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Todd Williamson

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D. Todd Williamson is the Director of the Office for Divine Worship.

Blog posts by Todd Williamson

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    Maybe it will be today…

    How many of us pray for the end of the world? How many of us actually look forward to the end of time? How many of us consciously long for the moment when all time will cease and the Reign of God will actually and fully be in our midst? Most likely this is something that not many of us think of very often.


  • Monday, August 17, 2015

    Pallium Catechesis

    When an Archbishop is appointed to a new archdiocese, he requests the Pallium from the Holy See. The Pallium is a scarf, or stole-like vestment that is worn over the chasuble when the Archbishop celebrates Mass. It is about two-inches wide, and it rests on the shoulders, with a pendant or lappet in the front and the back which hang about 12 inches.  When viewed from the front or the back, the Pallium resembles the letter ‘Y’.


  • Monday, June 08, 2015

    The Holy Year Door

    On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis will open the great Holy Year Door in St. Peter's Basilica. The Holy Door is a special place for the faithful to enter the four major Basilicas in Rome during the Jubilee Year of Mercy:  St. Peter, St. John Lateran, St Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls.  All four Basilicas have multiple doors in their porches, but the Holy Door at each Basilica is kept closed and sealed. Only during the Jubilee Year can pilgrims walk through these doors. Pope Martin V introduced the ceremony of opening Holy Doors by creating the first Holy Door at the Basilica of St. John Lateran for the Special Jubilee Year of 1423.


  • Monday, May 18, 2015

    The Tradition of the Month’s Mind Mass

    The Month’s Mind Mass is a tradition that gathers together the family and friends of one who has recently died, in order to celebrate the Eucharist for that person. So have members of the Archdiocese of Chicago gathered to celebrate the one month anniversary of the death of Cardinal Francis George. In many ways, it completes the Church’s funeral rites for the Cardinal. Of course, many similar Memorial Masses have been celebrated for the Cardinal around the Archdiocese and, indeed, around the world.


  • Monday, November 17, 2014

    The Rite of Installation

    The Rite of Installation of a Bishop or Archbishop is, while actually quite simple, a very profound Rite of the Church. There is rich symbolism in it and much to reflect on.


  • Monday, April 14, 2014

    Making the Most out of Holy Week

    If I have to be honest, I would need to say that my observance of Lent this year was not exactly as I had planned it. Don’t get me wrong, it has been a good Lent. But back on Ash Wednesday I had a whole list of things that I wanted to do in order to really observe the season well. I wanted to have an element of “retreat” about these 40 days; I wanted to pray more often and more deliberately; I wanted to carve out time every day for some spiritual reading.


  • Monday, November 26, 2012

    Maybe it will be today…

    Do you ever pray for the end of the world? Do you ever actually find yourself looking forward to the end of time? Do you consciously long for the moment when all time will cease and the Reign of God will actually and fully be in our midst? Most likely this is something that not many of us think of very often, let alone actually hope for.


  • Tuesday, March 06, 2012

    The Elect: Models for Our Own Conversion

    This past weekend (the second Sunday of Lent), we celebrated the final two Rites of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, at Holy Name Cathedral. They were wonderful celebrations!


  • Monday, February 28, 2011

    We Need These 40 Days!

    I need Lent! I do! I need this season! In fact, I believe that we all need this season that each year, as we are reminded in the Lenten Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer, God gives us (“Each year you give us this joyful season of Lent”).


  • Monday, August 09, 2010

    Update on the English Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal

    The current newsletter of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW) reports that the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal should be sent to the English-speaking Bishops Conferences by the end of summer. This seems to be what many have expected.


  • Monday, February 15, 2010

    Lent a Joyful Season?

    On Wednesday, we begin the great season of Lent! Fr. Walter Burghardt, S.J. – a noted theologian from Georgetown University – once wrote that “most people go into Lent kicking and screaming.” Unfortunately, many people, I think, may agree with him. Lent can sometimes be seen as a dour, somber, or even depressing season of our liturgical year. It’s the season when we give up things or activities that we normally enjoy – denying ourselves pleasure. It’s the season when we make sacrifices and fast. It’s the season when we do penance. Last year, in a presentation on the season of Lent, a participant made this observation: for him, Lent was a time when he “spent the whole season just wishing it were over!”


  • Monday, November 30, 2009

    I Want to Live in That World!

    I want to live in the world that the prophets spoke about – especially the prophet Isaiah! All through this Advent season we will hear from the prophets about what the Lord has promised and about what the Lord is going to do! We’ll hear Isaiah describe the mountain of the Lord, where the Lord will provide “a feast of rich food and choice wines;” where he will “destroy death forever” and “wipe the tears from all faces.” During Advent we will hear of a world in which the eyes of the blind will be opened, and how the lowly will find joy and the lame will leap about. We will hear of a world in which peace reigns and animals that were once predator and prey to one another now live in peace with one another! We will hear of lands that are dry and arid being transformed into lush gardens! I want to live in the world that the prophets talked about!


  • Monday, July 13, 2009

    Get Back to the Basics!

    In the near future, area Catholics will be hearing more about two major initiatives that will affect their parishes – one Archdiocesan and one Universal. Both of these, albeit on different levels, will have profound effects on the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.