About the Mass: Entrance Procession & Introductory Rites

12-31-2017What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Note: This is the third installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing on the history of the Mass and what's going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it's a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year. These will be posted and archived here.

Part 3: Entrance Procession

When the time has come for Mass to begin, we, at Saint Rose, hear the Entrance Antiphon from the Missal then participate in the entrance chant or hymn. The entrance procession is led by the cross since Jesus is meant to lead all Christians through life. If we use incense at the Mass, the incense prepares the way for Jesus by going before him. Usually, there will be two candles flanking the processional crucifix symbolizing Christ as the light of the world. The other ministers who are to serve at the altar follow the Crucifix.

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About the Mass: Christ Present in the Mass

12-24-2017What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Note: This is the second installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing over the next several weeks on the history of the Mass and what's going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it's a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year. These will be posted and archived here.

Part 1: Before Mass Begins

When we arrive in the Church, we are called to prepare ourselves for what is about to happen. We are preparing to enter into heaven and participate with all the angels and saints in the eternal banquet of the lamb and joining Mary and the Beloved Apostle standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus offers himself for our salvation. So great a mystery deserves our attention and preparation. When one is invited to an audience with a president or king, he does not arrive with no time to spare or even make his host wait. In the same way, we should do all we can to arrivebefore Mass is to begin since we have been called to the court of the King of Kings.

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Receiving Holy Communion

12-10-2017What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Note: This is the first installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing over the next several weeks on the history of the Mass and what’s going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it’s a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year.

You’ll notice that starting this past weekend, we have brought back the communion patens during the distribution of Holy Communion. The communion patens serve two purposes. Remember, we, as Catholics, believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity even in tiny particles of the host. Therefore, the patens provide a protection against the host falling to the ground, and they catch any particles (crumbs) which may fall from the host as it is carried through the air. Since our Lord comes under the appearance of bread and wine, there are bound to be such crumbs, and we want to do all we can to prevent Him being trampled underfoot.

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