The Beautiful Collect of the Mass

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the beauty of the opening prayer (or collect) of the Mass.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the sacramental principle?
  • What is mystagogy?
  • Why is the opening prayer of the Mass so important?
  • What should be happening during the opening prayer?
  • collectHow is it possible that a God that doesn’t need us thirsts for us and longs for us?
  • What does it mean to bring our prayers forward as an offering to God during the opening prayer?
  • Why is the opening prayer called the “collect”?
  • Why is silence important during the Mass?


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom.

Twice a week, host Dan Burke and his co-host, Melissa Elson, explore topics related to the interior life and to Catholic teaching. On Tuesdays, they interview various authors about their spiritual books and about the authors’ own insights on those books. On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which primarily include prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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