October 30, 2018

“May God be praised!” This phrase attributed to Saint Peter Julian Eymard has always had a curious ring for us. I think one interpretation could be that Fr. Eymard wrote and said this often to remind us that above all, first things are to be first, that all belongs to God. When we pray, praise […]


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Sacrosanctum Concilium at 55

The first document considered at Vatican II was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, underscoring the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. This year, this column took a fresh look at hallmark liturgical documents. We end the year with Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC). For present-day liturgists, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy […]

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September 30, 2018

“Cut it out!” “Stop that!” These childhood mantras still echo in my head as I remember tickling my little brother or seeing my cousins wrestling on the floor with one another. Even now I witness children continue these childhood rituals. Eventually they work things out. Or do they? We still tease or taunt one another, […]


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Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass at 45

One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council is a heightened awareness of the connection between the Eucharistic celebration and prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. As the well-known saying goes, “Life begins at forty.” Well, perhaps these days, 45 is the new 40. And the Roman Catholic Church is proud to […]

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Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy at 60

The Church has long appreciated the intimate connection between sacred music and the liturgy. We continue to examine important liturgical documents whose anniversaries fall in this calendar year. As pope, Pius XII wrote many milestone documents, including Divino Afflante Spiritu (September 30, 1943) on Sacred Scripture and its study, and Mediator Dei (November 20, 1947), […]

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“Dies Domini”: Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy at 20

There has been a noticeable decline over recent decades in regular observance of the Lord’s Day. Communities of faith have a role to play in calling society to a renewed sense of the sacred amid the busyness of life. Saint John Paul II issued the apostolic letter Dies Domini (DD) on Pentecost, May 31, 1998. […]

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Liturgies with Children: The Directory at 45 and the Lectionary at 25

The Church provides rich resources for celebrating Masses with the youngest members of our assemblies and their parents. Twenty years ago, I began a journey with you to reflect on the pastoral liturgy of the Church. We continue our “anniversary year” focus in this column on liturgical practices and rituals by reviewing two key liturgical […]

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Concelebration Guidelines Revised at 15

Concelebration witnesses to the unity of the Church and the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Twenty years ago, I began a journey with you to reflect on the pastoral liturgy of the Church. It has been a great honor to write for this illustrious magazine and continue a tradition of collaboration with the staff and readers […]

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