Course on Understanding Mass

Go Deeper into Holy Mass – Part 1: The Beginning
Part 2: The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite
Part 3: The Soul-lifting Gloria
Part 4: The Life-Changing Liturgy of the Word
Part 5: The Creed of True Belief
Part 6: The Offertory Miracle of Multiplication
Part 7: The Eucharistic Pregnancy
Part 8: The Eucharistic Experience of Heaven
Part 9: The Way of the Eucharist is Out the Door
THE CATHOLIC EUCHARIST EXPLAINED IN 60 SECONDS
1. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Introductory Rites)
2. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Apostolic Greeting)
3. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Penitential Rite)
4. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (the Gloria)
5. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (the Collect)
6. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Liturgy of the Word)
7. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Biblical Readings)
8. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Creed)
9. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Prayer of the Faithful)
10. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Liturgy of Eucharist)
11. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Gifts)
12. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Eucharist Prayer Part 1)
13. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Eucharist Prayers Part 2)
14. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Lord’s Prayer)
15. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Communion Part 1)
16. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Communion Part 2)
17. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Concluding Rites)

Part 4: The Life-Changing Liturgy of the Word

GOING DEEPER INTO HOLY MASS
Footsteps to Heaven Podcast Show

It’s important to really have an open mind and heart and to really listen to what God wants to say to us throughout the Holy Mass. He speaks most clearly during the Liturgy of the Word. It’s meant to change us! And it’s meant to empower us to go out from church and change the world. This is why the ministry of reading the Word of God – and cantoring the psalms — is the work of evangelization.

It’s important for us also, in-between readings, to have moments of silence and reflection, to ponder the Word of God. To allow it to touch our hearts and our minds and to change our lives, to heal us, inspire us, and help us grow in holiness. 

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>> Next in this series: Part 5: The Creed of True Belief

The Life-Changing Liturgy of the Word

After the reading of the Scriptures, then comes the homily, which is supposed to be the Word broken open for us, revealing things to ponder, things that can heal us, feed us, change us.

It seems to me that this is such an important opportunity for priests and deacons (the clergy) to make a difference, that it’s a terribly dangerous sin to preach heresy, which does happen all too often, sometimes out of ignorance but usually out of a personal desire to rewrite the Word of God to suit his own view of the how it should be. I describe an example of this in the episode entitled The Suffering Church.

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You might also be interested in our video series on this topic, entitled “Take, Eat, and Drink”. This is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes) that is used by catechists but is also good for personal use. Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. See it @ gnm-media.org/take-eat-drink/.

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