Fota X Conference, Day 2: Pontifical Mass with Card. Burke and Presentation of Fota IX
Continuing with the theme of this year’s conference, on the Church Fathers and the sources of the Roman Rite, Fr Mark Withoos delivered a paper entitled “Ad audiendum silentium narrationis eius (Ep. 147): Silence and liturgy in St Augustine.” This examined how St Augustine, the great Doctor and Father of the Church, understood the concept of silence particularly within the contexts of liturgy and prayer. Looking first at how St. Augustine saw silence generally – a rich and complex idea quite far from the idea of a mere absence of noise – it is then possible to see how for Augustine, silence properly understood has as its primary purpose to facilitate listening to God in and through his mysteries. He then considered the implications of these viewpoints for our modern understanding of liturgy, particularly in regards to our own very modern problem of liturgies which can become very noisy, leaving little space for the faithful to ‘hear the silence of His telling.’
The Sunday session concluded with the presentation of the collected papers of last year’s Fota IX conference, Verbum Domini: Liturgy and Scripture, by His Eminence Card. Burke and Fr Joseph Briody, the editor. Fr Briody is a priest of the Diocese of Raphoe in Co. Donegal, Ireland, and a Professor of Sacred Scripture at St John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, where he also serves as the liturgy director. It is now available from Smenos Publications at a special price of 20 euros plus shipping and handling, through their website.
The articles highlight the bond between the Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Liturgy in which it emerges into light. Like the Fathers and Saints of the Church, we are encouraged to accept the Word, “not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Thess. 2, 13). This volume is an invitation to pray and read Scripture from the heart of the Church and the Liturgy. May this book foster a more intentional and receptive hearing of the Word of God, personally and in the Sacred Liturgy, that the seed which is the Word of God may bear much fruit (Matt. 13:23), and that we may acquire more and more ‘the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus’ (Phil 3:8).
The contibutors, listed in alphabetical order are:
Fr Joseph Briody, formation advisor, Director of Sacred Liturgy and professor of Sacred Scripture at St John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.
Raymond Leo Card. Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Fr Sven Leo Conrad, FSSP, theologian and scholar with particular competence in the area of the liturgy.
Fr John M. Cunningham, O.P., a member of the Irish Province of the Dominicans and former lecturer in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome.
Gregory DiPippo, editor and one of the principle contributors to the New Liturgical Movement.
Bishop Peter J. Elliott, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Director of the Melbourne session of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, and a member of the Australian Bishops’ Liturgical Commission.
Fr Stefan Heid, professor of the history of liturgy and hagiography at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome, and associate professor of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Mons. Michael Magee, Chair of the Systematic Theology Department and Professor of Sacred Scripture at St Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, former Official of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Dr William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, President of the Church Music Association of America, and editor of its journal Sacred Music.
Fr Paul Mankowski SJ, scholar-in-residence at the Lumen Christi Institute, Chicago.
Fr Thomas J. McGovern, author of a number of books concerning the priesthood and the Eucharist.
Ann T. Orlando, professor of Patristics and Church History at St John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass. Fr Kevin J. Zilverberg, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at St Paul Seminary School of Divinity (U. of St Thomas) in Minnesota, USA; currently on a three-year study leave as a guest researcher in Madrid for the National Research Council’s team of scholars studying the transmission and tradition of the Bible in Greek and Latin.