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  • Compare and Contrast: The Super Bowl and the Mass, Football and Faith

    02/02/2015 7:57:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Compare and Contrast: The Super Bowl and the Mass, Football and Faith By: Msgr. Charles Pope I write to you in the midst of a semi-“religious” event: the Super Bowl. People have donned their sacred attire and are shouting praises. I enjoy football, but see it a lot less than most since I’m a priest and tend to be busy on Sundays! Yet I remain quite fascinated at how passionate and dedicated many Americans are to their team and to the game.Would that more Catholics had the same dedication to the Mass and the Church that true football fans have...
  • A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

    01/29/2015 7:46:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican...
  • The Heavenly Elements of the Liturgy

    11/10/2014 7:20:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 86 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Heavenly Elements of the LiturgyBy: Msgr. Charles PopeIn November, Catholics are encouraged to meditate on the “Last Things.” As you know, I write quite often on Hell. But I have written on Heaven, too. In this post I propose simply to set forth how much of our liturgy is a kind of dress rehearsal for Heaven.Indeed, Catholics are often unaware just how biblical the Sacred Liturgy is. The design of our traditional churches; the use of candles, incense, and golden vessels; the postures of standing and kneeling; the altar; the singing of hymns; priests wearing albs and so forth are...
  • Hearts Aloft! A Reflection on our Mystical Transport to Heaven in Every Mass

    11/28/2014 7:11:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hearts Aloft! A Reflection on our Mystical Transport to Heaven in Every Mass By: Msgr. Charles PopeBefore November ends and our consideration of the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) gives way to Advent preparations for the great Second Coming that ushers in those things definitively,  let us turn our attention to a short, often-overlooked summons to Heaven that takes place in every Mass. It takes place in a short dialogue just after the prayer over the gifts and before the singing of the Sanctus. It is called the “preface dialogue” and it is really quite remarkable...
  • The Nature of the Mass and the need for Sacrifice

    11/08/2014 8:35:21 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 130 replies
    The natural law requires sacrificeIn the first place it is to be seen that the Natural Law requires us to sacrifice. Saint Thomas states in the first place that there are three main types of laws. There is first and foremost human laws (positive laws), there is the Natural Law, and lastly there is the Divine and Eternal laws. It is precisely the Natural Law that we will focus in for this specific article. The natural law is basically the “structure which God creates in man so that he inclines man to specific types of actions. He designs man to...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion – The Procession and Entrance Song

    08/19/2010 6:13:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/22/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
                  I’d like to begin a series on the Mass explaining the meaning and history of what we do each Sunday. It is amazing how little Catholics know about or reflect upon what we do every Sunday. This is an attempt to add insight and understanding to our celebration of the Sacred liturgy.The Procession and entrance song -  Something very remarkable happens at the beginning of every Mass. It is so normal to us that we hardly think of it. As the priest is ready in the back of Church to begin the Mass the congregation suddenly comes to its...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion – The Penitential Rite

    08/29/2010 2:56:43 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/6/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The Penitential Rite in general - Let us recall that we have just acknowledged and celebrated the presence of Christ among us. First we welcomed him as he walked the aisle of our Church, represented by the Priest Celebrant. The altar, another sign and symbol of Christ was then reverenced. Coming to the chair, a symbol of a share in the teaching and governing authority of Christ, the priest  then announced the presence of Christ among us in the liturgical greeting.  Now, in the Bible whenever there was a direct experience of God, there was almost always an experience of...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion – The Altar is Reverenced

    08/20/2010 5:57:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/23/2009 | Msgr Charles Pope
                            As the Entrance procession draws to its close something rather unusual happens! Upon entering the sanctuary, (the part of the Church where the Altar and Tabernacle are located) the priest and deacon enter the sanctuary and kiss the altar as a sign of reverence and veneration. Many of us who go to Mass all the time may hardly notice this gesture. But to someone observing Mass for the first time this gesture may seem quite unusual and raise questions. Why kiss an altar? Where did this gesture come from and what does it mean? The significance of this kiss...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Mass in Slow Motion – The Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy)

    09/01/2010 6:45:12 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/6/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Now if I were to ask you if the Kyrie Eleison (Translated “Lord Have Mercy”) were part of the Penitential Rite most likely you’d say “Of course it is.” After all we are asking God’s mercy. But interestingly enough it serves more as an acclamation of praise both historically and liturgically as we shall see.The History of the Kyrie - the Kyrie is often thought of as a part of the penitential rite but this is not necessarily the case. The General instruction describes it this way: “After the penitential act the Kyrie Eleison is begun unless it has...