This past week, I've done a couple presentations regarding an upcoming pilgrimage to Rome in 2019 - both for musicians and parishioners. I am so excited about this trip that I think I'll just write about it for this column!
Marvels of Mass
During this summer, I will occasionally reflect on various general liturgical things. If you have any particular question about what we do, please let me know and I will address it! Here is some info on the Holy:
The Sanctus, or Holy, Holy, Holy, is one of the oldest texts sung in the Church with sources citing it back to the second century after Christ’s death. It begins with the praise of the angels from Isaiah, Chapter 6, Verse 3.
Today we celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist – his birth. Two weeks ago when writing about the liturgical year and how the dates are figured, I suggested that you read the entire story of St.
In this week’s Gospel passage, we hear the parable of the mustard seed – the smallest of seeds that produce a large plant. Have you ever wondered how big a mustard seed is actually? 1-2 millimeters. Ever seen a grain of couscous? It’s about that same size – maybe closer to a cooked grain of couscous versus dried. How about the size of a mustard seed tree? It grows to nearly 20 feet in height (a 2-story building) and is normally as wide as it is high, with many branches going all the way to the ground. This is how Jesus compares the kingdom of God for the crowds in today’s Gospel.
We are now back to Ordinary Time as far liturgical seasons within the Church year. Did you ever wonder how these seasons are figured out? You may (or may not!) remember that the last Ordinary Time Sunday we celebrated was on February 11th with the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. So, how is it now that we’re at the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time? What happened to the 7th, 8th and 9th Sundays?
Since our permanent deacon candidates, Jason Imlay and Justin Reuter, are being installed as lectors this weekend, this week’s simple lesson is about the two stages of installation for deacons as lector and acolyte during their formation.
The following excerpts are taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the Church’s teaching on the Most Holy Trinity:
The Formation of the Trinitarian Dogma
Happy Birthday! The Church celebrates its beginning today on Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit filled the hearts of the faithful, sending them out to spread the Gospel, and the Church was born. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear of how the Holy Spirit came to rest on all of the gathered disciples, and people from across the nations could hear and understand all that was being proclaimed in their native tongue – even though all the speakers were from Galilee. Today at some of the masses, the readings or prayers may be proclaimed in other languages – a celebra
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. For some of the older members of the Church, you may remember that this Feast used to be celebrated on a Thursday and was a Holy Day of Obligation. This Feast of the Ascension falls 40 days after Easter (when counting both the day of Easter and the Thursday of Ascension), but has in more modern times been transferred to the following Sunday as it is no longer a Holy day of Obligation. It was possibly done so to make the solemnity of this feast celebrated more fully in churches and more fully by more people. From the USCCB website: “Th
In today’s Gospel we hear again of the command to love one another. This entire Easter season is a celebration of this command to love one another, as Christ shows us there is better way than to lay down your life for the sake of others. We sing of this love in our songs today. The traditional hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” speaks of this unending, perfect love of Christ as He is the ‘source of all compassion, love unbounded, love all pure.’ At the presentation of the gifts, we switch styles to a more contemporary song that also speaks of how through Christ’s passion and His gi