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Read The Cat – 1156-1210

July 20th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Liturgy and diversity.

Continued from last week, we talk about the how, when, and where of liturgy.

How:

  • Singing and Music – A treasure of inestimable value
    • Combination of sacred music and words
    • “Singing is praying twice” – St. Augustine
    • Texts must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine and they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.
  • Sacred Images – represent Christ
    • Even images of the saints signify Christ, who is glorified in them.

When:

  • Once each week on Sundays – The Lord’s Day: The day of the Christian family, and the day of joy and rest from work.
  • Also over the course of an annual schedule full of seasons
    • Easter is the Feast of feasts or the Solemnity of solemities. The combination of Mentos and Diet Coke.
  • Constantly through the Liturgy of the Hours, AKA: Divine Office
    • Laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office (see links below)

Where:

  • Not in any one place but wherever the people gather.
  • The Church building is important, however. They contain the following:
    • Alter – The Cross is the alter of the new covenant. It is the center of the church.
    • Tabernacle – Should be in a most worthy place with the greatest honor.
    • Sacred Chrism – Oil used for anointings. reserved and venerated in a secure place in the sanctuary.
    • Chair (Cathedra) of the bishop or priest should express his office
    • Lectern (Ambo) – suitable place for announcing His message.
    • Baptistry or holy water font – should remind us of our baptism
    • There should be a place for confessions
    • And the church should be a space for recollection and silent prayer.
In addition to all this, we begin a new section that talks about the diversity within liturgy. It is great and important but must promote unity.
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Read The Cat 1101-1155

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Light and darkness, wind and fire, water and earth, the tree and its fruit speak of God and symbolize both his greatness and his nearness. (CCC 1147)

We continue to talk about the Holy Spirit, who gives spiritual understanding to the Word of God.

Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Pascal mystery of Christ is celebrated, not repeated at Mass. The HS turns the bread into the body of Christ and wine into the Blood of Christ during the “epiclesis” (a vocab word that probably won’t ever help you on Jeopardy).

The Pascal Mystery is present in the 7 sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. These are instituted by Jesus Christ. Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders leave an indelible seal which means that they can never be repeated.

The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, build up the body of Christ and to give worship to God. It nourishes, strengthens and expresses our faith! They are independent of the personal holiness of the minister but the fruits of the sacraments depend on the disposition of the one who receives them (CCC 1128).

Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

  • Who celebrates the liturgy?
  • How is the liturgy celebrated?
  • When is the liturgy celebrated?
  • Where is the liturgy celebrated?

Who: heavenly powers, all creation, servants of the Old and New Covenants, new People of God (especially martyrs), Mother of God, Brode of the Lamb, and a great multitude which no one could number from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tounges….. [catch your breathe].

How: Through signs and symbols like language, gestures, and actions – - these are the same ways we communicate with other men. Through the Liturgy of the Word, which is an integral part of the sacramental celebrations!

For more, stop by next week!

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Read The Cat 1046-1100

July 6th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

New York, the cosmos and the conclusion of the Profession of Faith. Liturgy: Paschal Mystery and the Trinity. Giddy up!

The world will be renewed at the Final Judgement, the whole world, Cosmos included.

Amen affirms that we do in-fact believe in the words of the Profession of Faith; a fitting end cap to our statement of faith which begins with “I believe in…”

We come to know God, Christ and the Holy Spirit in Liturgy and it’s a beautiful thing.

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