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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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The Artist
published 9 March 2012 by Fr. David Friel

Not all people consider themselves artists, nor do all perceive themselves as students of the sacred liturgy. To some extent, however, I believe we are all (at least tacitly) both.

As a self-professed artist and student of the liturgy, I was captivated by one of the intercessions the Church prayed in Vespers this past Tuesday (of the Second Week of Lent). We prayed: “Inspire all teachers and artists to prepare mankind for Your Kingdom.”

What a mission statement! I have thought about the vocation of artists in many ways, but I was struck by this particular expression of the artist’s redemptive role. The arts are, after all, meant to lead us to Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. They are meant, indeed, to lead us to salvation.

I imagine that most visitors to this website and blog consider themselves artists. Have you ever meditated on your role in preparing mankind for the Kingdom of Heaven?