Popular Misconceptions About the Catholic Mass, Part I: Music

A number of liturgical reforms seen in the U.S. since Vatican II were not actually mandated or even recommended by the Council, but were reactionary shifts that had more to do with the culture of the decade – it’s time to revisit those changes. 

Read More

The Value and Danger of Simplicity in the Liturgical Arts

Ask any group of church-goers about the qualities they appreciate in a beautiful church building and you'll get a lot of different answers. Sentiments range from appreciating intimacy to fulfilling a need to be inspired.

Read More

SCL Conference: The Temple Transformed

Founded in 1995, the Society for Catholic Liturgy is a multidisciplinary association of Catholic scholars, teachers, pastors, and professionals – including architects and musicians – whose purpose is to promote scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church's liturgy.

Read More

Easter / Pascha 2014

This year Christians all over the world – Roman & Protestant West as well as Orthodox East – celebrated yesterday the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To all of you celebrating this great feast we wish you every blessing and joy.

Apse fresco from the funerary chapel of the Chora Monastery (now museum) in Istanbul, 14th century. This scene in church art is referred to as the  Descent into Hades , or simply  Resurrection  (as inscribed above in Greek:  Anastasis ). You can read more about this mural on the Turkish government’s museum  website .  “‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.’  “(Now this, ‘He ascended’ – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”   — Ephesians 4:8–10

Apse fresco from the funerary chapel of the Chora Monastery (now museum) in Istanbul, 14th century. This scene in church art is referred to as the Descent into Hades, or simply Resurrection (as inscribed above in Greek: Anastasis). You can read more about this mural on the Turkish government’s museum website.

“‘When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.’

“(Now this, ‘He ascended’ – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”

— Ephesians 4:8–10

Holy Week 2014

We wish all of you who are celebrating Holy Week every blessing this week, full of peace, light and spiritual nourishment. 

Romanesque period Rood Cross of San Damiano, notably associated with St. Francis of Assisi. 

Romanesque period Rood Cross of San Damiano, notably associated with St. Francis of Assisi.