Summary of Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal 26, no. 2 (2022)
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.
A Call for Universal Harmony:
The “New Song” in Scripture, Patristic Commentary, and Liturgy
Andreas Kramarz, L.C.
The expression “new song” appears multiple times in Holy Scripture. This article explores its meaning and purpose in various layers of interpretation through scriptural analysis across the biblical languages, in patristic and modern commentary, and through an inquiry into the concept of newness as such and in music. Early Christian authors add to the celebration of divine power manifest in creation and historical liberation the new realities brought about by Christ: redemption from sin, transformation of the human person into a new life, and, ultimately, the renewal of the whole cosmos in harmony. The “new song” in Revelation in particular casts light on how Christian music is meant to partake in the eschatological symphony before the “throne of the Lamb.”
Pope Leo XIII’s Hymns for the Feast of the Holy Family
The three hymns that Pope Leo XIII wrote for the Office of the newly established feast of the Holy Family are especially worthy of attention by Catholics. Far from being sterile or pretentious, they are the fruits of decades of meditation by a life-long poet who was entirely at home with the Latin language. They are imbued with profound sentiment, and they illustrate key themes of Leo’s teachings, especially with regard to labor.
The Importance of a Correct Definition of Liturgy for Divine Worship
Paul Jerome Keller, O.P.
In this article I argue that a proper understanding of liturgy is found in Sacrosanctum Concilium and its precedents, and explain why this definition is important for a proper understanding of true worship of the Blessed Trinity. I discuss the secular Greek origins of the word “liturgy” and show how the ancient definition of liturgy undergirds the Second Vatican Council’s definition, based as it is on previous magisterial pronouncements about the liturgy. I further show how the contemporary definition of liturgy as “the work of the people” leads to difficulties in the proper worship of God. Further, the classical understanding of liturgy goes far to underline that the conciliar reform of the Mass is not at variance with the liturgical tradition.
The Pre-Eminence of the Roman Canon: A Key for Liturgical Reconciliation
The Roman Canon has been the core of the Roman Mass throughout the centuries. This reality is particularly important in the implementation of the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, for the frequent recitation of the Roman Canon can be an important aspect in a reconciled approach to liturgical development. Although decades ago some scholars questioned its historical and pastoral value, the canon still stands as the most ancient witness to Eucharistic practice in the Roman Rite. Along with its historical pre-eminence, there are theological reasons that contribute to a special appreciation of the First Eucharistic Prayer. The historical and theological arguments for the centrality of the canon should lead to its frequent use, as recommended by the Church.
The Structure of the Eucharistic Celebration and its Pastoral Meaning:
A Contribution to Understanding actuosa participatio
Winfried M. Wermter, C.O., William R. Gallagher
The Second Vatican Council requires the faithful to participate actively in the Eucharist. This refers above all to the offering of themselves with Christ. This can made clear by a division of the Eucharistic celebration into three parts: Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Sacrifice, Liturgy of Communion. An anthropological view of the Mass suggests a parallel with marriage and family: engagement, sacramental marriage, unity of marriage and family. Both the Eucharist and the family are grounded in the Triune life of God: The Father emanates the Word from eternity. Responding to the eternal love of the Father, the Son becomes an atoning sacrifice for fallen creation. In Holy Communion, the faithful experience unity with God through the Holy Spirit.
James Bradley reviews Chancel Screens since the Reformation: Proceedings of the Ecclesiological Society Conference, London, 2019, ed. by Mark Kirby.
Guy Nicholls, C.O., reviews John Henry Newman and the Development of Doctrine: Encountering Change, Looking for Continuity by Stephen Morgan.
Vincent Woo reviews Sacred Oils by Paul Turner.
Andrew Dinan reviews Antonio Cardinal Bacci: Essays in Appreciation of His Life, His Latinity, and His Books, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of His Death (1971–2021) ed. by Pier Carlo Tagliaferri.
Andrew R. Wadsworth reviews The Art of Preaching: A Theological and Practical Primer by Daniel Cardó.
Stephen Morgan reviews Going to Church in Medieval England by Nicholas Orme.
Daniel Bennett Page reviews Music and Liturgy in Medieval Britain and Ireland ed. by Ann Buckley and Lisa Colton.
Daniel M. Friel reviews Introduction to Eastern Christian Liturgies by Stefanos Alexopoulos and Maxwell E. Johnson.