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What Is the Liturgy? MONASTERY OF THE HOLY CROSS - August 10, 2015 At one point in yesterday's Oblate meeting, we discussed the difference between devotional pictures and icons. This discussion took place in a conference based on Pope Benedict XVI's The Spirit of the Liturgy . And so it was noted that icons and devotional pictures might share themes, and composition. Pictures might even be of icons. But icons are always liturgical . The way an icon is prepared, the fasting that an iconographer undergoes, ...http://chicagomonk.org/about-us/the-priors-blog/what-is-the-liturgy/
Stripping a City of Its Churches: The Greater Act of Iconoclasm That Is "Making All Things New" RORATE CÆLI - August 1, 2015 ... Catholic belief and practice in what was one of the great powerhouses of the Church universal: the Archdiocese itself reportedly claims that only 12% of its flock regularly attends Sunday Mass. No doubt a disproportionate number of Mass attendees are elderly. If Fr. Rutler is correct the Mass attendance c. 1965 in New York stood at more than 60%. The parish closures are not just about money and church attendance, but also about vocations and priest numbers. Catholic Hierarchy notes that the ...http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/08/stripping-city-of-its-churches-greater.html
On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design COMMUNITY IN MISSION - July 30, 2015 ... churches preach the Word. The height draws our eyes up to Heaven as if to say, Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at God's right hand ( Col 3:1 ). And the shape of most of our older churches is that of a cross, as if to say, May I never glory in anything save the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ ( Gal 6:14 ). My own parish church is a sermon in stone, wood, and glass. It is designed around the Book of Revelation ( Chapters 4 ...http://blog.adw.org/2015/07/on-the-biblical-roots-and-requirements-of-church-design/
Father Richard Heilman Co-Opts the Benedict Option EST QUOD EST - July 16, 2015 ... Medals. These are the ones who frequent Confession, understanding that a collection of small sins leaves them prone to commit the bigger ones. These are the ones who dedicate their lives and the lives of their family to the mission(s) of their parish. These are the ones who truly live "God fearing" lives, as every decision they make is weighed against whether it is pleasing to God, as they fear ever disappointing God, who they love so much! Once we restore the home and parishes as powerhouses ...http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2015/07/father-richard-heilman-co-opts-benedict.html