Preparation of the Gifts

02-18-2018What We Do as CatholicsRev. Joe Fessenden

The priest then says the prayers in preparation of the gifts. These prayers are Christian adaptations of the barukh prayers from the Seder (Passover) meal. For example, this is the beginning of the blessing of the bread in the Seder: ברוך אתה ה' א לוהינו, מלך העולם, המוציא לחם מן הארץ (Remember Hebrew is read right to left) Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam, hamotzi lehem min ha'aretz. Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth… You should be able to see some reflection of the opening of the prayer over the bread said by the priest, at this point: “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you…”

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Preparation of the Altar and Offertory

02-11-2018What We Do as CatholicsRev. Joe Fessenden

After the Universal Prayer, the altar is prepared and the gifts are brought to the altar. Several items are placed on the altar to prepare for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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What We Do As Catholics: Liturgy of the Word

02-04-2018What We Do as CatholicsRev. Joe Fessenden

It’s always important to remember that the whole of the Mass points to the Eucharist (though not necessarily communion, I will explain this further in a future article) as its pinnacle. That means everything we do for the first half of Mass is meant to prepare us for that moment. We hear the word of God both to be fed by the Word itself and prepare our hearts for the miracle that is about to take place. Since the reform of the Liturgy after the Second Vatican Council, the Church has used a three-year cycle (A, B, and C) for Sunday readings and a two-year cycle (I and II) for daily Masses. Each cycle focuses on one of the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John’s Gospel is sprinkled throughout the cycles.

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