Saturday, July 09, 2016

Day 4 of Sacra Liturgia UK 2016

NLM: Sacra Liturgia UK: Day 4

St. Maiolus of Cluny

Once I Was a Clever Boy: St Maiolus of Cluny

Anton and Ekatarina Daineko

Placement of Icons?

I am thinking of the festal icon, in particular -- should these be before the iconostasis (as in the Slavic churches) or in the vestibule/narthex (as in the Greek churches)? And how is the procession of the festal icon be affected by the difference in location? If we accept that it is the entrance into the temple itself by all of the faithful that is of importance, rather than the entrance of the clergy into the sanctuary, that matters, then it seems that the festal icon should be located in the narthex. (That is to say the "holy space" is the temple proper, and not the area surrounding the altar, the "sanctuary."

Then is it appropriate to have another set of icons of our Lord and the Theotokos in the narthex as well? Should the narthex be the only locus of the veneration of icons? I don't think that necessarily follows from what has been said about placing the festal icon at the entrance to the holy space, i.e. the "nave" of the temple. But that does seem to be the standard Greek practice. Is it possible to have a mix of the two customs?

Friday, July 08, 2016

The Revival of Monasticism in the East

The Way of Beauty

CWR: Finding the Way of Beauty by Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Author and artist David Clayton on living the “via pulchritudinis” in our daily lives.

Way of Beauty (which is being used at the DSPT for a new course)

Still One of My Favorites

CWR Blog: The fearless wit and wisdom of Fr. George William Rutler by K. V. Turley
Fr. Rutler’s writing is filled with fearlessness, and it is the best type of fearlessness: a willingness to perceive the truth of matters.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

CWR Blog: Cardinal Robert Sarah's address "Towards An Authentic Implementation of 'Sacrosanctum Concilium'"
The following was given on July 5th at the 2016 "Sacra Liturgia" Conference held at The Oratory of St. Philip Neri in London (Brompton Oratory).

Chiesa: “Amoris Laetitia.” Basic Tips For Not Losing the Way

They are formulated by Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, who however asks also for “further guidelines on the part of the competent authority.” To prevent “risks and abuses both among pastors and among the faithful”

Need to Find More Photos

of the Divine Liturgy for the Holy and Great Council

How About Not Ethnic, But Native?

What happened to incultulration?

Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Probably Not the Last Word from Dr. John Chryssavgis

A Failure of Political Theology

Is it a Scandal to Factionalize the Church?

Photos of Benedict XVI

St. Sophia's Church, Rome

Cardinal Sarah at Sacra Liturgia UK

NLM: Cardinal Sarah's Inaugural Address at Sacra Liturgia UK by Matthew Hazell

Of course the folks at Pray Tell are pooh-poohing his remarks.

Fr. Schall on the Forgiveness of Sins

“And Those Whose Sins Ye Shall Retain. . .”

Mercy is a secondary issue. It is not needed unless something goes wrong in the world. Christ came for the unjust, not the just. (Luke 5:32) In a sinless world, no one needs mercy. Still, it is not a sinless world, however much we might deny, privately and publicly, that certain sins are not sins.

Before anything needing forgiveness existed, Aquinas held that the universe was created in mercy, not justice. God was not necessitated to create anything. Creation did not occur because God “owed” something to someone in justice. God in creating did understand that free creatures, if He created any of these wobbly types, might well need mercy in addition to justice. So he proceeded with His plan.

Mercy is not “opposed” to justice, as if it makes justice somehow disappear in God and man. It is not either mercy or justice, but both justice and mercy. Mercy comes into play only when justice is requited.