Fr. Innocent Smith – April 28

How Can I Keep From Singing?
Active and Contemplative Participation in the Liturgy

The Catholic Artists Society proudly presents Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., for the final lecture of this season’s Art of the Beautiful lecture series. His talk is entitled “How Can I Keep From Singing? Active and Contemplative Participation in the Liturgy.”

The lecture takes place Saturday, April 28, 7:30 PM, at the Catholic Center at New York University (238 Thompson St., just south of Washington Square Park). A reception and sung Compline will follow.

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Admission for Sustaining Members: FREE
Suggested donation for non-members: $10


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For more than a century, the Church has repeatedly insisted on the importance of cultivating active participation in the liturgy. In practice, some modes of advancing this goal leave little room for a “contemplative” mode of participation. In this talk, Fr. Innocent will describe the need for both active and contemplative participation, focusing on the realm of music in the liturgy. Through a careful balance of vocal and auditory participation, members of the Church can more effectively join their minds as well as their voices to the Heavenly Liturgy.

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph. Born in California and raised in Indiana, he attend St. Gregory’s Academy and the University of Notre Dame before entering the Order of Preachers in 2008. He received an S.T.L. in 2015 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., writing a thesis on the liturgical theology of Thomas Aquinas. At present he is assigned to the Priory of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City, where he serves as parochial vicar at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena.