Does it seem strange that religious orders dedicated to serving the poor would also be rediscovering the traditional Latin Mass?
A Benedictine monk helps us appreciate the tremendous miracle of the Mass, which is the central point of all earthly reality.
We hear a lot these days about the New Evangelization, but not so much about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And yet the Mass is at the very heart of our mission.
“Who could have anticipated such a Renaissance of music-making in the desert of postmodernity? Yet this was but the first wave, and now we are enjoying a second…”
St. Thomas did not comment specifically on the custom of sprinkling the people with holy water prior to the principal Sunday Mass; but he did explain exactly why it’s a good idea to do such a thing.
Music, for a Christian, should serve the same purpose as everything else in life: weaning us from excessive attachment to this world and lifting our souls heavenward.
It is impossible for us, by ourselves, to make a just return to the Lord for all He has given to us. But “with the Lord, nothing is impossible.”
I have been asked to recommend some ways in which any parish in the United States could improve the music used at Mass. Some parishes may already have taken the following two steps, in which case my advice will be nugatory for them, but if your parish has not yet done so, now’s the time to begin.
“One of the most common canards now broadcast is that Pope Francis cares but little for the sacred liturgy…”
Music is like a food that either makes us healthy or sick; indeed, it shapes our souls in its image.
Can we really rank the works of fine art? Is one composer greater than another, one piece of sacred music more beautiful than another? Or is it all relative?
“Everything in God’s good creation is hierarchically ordered, and the virtue of each part is to belong to the whole in the right way…”
True art affirms the Catholic Faith—and represents a spiritual sacrifice pleasing and acceptable to the Lord.
Have you ever wondered what a Novus Ordo High Mass might look like? Read on…
Traditional practices form a coherent whole, as they developed organically together. In many ways the liturgical reform was mechanistic and ideological.