liturgy

Life’s changes got you down? Get fuel at the Stations

When you're tired and afraid and struggle to get back up again after falling or failing, look to the Stations of the Cross for motivation.

POPE’S MESSAGE | The Eucharist is the focal point of God’s saving act

Pope Francis led an audience with winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize at the Vatican Nov. 18. The prize is named for retired Pope Benedict XVI and honors those who make significant contributions to theology and culture.

VATICAN CITY — If people really understood that participating at Mass is witnessing Christ's suffering, death and resurrection, then maybe they would stop taking pictures, talking, making comments and acting as if it were some kind of show, Pope Francis said.

"This is Mass: to enter into Jesus' passion, death, resurrection and ascension. When we go to Mass, it is as if we were going to Calvary, it's the same," the pope said Nov. 22 at his weekly general audience.

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.

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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