All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:
“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”14I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they stand before God’s throne and worship him day and night in his temple.
A Series on what we do at Mass, why we do it, and how it matters to us all
What are we doing when we gather for Mass? Are we simply "going through the motions," or do we truly appreciate the meaning of the words, prayers, and gestures of this holy prayer of the Church? This series is designed to help everyone - whether you are new to the Faith or a "cradle Catholic" - to understand the various elements of Mass so that we can enter into this prayer with a deeper sense of unity with Jesus and with one another. All are welcome!
January 16, 2017
Preparing and Welcoming
Coming together as the family of God, there are ways in which we prepare for the encounter with Jesus that we have at church. What can we do at home to get ready, what do we do once we get to church to prepare ourselves for this wonderful encounter?
January 23, 2017
Praying the Scriptures
Are you comfortable? Great! Now we are ready to listen to God speak to us in His holy Word. What are we hearing in the readings? Where do they come from? How can we carry that Word with us into our week and into our lives?
January 30, 2017
Offering and Receiving
The Mass is the memorial of Jesus' sacrifice for us. We are called to unite our struggles and sacrifices with Him for the good of all. When we gather, we unite in prayer for others, and we offer ourselves for one another. How can this be meaningful?
February 6, 2017
The Eucharistic Prayer
The heart of the Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist. What is this all about? What does the prayer mean, and how does this simple rite affect us?
February 13, 2017
"Go in Peace!"
After Communion, we are nourished an equipped to do what Jesus calls each one of us to do: "Go, make disciples!" The word "Mass" comes from the Latin word for "to send." What are we sent to? What are we supposed to do?