Liturgy

Pentecost

Whitsuntide, or Pentecost: A feast in commemoration and honor of the Holy Ghost, descending visibly upon the heads of the Apostles, in the shape of tongues, as it were of fire. 

Vidi Aquam

I saw water coming forth from the temple on the right side, alleluia: and all those to whom this water came were saved, and shall say, alleluia. 

The Altar…the very purpose of the church building

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the center of Catholic life and is our continuing source of sanctifying grace. 

Over centuries, changes in the Roman Mass

Many may think that this traditional Roman Mass, from the 1962 Missale Romanum, is identical to the form used during the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great or even of Pope St. Peter. 

What happened to the Mass?

Some people may say, nothing happened to the Mass. 

The Paschal Candle

The origin of the custom of making and blessing the Paschal Candle has been attributed by some writers to Pope St. Zosimus, who ascended the throne of Peter in the year 417

The hidden mysteries of Palm Sunday

Turning to Sacred Scriptures, we find the bearing of palm branches to have been one of the principal ways of manifesting joy; and one not only approved but commanded by God at the time of the foundation of the Jewish religion. 

Laetare Sunday

According to the book History of the Mass, the fourth Sunday of Lent is what is known as the “Sunday of the Golden Rose”, from a custom observed at Rome of blessing a rose made of pure gold mixed with musk and balsam. 

Special penitential forms of reverence

For a long time the celebrant merely bowed after each elevation of our dear Lord in Holy Communion.

Veiling of the Cross and Statues

Every year the church goes through this; starting from the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year the Church has followed our Lord’s footsteps in the course of His apostolic ministry.

Chronological Development of Chalice Linens and Cleaning

In the early church it is most likely that only one linen cloth was used to serve as both altar-cloth and corporal. 

Chalice Linens – their significance

Vesture. It means an item of clothing; garment; attire.  That’s what linen cloths are for the Chalice. 

Visualizing the altar decorated

Like everything else there is a proper way to decorate the church altars. 

Appointments of the altar

Appointments of the altar are the items that go on the altar. 

How to set up a devotional Nativity Scene

Here in North America, public Nativity Scenes are almost extinct, and any that get erected may not be up for long before someone complains that it is highly offensive. 

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