This is an interesting question that some people pose. Where does this question come from though? It usually arises after a person hears for the first time that at every Mass we are witnessing the crucifixion of Our Lord. “What does that mean?” You might ask. It is important to
This is a relevant question to ask. Why is it that we go to Mass every Sunday and not do something else? Where does this thing that we call the Mass come from and why do we it? Why can we not just read the Bible and keep the Sabbath
So why do we use incense in the church and during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Is it to make the place smell nice, or is it just to encourage some people to cough at the mere sight of it?
Actually, the use of incense is an expression of prayer,
The novena is a common and spiritually enriching prayer experience commonly used within the Catholic Church. There are a few essential guidelines to keep in mind, but there is no single “right” way to pray a novena.
Part 1 - Novena Basics
1 -Know what a novena is. A novena is a form of
This prayer reminds us of the great spiritual battle that occurs in our own Lenten desert.
he holy season of Lent is chiefly inspired by the decision of Jesus to prepare for his public ministry by first going into the desert for 40 days. While there, he engaged in a great
CONFESSION: CELEBRATING RECONCILIATION
The Lord, on his first appearance to the Apostles after his resurrection breathed on them and Said “receive the HOLY SPIRIT, if you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained”. (John 20:22-23) And later on:
“All authority in heaven and on earth
The Priest Forgives sins through the Power of Christ acting in him; he is a sharer in the Divinity of Christ. You say i have spoken abomination? I tell you, you yourself do not understand the meaning of sacaramental power. At baptism, a human being acts in the name of
You’re not sure about your last confession:
If your last confession wasn’t very good, you might want to be careful about receiving the Holy Eucharist. When i say “wasn’t good”, i mean, if you willfully withheld a mortal sin, you’ve not been restored in grace. You need to see a priest,
1. Mechanical Confession:
People tend to believe that confession means that anytime you confess to the priest, the sins confessed are automatically forgiven just because the priest says so. Well, this is not true. God isn’t tied to any sacrament; you must meet certain conditions before you can receive valid sacramental
The Church’s liturgical year begins with Advent, and every end of the Calendar year – weeks before Christmas we notice changes. The priest puts on different colors and the entire altar is graced with a whole new air. But very few know what this word actually means.
A Latin word from