Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Carpe Diem

“Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the 'school' of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us.

Every moment can be a 'today' moment for our conversion and become a day of salvation because salvation is a story that continues for the Church and for every disciple of Christ,” he said, adding that the “the Christian meaning of 'carpe diem' is to seize the day in which God is calling you to give you salvation.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
Angelus, January 27, 2013

"When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel.

Therefore, all must listen with reverence to the readings from God’s word, for they make up an element of greatest importance in the Liturgy."
-General Instruction on the Roman Missal, 29

"For the liturgy, "through which the work of our redemption is accomplished," most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. It is of the essence of the Church that she be both human and divine, visible and yet invisibly equipped, eager to act and yet intent on contemplation, present in this world and yet not at home in it; and she is all these things in such wise that in her the human is directed and subordinated to the divine, the visible likewise to the invisible, action to contemplation, and this present world to that city yet to come, which we seek."
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy 
Sacrosanctum Concilium, 2

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Prayer for Elijah Anglacer

Elijah suffers from fourth-stage cancer. Please pray for him.

O Father of mercies and God of all consolation, who providing in manifold tenderness for the good of Thy creatures grantest the grace of healing not only to the soul but also to the body, deign to raise this sick child from his bed of suffering, and to restore him safe and sound to Thy holy Church and to his parents; so that all the days of his prolonged life he may increase in grace and wisdom before Thee and men, serve Thee in justice and holiness, and give due thanks to Thy mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB (R.I.P.)

Great Teacher and Mentor, Spiritual Father and 'Lolo'

November 10, 1939 - January 9, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Who is Pius Parsch?

Pius Parsch (+1954)
Canon of Klosterneuburg and Promoter of the liturgical reform movement

After the First World War, Klosterneuburg gained a new mission as a center of popular liturgical renewal and reform, one very much in keeping with the canonical vocation. The Augustinian Canon Pius Parsch wanted to make the treasures of the Bible and the Liturgy more easily available to the Catholic faithful. From this desire was born a movement – beginning humbly at first in Klosterneuburg – that soon embraced the Church and through the Second Vatican Council deeply affected Her.

The People’s Liturgical Movement, as it was soon to be called, and the Klosterneuburg Bible Work made the name of Klosterneuburg known far beyond Austria. The active participation of the faithful at the Mass and the Catholic bible study – both of which are so common place today as to be taken for granted – were innovations pioneered by Pius Parsch.

Pius Johann Parsch was born in 1884 and grew up in Olmütz in what is today the Czech Republic. He, like many of Germans from Bohemia and Moravia – at that time still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – entered religious houses in Austria. He entered the Canons Regular at Stift Klosterneuburg in 1904. Already as a student he became interested in the renewal of the liturgy. The Beuron Congregation of Benedictines had given the impetus to this movement in German speaking lands and by this time interest was likewise growing in academic circles. However this scholarship and its implications for the liturgy remained remote from the Catholic faithful.

To bridge this gap was what Parsch desired; a desire that was conceived during his time as a military chaplain during World War One. Upon his return to Klosterneuburg, he sought to translate scholarship and theology into a practical program for parish life. In 1919 he offered his first Catholic Bible Study. Three years later in 1922, the Romanesque Church of St. Gertrude in Klosterneuburg became his liturgical laboratory, where he developed new and meaningful forms for the liturgy in the German language.

He founded the magazine “The Bible and Liturgy” in 1926 and wrote numerous pamphlets. These and his books, the most important being “The Year of Grace”, “An Explanation of the Mass”, “The People’s Liturgy” and “Liturgical Preaching”, were spread far and wide and translated into various major languages. In 1950 Parsch founded the Klosterneuburg Bible Apostolate, which made inexpensive editions of the Bible and introductions to the Bible widely available. Through this apostolate, the Catholic Church in Austria was able to provide Catholics behind the Iron Curtain with Bibles and other materials to sustain the faith during the years of Communist persecution. It is therefore easy to see how Parsch, who died in 1954 after a painful illness, influenced the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council. His desire to make the Bible and Liturgy accessible to the faithful are hallmarks of the Church today.

Source: Confederation of the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine