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Liturgy Corner October 11, 2020 - Vessels and Accoutrements used for Liturgy

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 10/10/20

This week let’s look at other vessels and accoutrements used for liturgy.  The chalice is a cup-shaped vessel or goblet used at Holy Mass to contain the Precious Blood of Jesus.  The chalice veil is a large, square cloth, usually matching the vestments of the day, that covers the ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner October 4, 2020 Vessels and Accoutrements used for Liturgy

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 10/06/20

We have talked in past Corners about the church building and the places and items within the building. Today let’s look at the vessels and accoutrements used for liturgy.  Altar candles, which have to contain bees wax to keep them from smoking and to burn slowly, are placed near ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner September 26, 2020 -

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 10/06/20

Jesus is reserved in all Catholic churches in the Tabernacle.  Aside from the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist celebrated at every Mass and reserved in the Tabernacle, there are other images within a worship space that represent Jesus.  The ambo, from which the Readings and Gospel are ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner September 20, 2020 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 9/21/20

Monday, September 14 was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  This feast commemorates the finding of Jesus’ cross in 326, the consecration of Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher some ten years later, and the recovery in 628 or 629 by Emperor Heraclius of a major ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner - September 13, 2020 - The Courtyard: Entrance into God’s Building

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 9/13/20

Coming into the church courtyard, one gets the feeling of coming into a plaza. In many communities, where the church was the center of town (for example, Old Town Albuquerque), there was a plaza in which people gathered. The area was likely cobblestone or brick, or some other hard, ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner - September 6, 2020 The Tabernacle: Reservation of the Holy Eucharist

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 9/05/20

Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist is a treasure the Church has come to cherish and revere over the centuries.  The reservation of the Eucharist was originally intended for the Communion of the sick, for those unable to attend the Sunday celebration, and as Viaticum for the dying.  As ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner August 30, 2020 - The Church Building: Sacred Images

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 8/31/20

Reflecting the awareness of the Communion of Saints, the practice of incorporating symbols of the Trinity and images of Jesus, the Blessed Mother, the angels, and the saints into the design of a church creates a source of devotion and prayer for a parish community.  Images can be found ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner - August 23, 2020 -The Stations of the Cross: Remembrance of Jesus’ walk to Calvary

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 8/22/20

Keep in mind that we are the Church, the people of God, the body in Christ.  Our church space is where we worship.  Liturgy is how we worship.  During these past few months, our homes became our worship spaces.  Now, as we come back into our church, we are ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner August 16, 2020 - The Confessional

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 8/16/20

Rites, in addition to Holy Mass, celebrated in a worship space include, Rites of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist), Holy Orders, the Rite of Penance, the Rite of Marriage, the Rite of Anointing of the Sick, Christian Funerals, the Liturgy of the Hours.  

The Confessional: The Rite of Penance ... Read More »

Liturgy Corner August 9, 2020 - The Baptistry

Posted by Jeanette Plowman on 8/07/20

The Baptistry: Initiation into God’s Family—The rites of Baptism, the first of the Sacraments of Initiation, require a prominent place for celebration.  As we enter any Catholic church, we look first for the Sanctuary Candle to know where Our Lord is reserved in the Blessed Sacrament.  Secondly, we look ... Read More »