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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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The Vatican Gradual cheered our hearts by restoring the authentic form of the hymns therein. But there are very few hymns in the Gradual. We looked forward to the continuation of the same work, where it was so much more needed, in the Vesperal, and then in the new Breviary. Alas, the movement, for the present, has stopped. The new Vesperal and then the Breviary contain Urban VIII’s versions. So at present we have the odd situation that in the Gradual the old form of the hymns is restored; but when the same hymn (for instance “Vexilia regis”) comes again in the Vesperal, we must sing the seventeenth-century mangling.
— Adrian Fortescue (25 March 1916)

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Chesterton on the Value of New Beginnings
published 1 January 2016 by Fr. David Friel

HE FAMOUS (and pious) journalist, G.K. Chesterton, contributed 13 years’ worth of weekly columns to the Daily News (1901-1913). In those columns, Chesterton shared his highly respected thoughts on such diverse matters as secularism, imperialism, eugenics, education, social reform, the temperance movement, and even women’s suffrage.

In one column, he also shared his thoughts on the purpose of New Year’s Day and the value of new beginnings. Chesterton writes:

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

May all of our readers be richly blessed in the Year of Our Lord 2016!