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Certainly, the Second Vatican Council wished to promote greater active participation [and] fine initiatives were taken along these lines. However we cannot close our eyes to the disaster, the devastation and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused by remodeling the Church’s liturgy according to their ideas. They forgot that the liturgical act is not just a PRAYER, but also and above all a MYSTERY in which something is accomplished for us that we cannot fully understand but that we must accept and receive in faith, love, obedience and adoring silence.
— Pope Francis' Chief Liturgist (31 March 2017)

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Rev. David M. Friel
published 10 January 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

312 David Friel ATHER DAVID M. FRIEL is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in May 2011. He is currently in full-time graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, working toward an STL in sacred liturgy. He studied philosophy & theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he also served as organist, cantor, and liturgical Master of Ceremonies. Upon ordination, he served for five years as Parochial Vicar at Saint Anselm Church in Northeast Philadelphia. He enjoys backpacking, running, reading, and sports of all kinds.

Father Friel studied organ under Dr. Theodore Kiefer, and he also enjoys composing music. His music has been published at CanticaNOVA Publications, and his Mass in Honor of St. John Neumann is available online through the Creative Commons.


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