Homily for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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The 34th and Final Sunday of Ordinary Time, and of the Year of Grace 2016 Homily 2 Sam 5-1-3 Colossians 1:20-20 Luke 23:25-43   An internet meme that was circulating several weeks back contained a picture of Jesus Christ the King and it said “no matter who is elected President, Jesus Christ is still the King.” Never have we needed …

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53       People didn’t care very much for what the Prophet Jeremiah had to say. He was telling people that unless they repented, Jerusalem was going to fall and the people of Judah would be taken into captivity by the Babylonians. This was going to happen, Jeremiah said, because people refused to …

Q&A: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

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For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

Q & A: If I Haven’t Yet Swallowed the Host, Can I Receive the Chalice?

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Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ). How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must the Host be completely clear …

Pray Prayers of Thanks

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Each day, Catholic clergy, religious men and women, and laypeople from all over the world pray the Liturgy of the Hours. These powerful prayers, rooted in the psalms and in Sacred Scripture, move according to the rhythms of the Church’s ecclesiastical year and invite us to bring our petitions to God. I often find when praying the Hours, sometimes called …

The Baptism of the Lord and Ordinary Time

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Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the Church remembers in a solemn way the day on which Christ humbled himself as an example to us to be baptized in the River Jordan by his forerunner, follower, and cousin John the Baptist. Unlike ourselves, who all had need of baptism as the ordinary means by which …

“The Church of God Welcomes You With Great Joy”

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Perhaps the biggest news from the Vatican this week is a piece of news that almost slipped in under the radar, but has a profound theological effect on the meaning of the liturgy for the Rite of Baptism. Up to this point, priests and deacons have been saying “the Christian Community welcomes you with great joy,” but because of a …

The Washing of the Feet

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This past weekend those men of the Diocese of Knoxville who are presently in formation for the permanent diaconate, of which I am one, along with a majority of the wives of those men went on our annual retreat. It is often said (and our formation director Deacon Tim Elliott pointed out) that every retreat is different, and next year’s …

Vatican II & Sacred Art

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One of the things that was always emphasized in our seminary training with regards to the liturgy, which includes the use of sacred art, is that it should have a character of noble simplicity. The council fathers described the use of sacred art with these words, The fine arts are rightly classed among the noblest activities of man’s genius; this …

Vatican II & Sacred Music

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Sacrosanctum Concilium proves its connection to true Catholic theology in how it addresses the issue of sacred music as falling into the category of “both/and”. Here are some words that struck me from the chapter of the document on sacred music. The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it …

Liturgical Seasons

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Continuing with our journey through the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I would like to take a look at the liturgical year. We are just around the corner from the beginning of a new Church year that begins with the First Sunday of Advent. There are really several liturgical calendars in the Church that overlap one another and unless …

The Divine Office

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Chapter Four of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy focuses on what is properly called the prayer of the Church, known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. My guess is that most people associate this prayer with the daily prayers of those who live in a monastic setting or as the private prayer …

Full, Active and Conscious Participation

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One of the phrases heard often when speaking of the post conciliar liturgy is the call to “full, active and conscious participation”. The council fathers put it in these words, Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the …

The Council at 50: Mass Post-Vatican II, A Participatory Event

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The following article is the first in a series of posts by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II. Archbishop Gregory Aymond begins the series with this post on the Mass. Looking over the 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council, it’s clear that the most obvious effects …