September 30, 2018

October 2, 2018

From Father Jordan

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of our Lord remain always with us!

As we continue to delve into the Liturgy, I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of the questions that I have posed to you.

Are we grasping the sacred by crossing ourselves, kneeling, bowing, genuflecting with purpose and love?

At first glance this may seem like an odd question, but it is one laden with meaning and the possibility of transformation. Considering the sign of the cross, no more solemn and meaningful beginning and gesture cannot be imagined. In this sign we mark ourselves with the names of the Trinity – the communion of love that gives us life. In the sign of the cross we trace upon ourselves the event that will make its power, force, and healing felt in our bodies and in our lives. This sign is simultaneously creedal and exorcistic: the power of Christ Crucified and Risen is the foundation of our faith, and protects us from the pursuit of the evil one. Every other gesture {kneeling, bowing, genuflecting, the Communion Procession} reflects our disposition that flows from calling upon the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in whom we live and move and have our being, the One who calls us by name and claims us as His own.

Do we receive Holy Communion with reverence and devotion?

The Eucharist is the central and defining principle of our Catholic Faith: the Bread of Angels is given to man to eat! What a wondrous gift is given to us! Do we realize that as we come forward to eat this bread and drink this cup that we are receiving the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ? Do we clearly respond AMEN to the great question The Body/Blood of Christ? I am unsure if the changes made in the Reception of the Eucharist (standing, reception in the hand or on the tongue) have helped or hindered our devotion. May we truly reverence the great Gift we are given!

Until we meet at the altar, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to Thee!

In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, OP

 

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