Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – one year later

The writers over at the New Liturgical Movement Blog have been busy as ever. Two posts of some note to our readers: the first is a fine remembrance our former Holy Father Benedict XVI on this the anniversary of his … Continue reading

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Anamnesis ~ the Beating Heart of Ritual

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Architecture in the Liturgical Calendar – Part II

“The liturgy excels in the pedagogy of passing from the material to the supernatural.” Indeed. Continue reading

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Architecture in the Liturgical Calendar ~ St. John Lateran

“…What is essential for us as 21st Century Catholics to grasp is the deep symbolism and sacramentality of our church buildings and the Liturgy they serve and support.  These buildings are sacramental insofar as they assist in disposing us to receive the graces that are poured out from the Lord to his people.  They participate in the liturgical sacrifice of praise offered to the Father and should assist the faithful in ever deeper and more authentic worship of God.” Continue reading

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“We do this because…” Four powerful words

Architect Steve Mouzon offers the following comment on the connection between love, sustainability, and living tradition:

“Inventiveness is great… I love inventing things. But I want those things to be lovable so that they have a chance of being sustained long beyond my lifetime. If we want to sustain things long into an uncertain future, we really should stack the deck in our favor by doing work that embodies principles proven to produce things humans love, and that can become part of a living tradition… one with a heartbeat… shouldn’t we?” Continue reading

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A Brief Look Back (and Forward) at Liturgical Reform

Fr. Douglas Martis writing in Tidings, the Newsletter of the Liturgical Institute offers an excellent synopsis of the past half century, and what we have learned through the reform of the Roman Rite.

“We have rediscovered that church architecture is not simply a “skin for liturgical action,” not a “space” solely for the purpose of gathering the community, but rather a formative place of presence
charged with sacramental meaning…. Sacred art, architecture, music, catechesis, justice, the ars celebrandi and many other things each make a particular contribution to the beauty, meaning and authenticity of liturgical expression.” Continue reading

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Beautiful Things

Mark Shea, writing for Our Sunday Visitor offers a worthwhile understanding of Beauty placed in the service of God.

“This matters because at one of the most famous banquets of all — held to celebrate the raising of Lazarus from the dead — we see the old familiar charge of obscene waste as it is leveled, not against corrupt Renaissance popes or negligent bishops, but against Jesus himself…”

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The Unveiling – Revelation as Mystagogy

Mystagogy is an introduction into the Mystery of Christ, the holy knowledge of our vocation to a new life in and with Christ, instruction in the practice and development of this life. In this central task of religious education, the proper training in Christian worship, that is the liturgy, takes an important part. Continue reading

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Learning to Love the Liturgy

David Bonagura argues that, “two actions in particular, the use of Latin and the priest facing east toward God rather than the people” would assist us in focusing on the Lord in our liturgical celebrations. Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput: Liturgy Needs to be Beautiful

Abp Chaput: “Human beings have an instinct for worship. Our longing for the good, the beautiful, and the true, is really a longing for God. Not the theoretical idea of a Creator, but a relationship with the loving, intimate, personal God – revealed in Christ Jesus. …Catholic life hinges on the worship of God and the experience of his love in glory.”

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Benedict – Restoring the Theme of Beauty

Deacon Keith Fournier at Catholic Online provides an excellent recap of Pope Benedict’s recent comments on Beauty and the role of the Artist in works of sacred art and architecture.

“…Separation between the arts and a living faith has no place in a mature Christian worldview. It proceeds from a poor anthropology, a misunderstanding of the nature of man/woman. It represents an inadequate understanding of the scope and implications of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.” Continue reading

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Conference: The Glory of Catholic Architecture

I was very pleased to attend recently an excellent conference hosted by The Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. The conference was entitled The Glory of Catholic Architecture, and the participants – Architects, Artists, Clergy, and Laity – were encouraged to appreciate and articulate the order and hierarchy that are beautifully arrayed in Creation, yet still awaiting the return of the Redeemer. This “awaiting” is of course at the heart of our active participation in the Liturgy… Continue reading

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von Balthasar, the Pilgrim, and the Center Aisle

For there is no longer any question of man’s… agonizing longing for transcendence. It is a question rather of man being led by the God who goes before toward a genuinely human fulfillment – to a land “flowing with milk and honey”.

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The Sacramental Worldview, Wonder, & Worship

When we allow ourselves to wonder at the abundant generosity of the created order – including the reality of its having been created for our good, as a means to our salvation, and for God’s glory – we can appreciate more fully that all Creation is being gathered up by Christ and is offered back to the Father in and through the Spirit. Thus, Creation is, through Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, involved in the very life and love of the Trinity. Continue reading

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Repost: The Transfiguration and the Wellspring of Worship

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Beauty and Vocations

Readers will appreciate this excellent short video from the website One Billion Stories that discusses how inspired beauty in art captures our imagination and leads us closer to the love of Christ. Continue reading

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Colorado Catholic History – Part One

Nestled in the San Luis Valley, not too far from the New Mexico border, is the community of Conejos, Colorado. In 1858 the first Mass was said in Conejos in a wood and mud, adobe-like, church by the parish’s first pastor Fr. V.S. Montaño. This humble structure was the first Catholic Church built in Colorado and is today the state’s oldest.
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Sacred Language, Liturgical Craft, and Wisdom of Heart

Professor David Lyle Jeffrey offers a lengthy essay in the current Adoremus Bulletin regarding the mutiplicity of Bible translations… “In all these cases, what has been lost in translation is nothing less than the main point—the sacral, sacramental element of divine giftedness, …as intrinsically necessary to a holy work and worship. ” Continue reading

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Book Review – How to Read a Church

As an Architect focused on the renewal of Catholic sacred architecture, I enjoyed How to Read a Church quite a bit. Author Richard Taylor presents the material well, in a readable manner, and the list of subject matter is quite thorough. Continue reading

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The Overflowing Richness of the Triduum Liturgy

Readers will appreciate the beautiful reflection on the superabundant theological richness of the Triduum liturgy provided by Shawn Tribe, the editor in chief of the New Liturgical Movement blog. http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2012/04/liturgical-meditation-on-and-for.html

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