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The use of light in the context of worship goes back to the Tabernacle and the Temple where a lamp was perpetually lit before the Lord. The Psalmist declared that the Lord is our light and our salvation (Ps 27). Jesus declared Himself to be the Light of the world (St....

Piscina

A piscine is a special sink set apart for cleansing the vessels used in the celebration of Holy Communion. At St. Patrick's, while our piscina looks like a regular sink in the sacristy, it empties out onto the earth rather than into the sewer system.

Liturgy of the Palms on Sunday

The Liturgy of the Palms on Palm Sunday is traced back to Jerusalem about 381 AD. The‘service was a reenactment of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. The people waved branches of palms and olives trees and shouted “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” and sang...

A Journey Through Lent

Lent is a penitential season that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Holy Saturday Eve. It is 40 days (minus Sundays) and is a time to fast and pray as Jesus did in his 40 days in the wilderness. It is a time to repent of our sins, add new godly disciplines and increase...

Lent

Lent is a penitential season that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Holy Saturday Eve. It is 40 days (minus Sundays) and is a time to fast and pray as Jesus did in His 40 days in the wilderness. It is a time to repent of our sins, add new godly disciplines and increase...

Genuflection

It is customary to genuflect or bow at the waist when you approach the Blessed Sacrament, which is the Body and Blood of Christ veiled in the Bread and Wine. This is done as a sign of respect. This practice pays homage to the verse in Philippians that tells us that at...

The Simple Bow

A simple bow is a bowing of the head, whereas a solemn bow is bowing at the waist. Both are a universal signs of honor and respect. It is an old custom to make a simple bow at the Name of Jesus when you are standing. This pays homage to the Verse in Philippians that...

The Magi and the Gifts They Brought Jesus

We actually do not know how many magi there were. Tradition speaks of three only because of the three gifts mentioned in Holy Scripture. The gifts are significant. Gold was a symbol of Christ’s royalty. Recall that they asked Herod about the birth of the new King....

Carols

Why so we continue to sing Christmas carols after Christmas Day? We do so because Christmas is not just a day, it is a season. It last 12 days (as in 5 golden rings) from the Feast of the Nativity (Dec 25) to the Feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6) which celebrates the...

A Time for Christmas Hymns

Why aren’t we singing Christmas hymns yet? Because it is not Christmas! Advent is a season to prepare our hearts for His coming. In ancient times it was a time of fasting and prayer (probably because they did not have the Macy’s Day parade). Christmas is a season that...

What We Reverence and Why

At our last Synod, as the clergy were lining up for the procession, we were given instruction that because we were processing behind the cross we were not to reverence as we moved into our pews. A priest standing next to me said, “You mean we don’t get to reverence...

Mass Has Two Major Segments

We read in the Book of Acts that the Church devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42). The Mass is divided into two major segments. The first is the Liturgy of the Word. This is how we devote ourselves...

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