Committed to Memorare: Mary’s Prayer Packs Grace-Filled Power

04-28-2019Liturgy CornerJoseph Pronechen

“The Memorare is a prayer that effectively expressed Mother Teresa’s trust in the power of Mary’s intercession as the mediatrix of all graces,” explained Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity, who was postulator for Mother Teresa’s sainthood cause. “It flowed from the love and confidence she had in Mary and was a simple way to present her petitions to her.”

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Why Holy Water?

04-21-2019Liturgy CornerFather William Saunders

Q: A Protestant friend came with me to Mass last Sunday and asked about the Holy Water fonts and why we make the sign of the cross with it when we enter and leave the Church. What answer would you give to her?

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Entering into Holy Week

04-14-2019Liturgy CornerCheryl Manfredonia

 HOLY THURSDAY    GOOD FRIDAY    HOLY SATURDAY    EASTER SUNDAY

These are the highest, holiest days celebrated each year by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. It is called the “Easter Triduum” or Paschal Triduum”. We celebrate the great Paschal mystery of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

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Tenebrae

04-07-2019Liturgy Corner

The word "Tenebrae" comes from Latin, meaning "darkness" or "shadows". This dramatic, moving service dates back to the 4th century when monks and nuns chanted the ancient psalms and lamentations in the darkness of night.

Tenebrae is an extended meditation on the last 3 days of Holy Week. Psalms, readings, chants and motets express heavy grief, the Church's desolation; all is sad and mournful. Somber, yes, but it just might become your favorite church service as it awakens a sense of awe and wonder at the great Mysteries contained within Holy Week and Easter. Candles are extinguished as the evening progresses; you might just hear the shutting of Christ's tomb or the earthquake at the time of the resurrection! But, wait for it...(spoiler alert) We all know the ending. Jesus was victorious over death. His light can overcome any darkness.

Reading the Bible Shouldn't be Hard: Sixteen Bible Reading Rules Everyone Should Know (Plus One)

03-24-2019Liturgy Corner

Rule 1: The Bible's human authors were not divine stenographers. Everything asserted in Scripture is asserted by the Holy Spirit, but God allowed the human authors of Scripture to incorporate their own words, ideas, and worldviews into the sacred texts.

Rule 2: The Bible's human authors were not writing scientific textbooks. Scripture does not assert a scientific description of the world, so details in the Bible that utilize "the language of appearances" are not erroneous.

Rule 3: The Bible contains many different literary styles. The Bible contains many different genres, some of which communicate true, historical facts through the use of poetic, non-literal language.

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Why we should take St Joseph as our role model this Lent

03-17-2019Liturgy Corner

Just like Christ's foster father, we can draw strength from the Lord if we deny ourselves worldly pleasures Catholics know that 19 March is the Feast of St Joseph. Fewer, perhaps, are aware that the entire month of March is dedicated to the Most Chaste Heart.

That seems a bit odd, doesn't it? March is dominated by the Lenten fast, which is itself a preparation for Eastertide. According to tradition, Our Lord's foster-father didn't live to see his public ministry. In fact, it was necessary that St Joseph pass from this life before Christ could reveal Himself. Only then would Jesus become head of the royal House of David – both God and King by birthright.

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Are Catholics Really not Supposed to Chew The Eucharist?

03-10-2019Liturgy Corner

With the resurgence in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Catholic tradition in general, here's a question that has had come up in recent years: are Catholics supposed to avoid chewing the Eucharistic host in their mouth?

Maybe you've heard people say "you shouldn't chew the Eucharist like bubble gum," or claim that it's sacrilege to chew the Eucharist rather than let it dissolve in your mouth.

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Are Catholics Really not Supposed to Chew The Eucharist?

03-10-2019Liturgy Corner

With the resurgence in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Catholic tradition in general, here's a question that has had come up in recent years: are Catholics supposed to avoid chewing the Eucharistic host in their mouth?

Maybe you've heard people say "you shouldn't chew the Eucharist like bubble gum," or claim that it's sacrilege to chew the Eucharist rather than let it dissolve in your mouth.

Yet that vast majority of Catholics do chew the host. What is a faithful Catholic to do?

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Why Do Catholics Genuflect Each Time Before the Tabernacle and Kneel During Mass?

03-03-2019Liturgy Corner

The 1985 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops asserted “that the liturgy must favor the sense of the sacred and make it shine forth. It must be permeated by the spirit of reverence, adoration, and the glory of God.” To foster such a spirit, the Church has prescribed certain gestures and actions, especiallytoward the Blessed Sacrament.

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Blesseds Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi

02-24-2019Liturgy CornerMichael R. Heinlein

Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi have the distinction to have been the first married couple jointly beatified by the Church, sharing the same necessary miracle attributed to their intercession. In many ways, their beatification was seen as a fruition of the Second Vatican Council’s desire for all the baptized to understand their call to holiness. As Pope St. John Paul II said in his homily at their 2001 beatification, “Today the aspiration of the Council is fulfilled with the first beatification of a married couple. Their fidelity to the Gospel and their heroic virtues were verified in their life as spouses and parents.”

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Why the Pelican with Chicks is a symbol of the Eucharist

02-17-2019Liturgy CornerFather Van Sloun

An image of a mother pelican with her chicks is carved into the capital on top of a pillar at the Cenacle, the upper room on Mount Zion in Jerusalem where tradition holds that Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and instituted the Eucharist. It is the only artwork in the entire room, and it is singularly appropriate because it is a symbol for Jesus and the Eucharist.

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The Fruits of the Eucharist

02-10-2019Liturgy CornerRev. Father Rafael Ibarguren, EP

In previous meditations we have addressed the fascinating topic of the fruits of the Eucharist, although not in an exhaustive form because, how can we cover something so unspeakable? However, we can outline some basic concepts that may be helpful for the faithful. We will only address this vast subject of the Eucharistic mystery in what the fruits of sacramental communion is concern.

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This fragrant element of our Catholic heritage dates to millennia before Christ.

02-03-2019Liturgy Corner Larry Peterson

For me, there is something about the smell of freshly burned incense filling the church that is spiritually uplifting. But where did it come from and why do we use it? The use of incense in religious worship started more than 2,000 years before Christianity even began. The use of incense in China is documented before 2000 BC. Trade in incense and spices was a major economic factor between east and west when caravans traveled the Middle Eastern Incense Route from Yemen through Saudi Arabia. The route ended in Israel and it was here that it was introduced to the Roman Empire.

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Mass Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts while at Mass

01-13-2019Liturgy CornerPosted by: Catholicsay.com

Fast: It doesn't even really feel like a fast anymore since its just an hour. The Church requires every communicant to begin preparing to receive Jesus by observing an hour fast (from food) unless they're aged or sick. Won't really cost much to give this little to receive God into your soul would it?

Come early, recollect yourself: Sometime ago I asked on our Facebook page "When is one late for Mass" some said with confidence "When they come later than the Sign of the Cross". I disappointed them by reminding them that the Mass actually begins with the procession. I usually advise people to make effort to be in Church at least 10-15 minutes before the actual time in order to have some time to pray and recollect; to begin the Mass in the right spirit. When it becomes a habit to arrive late, it ceases to be a real celebration for the person, and if it becomes a habit (especially Sundays) it begins to become sinful.

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