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Archive of posts filed under the Mass category.

The Significance of the Altar

One finds a lot of different items in Catholic churches. The stained windows, paintings, statues, and other artwork are there to help remind us of important things in our faith. The two most important items found in Catholic churches are the Tabernacle (where the Blessed Sacrament (the Body of Christ) is reserved for Communion to […]

Amen

Amen. How many times do we say “amen” when we pray? How many times do you say it on your own? How many times do we say “amen” together at Mass? I don’t know how many times you say “amen” on your own but I can tell you that at every Sunday Mass we say […]

Look Beyond and Finding Meaning

As Catholics we have many rites for how we do things. For instance, we have specific rubrics as to how we celebrate Mass (see “The Roman Catholic Mass Explained”). We have particular rites for every Sacrament. It is important for us to know how we do our rites. The same is true for devotions like […]

The Right Atmosphere

Earlier this week I wrote a blog article, “Silence, How Much and When” where I talked about silence in private prayer as well as silence at Mass. Now, I would like to discuss how silence at Mass needs to be balanced against other considerations. Specifically, today I am writing about silence before Mass. I like […]

New Video – A Tour of the Church

I just finished making a 20 minute video giving a tour of the church. We may know what the names of items in the church are but how often do we think about why we have them in church. Together with my previous videos, “So What’s on the Altar?” and “The Liturgical Books for Mass” […]

Silence, How Much and When

In the midst of the Coronavirus you may find yourself alone or in small groups of just your family far more often than normal. Does that necessarily mean we have more “silence”? That depends on what you do with your time and what you mean by silence? Obviously, if you have the TV, radio, or […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday of Easter Year AActs 2:14, 22-33Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (11a)1 Peter 1:17-21Luke 24:13-35 With the gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke boldly to the Israelites.  He spoke of how they saw Jesus’ “mighty deeds, wonders, and signs” that God worked through Jesus in their midst.  Yet, they refused to believe.  […]

The Sign of Peace

As we began to implement precautions against the Coronavirus before the suspension of public Masses, one of the precautions was to cease exchanging the Sign of Peace. It is ingrained in us to shake hands and to say “peace be with you” (or very similar words). However, it is a wise precaution to stop shaking […]

Is Society Losing Its Appreciation of Ritual?

In late February through early March, I wrote a series of blog articles on the question, “How do you evangelize a culture that used to be Christian?”. (Here’s a link to the final article in the series that in turn includes links to every article in the series.) In that series, I discussed some reasons […]

The Liturgical Books for Mass

I just created a new video for my website called “The Liturgical Books for Mass.” It’s about eleven minutes long but it has been a longtime coming. Three years ago I created a seven minute video, “So What’s on the Altar?” that describes the liturgical vessels and linens we use at Mass. It was my […]