On September 30, 2019, on the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome, Pope Francis announced that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time would be celebrated as the Sunday of the Word of God. This year it will fall on Sunday, January 23, 2022.
On June 3, 2016, Pope Francis raised the rank of the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to a feast. And on January 26, 2021, the Holy Father inscribed the new obligatory memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus (on the same day that was inscribed for St. Martha alone).
This free webinar series will examine the various seasons and days of the Liturgical Year — their history, theology, euchology, and cursus of readings.
Fr. Christopher Seibt of the Diocese of Syracuse asks: How does the whole mystery of Christ unfold through the cycle of the liturgical year? What is the order of importance of liturgical days? What is the difference between the General Calendar and particular calendars? How does the liturgical calendar affect liturgical celebrations? These and other questions will be answered as the practical aspects of the liturgical year set forth in the Calendar are examined.
Fr. Bruce Cinquegrani of the Diocese of Memphis engages participants in an overview of the theology of the veneration of the saints, a review of the general history of the sanctoral celebrations, and an examination of the principles behind the shaping of the current sanctoral calendar in the Roman Rite. It gives specific attention to the actual liturgical texts that comprise the celebrations for the saints.
Fr. James Marcus McFadin of the Diocese of El Paso examines the history, the texts, and the rich theology of the solemnities, feasts, and memorials which commemorate Mary’s role in salvation history.
Sr. Sharon McMillan, SNDdeN of Santa Clara University focuses on the four Solemnities of the Lord in the Western Church: Holy Trinity, the Body and Blood of Christ, Sacred Heart, and Christ the King. Specific aspects include the historical and theological development of each, reform after the Second Vatican Council, an exploration of the orations and readings, and attention to contemporary pastoral issues. A much briefer presentation follows on the Feasts of the Lord common to all the liturgical families: the Presentation, Transfiguration, and Holy Cross.
Sr. Joyce Ann Zimmerman, C.PP.S of the Athanaeum of Ohio and the University of Dayton observes that Ordinary Time is often thought of as the “orphan” of the liturgical seasons, outshined by the joy and glory of the festal seasons. Yet, it is hardly “ordinary” but truly “extraordinary.” It is our time to walk with Jesus through a gospel, learning what our baptismal living is all about. Ordinary Time is challenging, inspiring, rewarding.
Dr. Steve Janco of Alverno College in Milwaukee observes that the so-called “Masses for the Neophytes,” are the Sundays of the Easter Season. Especially on those days, we reflect on the sacraments of initiation just received by the neophytes and on our own sacramental journey. Join us as we examine this joyful “week of weeks” and reflect upon its deep theology, its rich history, and the readings which remind all of us of our duty to be witnesses to the Resurrection.
Msgr. Rick Hilgartner of the Archdiocese of Baltimore explores the rich history of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, the deep theology of its symbols and rituals, and best practices for its celebration.