Faith and Family is a weekly column by Lani Bogart, in which she provides practical ways to connect the Sunday readings, especially the Gospel, to the lives of families. Lani oversees all things catechetical at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and co-leads the Committee to Serve Wives and Widows of Deacons for the Diocese of Phoenix.

The Parts of the Mass: The Our Father

08-02-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

The DOXOLOGY and the GREAT AMEN were our most recent subjects in our continuing series on the parts of the Mass. Recall that the DOXOLOGY is high praise to the Holy Trinity and the GREAT AMEN is the people’s response to all that has happened in the Mass thus far. By saying, singing, or chanting it we affirm that we believe that all that has been said and prayed is true.

Next comes THE OUR FATHER, sometimes also called THE LORD’S PRAYER. The priest introduces it with these words, “At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say…”

Whole books have been written on this prayer. No matter how many times we have prayed it, we can benefit from meditating on THE OUR FATHER line by line.

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The Parts of the Mass: Doxology, Great Amen

07-26-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Last week in our continuing series on the parts of the Mass we highlighted the INTERCESSION which unites the three states of the Church in Heaven, on Earth and in Purgatory together.

The INTERCESSION is followed by the DOXOLOGY which is a glorious prayer of praise to the Holy Trinity. The priest lifts up the paten containing the bread that has become Christ’s Body and if a deacon is serving, he lifts up the chalice containing the wine that has become the Blood of Christ. While calling attention to Jesus’ Body and Blood for all to see, the priest speaks or chants these words: “Through Him, With Him, in Him, , in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours Almighty Father, forever and ever.”

We, the people kneeling in the pews, immediately respond with the GREAT AMEN. At Sunday Mass, the GREAT AMEN is almost always sung, sometimes even repeated three times. Our AMEN means, “it is true” or “so be it”. God is rightly glorified and praised in the DOXOLOGY and our response to it.

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The Parts of the Mass: The Intercession

07-19-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue our series on the parts of the Mass. Last week we considered the OBLATION or OFFERING in which the priest offers the Body of Christ to God the Father as a living sacrifice, mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.

Next comes the INTERCESSION. Let’s not confuse it with the intercessions we pray during the PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL which we discussed several weeks back. This INTERCESSION is made by the priest who represents Christ at the altar. The INTERCESSION unites the three states of the Church together: The Church Triumphant or those already in Heaven, the Church Militant, those of us still fighting our spiritual battles here on earth, and the Church Suffering, those souls who are being purged from all sin in order to be purified for Heaven.

You will hear the priest pray for the pope and bishops, the baptized, and the souls in purgatory. While he prays, we remember all those people we want to offer to God including loved ones who have died.

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The Parts of the Mass: The Offering

07-12-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

After THE MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION where we lovingly remember the mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection comes the OBLATION also known as the OFFERING.

During the OBLATION, the priest offers the Body of Christ to God the Father as a living sacrifice. Remember the Body of Christ is both the Eucharist and us.

The OBLATION also brings to mind all the Saints already united with Christ in Heaven.

Our part is to offer our whole life, our joys and sorrows, tears and laughter, work and play, worries and gratitude, fears and trials to our Heavenly Father. We offer everything we have and are as a living sacrifice remembering that we are the Body of Christ.

We also thank the saints in Heaven who are praying for us.

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The Parts of the Mass: The Memorial Acclamation

07-05-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue our series on the parts of the Mass. After THE INSTITUTIONAL NARRATIVE which we learned last week is the high point of the Mass, comes THE MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION.

The priest introduces it with these words, “the Mystery of Faith”. Sometimes he speaks the words. Other times he chants the words in our language and we sing our response. At our parish, during Advent and Lent the priest may chant the introduction to MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION in the language of the Church, which is Latin: “Mysterium fide” Then we respond in Latin, “Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine,et tuam resurrectionem confitemur, donec venias.”

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Parts of the Mass: Doxology, Great Amen

07-26-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Last week in our continuing series on the parts of the Mass we highlighted the INTERCESSION which unites the three states of the Church in Heaven, on Earth and in Purgatory together.

READ MORE

The Parts of the Mass: The Intercession

07-19-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue our series on the parts of the Mass. Last week we considered the OBLATION or OFFERING in which the priest offers the Body of Christ to God the Father as a living sacrifice, mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.

Next comes the INTERCESSION. Let’s not confuse it with the intercessions we pray during the PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL which we discussed several weeks back. This INTERCESSION is made by the priest who represents Christ at the altar. The INTERCESSION unites the three states of the Church together: The Church Triumphant or those already in Heaven, the Church Militant, those of us still fighting our spiritual battles here on earth, and the Church Suffering, those souls who are being purged from all sin in order to be purified for Heaven.

You will hear the priest pray for the pope and bishops, the baptized, and the souls in purgatory. While he prays, we remember all those people we want to offer to God including loved ones who have died.

READ MORE

The Parts of the Mass: The Offering

07-12-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

After THE MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION where we lovingly remember the mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection comes the OBLATION also known as the OFFERING.

During the OBLATION, the priest offers the Body of Christ to God the Father as a living sacrifice. Remember the Body of Christ is both the Eucharist and us.

The OBLATION also brings to mind all the Saints already united with Christ in Heaven.

Our part is to offer our whole life, our joys and sorrows, tears and laughter, work and play, worries and gratitude, fears and trials to our Heavenly Father. We offer everything we have and are as a living sacrifice remembering that we are the Body of Christ.

We also thank the saints in Heaven who are praying for us.

READ MORE

The Parts of the Mass: The Memorial Acclamation

07-05-2020Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

We continue our series on the parts of the Mass. After THE INSTITUTIONAL NARRATIVE which we learned last week is the high point of the Mass, comes THE MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION.

The priest introduces it with these words, “the Mystery of Faith”. Sometimes he speaks the words. Other times he chants the words in our language and we sing our response. At our parish, during Advent and Lent the priest may chant the introduction to MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION in the language of the Church, which is Latin: “Mysterium fide” Then we respond in Latin, “Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine,et tuam resurrectionem confitemur, donec venias.”

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