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Preparing for Mass: Taking a Cue from A Prayer for Priests

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bryan Jerabek, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer

Preparing for Mass: Taking A Cue from A Prayer for Priests A little over five years have now passed since the new translation of the Roman Missal went into effect in the various English-speaking countries. In this wonderful new edition, if you turn to the latter part of Appendix VI, there are prayers that the priest is encouraged to say before and after Mass. And one of them – the “Formula of Intent” – is, I think, very... Read More

Why Don’t People Kneel at Mass?

November 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Mass, Worship

Why don't people kneel at Mass - SpiritualDirection.com

Why Don’t People Kneel at Mass? Dear Dan, I have been disturbed in Mass by folks who don’t kneel or who half-kneel (“rear-end” still on the seat). This might sound petty but I am crippled and wish desperately that I myself could kneel. What a profound privilege it is to kneel before our God and King. He has given everything for me and I can give so little in return. I physically can’t kneel, but I long to. Why don’t... Read More

Offering More Than One Mass For the Deceased

November 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Mass

Dear Father John, we have Mass said for the repose of a soul during their funeral. The Eucharist itself is said to be infinitely valuable and thus there is no greater value to offer to God. Why do we follow this with additional Masses particularly on the anniversary of the death of the individual given we cannot add to the value of the Mass? It also shows in the form of having novenas of Masses said as well for a particular intention,... Read More

The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Mass, Prayers

The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and so enter more deeply into what it has to offer us. Today we will consider the priest’s part of the Eucharistic Prayer. The “Eucharistic... Read More

Holy Mass

Holy Mass   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, a better understanding of the value and meaning of Your Eucharistic Sacrifice. MEDITATION The heart of liturgical worship is the Mass. Just as the redemptive work of Jesus reached its culminating point on Calvary by His death on the Cross, so too, the liturgical action, which continues His work in the world, has its climax in the Mass, which renews and perpetuates on our... Read More

The Preface of the Mass: Giving Thanks to the Lord

February 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Liturgy, Mass

Editor’s Note: Today, Dr. Eric Johnston joins our team of writers. Dr. Johnston is an assistant professor of theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey and we are blessed to have this contribution from him. Please welcome him warmly to our site.  Traditionally, the Eucharistic Prayer is divided into the people’s part and the priest’s part. The Preface is a central part... Read More

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