As we approach the summer months, the temptation to dress casually for Sunday Mass increases exponentially. Why this is the case probably has to do with the culture in which we live as well as the rise in more casual services across the religious spectrum. Although this would make a good article and a philosophical
No matter where you attend daily Mass, there are some stereotypical characters you see. These are those people.
1. When you see the priest grab the aspergillum and you know it’s go time 2. Then you worry for a second that the Holy Water will make your hair all frizzy 3. Then you remember your baptismal promises and you’re all 4. When you see the priest
Catholics have a word for everything (right?), even for the little items around the church and the ones you’ve seen at Mass. Strengthen your Catholic vernacular by adding these five terms to your vocabulary. Sacrarium You have probably only seen this one if you’ve stepped foot into the sacristy. There’s a sink that has
I’ve known David L. Gray for a number of years. He recently gave me the opportunity to read a copy of his newest book, The Divine Symphony: An Exordium to the Theology of the Mass. It only takes reading through the first few pages
When Christopher Carstens asked his four year old son Laurence what his favorite part of the Mass was, Laurence responded: “Eating donuts after”. While it may not be the best response to what part of the Mass is the best, at least it’s a start. But, as Carstens points out in his new book, A Devotional
What should enter your mind as you pass through the Church door? What symbolism is in the Sign of the Cross other than the Trinity? How should you listen to the readings during Mass? If you’ve ever wondered about these things or if your interest is now piqued, then pick up a copy of A Devotional
The Gloria is one of the oldest hymns sung by the Church. It was first sung by the angels the night that Christ was born in Bethlehem. Although no one quite knows who composed the rest of the lyrics for the Gloria, we can trace the hymn back to the third century of the Church.
Trying hard to stay focused during mass while in the cry room? Are there too many distractions around you? Interesting odors wafting near your nose? Is the crunching of cereal all that you hear? Do I have a solution for you! Yes, our total and complete attention should be directed toward God in worship. But
If you attend mass regularly (and hopefully you already do, at least every Sunday and on holy days of obligation), chances are you know exactly who each of these people are. In fact, you (and I) are easily one of them. But remember – we are laughing with each other here. After all, the most important
Every day? Shouldn’t that say “8 Reasons Why You Should Go To Mass Every Sunday?” While, yes, of course you should go to Mass every Sunday, the Church also celebrates Mass every other day out of the year other than Good Friday. So why not stop in? I can seriously change your life, and here’s why:
2 books guaranteed to make Mass better for your toddler: My Little Catechism and A Missal for Toddlers
What is more important than introducing children to our God, faith and Church? Nothing! It can be a daunting task even for the best teachers, so when I find amazing tools which make my kids eyes sparkle as they make connection, I HAVE to SHARE! My Little Catechism and A Missal for Toddlers
Chewing gum Reverence much? This restriction on gum chewing fits into the obligation that we not eat or drink anything (save for water) for atleast an hour before receiving Holy Communion (the Eucharistic fast). If it’s edible and you swallow it, you’re not fasting. Sure, you might not swallow the whole of the gum, but
It was said in last week’s list that this is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I don’t know if that’s worth repeating. What I do know is that there’s still a lot more you might be doing wrong at Mass. Without further ado, and with only the Ordinary Form of the Mass in mind (Fr. Z.), what
[Edit – July 27: Mea culpa! Fr. Z. has rightly noted that I failed to declare that I was speaking only about the Ordinary Form of the Mass. I imagine anyone familiar with the Extraordinary Form recognized my undeclared specificity rather quickly. Regardless, no disrespect intended; many of us at EpicPew are fond of the EF.