Liturgy of the Eucharist

08-29-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today we continue with the Mass. Now that we finish praying the Nicene Creed, we offer the Prayers of the Faithful before we move into the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Our Mass is separated into the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist whereas the Mass before 1970 was separated into the Mass of the Catechumens and the Mass of the Faithful. Also, after the Nicene Creed there were no Prayers of the Faithful; the mass went into the offertory. We still have an offertory today, but there are some people who like to call this the Presentation of the Gifts as a way of downplaying the aspect of sacrifice which is behind the word offertory. Also, the gifts of bread and wine were never brought in procession for the faithful for centuries before the reforms of 1970.

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The Feast of the Queenship of Mary

08-22-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is the feast day of the Queenship of Mary, the octave day of last week’s feast of the Assumption. As a priest and a pastor, I constantly ask our Lady for help so that I can be an effective and, more importantly, a holy priest. She is not only queen of Heaven and earth, but she is the mediatrix of all graces. It is through her Immaculate Heart that we come to know and experience the Sacred Heart of her Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Many apparitions of our Lady talk about how her Immaculate Heart will triumph over all evil, which is why I celebrate first Saturday Mass every month as she has asked us to do for her Immaculate Heart.

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The Nicene Creed

08-15-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

On this feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary body and soul into Heaven, we celebrate with great solemnity a grace and privilege given to the Blessed Mother by our Lord. It is only fitting that the woman who gave birth to the Savior would be brought immediately to Heaven, body and soul, as an exemplar for what is going to be our final end as well. Just as Mary has been assumed into Heaven, body and soul, we will be raised from the dead, because of Jesus’ resurrection, and at the final judgment will also be given a glorified body to be united to our immortal soul. Jesus is truly fulfilling the fourth commandment by bringing His mother to Heaven in the Assumption, for He is honoring her in the best possible way as the Redeemer of all creation.

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Liturgy of the Word

08-05-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Last week I shared with you the prayers at the beginning of Mass that were prayed for centuries before 1965. This week I will continue with the moving through the Sacrifice of the Mass.

After the priest would kiss the altar, the Introit of the Mass would be recited or sung. The Introit is the entrance antiphon which we do at the beginning of Mass here. Lou sings it before he begins the processional hymn. After the Introit follows the Kyrie and the Gloria.

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The Confiteor

08-01-2021Weekly ReflectionFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

For centuries up until around 1965, every priest began the celebration of Mass with certain prayers, the first prayer being the recitation of Psalm 42. It’s a beautiful psalm that begins with a very fitting antiphon: I will go in unto the altar of God; To God Who giveth joy to my youth. Then begins the psalm. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy; deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off, and why do I go sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicts me? Send forth Thy light and Thy truth; they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy hill and into Thy tabernacles.

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