We come in November to the winding down of the Christian year, but before we get there we have two great observances. Unfortunately, there are some Christians who get them confused, so let’s look briefly at the first two days of November. November first is the feast of All Saints’, the day when we remember […]
It’s that time of year again–time for crazies to carp and tell you falsehoods about Christianity. Have a look at my annual post about Hallowe’en!
The Offertory Here we reach a part of the Mass about which many have written much, usually intensely polemical, about the prayers to be used by the celebrant. Rather than tread through that minefield I will simply say that I don’t see that it really matters whether one use the prayers based on the Jewish […]
Before diving into this post I should answer a question I was emailed about processions. I didn’t deal with processions when I wrote about the opening rites because I plan to treat processions separately later. The emailed question really referred to entrance processions, but we’ll look at all types of processions in one post, after […]
Parish Mass – Neither Low nor High After receiving some private comments by email, I think I should pause the walk through the Mass and share a couple notes about the project. As I had said, this is not intended to be descriptive, as there is far too much variation and sloppiness, not to mention […]
The Opening Rite (continued) The rest of the opening rite, after the preparation, starts with the Introit. This is one of the so-called minor propers, that change for the day and match the readings and prayers. The Introit begins with the celebrant ascending to the altar, kissing it in reverent recognition of its holiness and […]
I thought it might be a good time to begin a new series of blog posts, walking through the liturgy as it were, and focusing on things as they come up. We’ll come back later to talk about private preparation prayers, and instead we’ll begin with the public part of the service. What I hope […]