parishes and a clergy invested in faithfully celebrating the liturgy of the Church.

Pope: Vatican II liturgical reform ‘irreversible,’ a source of light

Pope Francis gave a blessing at an audience with participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 24.

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

"After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible," Pope Francis told participants in Italy's National Liturgical Week.

The pope's speech to the 800 participants Aug. 24 was the longest and most systematic talk he has given as pope on the theme of the liturgy since Vatican II.

Feast: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the three-month visit of Mary with her elderly cousin Elizabeth during Mary's pregnancy with Jesus and Elizabeth's with John the Baptist.

The story appears in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel (1:39-56). It recounts Elizabeth's Spirit-filled greeting, acknowledging Mary as "the mother of my Lord," and Mary's beautiful response, the Magnificat, which begins, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord." Introduced by the Franciscans in 1263, the feast became universal in the 16th century.

Pope’s action on foot-washing ritual focuses on leadership

A decree by Pope Francis clarifies the rubric of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal to include all members of the church as candidates for the ceremonial washing of feet at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.

The request by Pope Francis for a Vatican decree that "all members of the people of God" may be chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday puts a focus on leadership rather than on the priesthood and ordination as was the case in the past, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said Jan. 22.

First St. Louis Mass Mob evokes memories, pride for north St. Louis church

Mass Mob at Most Holy Trinity Church.

Pat DeWitt often played in the priests' garage at Most Holy Trinity Church in north St. Louis.

"They had this big old garage," DeWitt recalled. "A lot of times nobody would be there, so my girlfriends and I would set up our doll stuff inside. Father Schoen was the pastor when I was here. If he'd come home when we had all our stuff set up out there, he'd just go park on the street."

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