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Liturgy

 'In the fullness of time, God's purpose will be revealed'
This article from NCRonline highlights portions of Sr. Theresa Kane’s talk, “Woman, Why Are You Weeping?” given July 22 in Chicago at the Celebration conference on effective liturgy:  "We see Mary of Magdala in the garden as someone who has experienced the torture and death of a close, intimate friend. She was a companion, certainly a benefactor to Jesus, and a disciple. We, too, have all wept at the death of loved one."

 A Step Backwards
From the Tablet: The regular worship of the average Catholic parish may well go on regardless, despite the ruling from Pope Benedict XVI authorising the use of the Tridentine Rite of the Mass in certain circumstances. For English speakers, a far bigger and more propitious change lies ahead - the introduction of a new translation of the rite that replaced the Tridentine form not long after the Second Vatican Council. One change looks forward, but the other backwards.

 A SUGGESTED AGENDA
The purpose of liturgical reform is not only to translate old Latin texts into good English, but to revise liturgical practices to allow people to celebrate their Christian faith in ways that better fit contemporary culture.

 An Open Letter to the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the Forthcoming Missal
Anthony Ruff, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey and a professor of liturgy and Gregorian chant. He was on the committee which drafted the 2007 document “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship” for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 AN ORDINARY SUNDAY
 A Nationwide Survey of Parish Masses: In a special feature, parishioners from across the country weigh in on the state of Sunday Mass - all of these parishes are making an effort, sometimes valiantly, to do what they can with what they have.

 ARCHBISHOP GREGORY; THE TIME IS RIGHT TO REVIEW MASS TRANSLATIONS
Archbishop Wilton Gregory says that controversial translations may need to be revisited to fix 'problematic' sections that fail to 'bring the entire church together.'

 AUTHORS SAY IT'S TIME TO ROLL BACK THE 2010 MISSAL
Lost in Translation was published just as Pope Francis issued new instructions on his own initiative in September, the document Magnum Principium, which reevaluates Liturgiam Authenticam and returns the duty of translation to local bishops' conferences.

 BELIEF & PRACTICE: Latin Mass
From Religion and Ethics online: The Vatican is soon expected to publish a document that could allow priests to say the Mass in Latin without first having to get permission from their bishops. The Latin Mass -- known as the Tridentine Mass -- all but disappeared after the 1960s when the Second Vatican Council allowed congregations to hear the Mass and sing and pray in their native language. But some Catholic traditionalists consider the Latin Mass to be more authentic, saying it's a spiritual and an emotional issue.

 Documents and Articles
Official Church Documents and articles regarding liturgical celebration, architechture, music and ritual.

 Liturgical Resources
Liturgical calendars, scripture reflections, homiletic archives, associations and other liturgical resources.

 Liturgical Music
Magazines, publishers, contemporary Christian and Catholic authors/artists, as well as links to traditional Catholic hymnody.

 Sermon and Homily Aids
Resources and preparation tools that's filled with contemporary material that can assist anyone who preaches the Word of God in speaking to today's audiences.

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