liturgy

The Prayer of “Yay!”

There’s a music minister at my church who loves to say “Yay!” after singing. Something as simple as a proclamation of “yay” not only reminds us that joys can be found in our life, but it reminds us that expression to God can be as simple as one word.

Ministering to God?

Ever since the changes in the translation of the Mass prayers I’ve been noticing that Eucharistic Prayer II has this newly translated line, which comes just after the words of consecration … Woah – We’re talking about ministering to God?

It’s a chalice, not a glass

The other day I was driving with a friend on the Mass Pike in Boston and she pointed out a Stella Artois billboard that read, “It’s a chalice, not a glass.” There must have been a Catholic on their marketing team, she said. My friend was referring to the recent […]

Catholic Mass & Time Travel

With the start of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, I got thinking about time travel and how the Catholic Mass is literally a time machine of sorts. I remember when I was living as a Jesuit at Georgetown University when an old Jesuit priest gave a captivating presentation about the […]

Liturgy & The Spiritual Exercises

Italian-born priest Fr Romano Guardini felt the Spiritual Exercises had an anti-liturgical bias. Indeed, Jesuits have been seen as anti-liturgical, or at least careless about the liturgy. In truth, the treasury of the Society of Jesus holds the liturgy with great importance and the Exercises mesh well with Catholic liturgy, […]