Category Archives: Liturgy

Class of 2019: Go to Mass

This post is authored by Dr. Timothy P. O’Malley, Director of Notre Dame Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. It was originally published on August 25, 2015 at “Oblation: Liturgy and Life,” and is republished with permission. Today, the University of Notre Dame holds its opening of the school year Mass. Participating […]

Yes, We Need Ritual: The Millennial and the Mass

I can’t hope to speak for every young adult, but I can speak for myself and those whom I know. Existence easily feels unanchored, uncertain, and confining. When guidance is lacking, we often idolize distraction, making rituals of Facebook stalking, Instagram checking, and relational and sexual fantasizing. As a generation that thinks it does not need […]

The Ugliest Vestments Ever

Here’s a little something you may have seen before. Over at Real Clear Religion, Nicholas G. Hahn III has a slideshow of the ugliest vestments ever worn. Below are just a few of these hilariously awful misadventures in liturgical garb.  See the rest here.    

10 Ways the Church Is Rising

  We are used to thinking of Christianity as a spent force, a dying ancient religion that had its day in the sun and now is over and done with. That is exactly how his opponents thought of Jesus on the original Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. If the Church is the body […]

Modern Martyrs’ Stations of the Cross

Opening prayer: Lord Jesus, Pope Francis has asked us to contemplate “the martyrs of our own time” saying, “They refuse to deny Jesus and they endure insult and injury with dignity. They follow him on his way.” Help us learn from them to follow in your footsteps. First Station Pilate condemns Jesus “Crucify him!” they […]

Benedict XVI on Politics and the Holy Mass

The other day at the used book store, an older title by Joseph Ratzinger–not yet Benedict XVI–caught my eye: The Feast of Faith, a collection of reflections on the liturgy.  I am primarily interested in political issues,  but I like to read anything by Benedict.  From experience, I usually expect to encounter in his writings […]

‘Liturgical Dress': Wearing God’s Word Every Day

James R. Celoni is a music director for his parish and, for a living, he’s a “technical evangelist”for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, helping parishes, schools and other church organizations find the best ways to use technology to achieve the mission of spreading the Word of God. Of course, at daily Mass everywhere around the […]

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future […]

The question nobody is asking about the black mass in Oklahoma

At least, I haven’t seen anyone asking it. First, a brief recap of events: A few weeks ago, a Satanist group announced plans to perform a black mass in Oklahoma using a consecrated host that had been stolen from a Catholic Church. In response, a legal team representing the local bishop obtained a court order […]



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