Liturgy Archives - Crux



  • A Catholic reads the Bible for the first time

    A Catholic reads the Bible for the first time

    Many Catholics are never exposed to Scripture outside of Mass, and fewer have read the Bible from cover to cover, starting with Genesis. When you do, you find out you have been missing a lot of the story – but you also discover the genius of how the Bible is used by the Church in the liturgy.

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  • Catholic church music — banal and superficial?

    Catholic church music — banal and superficial?

    It is astounding how much the parishes and pastors who have embraced “the Spirit of Vatican II” have done exactly opposite of what the documents of the Second Vatican Council actually prescribe. The Council allows for four types of sacred music: “Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony in its various forms, both ancient and modern, sacred music for the organ and other approved instruments, and sacred popular music, be it liturgical or simply religious.”

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  • Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek for “the fiftieth day.” Therefore, in the church calendar it comes fifty days after Easter (including Easter Sunday itself). This celebration links back to the Jewish festival of Shavuot or the Festival of Weeks, which falls fifty days after Passover. This was kept as a commemoration of Moses receiving the Divine Law on Sinai. The Christians understood that as the law came down from heaven to Moses for the people of God, so the Holy Spirit came down on the church. The age of the Mosaic Law was therefore fulfilled and completed by the new age of Spirit and Grace.

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  • Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

    Looking forward to 10 years of Summorum Pontificum

    A pilgrimage is being organized to mark the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the document by Benedict XVI aimed at broadening access to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. According to one of the organizers the document “was not an instrument to divide” but to unite.

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  • Cardinal-watch: Maradiaga bashes Burke, as Benedict lauds Sarah

    Cardinal-watch: Maradiaga bashes Burke, as Benedict lauds Sarah

    While the coordinator of the pope’s ‘C9’ council of cardinal advisers has dismissed American Cardinal Raymond Burke as a ‘disappointed man’ upset with his loss of power, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has defended Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea as someone with whom the Church’s liturgy is in “good hands.”

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  • Restoring beauty in church buildings

    Restoring beauty in church buildings

    A new generation of pastors, teaming with skilled and informed architects and designers, are doing their best to restore historic church buildings and renovate modern church buildings — introducing into them elements of traditional Catholic architecture.

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