Liturgy and prayer

How to Make an Icon Corner and Change the World

by David Clayton on March 21, 2014

A new book tells us how to create one, has icons you can pull out and frame and how to pray in the family so that it become a force for cultural renewal.  The force to change the world begins with us. We must change ourselves, and then our families and then society will change. [...]


The Dynamic of Prayer with Baroque Sacred Art

by David Clayton on March 14, 2014

And how it is connected with the rosary. Have you ever had the experience of walking into an art gallery and being struck by a wonderful painting on the far side of the room. You are so captivated by it that you want to get closer. As you approach it, something strange happens. The image goes [...]


New Setting for the Creed from Corpus Christi Watershed

by David Clayton on March 11, 2014

Here is a new chant setting for the Creed composed by Jeff Ostrowski, who happens to be president of Corpus Christi Watershed. He has published a recording and scores, all available for download free on their website, here. He has also written a brief account of his approach to composition. My belief is that we will [...]


How to Pray With Visual Imagery – Way of Beauty replay

by David Clayton on December 20, 2013

It is now more than three and a half years since I started this blog so first of all I would like to thank so many of you for your interest and your comments. I am currently involved in several book projects which will be published in the early part of next year – more [...]


I have heard some express disappointment that there was not enough emphasis on the liturgy in the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium. It is true that there is little direct reference to the liturgy, and so it might appear at first sight that there is little interest from the Pope on this matter. [...]


My New Icon Corner

by David Clayton on January 18, 2013

I have recently created an icon corner in my home as a focus for  prayer. I try to sing the Liturgy of the Hours every day. We didn’t have a lot of room and the place I live in is rented and I am not allowed to bang nails into the wall – which means [...]


I am currently reading a new book on Newman which has recently come to my notice. It is The Quotable Newman – Definitive Guide to His Central Thoughts and Ideas. Published by Sophia Press it is compiled by Dave Armstrong with a forward written by Joseph Pearce. It is arranged by topic in alphabetical order, [...]


Liturgical prayer is a means for discerning our personal vocation and God’s will for us…and so much more In the Lenten readings from the Liturgy of the Hours we have an example how through the Liturgy the Church instructs us about the value of praying the Liturgy with the Church. The reading from Vespers on [...]