Showing posts with label liturgy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label liturgy. Show all posts


Why "All Souls Day" Has a Special Place in My Heart

Poets in Limbo (1890), Gustav Doré
All Souls Day gets little attention compared with yesterday's feast of All Saints and the eve prior to All Saints popularly called Halloween.

As a secular Catholic — or whichever epithet you prefer to call me (I prefer "Cajun Queen") — there is a special place in my heart for All Souls Day.

I think All Souls Day must have a place for me.


Theology: Reflection on the Vatican II Document Sacrosanctum Concilium

Second Vatican Council convenes in St. Peter's Basilica
It has been over thirty years since the Vatican Council began, since the renewal of the liturgy and the subsequent changes that have affected Catholic worship as we know it was first set into motion. I was born in 1979, more than a decade after these changes. I grew up knowing nothing different than the Mass that I know today, in the vernacular, which for me was the familiar language of English. I only know Mass where the priest faces the people, not the other way around.
     Little did I know as a boy in Catholic grammar school that the liturgy and worship of my time and place had had a long and tumultuous history, a journey spanning two millennia, from the the breaking of the bread recorded in Acts (2:2), to the Greek concept of koinonia, the Orthodox liturgy of the East, to the dramatic Papal displays of Medieval Europe to the Tridentine Mass so familiar to a whole generation of Catholics who came before me.
     So, reading the document on the liturgy from the Council today, more than three decades later, is very interesting, because it is important to go back to the source of what changed dramatically a liturgy that had been practically unchanged since the Council of Trent. What has really changed and what has really stayed the same? What did this document have to say and how have we been faithful to it in our interpretations?