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The Best Response to the Dismissal at Mass

What's wrong with leaving Mass after communion? Join Dan Burke and his co-host Melissa Elson today as they speak with liturgy expert Christopher Carstens to discuss the best response to the dismissal. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the significance of the dismissal at Mass? To what degree will we be changed spiritually if we open our hearts and minds to Jesus as we receive Him in the... Read More

Receiving the Eucharist with Humility

How can we receive the Eucharist in the most holy way? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with liturgy expert Christopher Carstens to discuss the humility necessary to receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When receiving the Holy Eucharist, what is the best virtue to exhibit in order to become saintly? How does humility bring... Read More

The Purpose of the Offertory of the Mass

What is the purpose of the Offertory during Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how we can unite our hearts to God's during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Offertory? How do we prepare our hearts to offer them as a sacrifice to God? What is the common misconception of “sacrifice”? Pope... Read More

Listening to the Readings at Mass

How can we truly hear and understand the Word of God at Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the most effective way to listen to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does it mean to hear the readings at Mass? What is the sacramental principle? St. Benedict proposes that we listen to the Word of... Read More

The Beautiful Collect of the Mass

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the beauty of the opening prayer (or collect) of the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? Why is the opening prayer of the Mass so important? What should be happening during the opening prayer? How is it possible that a God... Read More

The Sign of the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What three events happen during the liturgy? How do we understand the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? What does it mean to make the sign of the cross? How can the faithful... Read More

Devotional Journey Into the Mass

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the major themes of the book? Why is active participation in the Mass so important? What does “active participation” in the Mass mean and how can... Read More

How to Endure and Overcome Liturgical Difficulties

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute, about how the faithful can endure and overcome difficulties in the liturgy in our time. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do we constructively face and overcome challenges in our parishes when the liturgy is contrary to the teachings of the Church? How do these challenging experiences... Read More

Cult Cultivates Culture: Culling Life’s Mysteries from the Liturgy

Cult Cultivates Culture: Culling Life's Mysteries from the Liturgy   Liturgy's Main Goals “The glory of God,” says St. Irenaeus, “is man fully alive.” In this quote, the second-century saint sums up the two main goals of liturgy: God’s glory and man’s life. At the outset of its treatment on “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery,” the Catechism says that the Father “accomplishes... Read More

How can We Celebrate the Easter Season More Fully?

April 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon... Read More

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