Posts Tagged ‘Liturgy’

After the virus: liturgy and accountability Comments 0

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Catholic liturgy has had its greatest social shock in generations. No one had seen churches locked before, few had ever thought of “streamed” liturgies and, across the world, there have been liturgical experiments that were unthinkable just weeks ago. Now the churches are opening up – slowly – but the legacy of the virus experience Read more

So what’s the problem with a virtual Mass? Comments 0

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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One person recently said, the Virtual Mass was great. “We could lie in bed, go to Mass in London, Florence, Ireland and even Auckland. It would be great if we could keep it”. Another said, “The first week I stood when I should, the second week I felt comfortable knitting and in the third week Read more

Liturgy: Celebrants, not consumers Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a flurry of new activity in Catholic liturgy. Clergy are streaming live coverage of themselves celebrating the Eucharist and inviting others to join in by watching. As lockdown eases in some places, the latest desire is to have a system – similar to that used for social distancing in shops Read more

Clericalised lockdown liturgies leave baptised out in the cold Comments 0

Monday, May 18th, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on liturgical praxis has left us reeling! Significant liturgical decisions have left the liturgical ministry by all the baptised out in the cold and refocused the Mass as a clerical experience. John N. Collins addresses the issues of priest and presbyter and as a factor in clericalised worship decision in ‘“Is it just Read more

Electronic Eucharist here to stay? Opening the liturgical debate Comments 0

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

COVID-19 has done more to enliven the liturgical debate than anything else in the last decades. The vast amount of material produced in the run-up to Easter was astounding. It’s been a long time since I have seen so much that guided, challenged and questioned our liturgical response to lockdown. It was as if the Read more

Sharing chalice at Mass a minimal risk Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

The Catholic Church in New Zealand has not as yet prohibited sharing the chalice and sharing a handshake at the sign of peace at Mass. “Should there be a need for restrictions on receiving Communion or the exchange of the Sign of Peace, these will be immediately notified to parishes throughout the country,” said the Read more

Head of English language liturgy calls Amazon Synod ceremonies “pagan worship” Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Msg Andrew Wadsworth (pictured), the executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) is defending his social media posts calling liturgical events at the Amazon Synod as “scenes of pagan worship”. “I, Andrew Raymond Wadsworth, do not wish to belong to the new idolatrous Pachamama Church currently being brought into being,” Read more

Pet service blesses all creatures great and small Comments 0

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Nelson Cathedral pews made way for paws as a pet service welcomed all things bright and beautiful. Dogs dominated the furry friends at the Sunday morning service where all animals were invited, but other four-legged friends included guinea pigs and cats. The one hour of worship had a theme of animals with many hymns, Read more

What worship really is Comments 0

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

For years the church talked a lot about the holiness of God and the righteousness of God, and for years the church told us we should have the fear of God. When you walked into a church sanctuary, there was a reverent tone. But then there was a swing in the other direction. Of course, Read more

Catholic pastoral musicians gather for national conference Comments 0

Monday, October 21st, 2019

The largest gathering of Catholic Pastoral Musicians in Australia was celebrated at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne from October 1-3. Expert presenters offered keynotes, workshops, showcases, and over 45 dynamic breakout sessions to over 330 participants from all over Australia and New Zealand, covering a wide range of topics and musical genres. Read more Read more