Category Archives: Liturgy

#283 – Te Deum

The Te Deum is one of the oldest and most important hymns of the Catholic Church. It has pride of place at the most important celebrations of the Church. Many composers have written their own versions of the hymn, including one composer whose Te Deum cost him his life.

Links:
The Te Deum in Latin and English
Te Deum in Latin chant
Part of Lully’s Te Deum
The Te Matrem Dei laudamus te can be found in Latin and English
The Enthronement of Metropolitan William Skurla

Sources:
Blackburn, Bonnie J. “‘Te Matrem Dei Laudamus:’ A Study in the Musical Veneration of Mary.” The Musical Quarterly 53, no. 1 (January 1, 1967): 53–76.
Julian, John. “Te Deum”. A Dictionary of Hymnology, Setting Forth the Origin and History of Christian Hymns of All Ages and Nations. New York: Dover Publications, 1957: 1119-1134.
Springer, Carl P.E. “Nicetas and the Authorship of the Te Deum”. Studia Patristica 33. (Leuven: Peeters Press, 1997): 325-331.

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#254 – The Congolese Rite

From the earliest days of the Church, Catholics have sought how to best express the eternal truths of the faith in their own distinctive cultural experience. While the Catholic faith came to the Democratic Republic of the Congo through European missionaries, the Congolese people have sought liturgical expressions which come from the Spirit that truly dwells among them.

Links:
Photos of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrating the Congolese Rite.
Videos of Congolese worship can be found here, here, and here.
Photo of Lubumbashi Cathedral in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Nick Hobgood

Other sources:
Egbulem, O.P., Chris Nwaka. “An African Interpretation of Liturgical Inculturation”. A Promise of Presence. Edited by Michael Downey and Richard Fragomeni. 1992. pp. 227-259.

Egbulem, O. P, Christ Nwaka. The Power of Africentric Celebrations. Inspirations from the Zairean Liturgy. 1996.

Tovey, Philip. Inculturation of Christian Worship: Exploring the Eucharist. 2004.

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Today in Catholic History – The End of the Sacrament House

On 21 August 1863, the Sacred Congregation of Rites prohibited the placing of the Blessed Sacrament in what was called a Sacrament House.

For much of Catholic History there were no uniform regulations regarding the placement of the Blessed Sacrament other that the location where the Sacrament was kept be secure and visible. Some churches kept the Blessed Sacrament in the sacristy, some in receptacles above the altar, some in tabernacles on the altar and some in cabinets in walls constructed like a tower called the “Sacrament House”. Sacrament Houses were particularly popular in churches built in medieval Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium.

These towers would be close to the altar but not attached to it. Usually on the north side of the church. The Blessed Sacrament would be kept behind a door of metal lattice so that the faithful could see the reserved Sacrament at all times.

The chief reason why the Sacred Congregation of Rites came to prohibit Sacrament Houses was the desire to move to the common use of tabernacles as the proper location for the placement of the Blessed Sacrament.

Here are some examples of Sacrament Houses.

#211 – Catholic Schools versus the KKK

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In the 1920’s the Ku Klux Klan tried to shut down Catholic and other private schools in Oregon in the name of protecting American values. The effects of this would go all the way to the Supreme Court and help define human rights in the United States even today. Plus, the Eucharistic Prayer in the East and the West

Links:
Pierce vs Society of School Sisters Supreme Court Decision
The Ku Klux Klan’s attempts to abolish Catholic Schools in Washington and Oregon

See also:
David B. Tyack. “The Perils of Pluralism: The Background of the Pierce Case,”American Historical Review, Vol. 74, No. 1 (Oct., 1968), pp. 74–98

Plus a new book coming out on the case:
Cross Purposes by Paula Abrams

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#202 – Confession and Communion – Part II

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In the second part of our examination of the relationship between Confession and Communion we look at developments from the Council of Trent up to the present and see how the Church once again emphasized the Eucharist as a means of forgiveness and healing.

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#201 – Confession and Communion Part I

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From the beginnings of the Church, the confession of sins has been part of the reception of the Holy Eucharist, this episode looks at the historical reasons for that connection from the Apostolic times through the Middle Ages and what that connection shows us about our own connection to the Body of Christ. Plus, listener feedback on Elvis and the Catholic Church.

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The Catholic Roundup
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#196 – Crowned in Marriage

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A look at the Eastern Catholic/Orthodox rite of marriage and the theology of this most wonderful sacrament. Plus, a few words on the Franciscan Crown.

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#186 – The A Word

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The history of “Alleluia” and why we don’t say it during the Lenten season, the Mission of the Eastern Catholic Church and a patron saint for metrologists – not meteorologists.

Links:
Out of Print Catholic Books
Metrology work by Ephiphanius of Salamis
SQPN Fundraising Drive

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#133 – On The Road Again

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In response to a reader question, we take a look at the difference between Catholic and Lutheran beliefs about the Eucharist and whether Lutherans can receive Communion in Catholic Churches. I also talk about a possible Italian meet and greet and issue a prayer challenge! Remember, be kind to your priest!

Links:
Lutheran/Catholic Statement on the Eucharist
Tupelo Catholic

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#121 – Matters of Faith and Worship

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In this episode, I offer my observations on the recent Moto Proprio of Pope Benedict XVI and the CDF’s statement that the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church, why they are important and what they mean.

Links:

Moto Proprio – Summorum Pontificum
Document of the CDF


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