Blessing the Holy Oils

Annual chrism Mass is time of renewal, preparation By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Every year right before Easter, the bishop of each diocese blesses the oils that will be used in its parishes for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick at a special Mass called the chrism Mass….

Is there a place for Latin in liturgy today?

While it is certainly legal to include the language that was so much a par t of Mass in days gone by, the questions to ask are, would it be beneficial, and, if so, how much is the right amount? July 4, 2014, edition Q. One fellow member of my parish liturgy committee is pushing hard for using more Latin hymns and even Mass settings in our Sunday Masses, but others…

What is the history & theology behind the prayers of the faithful?

The faith that leads us at Mass to ask God to fill our needs must lead us to alleviate human need outside of Mass February 14, 2014, edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. I prepare the Sunday and holy day prayers of the faithful for my parish Masses. I use several published resources for this,…

Singing neglected parts of Mass can enrich our prayer

Adding Scripture-based chant to the liturgy isn’t an attempt to ‘turn back the clock,’ but rather an effort to enjoy the richness of a valuable form of art Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Kyle Eller In November, the Scottish Catholic composer James MacMillan an- nounced that he intends to stop writ- ing congregational music for…

Gifts from other cultures can enrich our traditions

Q. In your June column you wrote about some of your ideas about liturgy “in the spirit of Vatican II.” I would particularly like to hear your thoughts on being “open to cultural adaptation.” A. It’s important — and not just in places like Africa or Asia, but right here in the United States. The…