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  • Watch the Language

    Understanding the limitations of language reveals the true meaning of a prayer said at every Mass.

  • Carry a Laser?

    Did we just hear the priest tell us to “Carry a Laser”? According to KissThisGuy.com, perhaps!

  • Smells to High Heaven

    My mother makes an amazing arroz con pollo (chicken and rice)—a staple in Cuban households. My brother and I looked forward to the savory dish every week partly because beer was among…

  • Are You a Gatekeeper, Slider or Middleman?

    We never step foot in the cryroom for the first few months of our son’s life. Since most of his day was spent sleeping, we didn’t feel it necessary to expose him…

  • Take a Stand

    The faithful have assembled to celebrate Mass. After vesting, the celebrant, deacon, acolytes and altar servers exit the sacristy and meet the other ministers at the back of the Church. All are…

  • Roots of Liturgical Singing

    The verb sing appears over 300 times in the Old Testament and almost 40 in the New Testament. The first scriptural reference to singing occurs after the Hebrew people escape Egypt through…

  • The Introduction

    The liturgy requires a balance of the fixed and the flexible–of the permanent and the pliant. During the entrance procession, veneration of the altar, sign of the cross and greeting of the assembly, the celebrant has carefully read the words and followed the actions prescribed in the missal. After the greeting, however, the priest, deacon or a lay minister may introduce the Mass of the day using personal remarks.

  • The Influential Introit

    A latin maxim claims Qui bene cantat bis orat or the one who sings well prays twice, and after standing, the congregants open their hymnals and all sing the entrance song. Both figuratively…