Liturgy Matters

Liturgy Matters – Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament

Dr. Judy Bullock Why do Catholics reserve the Blessed Sacrament from the celebration of the liturgy? In one of the earliest accounts of the liturgy, Justin Martyr described how liturgy was celebrated in Rome in the year 150 A.D. In this description Justin reported that at the conclusion of the liturgy deacons were sent out […]

Liturgy Matters — The liturgy is communal prayer

Liturgy Matters — The liturgy is communal prayer

By Dr. Judy Bullock For those of us whose first experience of the celebration of Mass was the pre-Vatican II model, the changes that took place in the late 1960s were extraordinary. For example, each country was given permission to celebrate the Mass in its own mother tongue, instead of Latin. We were able to […]

Liturgy Matters — On blessings

Liturgy Matters — On blessings

By Dr. Judy Bullock What is a blessing? The term “blessing,” as we commonly use it, has numerous meanings. When good things happen, we say it is a blessing. Blessing is sometimes used as a synonym for gift. In its purest form, however, a blessing comes from God. One definition describes it this way: God […]

Liturgy Matters – On blessings

By Dr. Judy Bullock What is a blessing? The term “blessing,” as we commonly use it, has numerous meanings. When good things happen, we say it is a blessing. Blessing is sometimes used as a synonym for gift. In its purest form, however, a blessing comes from God. One definition describes it this way: God […]

Liturgy Matters — Amen to that!

Liturgy Matters — Amen to that!

By Dr. Judy Bullock It has become commonplace in the world in which we live to express our agreement with something that has been said with an enthusiastic “amen.” Having its origin in Hebrew, “amen” is one of the many words taken from Scripture or the liturgy and adopted into everyday use. Within the celebration […]

Liturgy Matters — How we pray the Lord’s Prayer

Liturgy Matters — How we pray the Lord’s Prayer

By Dr. Judy Bullock The Lord’s Prayer has been included in the Mass for many centuries. As early as the fourth century, St. Ambrose mentioned that it was included in the liturgy in Milan. Although the Lord’s Prayer comes at the end of the intercessory prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours, in the Mass […]

Liturgy Matters — The Lord’s Prayer part II

Liturgy Matters — The Lord’s Prayer part II

By Dr. Judy Bullock The only prayer recorded in Scripture that Jesus taught his disciples was the Our Father. In this prayer we have, not only the formula for how to pray, but also the expectation of behavior for Jesus’ followers. In both Gospel accounts of the Lord’s Prayer in Luke and Matthew, Jesus addresses […]