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Focus on the Liturgy

Fourth Wednesday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

 

Focus on the Liturgy brings the mission of developing and deepening the liturgical life of Archdiocese parishes and institutions to the airwaves. The program is co-hosted by Todd Williamson, director of the Office for Divine Worship, and Timothy Johnston, editor and liturgy training consultant at Liturgy Training Publications.

Roman Missal and Christmas Season

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Knott (from Liturgy Training Publications) and Todd Williamson (from the Office for Divine Worship) spend the first half of the show looking back at the first month of using the revised Mass texts. They talk about not only how the transition has been going, but also remind listeners to continue exploring the new texts as a means of coming to a deeper understanding of the Liturgy. During the second half of the show, Danielle and Todd discuss the Christmas Season and it’s many symbols and customs, breaking open the theology and spirituality of the season.

Days Before Implementation

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
In this final broadcast before the implementation of the third edition of the Roman Missal (November 26/27), co-hosts Danielle Knott (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) review numerous aspects of the English translation. For the last year, Danielle and Todd have devoted at least some part of each show to this momentous event in the life of the U.S. Church. This show re-visits many of the issues and topics that have been discussed over the past year of preparing for the Roman Missal.

Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Knott (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) discuss a number of liturgical matters: in the first half of the show, the topic of Communion under both species is addressed, stressing how the norm in the Archdiocese of Chicago (and in most of the dioceses in our region) is to offer both the Body and the precious blood of the Lord at Mass. The second half of the show addressed various issues related to the upcoming English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. This show was originally broadcast just one month before the implementation date for the Missal!

Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Less than 2 months before the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy addresses a number of topics surrounding the English translation. Co-hosts Danielle Knott and Todd Williamson talk about what parishes should be doing at this point in time in preparation for the Third Edition; Archdiocesan Workshops that are being offered for any interested Catholic; LTP's version of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, and how parishes might incorporate a blessing for the new Missal in their Sunday Mass.

Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In this edition of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Knot and Todd Williamson discuss the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. Looking at the structure of the season they delve into the readings and texts that mark this last season of the liturgical year

Third Edition of the Roman Missal and Ordination Liturgy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
In this edition of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Knot and Todd Williamson spend the first part of the show discussing the USCCB's recent decision to allow each bishop to give permission in his diocese for parishes to begin in September using the sung versions of the new Gloria, Sanctus and Memorial acclamations, in preparation for the coming English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. In the second half of the show, they discuss the coming Ordination Liturgy for the two new Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Ordination Liturgy is scheduled for August 10, 2011.

Music in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Todd Williamson and Anna Belle O'shea, both from the Office for Divine Worship, explore some examples of the music settings for the English translation of the 3rd Ed. Of the Roman Missal. Anna Belle and Todd discuss the role of music in the liturgy and listen to settings of the Gloria, the Sanctus and examples of the Memorial Acclamation.

The Season of Easter and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This month, on Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Knott and Todd Williamson discuss the latter part of the Easter Season, the Solemnities of the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost. In the second half of the show they wrap up their reading of the Order of Mass as given in the English translation of the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal. In this show they break open the texts of the Communion Rite and the Concluding Rite.

The Season of Easter and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Sunday, April 24, 2011
On Wednesday of the Octave of Easter, co-hosts Danielle Knott and Todd Williamson spend the first half of the show breaking open some of the symbols and rites of the Easter Celebrations! During the second half, they continue reading through and discussing the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. In today's broadcast they finish the Eucharistic Prayer.

The Season of Lent and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, we spend the first half of the show looking at the great, joyful season of Lent! In particular, we speak about the role and the importance of the Elect in our parish communities. For the second half of the show, we resume exploring and breaking open the English translation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal. Today, we look at the Eucharistic Prayer from the Preface Dialogue to the Memorial Acclamation.

The Third Edition of the Roman Missal: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
In this show, we continue to unpack the texts of the English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, consentrating on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Guest Mary Fox, from Liturgy Training Publications, talks about an upcoming resource - a Study Edition of the Roman Missal.

The Season of Christmas and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
In the last days before the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Lord, "Focus on the Liturgy" spends the first half of the show looking at the season of Christmas, exploring the theology and spirituality of the season. In the second half of the show, we continue to explore the texts of the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. This month, we finish the Liturgy of the Word and then begin to explore the Liturgy of the Eucharist, with attention to the acclamations and responses.

The Season of Advent and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Day before Thanksgiving, "Focus on the Liturgy" uses the first half of the show to unpack the season of Advent. We look at the themes of Advent, the Scriptures that are proclaimed and the symbols of this first season of a brand new Liturgical Year. In the second half of the show, we continue the discussion on the English Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, scheduled to implemented on November 27, 2011. This month we begin exploring the Liturgy of the Word and take an in-depth look at the Nicene Creed.

Autumn Ordinary Time and the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This edition of "Focus on the Liturgy" continues the discussion on the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. This month we finish exploring the Introductory Rites by looking at the revised English translation of The Gloria and by looking at the role of the Opening Prayer. Also, in the first part of the show, we speak a bit about where we are in the Liturgical Calendar, looking at Autumn Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls).

The Revised English Translation of the Order of Mass, Part I

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
In August of this year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received from the Holy See the approved English texts of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. The Order of Mass (the parts of the Mass that do not change from day to day) were posted on the USCCB website (www.usccb.org/romanmissal). Beginning with the show aired on September 22, 2010, Focus On The Liturgy will explore the revised English translation of the Order of Mass, breaking open the texts and examining the theology and spirituality behind the texts that we pray each week. This first edition focuses on the Introductory Rites.
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