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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 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

Participating in Holy Mass

Participating in Holy Mass Presence of God – O Jesus, immolated at every moment of the day on our altars, let me share in Your Sacrifice. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mediator Dei exhorts all the faithful to “participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, not passively, carelessly, and with distractions, but with such ardor and fervor that we shall be closely associated with the High Priest.” It is... Read More

Participation in the Mass

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute, about the importance of our participation in the Mass and how if affects not only us but all of those around us. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What effect does the Mass have on the souls of the faithful? What does the Old Testament say about disobediently making an offering to God? What... Read More

How to Receive Communion to the Fullest

How to Receive Communion to the Fullest To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God. — Revelation 2:7 Any road trip requires energy. Fast-food restaurants know this, and their siren songs — the waft of cooking oil carrying the unmistakable scent of french fries — have tempted many a traveler to pass through their drive-throughs. Gas stations... Read More

A 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

The Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It... Read More

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... Read More

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