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The documents on this page are ones I distribute to my students to help them understand ecclesiology. Please feel free to use the documents that have my copyright but please respect my copyright.
This image of the Church, the new Eve, emerging from the side of Christ, the new Adam, with the Father as midwife and the Spirit providing shelter, is my very favorite image of the Church. I first saw it in the New Catholic Encyclopedia under “Church, Images of.” It is from the Bible Moralisée Codex 1179, folio 3v, which is owned by the National Library of Austria, in Vienna. I purchased permission to display it here but the image is owned by the National Library. The provenence is “Bilarchiv. d ÖNB, Vienna.” Please respect their copyright. If you click on the image, you will be able to see a larger version of it and read a meditation I have written for my students.
|As the dedication of a cathedral or a church is the ecclesiological event of once-in-many-lifetimes, the annual Chrism Mass is the ecclesiological event of the year for a diocese. I have compiled for study and meditation all the texts to be read and sung at this Mass. See also my meditation on this Mass which was published in English and Spanish in the worship aid for the 2003 Chrism Mass in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.||74Kb|
|My own ecclesiology is sketched in an essay I wrote (for the magazine of our archdiocesan office worship), “A Place for Everyone.” Borrowing a theme from the television program “Cheers,” I try to see Church from the perspective of the person in the pew at Sunday Mass and suggest ways for making Sunday Mass more important in the spiritual life of that person.||