I have a difficulty regarding the naming of one part of the liturgical year which I would like to share with Southern Cross readers, to discover whether I am alone with this problem. That difficulty is the use of the word “ordinary” as in “Ordinary Time”.
Music in churches should be “beautiful and magnificent”, but also hospitable and accessible to everyone, according to an expert in liturgy.
During the four weeks of Advent, the worldwide Church is not idle – here are some of the feasts that are celebrated. It celebrates plenty of major feasts with lots of customs, traditions and even special foods during the month of December.
We know that images and statues of Christ and the saints are nothing more than plaster, wood or paint. As such they have no magical powers.
The Mass is not a show, but a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, Pope Francis said
Incense has been used in the Catholic liturgy for ages. But doesn’t its use come from pagan origins?
A document released by Pope Francis that gives bishops’ conferences greater power in introducing liturgical texts will have no immediate impact on the current English missal but will facilitate the approval of translations into South Africa’s other languages, according to the bishop responsible for liturgy in Southern Africa.
In changes to the Code of Canon Law regarding translations of the Mass and other liturgical texts, Pope Francis highlighted respect for the responsibility of national and regional bishops’ conferences.
Pope Francis set down a marker recently when he affirmed “with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform” which followed the Second Vatican Council “is irreversible”.
The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.
In so many areas of our lives, we have overcome our prejudices to exercise gender sensitivity in language.
Is it a Church rule that we are not supposed to hold hands during the Our Father at Mass? Catechist Holding hands during the sacred liturgy is quite foreign to the Roman Rite. Nowhere...