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Preparation Rite dates to St. Justin Martyr

Preparation Rite dates to St. Justin Martyr St. Justin Martyr (141-167 A.D.) provides us with the first evidence of a very simple preparation rite during the Eucharist:  “Then bread and a cup of water and wine mixed are brought to the one presiding….”  By the end of the 2nd century a change occurred in the prepara...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Entering into the Liturgy of the Eucharist

Entering into the Liturgy of the Eucharist Following the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word with the Universal Prayers, we enter into the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  The Liturgy of the Eucharist, known in some Protestant Churches as the Lord’s Supper, reenacts the Last Supper when Jesus gave thanks...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Revised Common Lectionary is based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary

Revised Common Lectionary is based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary The Revised Common Lectionary used by many Canadian and U.S. Protestant Churches in their Sunday worship is based on the Roman Catholic Lectionary.  According to The Revised Common Lectionary, there are two types of lectionaries:  1) one containing a simple table of readings listing the g...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Prayer of the Faithful concludes the Liturgy of the Word

Prayer of the Faithful concludes the Liturgy of the Word The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the Prayer of the Faithful or the Universal Prayer.  The use of these prayers of petition goes back to the Jewish Synagogue service in Babylonia (587-537 B.C.).  They also were a customary part of the Roman Liturgy according to St. Justin Martyr (141...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Looking at the history of the Creed

Looking at the history of the Creed The Nicene Creed was first introduced into the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Church between 511 and 517 in Constantinople as an emphasis of the Patriarch’s desire that the truth of the faith be proclaimed.  This custom quickly spread throughout the Eastern Churches.  The first menti...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Homilies are not sermons

Homilies are not sermons The homily by the priest or deacon follows the proclamation of the Gospel.  The homily is not a “sermon,” which is technically a talk on a particular subject – e.g. holiness, grace, sin, heaven, hell, etc.  “The Homily is part of the Liturgy and is highly recommend...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gospel is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word

Gospel is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, “The reading of the Gospel constitutes the high point of the Liturgy of the Word.  The Liturgy itself teaches the great reverence … to be shown to this reading by setting if off from the other readings with special marks of...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Liturgy of the Word reflect ancient traditions of the Church

Liturgy of the Word reflect ancient traditions of the Church The Liturgy of the Word after Vatican II followed the same ritual structure as the Mass prior to Vatican II.  However, changes were made to conform the Liturgy of the Word to the most ancient traditions of the Church. Prior to Vatican II, we had a one-year cycle of readings; that is, the same...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mass' Liturgy of the Word has deep roots

Mass' Liturgy of the Word has deep roots When we listen to the proclamation of God’s Word in the Liturgy of the Word, we take part in a structure of worship whose roots are found deep in Judaism.  It was the form of worship also used in the synagogue during Jesus’ earthly life (see Luke 4:16) and practiced by the early Ch...
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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Tracing the Liturgy of the Word to Synagogue worship

Tracing the Liturgy of the Word to Synagogue worship A good example of Synagogue worship is found in Luke 4:16-20 – “Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.  He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.  He unrolled the scroll an...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016