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Mass in Slow Motion

Truth in the New Translation Series # 5 – The Quam Oblationem

July 2, 2010 6 Comments

We have been exploring the new translation of the Roman Missal that will go into effect by Advent of 2011. It is the purpose of this series to show the value of the new translation by meditating upon the truths that it more accurately translates. These truths were never lost to the Church for the […]

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The Mass in Slow Motion: Sobriety at the Sign of Peace

February 18, 2010 75 Comments

The Sign of Peace is ironically a matter over which there is significant dispute in the Church. Some love it just the way it is. Others hate and want it dropped. Still others like it but want it moved to a different part of the liturgy where it is fits better, perhaps at the beginning, […]

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A Sometimes Humorous Look at the Liturgy of the Early Church

August 18, 2009 10 Comments

As you may know the Catholic Faith was illegal in the Roman Empire prior to 313 AD when the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan permitting the Christian Faith to publicly flourish. Prior to that time Church buildings as we know them today were rare. Mass was usually celebrated in houses. Now careful here. […]

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The Mass in Slow Motion: The Priest Washes His Hands

August 14, 2009 2 Comments

Washing of the hands.- Didn’t Father wash his hands before Mass? What’ she doing that NOW for? Maybe he sneezed or something! Or maybe he accidentally touched something that was dirty? Well, in modern times we place a great deal of emphasis on cleanliness. We have bacteria in mind and consider washings necessary to preserve […]

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The Mass in Slow Motion – The Incensation of the Gifts

August 1, 2009 2 Comments

The Incensation of the gifts and altar. Holy Smoke! Here we go again. Out comes the incense. Actually, most Sundays in most parish you won’t see this. Incense as we have discussed before is used only on more solemn occasions in most parishes. There is no norm restricting it only to more solemn occasions but […]

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The Mass in Slow motion: The Preparation of the Altar

June 28, 2009 3 Comments

And now we come to the heart of the matter. As important and precious as the Word of God is, it all points here: the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, and now the Word we have heard, Jesus Christ will become the Flesh and blood we receive. . […]

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The Mass in Slow Motion – The Prayer of the Faithful

June 17, 2009 3 Comments

We’ve got to pray! Where would the world be today if the Church wasn’t praying? I don’t know if we’d be here to talk about it. I have always suspected that we have been saved from nuclear annihilation due to the fact that some of the Cloistered Sisters have been praying for us. Our prayers […]

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The Mass in Slow Motion – The Creed

June 10, 2009 0 Comments

If an outsider knowing nothing of Catholics were to walk in during the creed. He might think we are pretty smart. After All we say some pretty sophisticated stuff: Begotten not made, one in being with the Father and so on… We can sound pretty smart. But truthbe told there is often a lot of […]

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