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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Sacred Time and Space
published 20 April 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

Brought up as a total atheist, I had no sense whatsoever of tradition, ritual or ceremony. When I became a Catholic at 21, ushered in through such lovers of traditional liturgy as the Von Hildebrand’s, I lived with daily Mass and liturgy of the hours more out of blind faith than understanding.

The key to understanding came with a course given by my godfather, Balduin Schwarz, on philosophy of religion. We read a book by Mircea Eliade on the nature of the sacred as expressed in all religions. The concept was that it is part of the experience of the divine to set aside sacred spaces and sacred times. In terms of Catholic worship I learned that in the incarnation, Christ, the God-man, enters our “conveyor belt” of human time. Because He was divine as well as human, when, through the priest, His death on the cross is re-presented we truly enter into the eternal where all time is unified. That sacred time participates in eternity and when we enter it we are caught up into His Real Presence in a way different from the way He is present to us when we pray at any time of day or year in any space other than the sacred space of the Church.

Presently, graced to live at a seminary where high liturgy is valued above all, I am caught up even more in the solemnity of that sacred time and space each day, but to the maximum as we come to the Triduum.

If I get sufficiently caught up you won’t hear from me on this blog until Easter Monday.

Dr. Ronda Chervin has many free e-books and audios on her website rondachervin.com. If you go to her website and read or listen and then want to correspond with her she will be available. Her schedule does not permit, however, responding to comments on the Blog, though she enjoys reading them. Dr. Ronda’s newest project is spiritualityrunningtogod.com.