Saturday, August 20, 2016

Including Some of My Favorite Byzantine Catholic Churches

NLM: Assumption Photopost

I hope St. Michael can gain some new members.

Roots of Christianity

Assuming that it did exist, what remains of the pre-Christian Jewish oral (or written) tradition(s) of interpretation and commentary on the Old Testament? Was there something more authoritative or separate from the Oral Torah? How much of the tradition of early Jewish exegesis has been preserved?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Deaconesses and the Dangers of Antiquarianism by Christian Browne

Separation of Seating by Sex at Mass
It seems that, in the early Church, men and women sat apart at Mass, in separate areas of the church building. The practice is noted in the Apostolic Tradition, attributed to Hippolytus of Rome and written around 215, wherein women are instructed to “pray in another place in the church, by themselves, whether faithful women or catechumen women.” Hippolytus also restricts the “kiss of peace” by sex, so that men were prohibited from the exchange of the greeting with women.

This should be of particular interest to the enthusiasts of the Novus Ordo, for one of the grounds for demoting the once untouchable Roman Canon and adding the new Eucharistic Prayers was to recover the “anaphora” prayer ascribed to Hippolytus, now set down as the ubiquitous Eucharistic Prayer II.

In addition, major Church Fathers Saints Augustine, Cyril of Jerusalem and John Chrysostom endorsed the separation of the sexes as fostering modesty and as a safeguard against impure thoughts creeping in during Mass. The ancient and enduring nature of the practice is evident from the fact that it was strongly commended in the 1917 Code of Canon Law. “It is desirable that, in harmony with ancient Church order, the women in church be separated from the men.” (Canon 1262, § 1)

Thus, since the separation of the sexes was a practice of the ancient Church, praised Church Fathers, and because many of the foundations of the Novus Ordo are rooted in the attempt to recover these early practices, it would make sense to study segregation by sex along with the study of the revival of the female diaconate.
Crisis Magazine: An Apology for Catholics of the Past by Timothy J. Williams

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

More from Fr. Hunwicke on the Assumption

Why was she assumed? A Patrimonial answer
NCReg: Melkite Eparchy Celebrates 50-Year Milestone of Evangelizing in America by Peter Jesserer Smith
The Eastern Catholic traditions rooted in the ancient Church of Antioch have blossomed in the U.S. since the close of Vatican II.

One aspect of liturgical renewal that the bishop plans to initiate is an adaption of the parochial Byzantine office from the eighth century, so that Melkite Catholic men and women can gather to pray the Church’s morning and evening prayer with each other. The office currently is geared toward monks, but the new “parochial office” will enable the laity to integrate these prayers in their lives and reap their Church’s rich spiritual tradition through the week.

[Roman] Catholicism: The Pivotal Players

A slick production but it does seem to have a rather limited perspective on Church history. I may be enjoy Chesterton's writing but does he merit inclusion here? Similarly, the place of Michelangelo is debatable...


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Insight Scoop: A noteworthy (but little noted) revolution at World Youth Day 2016 -- A Different Kind of World Youth Day

From the Mass programs:

The overarching aesthetic, though, is a sound specific to Dominicans in France and Poland. You’ll notice several compositions by French priest André Gouzes, OP, in which he hearkens back to Byzantine chant with its circular four-voice harmonic progressions. Several contemporary Polish composers are also represented, who employ a similar aesthetic (sometimes called the “Gouzentine” sound). Most of this music is antiphonal, where a short refrain is repeated several times, interspersed with Scriptural verses. It’s a bit like having multiple Responsorial Psalms packed into a Mass.

Not sure if you can find any samples of this below:

Msgr. Michael Heintz on Dryness in Prayer