In This Issue: Antiphon 25, no. 3 (2021)

Summary of Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 25, no. 3 (2021)

Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal is the official journal of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. This multidisciplinary journal publishes articles on a wide range of topics that deal with the liturgy of the church, such as church art, music, and architecture. In addition to material focusing on the modern Catholic liturgy, there are also articles on historical, canonical, or theological aspects of church worship. Subscribe to Antiphon here.

Liturgical and Juridical Identity in Anglicanorum Coetibus
James Bradley
The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus established a definitive means for the reconciliation of groups of Anglicans with the Catholic Church. The provision of personal ordinariates offers a place for the distinctive liturgical, spiritual, and pastoral traditions of Anglicanism. As the apostolic constitution declares, this is not just of benefit to the members of the ordinariates, but is “a treasure to be shared.” In this article I demonstrate the intrinsic connection between what a personal ordinariate is (its juridical identity) and the way it worships (its liturgical identity), showing how the distinctive liturgical life of the ordinariates is a condition of and justification for the distinct canonical arrangements, and furthermore how the specific form of personal ordinariates is especially suited to this task.

Disembodied Conversion or Gift of Mercy? Confession by Videoconference
Owen Vyner
This paper assesses the possibility and desirability of confession through videoconference technology. It reviews magisterial teaching related to this question. It then presents arguments in favor of the proposal based upon the notion of “moral presence” and nature of personal action. After this, it discusses arguments against from the perspective of the ecclesial nature of sacramental penance and the sacramentality of the body as well as examining studies that evaluate the efficacy of telemedicine and counseling. Finally, it will suggest proposals that could govern the administration of “confession” through video.

Virtual Catholicism? A Phenomenological and Psychosomatic Critique
Edmund Lazzari
Are virtual celebrations a viable long-term option for the Catholic liturgy? How do they relate to the psychosomatic unity of the human being? This paper first explores this unity from a phenomenological perspective. It then examines why virtual liturgies drastically curtail the role of the body in the natural order. As a next step, it presents the psychosomatic unity in the order of grace in its sacramental, ecclesiological, and eschatological dimensions through Pope St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.” The paper concludes that, while virtual liturgies may be extraordinary concessions for a time of crisis, they are not suitable for a permanent ordinary celebration because of the problems with the psychosomatic constitution of the human being.

What is Typology?
Jean Daniélou, Heintz Michael
This brief essay appeared on the heels of the publication of Jean Daniélou’s justly famous Sacramentum futuri: Etudes sur les origines de la typologie biblique (Paris: Beauchesne, 1950; Sacramentum Futuri: From Shadows to Reality. Studies in the Biblical Typology of the Fathers, trans. Wulstan Hibberd [London: Burns & Oates, 1960]) and his Bible et liturgie: La théologie biblique des sacrements et des fêtes d’après les Pères de l’Église (Paris: Cerf, 1951; The Bible and the Liturgy, trans. Michael A. Mathis [London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1960]). The former is an examination of the dynamics of typology through a series of case studies. The latter examines typology as the principle of inner coherence between Word and Sacrament in the Church’s liturgical life. This short essay, heretofore unavailable in English, offers Daniélou’s taxonomy of typology, derived from the case studies, and thus also offers a lens through which better to appreciate both books.

Elias Haslwanter reviews Sean Griffin, The Liturgical Past in Byzantium and Early Rus (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019). 285 pages. $29.99. ISBN: 9781108814843.

Innocent Smith reviews The Prayed Francis: Liturgical Vitae and Franciscan Identity in the Thirteenth Century, ed. Marco Bartoli, et al (St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Publications, 2019). 237 pages. $49.95. ISBN: 9781576594339.

Susan Treacy reviews The Manuscript αM.524, Modena Codex: New, Complete Edition with Commentary, Including All Known Works Written or Expanded by Matheus de Perusio, ed. Jos Haring and Kees Boeke (Amsterdam: Olive Music, 2021). 509 pages. €175.00. ISBN: 9789083018003.

James Bradley reviews Eamon Duffy, A People’s Tragedy: Studies in Reformation (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021). 272 pages. $25.20. ISBN: 9781472983855.

Uwe Michael Long reviews Dan D. Cruickshank, The Theology and Ecclesiology of the Prayer Book Crisis, 1906-1928 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). x+127 pages. eBook $59.99/Hardcover $79.99. ISBN: 9783030271305.

Stephen Morgan reviews The Anglican Patrimony in Catholic Communion: The Gift of the Ordinariatesed. Tracey Rowland (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021). 240 pages. $26.95. ISBN: 9780567700247.

The Liturgy and the Experience of the Youth 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy St. John Vianney Seminary Denver, Colorado September 29-October 1, 2022.

The rapid decline in the practice of the faith among the youth is a crucial challenge that the Church needs to face. However, it is essential to know how to respond to the problems. When a recent poll indicated that only a third of Catholics believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, much was said about renewing catechesis. When another study indicated than less than ten percent of young people raised in the Church still practice their faith as adults, much was said about new evangelization initiatives.

While all that has an important place, it is significant that not much was said about the centrality of renewing the celebration of the liturgy itself. In fact, liturgical renewal and evangelization are intrinsically united, as St. John Paul II said to a group of American bishops: “It is essential to keep clearly in mind that the liturgy is intimately linked to the Church’s mission to evangelize. If the two do not go hand in hand, both will falter.”

This is particularly true for young people: liturgical renewal is the source and summit of a renewed evangelization of the youth. It is in the faithful and living celebration of the sacred liturgy that Christ can most effectively touch the true experience of the youth, while offering through the Church the hope our society so urgently needs, as Benedict XVI said to young people gathered in New York: “The Church’s liturgy is a ministry of hope for humanity. Your faithful participation, is an active hope which helps to keep the world—saints and sinners alike—open to God; this is the truly human hope we offer everyone.”

The 2022 Society for Catholic Liturgy’s Conference to be held in Denver will feature papers and pastoral presentations that explore different aspects of the theme of the liturgy and the experience of the youth, in the context of the process of Eucharistic revival promoted by the U.S. Bishops. Topics can include the authentic celebration of the liturgy; the sense of mystery; the richness of tradition; the relations between liturgy, evangelization, and service to the poor; the right place of Eucharistic adoration; liturgical music, art, and architecture; community and liturgy; preaching; the connection between adventure, longings and liturgy, among others.

Presentations are expected to be 30 minutes in length for full panels, 20 minutes in length for student panels. Each panel will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. Papers can be submitted for publication in the Society for Catholic Liturgy’s journal Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal. For further information on the conference, including registration, housing, and travel, will be available soon at



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