Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Understanding the Mysteries of the #Catholic Mass - @PrayTheMass

This Advent season, as we began a new liturgical year in the Catholic Church, we also began using a new, more precise translation of the mass.  If you are a Catholic, perhaps you are like my family.  In an attempt to break a lifetime's worth of reactionary response, we have been randomly calling out, "The Lord be with you!" to which the rest of us reply, "And with your Spirit!"

One thing is for certain - in every pew, the faces are attentive.  Nobody wants to be the one to make a mistake!  I also believe that the richer, more descriptive language will, in some people, ignite a deeper understanding of what is really happening during Mass.  The gathering of the Church, witnessing the consecration, and accepting Eucharist are new again.

If you are Catholic, and you feel led to learn more - perhaps you would like to experience the sacraments more deeply, and appreciate the beauty of the Mass - I would like to introduce you to the new blog, praythemass.org.

The blog will teach some of the things you've often wondered about the Mass.  There is a glossary - and as words are presented in posts, they will be linked to the glossary.  There is also an "ask a priest" area where readers can submit questions or seek guidance.

Check them out at praythemass.org, follow on Twitter, like them on Facebook, add them to a circle on Google+, or subscribe using email, RSS, Google Reader or My Yahoo.

addendum: There are currently 7 contributors: 4 priests who celebrate the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Latin Rite, 1 Priest who is an Anglican convert who celebrates the ordinary form and the Anglican Use, and 2 historians who both possess degrees in theology and are professional diocesan catechists (one of which has is PhD in Medieval History). The contributor list is ever growing. The blog was designed to teach anyone about the Mass