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The Liturgy Corner - The Dialogue of the Mass: Part 8 "sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"

Posted by Peter Grodi on 8/08/22

The next moment of vocal participation by the congregation is the “Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus” (Holy, Holy, Holy), which will be henceforch referred to as the ‘Sanctus’. To understand the full import of this mini-hymn, we need to look at the end of the preface, which comes directly before singing ... Read More »

The Liturgy Corner - The Dialogue of the Mass Part 7: "Lift Up Your Hearts"

Posted by Peter Grodi on 8/08/22

After the conclusion of the offertory (the ‘Amen’ following the priest’s prayer over the offerings), there is a distinct sense of change. At a Mass with a number of concelebrating priests, this would be the moment when they all move behind the altar. It is the introduction to the ... Read More »

The Liturgy Corner - The Dialogue of the Mass Part 6: The Offertory

Posted by Peter Grodi on 8/08/22

When the people rise after the setting of the altar (this is still part of the ‘offertory’), there is an exchange between the priest and the people. In case you need your memory jogged, here is that exchange:

“Pray brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be ... Read More »

The Liturgy Corner - The Dialogue of the Mass Part 5: The Universal Prayer and the First Part of the Offertory

Posted by Peter Grodi on 8/08/22

Following the Creed, we have the Universal Prayer. One curious thing is that there are four (maybe more) commonly used names for this part of the liturgy: the petitions, the intentions, the universal prayer, and the prayer of the faithful. I really don’t know why we have developed so ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner- The Dialogue of the Mass Part 4: The Creed

Posted by Peter Grodi on 8/08/22

The Creed can feel ordinary due to the frequency with which we recite it. But for early Christians, the Creed was anything but ordinary. It was a profession of the faith for which they were willing to die — and many did.

Before any form of the Creed was ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner January 30 2022 - The Dialogue of the Mass: Part 3 Thanks be to God

Posted by Peter Grodi on 1/20/22

There are a few different times during the Liturgy that the congregation responds, “Thanks be to God,” after a prompt from a minister. First, after each of the first two readings, the congregation says it following the reader pronouncing, “The Word of the Lord.” The congregation also uses this ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner January 16 2022 - The Dialogue of the Mass: Part 2 Gloria

Posted by Peter Grodi on 1/20/22

We are all very familiar with these words as we hear/say them at least four times each Mass. But what is the purpose? What does it actually mean? Is it just a formal greeting? Let me ask you a question. If I took a vote at Mass next sunday ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner January 9 2022 - The Dialogue of the Mass: Part 1 "The Lord Be with You" "And With Your Spirit

Posted by Peter Grodi on 1/20/22

We are all very familiar with these words as we hear/say them at least four times each Mass. But what is the purpose? What does it actually mean? Is it just a formal greeting? Let me ask you a question. If I took a vote at Mass next sunday ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner January 2 2022 - The Octave of Easter

Posted by Peter Grodi on 1/20/22

The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, concludes the celebration of the Octave of Christmas. Now, if you ask any person on the street (and most people in our Church), "How many days is Christmas?", you would probably get a variety of answers. Some would say, "Uh, just 1. ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner December 19 - Wrapping up the Past and Looking to the Future

Posted by Peter Grodi on 1/20/22

In the past weeks, I have been writting about the silent prayers of the priest at Mass. If you did not get to read these articles or perhaps missed one or two of them, remember that you can always go to the parish website and read them or share ... Read More »

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