Pastor's Corner 012614

posted Feb 12, 2014, 11:18 AM by Music Director

Beginning this weekend and running for the following 3, we will be conducting “teaching Masses,” in which the various parts of the Mass will be explained during Mass itself.  It is our hope that this will give our parishioners and visitors not only an increased knowledge about the Mass and its various parts, but also a greater appreciation for it. 

In the celebration of the Mass we, the faithful people of God come together as the body of Christ to fulfill the Lord’s command to “do this in memory of me” (Lk 22:19). In this most sacred action of Christ and His Church, the memorial of His death and resurrection is celebrated. God is adored, and we, the body of Christ – the Church – identify ourselves with the saving sacrifice that the Lord perpetuates. Enlightened by His Word and nourished with His Body and Blood, we go forth from Mass in joyful hope to share God’s love by the graces we gain by our participation.

In the Liturgy of the Word, we listen with hearts burning as the Lord speaks to us again, and we respond with praise and petition. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist the Church, led by the priest acting in the “person of Christ,” takes bread and wine, gives thanks, consecrates & breaks the bread and pours out the wine which become the precious Body and Blood of Jesus, and shares these with all who are spiritually disposed to receiving them.  When we gather for Mass, the presence of the Lord is more than symbolic.  It is real: in His holy Word, in the priest, in the Eucharist, and in those gathered. All present are called to contribute to the holiness and beauty of this great communal celebration by their full, active, and conscious participation in the liturgy.

Therefore, that we may all join more fully and be transformed more completely for the glory of God by our participation at Mass, we are going to offer this series of teachings on the Order of Mass.  We will examine some of the theology that forms the parts of the Mass, the meaning of the rituals we employ, and some of the history of their development. 

The presentations will take place within the Mass itself, using an audio/visual format of displaying information on the video monitors while a commentator guides us through each particular section. So that the solemnity of the celebration is not unduly disturbed, only one particular segment of Mass will be covered each weekend. This weekend we look at “Pre-Introductory” and Introductory Rites.  Next weekend we will continue with the Liturgy of the Word, followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist on the weekend of February 8-9, and concluding the following weekend with the Closing Rites.  As each segment is concluded, it will be added to the parish website.

            I surely hope that all of you will find these presentations enlightening, informative, not too intrusive, and helpful for a greater understanding of what we do and why we do it, and thus multiply the graces we receive and share in the Supper of the Lord.

 

In His Love,

Fr. Mike

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