Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Singler, D.Min.
Director, Office of Divine Worship
Department of Diocesan Pastoral Services
Diocese of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43604-5360
Mr. Daniel Demski
This Office leads the continued development of the liturgical vision of the diocese guided by the documents and spirit of the Second Vatican Council and the directives of the USCCB; provides liturgican formation for pastoral leadership; provides liturgical resources to pastoral leadership and ministers.
Articles by the Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Singler, D.Min.,
Director of the offices of Divine Worship & Diocesan Priestly Vocations
Naming the Context: Reflections on Recent Liturgical Directives
First in a Series for the Catholic Chronicle
© December 9, 2004
One of the challenges sound-bite technology does not provide is a wider context to understand issues that are offered for public reflection.
Masses on the Weekend
© January 12, 2005
One of the aspects serving as a motivation for the review of parishes in the Toledo diocese is the effective and adequate service provided by our priests.
Clarification of Roles in the Liturgy
Second in a Series for the Catholic Chronicle
© January 18, 2005
One of the foundational goals of the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and Redemptionis Sacramentum (RS) is a clarification of roles undertaken in the liturgy.
Vessels Used at Mass
Third in a Series for the Catholic Chronicle
© January 24, 2005
Recent liturgical changes not only express a spiritual and theological reality, but also possess a practical purpose.
Postures and Gestures Express Faith during the Liturgy
Fourth in a Series for the Catholic Chronicle
© February 4, 2005
Postures and gestures we make in the celebration of Mass and other rites of the Church are not intended to serve a secondary role in ritual protocol.
Reverence Toward the Blessed Sacrament
Fifth in a Series for the Catholic Chronicle
© February 21, 2005
If the various threads woven throughout Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal and Redemptionis Sacramentum, one of great concern is the reverence shown toward the Blessed Sacrament.
Keeping Quality and Appropriateness in Catholic Worship
© September 1, 2006
I remember years ago as a seminary student one of my instructors observing that directives issued by the Catholic Church at a world-wide Council would normally take 100 years to fully implement. If that observation is true in any way, then the on-going renewal and the implementation of the Second Vatican Council are still a work in progress.
Catholic Rites are User Friendly
© October 16, 2006
One of the frequent comments I hear from a number of parish liturgists and liturgical coordinators diocesan-wide is the struggle encountered in their work to plan prayer that is meaningful.
The Christmas Liturgy
© November 11, 2006
I read in a liturgical publication some months ago the observation of one author that Christmas was a feast having the potential to express the very best and the very worst in our liturgical practice.
Making a Good Confession
© February 15, 2007
As Catholics world-wide are immersed in the devotional practices of Lent this time of year, we are reminded of the theme that resides at the heart of all we do and pray these days: forgiveness.
Go in the Peace of Christ, Alleluia! Alleluia!
© March 10, 2007
One of the unique liturgical traditions included during specific segments of the Roman Catholic celebration of Easter, its octave (eight days following) and the culminating solemnity of Pentecost, is the sung dismissal which incorporates a “double” alleluia.
Eucharistic Adoration and Exposition
© May 14, 2007
While it may be a personal bias, it seems a good number of conversations I overhear in public places about the Catholic faith often result on some liturgical or devotional topic.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Parish
© May 14, 2007
In addition to the more solemn liturgical feasts and seasons in the Catholic Church, the celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation have taken on a great importance in parish life today.
Cremation and the Catholic Funeral Rites
Many adult Catholics may remember the days when the word and thought of “cremation” was never discussed or permitted in the Catholic Church. Those days have given way to the inclusion of this option and a full ritual for the final disposition of deceased Christians.
Holy Smoke at Mass
Many of our readers may wonder at times if there is any rhyme or reason to some of the ritual behaviors we Catholics experience in our worship. One such mystery is the use of incense.
Holy Day Protocol
Throughout the liturgical year certain feasts warrant a more joyous spirit and attention. In particular, those feasts that are ranked as “solemnities” and are at the same time designated as “holy days of obligation” follow a protocol all their own.
Reverence toward the Book of the Gospels
Some of the Catholic faithful may notice an added ritual gesture immediately following the proclamation of the Gospel reading while watching a televised papal Mass on EWTN, or while attending a diocesan Mass with Bishop Blair at Rosary Cathedral.
The Feast that Keeps On Giving
Two additional feasts related directly to Christmas that are often overlooked in their importance are the Feast of the Presentation (February 2) and the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25). Many liturgical theologians refer to these two observances as Incarnational feasts outside the cycle of Christmas.
The Way of the Cross
Often, but not totally excluded to the penitential season of Lent, the Way of the Cross spiritually assists those who follow the way of our Lord’s passion and death to look more closely and deliberately at this mystery of the faith.
The Service of Tenebrae
The word itself means “darkness” in reference to the darkness held in the heart of the church during the days and hours of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.
The Fifty Days of Easter
This holy time following the feast of Easter should give us the opportunity to reflect on the ritual aspects that marked our observance of Holy Week and the culminating rites celebrated during the solemn Easter Vigil Mass.
Eulogies During the Funeral Rites
Thanking God for Jesus’ triumph over death now manifested in the life and death of the deceased, entrusting our beloved dead to God’s eternal care and finding hope and consolation in the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus – these are the reasons and the purpose of celebrating the funeral rites of the Church.
Music and the Rites
Music within our liturgical celebrations aims to support and affirm the ritual actions, gestures and language we use in our praise of God.