Monday, May 19, 2008

Wyoming Catholic College and the Sacred Liturgy

I have mentioned Wyoming Catholic College before, back when they were looking for a chaplain, and one of our readers tells me that they have some very good things going on there liturgically.

I was quite interested in their school page on the Sacred Liturgy:

...the sacred liturgy is celebrated at Wyoming Catholic College in full fidelity to the directives of Holy Mother Church and with loving attention to her rich and beautiful heritage. Holy Mass is celebrated in both its Extraordinary and Ordinary forms, in implementation of the motu proprio of Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum. Moreover, Wyoming Catholic College is especially blessed in that our Chaplain also has faculties to celebrate the Eucharist according to the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. In this way, Wyoming Catholic College "breathes with both lungs" liturgically, a rare spiritual opportunity for most college students.

Our liturgical schedule includes the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, offered once a week on Saturdays, as well as the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (Tridentine Rite) on Sundays and one other day during the week. On the other days of the week, and also on Sunday, the Ordinary form of the Holy Mass is offered, usually in English with the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and other parts sung in Gregorian chant, an art in which students are instructed. Once during the week and on special occasions, the Ordinary form is celebrated wholly in Latin. A choir formed primarily of students provides music for more solemn occasions such as Sundays and Holy Days.

Our approach to the sacred liturgy is this: In whatever form or Rite it is celebrated, the sacred liturgy is to be as beautiful and dignified as possible, with great respect for and stewardship of the current instructions as well as the ancient traditions of the rich liturgical heritage of the Catholic Church.

Sounds quite promising. Any time there is the introduction of good liturgy and a sensitivity to liturgical tradition and the various expressions of this, it is an important thing, but all the more when this is combined with the formation and education of our Catholic youth and young adults.

I would enjoy seeing some photos from their various liturgies in the different forms.

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