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Bridge Building in the Eucharistic Prayer

Why is the Eucharistic Prayer one of the most active times during the liturgy? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how the faithful become bridge builders along with the priest to offer up our sacrifices during the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What do the faithful misunderstand most about participating in the Eucharistic Prayer? How is the congregation called to participate... 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 Emeritus Benedict XVI describes... 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 God with the “ears of our... 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 that doesn't need us thirsts... 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 enter into a more full/active... 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 we accomplish it? How should... Read More

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

May 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Liturgy, Prayer

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 the ‘mystery of his will’... Read More

How to Receive Communion to the Fullest

February 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Christopher Carstens, Mass

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 also gear their business to... 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 we accomplish it? How should... Read More

How to Participate in the Eucharistic Prayer

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Christopher Carstens, Liturgy, Mass

Eucharistic

  You are a priest forever in the manner of Melchizedek. — Psalm 110:4 Near the center of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the famous image of Adam’s creation at the hand of God is a majestic reminder of our humble dependency on God for our very being. Whether as faithful pilgrims or curious tourists, the chapel’s guests can’t help but gaze up at this work of art. What do they see? Some see color, form,... Read More

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