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About Eric Johnston

Dr. Eric Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D in Medieval Theology--with a focus on St. Thomas Aquinas--from the Catholic University of America in 2008. His academic interests include spirituality, Catholic social thought, theology of grace, and urban policy. Eric is married and the father of five children. He and his wife keep busy working on their old house and working to build community in Newark, NJ. Eric blogs about the spiritual life at

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.... 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... Read More

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