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More examples of changes in liturgical symbolism

More examples of changes in liturgical symbolism Several more examples of liturgical actions no longer used for their original intended purpose.  Most people do not notice that the priest/deacon pours a drop of water into the wine during the Preparation of Gifts.  This custom originated because the wine used to be thicker or heavier so...
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Exploring the tradition of our Mass

Exploring the tradition of our Mass In the previous article, we presented the idea of “Ressourcement,” meaning that the bishops at Vatican II wanted theologians and liturgists to return to the earliest ancient treasures in the Church’s storehouse.  Their intention was to understand the spirit imbuing these anci...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mass changes result from liturgical evolution

Mass changes result from liturgical evolution We must remember that Jesus did not lay down guidelines regarding how Mass was to be celebrated throughout the centuries. The structure of the Mass evolved. You may have seen paintings of the Last Supper with the Apostles kneeling and receiving communion on their tongues. This is not what actually...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Weekend Mass from one priest's viewpoint

Weekend Mass from one priest's viewpoint Let me share with you what I (and probably other priests) see from my side of the altar during a weekend Mass. When processing down the aisle at the beginning and end of Mass, I hear the most singing in the front one-third of the church – even when we sing traditional songs like “O Come...
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

When does Mass really begin?

When does Mass really begin? Have you ever asked, “When does Mass really begin?”    We would probably answer with the entrance song.  Actually, Mass begins way before then.  Mass begins the moment we decide that we want to join others as a faith community to worship God.  Some people do thi...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Current Mass encourages active participation

Current Mass encourages active participation The Latin Mass (really the Tridentine Mass since we may celebrate the new ritual in any language) with its beautiful Gregorian chants was definitely inspiring.  The Tridentine Mass shaped the faith of our people since the 1500’s.  However, there were some things that it did not enco...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Vatican II changes meant 'relearning' the Mass

Vatican II changes meant 'relearning' the Mass In my last column, I contrasted two priests’ reactions to the changes in the Church since Vatican II.  One had a deep desire to learn more; the other did not want to stay up with the latest guidelines. These attitudes are present in every one of us. We can desire to learn more in order t...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Taking a closer look at the Mass

Taking a closer look at the Mass In 2015, Mark’s Gospel was proclaimed at Sunday Masses.  Since his Gospel has only 16 chapters, five weeks during the summer are devoted to John’s Gospel Chapter 6 about Jesus as the Bread of Life.  The Sunday prior to John’s Gospel was the multiplication of the loaves a...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Pope Francis calls us to be 'spirit-filled evangelizers'

Pope Francis calls us to be 'spirit-filled evangelizers' Pope Francis concludes The Joy of the Gospel with a chapter on “Spirit-Filled Evangelizers.”  Baptism calls each Christian to invite others to believe in Jesus.  This goes contrary to our American mentality because we all learned the three things we are never to talk about ...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dialogue ... is essential

Dialogue ... is essential Dialogue with our Jewish sisters and brothers is also considered to be essential – “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for ‘the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable’ (Romans 11:29)” (Evangelii Gaudiu...
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Thursday, December 03, 2015