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Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, a better understanding of the value and meaning of Your Eucharistic Sacrifice. MEDITATION The heart of liturgical worship is the Mass. Just as the redemptive work of Jesus reached its culminating point on Calvary by His death on the Cross, so too, the liturgical action, which continues His work in the world, has its climax in the Mass, which renews and perpetuates... Read More

How can we celebrate more fully the season of Easter?

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

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Q: Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   A: I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance... Read More

At Mass, what does it mean to exchange “the peace of Christ”?

July 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

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Q: Dear Father John: After the Our Father, we pass the peace of Christ, and I ponder that moment and its purpose in worship. Is it not for greeting one another in Christ–’May the peace of Christ be with you?’ And that is how I pass the peace of Christ. Unfortunately, I too often come to Mass with the worries of the day swirling about me, and that little dust storm takes a while to... Read More

My First Easter

May 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Paul McCusker

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Life, As I Find It  by Paul McCusker God can redeem our worst efforts, but we shouldn’t keep putting Him in a position where He has to. These are the words I often hear myself saying at writers’ conferences or in conversation about the arts. I determined, as an Evangelical Protestant and most certainly as a Catholic, that there’s no excuse for poor artistry or craftsmanship just because it’s... Read More

Glad Tidings of Liturgical Beauty and Joy

January 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy

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In St. Ignatius’ eighth rule of discernment he admonishes us that when we are in desolation we should comfort ourselves that we “will soon be consoled.” And so it is that on the final leg of our vacation trip home we encountered a jewel of Catholic worship in Dallas, Texas. As God in His providence obviously provided, we selected a parish purely based on our interest in the beautiful architecture... Read More

Finding the truth about liturgy…

February 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Resources

Dear Friends, You wouldn’t know it by the content of this site, but I love the liturgy of the Church. I have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours since becoming Catholic. I am often mesmerized by every movement at Mass. I love the rhythm of the Church – the music – the seasons – the feasts – the solemnities. I am moved by the thought that as I engage in the liturgy I am engaging... Read More

Dreading an irreverent and careless implementation of the new missal translation… What do I do?

November 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Mass

Dear Father John, I am looking forward with dread for the new missal translation in our parish. Our priest doesn’t take the liturgy very seriously and, well, I don’t think it is going to be good. Can you provide some practical insight into how I should look at all of this and prepare my heart?  I really care about how we honor Christ in Mass and already struggle a lot with the lack of... Read More

New Roman Missal Translation In a Nutshell

November 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Roman Missal, Videos

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New Roman Missal Translation: Just to be clear, when I say in a “Nutshell,” I am not calling Mark Hart a “nut.” Mark is one of the best modern communicators of our faith. This video is by far the best summary I have seen on the new translation. It was created for teens but the humorous approach should make this interesting for anyone. If you like it, pass this post along to... Read More

Why Genuflect? Kneeling at Mass and Adoration

January 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Sacraments

When a man is proud, he stands tall; his posture reflects his self-perception. When a good man (one who is not suffering with excessive pride) is in the presence of greatness, he knows to humble himself whether it be in posture or expression.  His instinct is to lower himself and he, in some way, knows to acknowledge the greatness before him and to adjust his heart, and height, downward.  The difficulty... Read More