The Taking of Christ by Gerard Douffet, c. 1620

Statue of Virgin Mary from northern Italy installed at Marquette

MILWAUKEE -- A special addition made its way onto the campus of Marquette University on Monday morning, April 15.

After months of planning and thousands of miles of travel, a single crate held a precious piece of Marquette's future.

"The Virgin Mary statue is actually one of the things we were lacking on this campus," said Lora Strigens, VP for Planning and Facilities Management at Marquette.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Located at the Gardens of St. Joan of Arc Chapel (west side of the chapel)
3:30 pm: Dedication ceremony. Reception and tours afterwards.
Tickets can be reserved at: RVSP by April 24

The Funeral of Christ in the Holy Sepulcher

Most Catholics will be familiar with the multi-part reading of the Passion Gospel during the liturgies of Holy Week in the Roman Rite. In previous centuries all throughout Europe, elaborately staged, mimetic enactments of the Passion took place in and out of the liturgy, but especially during the Gospel of the Liturgy of the Presanctified.

The Good Friday Procession for the Burial of Our Lord survived in the Rite of Braga, even after the general adoption of the Roman Rite and the various Tridentine prohibitions regarding these florid Passion dramas of the Middle Ages. The ceremony has also survived in the Holy Sepulcher by a similar accommodation.

For the liturgy of Good Friday, the Tridentine Missal prescribed the three-part recitation of John’s Gospel, and nothing more. The Franciscans of the Holy Sepulcher faithfully adopted the Tridentine reforms, but preserved the Funeral of Christ (Processio funebris Feria IV in Parasceve) by transferring it out of the Liturgy of the Presanctified to the evening of Good Friday.
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Pontifical Holy Triduum at All Saints in Minneapolis with Bishops Cozzens and Perry

FSSP - All Saint Parish

Canon Jayr and other local reaction to loss of Notre Dame

I was hoping to see someone interview Canon Antoine Boucheron who I think is in Green Bay but I didn't see anything.

Video: Local Catholic churches react to Notre Dame Cathedral fire (no embed)

GBPG: Green Bay woman at Notre Dame: Fire was 'most horrific thing I've ever witnessed'

Bishop Callahan of La Crosse calls on all diocesan parishes to ring bells at 5 PM

As you have heard, Notre Dame in Paris burns.  The fire was likely caused by a recent renovation project.  Bishop Callahan is asking all the parishes in the diocese to ring their bells at 5 PM in solidarity with Paris and as a call to prayer.

The "Odor of Sanctity"

For tomorrow's Feast of St. Bernadette, which this year also marks the 140th anniversary of her death, here is Dwight Longenecker at the New Oxford Review archives.

"at the name of Jesus every knee should bend"

Today's second reading at today's Passion Sunday Mass included the phrase from Philippians 2:10 quoted in the post title.

The phrase has always been particularly striking to me because the long-standing practice at my parish has been no kneeling. This appears to go back to the construction of the present church building circa 1985. The interior is amphitheater style, with floor slanting down to the sanctuary, and no kneelers. Sometimes we'd hit a trifecta of a scripture passage in the readings, a hymn lyric, and the instructions in the hymnal's order of worship all referring to kneeling, but no one kneeling. Back when members of an earlier generation of priests were our pastors, they didn't genuflect during the Eucharistic Prayer.

(Some of variations in practice were a topic of my blog post back on September 29, 2002.)

Years later when Archbishop Dolan came to our parish to preside at a service, I was a bit surprised to see some kneeling indicated in the order of worship printed for the occasion. I was then further surprised when we then didn't kneel. So I inquired of our then-pastor. He indicated that the Archbishop gave an apparently last minute oral waiver of the kneeling requirement because of the slanted floor and lack of kneelers. It struck me odd that the issue didn't come up when the liturgy team, having claimed over many previous years that foregoing kneeling was authorized, didn't raise this when composing and before printing the order of worship.

At Passion Sunday Mass this morning the Gospel reading was Luke 23:1-49. We were asked to follow the order of worship in the Breaking Bread hymnal for the congregation's part. The reading included, between Luke 23:46 and 47, the instruction

"Here all kneel and pause for a short time."
Upon reaching that point almost everyone did so.

In almost 30 years at the parish, I don't recall ever seeing that before. By now, I hadn't expected to live to see it. A little checking indicated it hadn't happened at Passion Sunday masses in prior years. So looks like it's news: Congregation kneels at Mass at St. Al's in Greendale.

Basketball star Markus Howard returning to school and starting a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Marquette

Instead, Howard will return to school and will be one of the early favorites for national player of the year. He is also a very involved student-athlete at MU, serving on the athletic advisory committees, advocating for mental health awareness and starting a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter on campus.
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Good for this young man! 

Yes, it is stunning and not surprising that Marquette would not have a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. 

The College Fix weighs in on Viterbo "Christian Privilege" scandal

The history given here in the video is pretty good. 


A reader pointed out to me that Viterbo still has posted its Catholic status on its website:
Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo is a Catholic, Franciscan University in the liberal arts tradition.