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    Throughout the world, in the Easter Sunday liturgy, Catholics sing the ancient Sequence, Victimae Paschali Laudes, or as it is known in English, “Christians, to the Paschal Victim.” The sequence offers praise to Christ, the Victor over sin and death,…

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    Love for Latin Liturgy More than a Fashion

    by Rachel Lu

    As a lover of traditional liturgy, I was momentarily excited by a report last week that, for once in my life, I might actually be hip to the trends. It would be a nearly-unprecedented thing for me, and I’m still…

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    Symbolism and the Language of the Liturgy

    by Rev. Dwight Longenecker

    In his conversations with the journalist Bill Moyers, the mythologist Joseph Campbell commented on the power of lived symbolism in communal life. When the judge comes out in a black robe, sits behind a high desk and calls the court…

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    The Promise and Fulfillment of Christmas

    by Fr. Robert Johansen

    Some years ago, when I was recently ordained, it fell upon me to celebrate the Vigil Mass of Christmas at my parish. The pastor, as was his prerogative, always celebrated Midnight Mass, so the other parish Masses were divided between…

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    Benedict XVI and the Way of Beauty

    by Duncan G. Stroik

     Something unusual is revealed here as well: the house of God is the true house of humans.  It becomes the house of humans even more the less it tries to be this and the more it is simply put up…

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    Jesus Christ Superstar Now

    by Randall B. Smith

    When I was a kid, the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” was all the rage.  Both the local high school and my parents’ church (a large United Christ Methodist affair) each put on large, well-attended performances of the “rock opera” that…

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    Pope Francis Will Enliven the Benedict Legacy

    by Jeffrey Tucker

    Being quoted by the press often leads to an out-of-body experience. This happened to me this weekend when an article posted by the Religion News Service was sent out through the wire and landed at the Washington Post, Huffington Post,…

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    The Casino and the Cathedral: On Recovering Our Abandoned Culture

    by Jeffrey Tucker

    Today’s pagan temples and chapels—capitalistic institutions bent on money making no matter what—have appropriated Catholic styles, symbols, art, liturgy, and rubrics just as Catholics have lost confidence in them. They are winning and we are not. It’s time for Catholicism…

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    How John Paul II Restored Liturgical Sanity

    by Jeffrey Tucker

    We tend to think of the papacy of Benedict XVI as the papacy that put the Catholic liturgy back together again, turning the “hermeneutic of rupture” into the “hermeneutic of continuity.” Rarely receiving the credit for preparing the way is…

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    Five Ways to Ruin the Mass

    by Jeffrey Tucker

    We are getting ever closer to an improved liturgy in the English-speaking world. The new Missal gives us a more dignified language that more closely reflects the Latin standard. The hippy-dippy rupturism of the past is finally giving way to…

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    Is Chant Like Folk Music?

    by Jeffrey Tucker

    Somehow we have this impression that Gregorian chant is part of a high Church ethos. It’s for conservatives and traditionalists who favor their liturgy buttoned up, obedient, and strict. On the other hand, this line of thinking goes, people who…

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    Pope Benedict XVI’s Musical Legacy

    by Jeffrey Tucker

    One of the many lasting legacies of the papacy of Benedict XVI concerns liturgical music. Enormous progress has been made in his papacy. Incredibly this progress has happened without new legislation, new restrictions, new mandates, or firm-handed attempts to impose…

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    Christ is Born! Come, Lord Jesus!

    by Fr. Robert Johansen

    In the crypt of the church of St. Mary Major in Rome, under the high altar, rests a crystal reliquary containing five pieces of sycamore wood, which are believed to be the remains of the crib of the infant Jesus…

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    Is It Back to Nuns with Rulers?

    by Rev. Dwight Longenecker

    One of the things I have always found most delightful about the Catholic Church is nuns. Protestants have fearsome and holy women, but they don’t have nuns. There is something feisty and admirable about a nun. Especially a nun with…

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    An Interview with Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

    by Joseph Susanka

    A year and a half ago, while searching for a recording of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion to share with a friend, I stumbled across a YouTube clip entitled simply: ”St Matthew Passion. No. 1.” Filled with idle musical curiosity, I clicked away,…

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    Cosmic Onions? How Still Lifes Point to the Liturgy

    by David Clayton

    It is said that all the great art movements begin on the altar. So, for example, the gothic style began as the style for gothic churches and cathedrals in harmony with the liturgy. However, very quickly the architecture of mundane…

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    The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of the Lord

    by David Clayton

    Many people that I have come across say that they believe in God, and might even acknowledge the need to conform to a moral code (quite how they discern it is another matter) but see no reason for ‘organised religion’,…

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    Behold the Lamb: The Triumph of the New Translation

    by Rev. Dwight Longenecker

    To mark the implementation of the new English translation yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent, and to and facilitate discussion, we have reposted this piece and George Weigel’s column on the topic.   The reasons given for the new English…

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    A Portrait of Dietrich Von Hildebrand

    by Tom Howard

    The name Dietrich von Hildebrand is not, perhaps, as well known as it should be among intelligent and literate Catholics — or, for that matter, among Christians of any ilk. He is a man whom Pius XII referred to as…

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    Worship Gone Awry

    by Maureen Mullarkey

    Many thoughtful Catholics dismiss concern for style as an affectation, an indulgence in personal taste. Like Puritan prelates, they pull their hems back from what they regard as an overemphasis on ornament and human ceremony. These are distractions from the…

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    Of Tepees and Tabernacles

    by Rev. Dwight Longenecker

    We are building a new church in our parish, and to lead the effort I have been thinking and reading about church architecture. Looking around at the dismal buildings that have been presented as Catholic churches over the last 50…

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