Father Dennis Gill
The Personal Prayers of the Priest Celebrant
Chapter Two of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) describes several different elements of the Mass, such as the reading and explaining of the Word of God, the importance of singing, as well as gestures and bodily postures. Also included among these elements are the prayers and other parts pertaining to the priest.
Ars Celebrandi, Part 5: The Book of the Gospels
The use of the Book of the Gospels features commonly in Sunday celebrations of the Eucharist in the United States. It is one thing to make use of the Book of the Gospels, but it is another to appreciate when and how it is to be used.
Ars Celebrandi, Part 4: Handing Out Blessings Left and Right
In addition to the orans posture and praying with hands joined, the priest celebrant makes use of a variety of other hand gestures throughout the Mass. He frequently is directed to extend and join his hands, to bless, and on certain occasions to strike his breast.
Ars Celebrandi, Part 3: The Hands of the Man Who Stilled the Water
Liturgical Sign Language: Praying with Hands Extended and Hands Joined Everything about the celebration of the sacred liturgy has meaning…
To Begin in the Beginning…
Father Dennis Gill, Director of the Office for Divine Worship in Philadelphia and Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, begins here a series explaining the craft of the presider’s art.
Ars Celebrandi, Part 2: The Mass Allows Silence to Speak with God in Our Hearts
A Brief Pause for Silence Follows Silence is an important part of the Mass and place is made for it…
Introducing a New Series on the Priest’s “Art of Celebrating”
The Holy Spirit is the genius behind God’s masterpieces—but he doesn’t work alone. The “art of celebrating,” says Father Dennis Gill, helps the priest help God create liturgical beauty.
A Report on the Celebration of the Extended Form of the Vigil Mass for Pentecost
Editor’s note: Father Gill opened the riches of the Extended form of the Vigil of Pentecost in the May 2017…
The Holiness of Tomorrow: The Extended Form of the Vigil Mass for Pentecost in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal
The Roman Missal’s most recent English edition includes several revised rites, new prayers, and adjustments to the rubrics. While many…