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Brandon Harvey teaches higher ed theological courses on the sacraments, the Sacred Liturgy, and is also passionate about biblical studies. The podcast episodes are meant to provide assistance for theology students.

Brandon Harvey teaches higher ed theological courses on the sacraments, the Sacred Liturgy, and is also passionate about biblical studies. The podcast episodes are meant to provide assistance for theology students.


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Brandon Harvey teaches higher ed theological courses on the sacraments, the Sacred Liturgy, and is also passionate about biblical studies. The podcast episodes are meant to provide assistance for theology students.




The Mystagogical Fathers and the Importance of Good Liturgy

The Mystagogical Fathers catechize a certain way (moving from the visible rites to the invisible), catechize at different times, and provide a theological understanding of sacramental initiation that helps us to understand that the catechesis was mystagogical but the primary mystagogy was the sacrament itself and an important aspect of the process was good liturgy. Here is an article for anyone wanting to explore the materials further: CLICK HERE.



This episode explores the use of the word "mystery" in Catholic theology as understood from the perspective of the study of the sacraments and the liturgy. There are some lengthy quotes from Fr. Odo Casel who influenced Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (and even Joseph Ratzinger!).


The Divine Pattern

This episode explores two theological ideas: The Sacramental Principle and the Mystery of Christ made present in the sacraments.


Liturgical Orientation in the Early Church and the Middle Ages

This podcast is a brief overview of the common practice of the past for the liturgical assembly to pray and worship facing the East/Orient and to do so together (both priest and people). It looks at a handful of sources very briefly to help us notice some of the sources on this topic to accompany the theology of Ratzinger.


Cardinal Newman, Vatican I, and Pope Leo XIII

We will explore three selected texts from Catholic figures during the Modern Era: Cardinal Newman (Saint John Henry Newman), the First Vatican Council, and Pope Leo XIII.


Saint Francis deSales on Devotion, Vocation, and the Mass

In this audio mini-lecture we look at some highlights in our reading of Saint Francis deSales and insights into the experience of Mass at that time.


Saint Catherine of Sienna on Times for Prayer

Saint Catherine notes the importance of accepting moments of Divine Visitation while praying and whether or not the Liturgy of the Hours should be concluded after this visitation.


Jesus the Liturgist

Discover how Hebrews 8 speaks of Jesus as the Liturgist who carried out our work of redemption and has gifted us New Covenant liturgies.


Saint Thomas Aquinas' 5 Ways, the church building, and sacred vessels

Explore a summary of Aquinas 5 ways, his insights into a church building, and the consecration of sacred vessels. On the 5 ways: ST I, q. 2, a. 1-3. On the respective liturgical rites: ST III, q. 83, a. 1-6.


The Church Fathers: Saint Cyprian of Carthage

Explore the life/background of Saint Cyprian of Carthage, his insights on the Lord's Prayer, and his witness to an early form of the Liturgy of the Hours.


The Church Fathers: Tertullian

Discover the background of Tertullian and his words on persecution, Christian Initiation, and what we would now call the "Liturgy of the Hours."


The Universal Catechism and the Four Pillars

This podcast looks at some of the items concerning the CCC and the 4 Pillars to emphasize particular points that you will discover in your CCC reading/work.


Melchizedek and the Cross

Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek. What was Melchizedek's sacrificial offering? How does this relate to Jesus in light of Hebrews 10? Find out...


The Sacred Liturgy and the Communion of Saints

This episode serves as a reminder that when we celebrate the Sacred Liturgy there are heavenly participants alongside us.


The Catechism on the Liturgy of the Hours

This podcast episode looks at the treatment of the Liturgy of the Hours within the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The goal is for this to provide a foundational theological understanding of the Liturgy of the Hours to assist with the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours.


The Passover Issue between the Synoptics and John

The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and John's gospel seem to indicate a different dating for the Passover sacrifice. The synoptic's emphasize Holy Thursday and John seems to emphasize Good Friday. How is this resolved?


What is Theology?

This podcast episode examines the study of theology as it relates to Divine Revelation, Scripture, Prayer, the Sacred Liturgy, and the Magisterium. A quote from the Catechism: "The Fathers of the Church distinguish between theology (theologia) and economy (oikonomia). "Theology" refers to the mystery of God's inmost life within the Blessed Trinity and "economy" to all the works by which God reveals himself and communicates his life. Through the oikonomia the theologia is revealed to us;...


Introduction to Citations

This podcast episode reviews the expectations for citations in your writing and academic work. It is not meant to replace the other resources for following MLA but is meant to reinforce them.


Confirmation is not an Affirmation of Baptism

This podcast episode explores the reasons why Confirmation cannot be considered an affirmation of baptism for those baptized as infants and looks at the liturgical celebration of Confirmation to emphasize the proper theology of the Sacrament of Confirmation.


Saint Isidore of Seville and the Liturgy of the Hours

Using Saint Isidore of Seville as a starting point, the Liturgy of the Hours is briefly explored in relation to the fixed hours of prayer in Daniel, its sacrificial association, Trinitarian orientation, and connection to the mysteries of Christ. There is one problem in the audio, a word is left out in a quote. It should have been: "because the Holy Spirit descended to earth at the third hour" (De Ecclesiasticis Officiis Book I, XX).