Monsignor Marc Caron
The Preparation of the Gifts and the Altar, Part I
The preparation of the altar and the gifts in the Missal of Paul VI differs significantly in theology and in ceremony from the offertory elements of the Missal of John XXIII.
The Liturgy of the Word, Part IV—Homily, Creed, Intercessions
This post will examine the three remaining elements of the Liturgy of the Word in the light of the provisions of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the traditional practice of the Roman Rite. The homily, the profession of faith, and the universal prayer or prayers of the faithful each have specific postures, gestures, and movements associated with them during the course of the celebration of Mass.
The Liturgy of the Word, Part III—Proclaiming the Gospel
In this post, we will resume our consideration of the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word with the proclamation of the Gospel.
The Liturgy of the Word, Part II—Proclaiming the Gospel
The high point of the Liturgy of the Word is the proclamation of the Gospel. All of God’s Word is inspired; the Gospels are the words of the Lord himself addressed to believers in the here and now. As such, we show our reverence for those words, and our desire to allow that Word to take root in our hearts by a posture of reverent attention.
The Liturgy of the Word, Part I
The current Order for Mass leaves many gestures and movements unspecified; therefore, the practice of the last 50 years has…
Liturgical Traditions: The Introductory Rites for Mass
In this post, we will examine how the introductory rites for Mass might best take place according to the provisions set down in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the “traditional practice of the Roman Rite” (GIRM no. 42).
Upon Arriving in the Sanctuary
In the previous post, we considered what the entrance procession for a typical Sunday Mass might look like if it…
Liturgical Traditions: The Entrance Procession
The entrance procession at Mass is described in three locations in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM): 120–123…
The New Old Liturgy: Celebrating the Received Tradition of the Roman Rite
Editor’s note: It was during the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council that Pope Benedict XVI first spoke of…