The Cathedral of St. Peter is a church that I have visited since my childhood. Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania where my mom’s family is from, the Cathedral has been a site where my relatives and I gather to celebrate, reflect, and mourn the death of loved ones. No matter the…


From an outsider’s perspective, it would be easy to assume that the Catholic mass could become monotonous and boring: the same prayers and rituals are repeated every time the congregation comes together. However, music is one factor that ensures this is not the case. DuFay’s Missa Ecce Ancilla Domini and…


This unit, “The Worshipful Aesthetics of Vision,” has been a breath of fresh air cutting through the staleness of quarantine, where I always find myself turning to the idolatry of social media in an attempt to experience human connection. Reading the works of Marion and Verdon in particular have made…


If you ask anyone at my Catholic high school what their favorite event of the year was, they would probably mention the annual Christmas liturgy. In puncturing the high spirits of the student body with a reverent seriousness, this liturgy invited all to reflect upon the mysteries of the Christian…


Let me take you with me to a typical weekend mass at my parish. I usually find myself at the Saturday evening masses at St. Francis Xavier with my family, which are well attended even during the pandemic, and I feel a comfort in its simple clean architecture and familiar…


Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” is a piece of music that I was lucky enough to sing in my chorus in eighth grade. From the minute I was introduced to a recording, I was transfixed by its beauty. …

Julia Marine

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