The Beauty of Our Liturgy

“What believing soul can doubt that at the hour of the Sacrifice, upon the word of the priest, heaven opens, and that choirs of angels assist at this mystery of Jesus Christ, that here the highest is combined with the lowest, the earthly united with the heavenly, the visible and the invisible become one?” ~ St. Gregory the Great

“Into the region of awe, in deepest solitude there is a road right out of the self, a commerce with…the naked Other, imageless…unknown, undefined, desired.” ~ C. S. Lewis

What is worship?

What is the mass?

How do we encounter God in our prayer?

September, 2017, Fr. Peter Kavanaugh, M.Div., exploredthese questions, among a host of others, concerning the history, beauty, and spirituality of the traditional western mass. He drew from the Old and New Testament, patristic fathers of East and West, contemporary experts in the liturgy, such as Alexander Schmemann and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, as well as from lay theologians such as C. S. Lewis.

I. Where Heaven and Earth Meet

Where Heaven and Earth Meet9-28 Lecture by Fr. Kavanaugh
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II. Finding God in Beauty and Mystery

Finding God in Beauty and Mystery10-5 Lecture by Fr. Kavanaugh
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III. Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi10-12 Lecture by Fr. Kavanaugh
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IV. The Mass of St. Gregory & St. Tikhon

         #1: A Historical Overview

Gregory and Tikhon10-19 Lecture by Fr. Kavanaugh
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V. The Mass of St. Gregory & St. Tikhon 

        #2: Similarities & Differences