Liturgy is the prayer and work of the Church.  It is ritual that engages the senses and leads people to encounter the Sacred in new and deeper ways.  Liturgy is a primary source of spiritual nourishment for the Christian life.  It prepares the Church for its mission -- to be the Body of Christ in the world.  We'll explore the many facets of liturgy and spirituality.  If you have suggestions for topics, please e-mail us at

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Saying Goodbye to Venerable Places: Rites for Leave Taking in Religious Houses

"What kind of rite and pastoral care might be employed when vowed religious communities leave a venerable place of their history or surrender its care to the local diocese?"  Michael Weldon, OFM shares two recent experiences of this and looks at some resources and ritual paradigms for leave-taking venerable places of religious presence.

Photo by Johan van Parys of the Franciscan Church in Tielt, Belgium founded in the 17th C. left by the Franciscan Order in 2006.

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In Persona Christi: Acting in Christ's Name

"At liturgy, the faithful symbolize and actualize Christ's offering of his whole body to the Father.  They intentionally join themselves to Christ in offering their own spiritual sacrifices, which then take on transcendent value because of their solidarity with Christ.  The faithful give themselves to God in the name of Christ (in Latin: in persona Christi)...."  Paul Philibert, O.P. reflects on the meaning of in persona Christi.

Photos by Michael Jensen

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