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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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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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Thoughts on Praise II
published 14 May 2012 by Fr. David Friel

The second thought on praise derives from my celebration of the Mass in this Easter season. All five of the prefaces of Easter begin the same way: “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, at all times to acclaim You, O Lord.”

On this account, “acclaiming” the Lord—that is, giving Him praise—is not only right, it is just. Moreover, it is not simply just, it is a duty. Still more, it’s not only a duty, but our salvation, itself! This is astonishing! Giving praise to God, our liturgy teaches us, constitutes our very salvation. The two things can never be separated.

One who does not acclaim or praise the Lord, then, does damage to oneself. God, of course, loses nothing when we do not worship Him; He cannot be slighted or shortchanged. When we do not worship God, it is we, ourselves, who lose something.

When we forfeit the duty to acclaim Him, we forfeit our salvation—and that is a very serious thought.