liturgy

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.

Enthusiasm reigns at Liturgy Camp

From left: Mary Halloran of Francis Howell Central High School, Emily Winborn of Nerinx Hall High School, Beth Mruzik of Visitation Academy, Tori Sanders of Incarnate Word Academy and Julie Shipley of Nerinx Hall High School relaxed June 6 during the Liturgy Camp at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka. The camp was described as “a three-day adventure to learn about all aspects of the liturgy.”

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24).

When Aaron Frei showed the high school students photos of some of the stained-glass art his family studio is known for around the country, he asked them about the symbolism behind the art.

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With all due respect to George Weigel and the fact that his column is on the opinion page, he states matters as fact that are highly biased opinions. His assertion that "there are precious few decent settings for the revised Ordinary of the Mass" is patently absurd. While there are some poor attempts, there are many fine traditional and contemporary settings from all three major publishers and many independent composers -- that he has not heard any that he likes is irrelevant, as composers write to meet the needs of all of God's people, not just one Op Ed writer.

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