Ordinary31 – Now we will respond, “And with your Spirit.” The Confiteor is different in only two places. And we strike our chest. For many older parishioners, these changes will remind them of the old Latin-English Missal. We haven’t changed so much.
Ordinary30 – Mass 2.0 – We’re getting a new copy of the Big Red Book (called the Sacramentary or the Roman Missal). After going over a brief history of this book, I encourage people to take a fresh look at what we say at Mass and why.
The Mass #11 – In just a few short words the Creed summarizes the basic outline of the entire Bible. Here in Church we strengthen our faith in Christ. We need help believing. This is why we return every week and repeat again and again: I believe.
The Mass #10 – We stand for the Gospel because an important person has entered the room. Jesus Himself speaks to us and calls us to conversion, and a deeper friendship with Him. Believe what we read, Teach what we believe, and Practice what we teach.
The Mass #9 – The Church Fathers compared reading scripture to a cow chewing its cud. If you don’t understand a particular reading, don’t worry – it will be back in 3 years! We read from the Old Testament and the New Testament and chew on what was said.
Mass#7 – The Bible reveals three aspects about the Mass: Sacrifice, the Real Presence, and Communion. This Communion with Jesus lifts are burdens and gives us peace and joy. Come to Christ and you will find that depending on Him is true independence.
Ordinary 8 – How to get the Most out of Mass (in Four Easy Steps): 1) Come Hungry 2) Listen for God’s Voice 3) Keep the Conversation Going 4) Plan Ahead
Ordinary 7 – The opening prayer collects your prayers and offers them to God. Why do we respond at Mass? You must say Yes to God; your salvation depends on it. Mass is a time to practice our Yes by responding clearly, promptly, and with our whole heart.
Ordinary 6 – We sing at Mass because God has forgiven our sins, because God is coming to meet us, because we were made to praise God. If we make it to Heaven we will be singing God’s praises for all eternity. It wouldn’t hurt to practice a little now.
Ordinary 4 – In the penitential rite we admit our faults. We also admit our need for God. The Penitential Rite reminds us weekly that without God, we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with God, all things are possible (Luke 1:37).