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Revisiting the Last Supper

Revisiting the Last Supper Let us return to Holy Thursday’s “Last Supper” with Jesus.  The Last Supper was depicted in the gospels as taking place during the Jewish Passover Meal when God’s angel passed over the houses of the Jewish people, sparing them from death.  God’s action propel...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Breaking open the Eucharistic Prayer

Breaking open the Eucharistic Prayer In the Book of Exodus, instructions for celebrating the Passover Meal are proscribed (Exodus 13:3-16).  The Passover is observed among the Jewish People to this very day.  Some Christian communities also celebrate the Passover during Holy Week, which may help us appreciate our spiritual r...
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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving is central to the Liturgy of the Eucharist

Once the monetary offering from the faithful has been collected and the bread and wine along with the collection have been presented, the assembly shifts their focus from hearing and applying God’s Word in the Liturgy of the Word to the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  The central part of the...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Vatican II reforms restore presentation of gifts

Vatican II reforms restore presentation of gifts The liturgical reforms from Vatican Council II restored the presentation of gifts during the Preparation Rites as an important ritual action by the faithful, a practice which had not been part of the Roman liturgy since the 11th century.     The new Roman Missal describes how the presenta...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

More about the Preparation Rites

More about the Preparation Rites After the celebrant prayed over the gifts of bread and wine, an Incensation followed.  However, this was more the practice in northern Europe than in Rome.  In 831A.D. Bishop Amalar, a close friend of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne (ruling from Aachen, Germany) and a renowned liturgis...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Bread-and-wine regulations may be hard to fathom today

Bread-and-wine regulations may be hard to fathom today With the Eucharistic bread now only being unleavened bread, regulations regarding the making of this unleavened bread were drawn up that some may find hard to fathom today.  Some of these procedures included that each wheat kernel was to be individually chosen so that only the best and finest...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

An offertory procession by the faithful endured for quite some time

An offertory procession by the faithful endured for quite some time In France and Germany (circa 787 A.D.), we find that the faithful presenting their material gifts along with bread and wine was an ordinary part of the preparation rites at the Sunday Eucharist.  Once the Creed had been recited, the faithful would process to the altar through the body of the C...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Preparation Rite dates to St. Justin Martyr

Preparation Rite dates to St. Justin Martyr St. Justin Martyr (141-167 A.D.) provides us with the first evidence of a very simple preparation rite during the Eucharist:  “Then bread and a cup of water and wine mixed are brought to the one presiding….”  By the end of the 2nd century a change occurred in the prepara...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Entering into the Liturgy of the Eucharist

Entering into the Liturgy of the Eucharist Following the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word with the Universal Prayers, we enter into the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  The Liturgy of the Eucharist, known in some Protestant Churches as the Lord’s Supper, reenacts the Last Supper when Jesus gave thanks...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Revised Common Lectionary is based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary

Revised Common Lectionary is based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary The Revised Common Lectionary used by many Canadian and U.S. Protestant Churches in their Sunday worship is based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary.  According to The Revised Common Lectionary, there are two types of lectionaries:  1) one containing a simple table of readings listing the g...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017