Guide to Christmas Masses

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on catholicmajority.com on 12/24/13. If you go to Mass this Christmas, (which I hope you do!) you will notice that there are four separate sets of readings, each with a different title. Why are there four Christmas Masses? Vigil Mass Mass at Midnight Christmas Mass at Dawn Christmas Mass during the Day The Vigil Mass still keeps a sense of Advent (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, violet is still a vestment option), speaking of Continue reading Guide to Christmas Masses

Gospel Reflection for Monday, First Week of Advent

by Gretchen Pacheco, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Monday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

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Happy Advent to all! from Catholic Majority!  Welcome to our preparation time before Christmas. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,whether in the evening, or at midnight,or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” – Matthew 13:36-37 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In this first week’s Gospel, Jesus asks us to watch and stay awake. Continue reading Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

Easter Vigil

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Darkness has fallen on us. The alleluias have fallen to their most silent. The ropes of the church bells left un-pulled. Statues have been covered, the crucifix is veiled, and not a single flower fills the church with its scent. Candles are left wanting for flame. Even the Eucharist itself has been taken from its place of honor. This is how we start the Easter Vigil. Then, from one single light – the new paschal candle lit from the Easter fire – we begin Continue reading Easter Vigil

Good Friday: Commending our Spirits

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Good Friday. How can we call this day “good”? The red glows with the blood of Christ and the austere Church reflects the emptiness felt by the death of a friend. We enter in silence, as the clergy prostrate, a sign of supreme reverence, ultimate humility and willful submission to He who submitted his life to conquer mortality. Once again we hear the passion of Christ, as on Palm Sunday. Listening to the Gospel according to John, we take in Continue reading Good Friday: Commending our Spirits

Holy Thursday

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We begin the Triduum – three continuous days where we enter the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ – one continuous service that leads us from complete darkness into light starting on Thursday and culminating on Saturday. We start with Holy Thursday. Three things happen on Holy Thursday: Institution of the Priesthood; the Eucharist; and a Love stronger than death. 1) The word priest comes from Presbyter, etymologically from Greek meaning ‘elder’ or as one who leads. The priesthood was an Continue reading Holy Thursday

Guide to Christmas Masses

christmas masses

If you go to Mass this Christmas, (which I hope you do!) you will notice that there are four separate sets of readings, each with a different title. Why are there four Christmas Masses? Vigil Mass Mass at Midnight Christmas Mass at Dawn Christmas Mass during the Day The Vigil Mass still keeps a sense of Advent (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, violet is still a vestment option), speaking of Emmanuel, God with us, who is to come. Continue reading Guide to Christmas Masses

O Antiphons: O Emmanuel Antiphon (O God With Us)

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During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of these seven names of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Emmanuel Antiphon (O God With Us)

O Antiphons: O Rex Gentium Antiphon (O King of Nations)

During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of these seven names of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Rex Gentium Antiphon (O King of Nations)