Posts Tagged ‘Liturgy’

Pope: Liturgy is a personal and communal encounter with God

Monday, May 13th, 2024

The sacred liturgy is a personal and communal encounter with God; Pope Francis marvelled as he received professors and students of the Athenaeum University of Saint Pacian of Barcelona in the Vatican on Friday. In his remarks, the Holy Father underscored the incredible value of the liturgy and recalled his, having declared this year ahead Read more

Gathered around the altar

Monday, April 22nd, 2024

“Without liturgical reform, there is no reform of the Church,” Pope Francis said emphatically last February during an address to the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. His remarks came around the 60th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy that was issued during Read more

Better liturgy says Synod on Synodality. Anyone listening?

Monday, February 12th, 2024
better liturgy

One of the surprises to come out of the Synod on Synodality was a call for better liturgy. The final report of the October 2023 session of the synod referred to “the widely reported need to make liturgical language more accessible to the faithful and more embodied in the diversity of cultures.” The English-speaking church Read more

Ash Wednesday is coming – ready or not

Monday, February 12th, 2024
Ash Wednesday

Soon we’ll be celebrating Ash Wednesday, when Christmas was just 7 weeks ago. The contrasts couldn’t be more startling. Christmas being so engagingly delightful with a cute newborn baby boy, animals, angels, stars and visitors with gifts. Now as we mark Ash Wednesday we are going to have imprinted on our forehead’s ash in the Read more

Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church

Monday, February 12th, 2024
LIturgical reform

Liturgical reform is crucial in the ongoing renewal of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said this to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Thursday. After what has been labelled as a significant address, discussion took place against the backdrop of the dicastery’s annual plenary assembly. The assembly focused Read more

Six decades of Sacrosanctum Concilium in New Zealand

Monday, December 4th, 2023
Sacrosanctum Concilium,

The promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, stands as a pivotal moment that ushered in a new era for the Catholic Church. Sixty years hence, we can reflect on the impact of this document on New Zealand’s theological landscape and liturgical practices. Sacrosanctum Concilium is the cornerstone of Vatican II because Read more

Liturgy is not the place for revealing tops, short skirts …

Monday, November 20th, 2023

Bad liturgy should not be happening and some practices must change. The comments come in a warning from Archbishop Roger Houngbédji O.P. of Cotonou. He has observed many “unruly” liturgical celebrations during his seven years as head of Benin’s largest Catholic diocese. Houngbédji has reminded priests, deacons, consecrated persons and laity of the archdiocese of Read more

Joy and liturgy

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

We humans (do we even need to say it?) are passionate animals! We have our loves and our hates, our up days and down days, and the times when we just want to sit quietly and be left alone. Moreover, these emotional swings are not simply mood swings or based on how we feel when Read more

Inclusive lectionary, some actual English Mass prayers signalled

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Revised translation

The Catholic Church in New Zealand is setting its sights on introducing an inclusive lectionary for Mass. Improved translations for the opening and post-Communion prayers are also under consideration. The initiative was confirmed by Bishop Stephen Lowe, president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and the bishops’ representative on the International Commission on English Read more

Sacrosanctum concilium @60 – still getting our bearings

Monday, August 28th, 2023
Sacrosanctum concilium

On 11 October 1962, the Second Vatican Council opened, and a year later, Sacrosanctum concilium changed the Church’s liturgy. It was expected by most of the bishops that it would ratify a series of documents prepared by the curia covering a raft of issues – but in essence, this was seen as an exercise in Read more