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Bishop Schneider: 10 Elements of Renewal in the Liturgy

18 February, 2016 0 Comments

During the Eucharistic liturgy – at the very least during the Eucharistic prayer – when Christ the Lamb of God is immolated, the face of the priest should not be seen by the faithful. Even the Seraphim cover their faces (Isaiah 6:2) when adoring God. Instead, the face of the priest should be turned toward the cross, the icon of the crucified God.

By Steve Skojec of OnePeterFive

This is excerpts from, analysis of, and audio of [I haven’t listened to it yet] of a talk given by our old friend in Washington DC, sponsored by the Paulus Institute.

Why do we publish so much by Bishop Schneider? Well, we sponsored his visit, and I met him. Everything he said made excellent sense – while personally he struck me as being not merely humble, but infectiously joyful. (Reverence, I presume, is self-evident.)  So whenever I come across something by him, I read it. And whenever I read it, I have the sensation of being hit over the head with The Truth, in the form of a hardwood 4×4.

As a general rule, I tend not to read anything on the internet which starts with a number. If you share this prejudice, make an exception for this one. You’ll realise this fairly brief list also contains the rationale for things we know and love in the traditional liturgy, in ways that – at least for me – were wonderfully fresh, and in many cases new.

It also expresses, much better than I could in a recent attempt, the complexity of the Mass, and (by implication) the futility of attempts to reduce it to an 

There’s also a great commentary by Steve Skojec of OnePeterFive – and don’t miss his comment in the combox about the Bishop’s response to the question “Well why not just have the Old Mass?”

– Editor.

On February 14, 2015, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, was sponsored by the Paulus Institute to give a talk in Washington, DC.  During the talk, he proposed concrete actions — ten essential elements — which should be implemented to accomplish liturgical renewal.

As an attendee, I was impressed once again by his excellency’s concern for reverence and piety in Catholic worship. Because of the deep value of the insights he presented, I would like to offer to you my own summary of his principle themes.

Bishop Schneider in Washington (Photo: OnePeterFive.)


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Latin as I Please X – November 2014

11 November, 2014 0 Comments

by David Daintree

English is naturally more verbose than Latin, which can sound abrupt and terse if translated verbatim.

Last time, taking a change of direction from grammar to literary exegesis (you might call that grammar in action) we looked at St Thomas Aquinas’s lovely hymn Verbum supernum prodiens.   This time, I propose to discuss a sacred poem affectionately known as the Rosy Sequence.   Its inspiration lay in St Bernadino’s cult of the Holy Name of Jesus and it was written for that Feast.  Its authorship was long ascribed to St Bernard of Clairvaux, and that could be correct, but it seems to have originated in England (it was included in the Sarum rite) and is usually now considered to be the work of an anonymous English Cistercian. (more…)

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Pentecost Missa Cantata in Hobart

16 June, 2014 0 Comments

By Joshua

I came across the excellent blog PSALLITE SAPIENTER, recently. I’m sure many readers will enjoy the post for Pentecost, which contains a potted summary of the history of the TLM in Hobart – a history which could be described as “mixed”, although Joshua charitably emphasises the positives.

“To-day, for our Latin Mass in Hobart, we were back where it all began, at Sacred Heart, New Town, where Fr (now Bp) Jarrett began the monthly Missæ cantatæ in the nineties. It was my parish at the time, and I have fond memories of my time there.”


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Latin as I Please IX – June 2014

16 June, 2014 1 Comment

By David Daintree

I intend to confine myself generally to commenting on the grammar and structure, so that those who love the poetry may come to understand how it works, may get inside it and appreciate the skeleton, nerves and musculature, rather than just its shiny coat!


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Latin as I please

20 August, 2013 0 Comments
Latin as I please

Yes, English has cases too!

In the eighth article in this series, Dr David Daintree deals with the preposition and the accusative in both English and Latin.


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