The Mass and the Liturgy

The Mass & The Liturgy Perpetual Exposition of the Blessed SacramentCommittee on the LiturgyNational Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic ConferenceOver the past several years a number of questions have been raised regarding the practice of perpetual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Liturgy Committee discussed the issues raised several times and decided to submit a series of questions regarding perpetual exposition to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The following responses were received from the Congregation Revised Edition of the Roman MissalRevision replaces the 1975 edition of the Institutio Generalis Liturgical Quiz (Mass Abuses)Break out a pen and paper and take this 60 question True/False quiz about the Mass Why The MassFr. MostExplains why there is a need for the Mass and how it can be considered as a sacrifice Why Is Incense Used During Mass?Father William SaundersFr. William Saunders talks about the origins of the use of incense and the symbolism behind its use The Color of Liturgical VestmentsFather William Saundersy Explains the different colors of vestments used at Mass and why the Church utilizes specific vestment colors for various celebrations. The Obligation to Attend Mass on SundaysManuel Garrido, O.S.B.Gives the history of the Church's position on Sunday Mass attendance and shows that Sunday has been kept as the Lord's day since the time of the Apostles. 'Memoriale Domini'CDWInstruction on the Manner of Distributing Holy Communion. This document attests that the majority of Catholic bishops felt the practice of receiving Communion on the tongue should be retained. It also gives guidelines for the reception of Communion in the hand. Issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship on May 19, 1969. Eucharistiae SacramentumCDWThis document promulgates the editio typica of rites for holy communion and worship of the eucharist outside Mass, 21 June 1973 Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship. 'Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist outside Mass' General Introduction, Chapter 1 and Chapter 3, Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, June 21, 1973. Modern Misconceptions About the EucharistRev. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. CapOnly thirty percent of our faithful believe what the Church teaches on the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.' Once more, there is also a campaign to eliminate kneeling during the entire Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass. The cause of these two related phenomena can be discovered by examining past and present Catholic theology of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Validity of Mass and SacramentsRev. William G. MostFor Mass or Sacrament to be valid, three things are needed-right matter, right form, right intention. Eucharist: Holy MealRev. William G. MostTranscripts of Scott Hahn's audio and video tape presentation, Eucharist: Holy Meal as it appears in the Catholic Adult Education on Video Program with Scott and Kimberly Hahn, brings to life the Biblical background of the Eucharist as a sacrifice and as the establishment of the New Covenant. The MassCatholic AnswersThere is no mistaking it. Fundamentalists do not like the Mass. Sadly, the main reason they don't like it is because they don't understand it. The Sacrifice of the MassCatholic AnswersThe Eucharist is a true sacrifice, not just a commemorative meal, as Bible Christians insist. The first Christians knew that it was a sacrifice and proclaimed this in their writings. They recognized the sacrificial character of Jesus' instruction, Do this in remembrance of me (Touto poieite tan eman anamnasin; Luke 22:19, 1 Cor. 11:24-25) which is better translated Offer this as my memorial offering. Liturgy Speaks God's Word, Not Oursby Father Jeremy Driscoll, OSBPart 1 of 2Father Jeremy Driscoll is a Benedictine priest who teaches patristics at Mount Angel Seminary, Portland, Oregon, and at San Anselmo in Rome. He will be among those to address the Forum on Translation, convened by the U.S. bishops to create a process for clarifying and addressing the issues of liturgical translation Liturgy Speaks God's Word, Not Oursby Father Jeremy Driscoll, OSBPart 2 of 2Father Jeremy Driscoll is a Benedictine priest who teaches patristics at Mount Angel Seminary, Portland, Oregon, and at San Anselmo in Rome. He will be among those to address the Forum on Translation, convened by the U.S. bishops to create a process for clarifying and addressing the issues of liturgical translation Altar (in Liturgy)Catholic Encyclopedia In the New Law the altar is the table on which the Eucharistic Sacrifice is offered. Mass may sometimes be celebrated outside a sacred place, but never without an altar, or at least an altar-stone. Double AltarCatholic Encyclopedia An altar having a double front constructed in such a manner that Mass may be celebrated on both sides of it at the same time. Privileged AltarCatholic Encyclopedia An altar is said to be privileged when, in addition to the ordinary fruits of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, a plenary indulgence is also granted whenever Mass is celebrated thereon, the indulgence must be applied to the individual soul for whom Mass is offered. Altar VesselsCatholic Encyclopedia The different vessels used during the Mass: the chalice, the paten, the ciborium, the Ostensorium, the lunula, etc. History of the Christian AltarCatholic EncyclopediaThe Christian altar consists of an elevated surface, tabular in form, on which the sacrifice of the Mass is offered. Sacrifice of the MassCatholic EncyclopediaThe word Mass (missa) first established itself as the general designation for the Eucharistic Sacrifice in the West after the time of Pope Gregory the Great (d. 604), the early Church having used the expression the breaking of bread (fractio panis) or liturgy; the Greek Church has employed the latter name for almost sixteen centuries. This article considers the Mass in It's existence, essence and causuality Why is Mass Uninteresting?Fr. William Most Many, especially young people, are asking that question today. And there definitely is an answer. There are three reasons for that: lack of spiritual sensitivity, lack of understanding of God, lack of understanding the theology of the Mass. So we need to look at each. The Holy Sacrifice of the MassScott HahnTranscript of Scott Hahn's audio and video tape presentation, 'The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass' as it appears in the 'Catholic Adult Education on Video Program' with Scott and Kimberly Hahn. This program is designed to explain the Catholic Mass as a Biblical prayer that unites heaven and earth, angels and men, all of creation in an eternal hymn of praise to God. Scott explains how the once and for all Our Participation In the MassFr. William MostHow we should participate in the Mass and what reverence must be shown Recognizing Jesus In Holy CommunionRev. Herbert C. de LaunayJesus gives us His Body as our food in Holy Communion. Calvary and the MassArchbishop Fulton J. SheenHence the Mass is to us the crowning act of Christian worship. A pulpit in which the words of our Lord are repeated does not unite us to Him; a choir in which sweet sentiments are sung brings us no closer to His Cross than to His garments. A temple without an altar of sacrifice is non-existent among primitive peoples, and is meaningless among Christians. And so in the Catholic Church the altar, and not the pulpit or the choir or the organ, is the center of worship, for there is re-enacted the memorial of His Passion. Its value does not depend on him who says it, or on him who hears it; it depends on Him who is the One High Priest and Victim, Jesus Christ our Lord. Mass ObligationFather MateoThe obligation of Sunday observance, including especially assisting at Holy Mass, is a most serious one. Only a serious reason excuses a Catholic from this duty. Sundays and Holy DaysMan is bound by the natural law itself to give public and social worship to God. Reason itself teaches that man set aside some time for the external worship of his Creator, and avoid those things that distract him from such worship. The exact manner in which the worship must be rendered is a matter for determination by positive law. On Active Participation in the LiturgyJohn Paul IIDiscourse of the Holy Father to the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the United States of America (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska) at their Ad Limina Visit October 9, 1998. On Rubrics and Divisions: A Liturgical AmbushBy Father Jerry PokorskyHis account of liturgical abuses The Eucharist and the MassFrank J. SheedChapter 18-of Theology for Beginners published by Servant Books. Topics include: the Real Presence, Transubstantiation, Communion in One Kind and the Sacrifice of the Mass. Is the Mass Really a Sacrifice?Fr. William SaundersThe Mass does participate in the everlasting sacrifice of Christ. Role of Our Lady in Each MassFr. William MostAnswers those who say that by honoring Mary at Mass we take away from Christ Updated: November 25, 2000

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