As we will discover together, the Mass is like climbing a mountain. This “mountain experience” gets higher and higher, better and better, as we progress through this prayer time together. The Penitential Rite is just the next high we have during Mass.
Many of us know The Lord’s Prayer, but just like The Creed, we should recite it with faith and full knowledge of what we are saying. Today, let’s meditate on the main themes in The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is shown both in the gospel of Matthew and Luke. Matthew has 7 main petitions while Luke has 5.
Everything up onto this point as been an individual act: we enter the Church, we’ve blessed ourselves, we’ve entered the pews, maybe said a prayer to two. And then begins the opening rites: music begins and we sheepishly sing along in community as the procession of the servers and priest of the Mass enter in. Christ becomes present for the first time, through the procession of the Word. Christ is the Word, and just like on the Road to Emmaus, he presents Himself to us at each Mass. He…
This has to be my favorite parts of mass! I mean, of course right, we are about to receive our Lord and savior and be apart of heaven touching earth! How are we supposed to receive him? Should I run up excitedly to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Well no, besides the fact the people might think I’m a little crazy, I want to be in a state where I know who it is I am receiving and what that means.
I was an alter server for many years. I learned a ton during that time and really attribute my desire and love for the mass to those very formative years. During those years, I not only became very efficient & precise at the job, but grew to know every word that was said and I knew everything that was being done and the names of everything as well. Though I knew all the words, I found that I wasn’t listening to what was actually being said; which now realizing this, just breaks my…
Audio: Mother Angelica's Memorial Homily by EWTN's Fr. Joseph Wolfe
"Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." - Jesus Mother Angelica's memorial homily If Mother Angelica bore so much fruit during her earthly life, which is plainly evident, we can only imagine how much more she wi