Articles Tagged ‘Holy Mass’

16th Sunday: Liturgy of the Word

Consecration

And He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. (Mk 6:34) We begin today our reading of the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. Mark and as we did last Sunday we will meditate on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, our central act of worship, "the source and summit of Christian life" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10; Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican Council II)—the very heart of all ... (Continue reading)

Works without faith

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In the March 2015 issue of Catholic Insight, a letter to the editor opines that “many Catholics tend to treat Sunday Mass and receiving Communion as the principal, and sometimes only action required of them.” The letter writer sees Holy Mass as “only a start to our following His teaching.” He believes that once we leave the church after Sunday Mass, many of us are “oblivious to the rest of Christ’s teaching, which is centred on love of your neighbour.” ... (Continue reading)

Defeating the poverty of indifference

On a wet, chilly Saturday morning in October, something wonderful but odd happened at my parish. Wonderful because it was during the Mass in which young people and their parents took part in a Confirmation enrolment ceremony. Odd because the promises that parents and the confirmandi made ought to be obvious and as natural as breathing for all who were there. We, the parents of the Confirmation class, promised to support our children by attending Mass each week and following a ... (Continue reading)

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Beautiful: a ten-year old’s impression of Mass ad orientum

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, my ten-year-old daughter went to church with me. The priest at the church regularly celebrates Mass ad orientem, whether he is offering the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin or English. Afterwards, I asked my daughter what she thought of the Mass. Her short but certain answer was "beautiful." In Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, writes about the ad orientem Mass this way: "Praying towards the East is a tradition that goes ... (Continue reading)

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