RIP Fr. John Giuliani

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Fr. James Martin has announced that Fr. John Giuliani, well-known iconographer and founder of the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts, has passed away. Giuliani created beautiful iconography that highlighted Native American artwork and culture. He stated that his artwork celebrates “the soul of the Native American as the original spiritual presence on this continent.”

You can view his iconography on his website.

May he rest in peace.

Amazon: “Hey Anthony” Alexa Extension for Liturgy Questions

Amazon has officially announced that they will be adding an Anthony extension to all Alexa devices to help answer your questions about liturgical reform.

All you have to do is say ‘hey Anthony!’.

Have questions about why the priest faces us during the Eucharistic Prayer? Just say “Hey Anthony, why do I have to look at my priest’s face during Mass?”

Want to give a gift to you a seminarian? Just say “Hey Anthony, which missal should I add to my Amazon cart – V2 or ’62?”

Want to get into a heated debate like in the comments section of Pray Tell?  Just say “Hey Anthony, Trent and Vatican II aren’t really that different, are they?”


Happy New Year! Pray Tell’s Best of the Decade #1-5

It is officially a new decade and to celebrate, we have collected the most popular articles published on Pray Tell since its first publication in 2010. Here are numbers one through five. You can find numbers 6-10 here.

5. Non Solum: When to Use Incense at Mass

Nathan Chase – October 24, 2013

As part of the Non Solum series, Nathan Chase proposed a twofold question: At which Masses do you use incense? and When in the liturgy do you use incense? What followed was an incredibly in-depth conversation with sixty comments on the use of incense.

4. The Confirmation Slap

Anthony Ruff, OSB – May 11, 2012

In this article, a Pray Tell reader asked about the famous slap that the bishop used to give people after anointing them with chrism oil. In the article Fr. Paul Turner explains why the slap was taken out of the rite.

3. Category: Translation/New Missal

This isn’t a specific article, but the category of Translation/New Missal was by far the most popular category searched by Pray Tell readers. There have been over 400 articles written in this category dating back to the start of Pray Tell and the fact that people come to Pray Tell and go to this category directly shows not only the importance of the topic in the liturgy world, but it is also a topic readers want to discuss.

2. Through him, with him, in him…

Anthony Ruff, OSB – August 22, 2010

In 2010, Anthony Ruff broke down the translation of the eucharistic doxology, showing the deficiencies of the 2010 translation. It takes the literal order of the Latin translation but entirely misses the Latin syntax.

1. From Left to Right or from Right to Left? The Sign of the Cross

Liborius Lumma – September 13, 2017

Our most popular post of the decade came from Liborius Lumma, who looked at the sign of the cross going from left to right, which is dominant in the Western tradition, and argues why we should be moving from right to left instead.

Happy New Year! Pray Tell’s Best of the Decade #6-10

It is officially a new decade and to celebrate, we have collected the most popular articles published on Pray Tell since its first publication in 2010. Here are numbers six through ten.

10. Design for New Port-au-Prince Cathedral Unveiled

Chase Becker – December 20, 2012

After the devastating earthquake destroyed Cathédrale Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a design competition took place for the new Cathedral. Segundo Cardona and six other architects from Puerto Rico won the competition. Seven years after the publishing of Baker’s article, the cathedral reconstruction hasn’t made any significant headway.

9. Pastoral Difficulties with Recently Ordained Priests

Anthony Ruff, OSB – January 26, 2015

A year after Pope Francis referred to newly trained priests as “little monsters,” Anthony Ruff did an anonymous interview with three diocesan officials about the difficulties with some of the newly ordained priests that were coming out of seminaries.

8. Table Graces

Rita Ferrone – November 21, 2012

The day before Thanksgiving in the United States, Rita Ferrone started an open thread asking people to share their meal prayers and general customs around praying before/after meals. This led to a wonderful discussion in the comment section. Many people took the time to share their favorite prayers.

7. Madison Diocese: Funerals & Notorious Homosexual Unions

Editor – October 22, 2017

To put it lightly, this was a very controversial piece that went out. Pray Tell received news from an anonymous source that James Bartylla, the vicar general of the Diocese of Madison, sent remarks giving permission to priest to refuse a funeral for “a person in a homosexual civil or notorious union.”

6. An interpretation from Pope Francis of the new Sign of Peace decree

Anthony Ruff, OSB – January 23, 2015

About four years ago, Pope Francis made a statement in the Philipines by moving from behind the altar to share peace with some of the members of the congregation. This was months after then perfect of the Congregation of Divine Worship Cardinal Llovera wrote that priests should not be doing exactly that.