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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

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

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Declaration

December 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Declaration by St John Paul II* “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman…” (Galatians 4:4)…From the standpoint of human history, the fullness of time is a concrete fact. It is the night when the Son of God came into the world in Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophets…”The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall... Read More

On the Importance of Silence in the Liturgy

July 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Prayer, Silence

On the Importance of Silence in the Liturgy* By Cynthia Trainque Many Catholics rightly complain about the absence of silence in…the celebration of our Roman liturgy. It is…important, therefore, to recall the meaning of silence as a Christian ascetical value, and therefore as a necessary condition for deep, contemplative  prayer, without forgetting the fact that times of silence are officially prescribed during the celebration... 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 of the... Read More