What's the history of adoration of the blessed sacrament?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
It seems that a lot of parishes are starting to have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, either as a regular practice or just on occasion.

Is this something new? Isn’t the celebration of the Mass enough?

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is not something new. It is a centuries-old practice rooted in an essential teaching of Catholic Christianity: Jesus Christ is truly and completely present in the Eucharist. Like many practices of our faith, however, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament developed gradually.


Mass disruption: The new translations

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Vatican
The new translation of the liturgy will speak volumes about the church that prays it.

November 28, 2010, the First Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning not only of a new liturgical year but a countdown to "welcoming the new Roman Missal," as the U.S. bishops' website calls its preparation program for the new translation of the Mass. Over the coming year English-speaking Catholics around the country will relearn prayers they have long been able to recite or sing by heart.


Mass disruption: The new translations

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Vatican
The new translation of the liturgy will speak volumes about the church that prays it.

November 28, 2010, the First Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning not only of a new liturgical year but a countdown to "welcoming the new Roman Missal," as the U.S. bishops' website calls its preparation program for the new translation of the Mass. Over the coming year English-speaking Catholics around the country will relearn prayers they have long been able to recite or sing by heart.


Let's bury the eulogy

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.

A Catholic funeral Mass is no place for a eulogy, says a Catholic pastor, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speak well of the dead.

I was spending a leisurely minute planning my funeral the other day--not a savory task, but a prudent one since I have pancreatic cancer.


Let's bury the eulogy

By Father James Field| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.

A Catholic funeral Mass is no place for a eulogy, says a Catholic pastor, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speak well of the dead.

I was spending a leisurely minute planning my funeral the other day--not a savory task, but a prudent one since I have pancreatic cancer.


Changes coming to a parish near you

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What will be different about the Mass come Advent 2011?

The recently approved English translation has a number of features that Mass-goers will surely notice. Here's a preview of the 10 most obvious changes coming to a parish near you. As Catholics around the country prepare, we'll offer more resources with analysis in the coming year. Learn about how we got to where we are by reading our special section on the liturgy.

(Changes indicated with strikethroughs and bold additions.)


Changes coming to a parish near you

Catholic News Service| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments
What will be different about the Mass come Advent 2011?

The recently approved English translation has a number of features that Mass-goers will surely notice. Here's a preview of the 10 most obvious changes coming to a parish near you. As Catholics around the country prepare, we'll offer more resources with analysis in the coming year. Learn about how we got to where we are by reading our special section on the liturgy.

(Changes indicated with strikethroughs and bold additions.)


What a difference a Mass makes

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A good liturgy draws people in, challenges them, allows them to pariticpate, and gives a sense of awe, Father Keith Pecklers, S.J. says in this interview from May 2007.

What a difference a Mass makes

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
A good liturgy draws people in, challenges them, allows them to pariticpate, and gives a sense of awe, Father Keith Pecklers, S.J. says in this interview from May 2007.

Liturgy: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Bishop Donald Trautman shares what he likes and dislikes about how we do the liturgy in an October 2005 interview.

You've said we do a good job with liturgy in the United States. What are we doing well?

Participation of the people, for example, in singing, lecturing, serving as eucharistie ministers, altar servers, greeters. From the time people come in until the time they leave, I think we do liturgy very well.


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