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Liturgy Corner December 5 - The Silent Prayers of the Priest Part 3: The Second Half of the Offertory

Posted by Peter Grodi on 12/01/21

Last week, we looked at the first few silent prayers of the offertory. After the priest holds the chalice and says the silent prayer, “Blessed are you Lord God of all creation…”, he places the chalice on the corporal. Now, both elements, the bread and the wine, have been ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner November 9 2021 - The Silent Prayers of the Priest Part 1: The Gospel

Posted by Peter Grodi on 12/01/21

Recently, I wrote about the preparatory prayers the priest says as he puts on his vestments. I hope by writing about them, I have highlighted the fact that the Mass is, indeed, a long and multifaceted prayer itself that we all can try to “sink into” a little deeper ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner October 21 2021 - Preparing for Mass: Intentions

Posted by Peter Grodi on 12/01/21

Last week, we briefly talked about the importance of preparing properly for Mass. But we did not talk about this particular aspect of preparation: prayerfully formulating the intentions for which we want to offer at this particular Mass.

This is a privilege we have as Catholics because we have ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner: Silent Prayers of the Priest Part 2 - First half of the offertory Nov 28, 2021

Posted by Peter Grodi on 12/01/21

After the Gospel, the next time that the priest offers silent prayers and makes significant gestures is at the offertory.

As the altar is being prepared, all of the patens with the hosts are placed on the corporal (the square piece of cloth that the priest or deacon lays ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner October 24 2021: Preparing for Mass: Part 1

Posted by Peter Grodi on 10/21/21

I hear from a lot of people that they struggle to stay focused during Mass. Don’t worry, you are not alone. I doubt there is anyone who, to one degree or another, struggled to stay focused and prayerful during Mass. I am especially conscious of how difficult it must ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner October 10 2021: Other Priestly Vestments

Posted by Peter Grodi on 10/21/21

Since I wrote an article last week on the chasuble, the outer garment worn by the priest at Mass, it seems appropriate to reflect on and explain the other garments worn by the priest at Mass. Chances are that you are unaware of the presence or at least the ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner October 3 2021: The Chasuble

Posted by Peter Grodi on 10/21/21

Any parishioner who has attended any of the Extraordinary form Masses or even the Wednesday noon Mass and/or Sunday 9am Masses at the downtown church may have noticed that Fr. Adam and I sometimes use a different style of chasuble (the colorful garment worn by the priest). This style ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner September 26 2021: The Penitential Rite

Posted by Peter Grodi on 10/21/21

About a month ago, I wrote about the prerequisites for receiving the Eucharist at any given Mass. One of the most important things we Catholics need to be attentive to is whether we have committed any mortal sins and if we find that we are indeed aware of having ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner September 12 2021: Come to the Altar (Night of Worship)

Posted by Peter Grodi on 10/21/21

For this week, I’m going to take a break from delving deeply into the Sacramental Liturgy and just invite everyone to a particular non-Sacramental Liturgy that we will be starting back up. As you probably heard last year, we started holding once a month an event called ‘Night of ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner September 5 2021: The Antiphons

Posted by Peter Grodi on 10/21/21

You have probably noticed that we have been singing the Entrance and Communion Antiphons at each Mass (that phrase that the cantor sings before the Entrance hymn and the Communion hymn.) You may be wondering why. Answer is simple: it is the way that we are instructed to do ... Read More »

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