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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

Antiphon Journal Expands Its Archives
published 21 May 2017 by Fr. David Friel

AntiphonRedesign NE OF THE journals I most enjoy reading is Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal. Published by the Society for Catholic Liturgy and presently edited by Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., the contents of the journal always stimulate new thoughts and perspectives on liturgical matters.

Until recently, the journal archives of Antiphon have been available through the journal website. Articles would only appear from volumes more than three years old.

Now, the more recent editions of the journal, up to the current issue, have been made available through Project MUSE. The mission of Project MUSE is to disseminate broadly scholarly content in the field of social science and the humanities. This new page makes it possible to preview Antiphon Volumes 19 through 21, which represent the years 2015-2017. The page makes available HTML and PDF versions of each individual article, editorial, and review—truly a wealth of quality resources.

Click here to see a few of my thoughts on Fr. Lang’s most recent book, Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and Expression of the Sacred (2015), including a discussion of whether or not liturgies ought to be televised.

If you enjoy scholarly discussion on liturgical themes, I would invite you to consider subscribing to Antiphon or even becoming a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. Among the many instruments of liturgical reform operating in the Church today, SCL is one of the finest.