The Mass | Catholic Central

By | November 16, 2019


(upbeat music) KAI: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this special
addition of Catholic Central. I’m Kai. LIBBY: And I’m Libby, coming to
you live from beautiful Saint Monica’s church in
downtown Santa Monica California. KAI: Where the crowds
are already gathering. It’ the event you’ve waited for all week. LIBBY: Sunday Mass
and it’s about to begin, so don’t go away we’ll be right back. (upbeat music) LIBBY: Alright everybody welcome
back to Catholic Central. KAI: Any minute now we’ll be
seeing the opening move of form of Catholic worship
known as the Mass. LIBBY: Or the Eucharistic Liturgy. KAI: Or the holy sacrifice of the Mass. LIBBY: Or the celebration of the Mass. KAI: It’s all happening
at Saint Monica’s. A great parish. I expect good things. LIBBY: And saying the Mass today
is Father David Guffey, a Holy Cross Priest. KAI: It’s the 27th
Sunday of Ordinary Time, and Libby, I could not
think of a better day to bring our viewers a closer look at this Catholic service that
takes place not only weekly, but daily. LIBBY: We know some of you
are new to this event, so we’ll try to keep you informed
by going to the history and the meaning behind some
of these beautiful rituals. KAI: We got a great
showing this morning of full congregation,
a well rehearsed choir. This promises to be a really terrific celebration of the Mass. Okay, everyone’s in their seats. The bells are ringing. It’s time for the entrance procession. Oh, this crowd knows their stuff Libby. They’re on their feet to show
respect for the Celebrants as they process down the aisle. LIBBY: We got alter
servers looking good today. We got lectors ready to ready the Word. Holding it high there, nice and straight and here is the main player the presiding Priest. KAI: Everyone takes
their assigned seating and we are ready to begin
the Mass with what is called The Introductory Rites. LIBBY: It’s purpose is to bring
the congregation together, to let go of the cares of the world and become present before
God, but can they do it, Kai? KAI: The Priest gives a greeting with a Sign of the Cross which is Trinity, Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. KAI: And now this is where the congregation needs to show they’re here
to make this happen. You only get out of Mass
what you put into Mass. KAI: Here it is, the penitential rite. It’s a humbling prayer, Libby. A most important start, as they will not be in right relationship with God the Father for the rest of this service if they do not acknowledge what they
have done or failed to do. LIBBY: Yep. The rest of the Mass
really falters if this is not done with commitment. KAI: But they nailed it. I saw the old three strikes of
the chest done with feeling. These folks are publicly
sorry for failings and are ready to praise. LIBBY: And just in time
Kai as the choir has begun the Gloria, Glory to God in the Highest. This song of the angels is
not meant to be mumbled. KAI: Indeed Libby would
the shepherds in the fields have heard the angels if they whispered in half hearted tones? I think not. A beautiful start to this service. A public act of confession followed by scriptural words of praise. LIBBY: Oooh, ooh, ooh, the Priest is stepping for the opening prayer. KAI: This is, Libby, one
of the most ancient parts of the opening rites. It’s a
deeply thought out prayer to express the theme of this day’s Liturgy. LIBBY: This and the silences it includes are also known as the Collect because it is intended for
the assembly to assemble their thoughts, and for
the presider to collect these thoughts and prayers as together they lift
them to the Holy Trinity. KAI: And we’ve entered into
the Liturgy of the Word. The first lector approaches the
ambo to read from the Bible. LIBBY: That is a fancy word. Is that different from pulpit? KAI: Oh, yeah. Way different. SPEAKER: A reading from
the book of Deuteronomy. LIBBY: All right, and
we’re back to the Liturgy of the Word, which, on Sunday,
is made of three readings and a Psalm thoughtfully put
together to reflect a theme. There is something from
the Old Testament, a Psalm, a New Testament reading and… KAI: Oh, hold up, Libby, looks
like everyone is on their feet for… LIBBY: Yep. It looks like its time for the
Proclamation of the Gospel. KAI: Reason to stand, indeed. And the faithful are
singing a big Hallelujah to the Word of the Lord. LIBBY: Ideally. KAI: Yeah, ideally. LIBBY: Well, the Priest reads the
Gospel and only the Priest or Deacon proclaims the Gospel at Mass. Let’s talk about what’s coming up. KAI: The homily. Similar to a sermon, but it is specific and only to address this day’s Scriptures. LIBBY: Where does the word homily come from? KAI: I don’t know. LIBBY: No way to know. (sports theme music) KAI: Having finished the
gospel reading the Priest or, sometimes, the Deacon,
will give us succinct, insightful commentary on that day’s
readings in the life of the community today. LIBBY: Or he might
talk for a half an hour on giving to the leaky roof fund. KAI: Or tell jokes from 20 years ago. Point is here, priests are people, and they are not all
stellar public speakers. LIBBY: And the point of Mass is not the homily, it’s the communion of us
with each other before God. KAI: And the literal
communion the Eucharist which Catholics believe is the real presence of Jesus Christ. See our episode on the Eucharist. FR. DAVID GUFFEY: Trusting in God, who
loves us so very much, I invite you to stand as
we profess our faith in God, who loves us. LIBBY: And look at that. A smooth transition into
the Profession of the Faith. Which will be either the Nicene
Creed or the Apostles’ Creed. KAI: Fun fact, Libby, the Creed
is pretty much accepted across all Christian denominations. LIBBY: Looks like we’re getting through the Creed with conviction. Oooh! Someone forgot consubstantial,
take a point away for that. SPEAKER: For the Church, that we may be humble before the Lord. KAI: But we have made it to
the Prayers of the Faithful. Prayers said for the
world, for the Church, and for the needs of the congregation. LIBBY: And I do believe here we are at the Liturgy of the Eucharist. KAI: Never thought we’d make it Libby. LIBBY: And it really looks like
the faithful here today have been well prepared by
the introductory prayers, praises and holy Scriptures
to encounter Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. KAI: This being the central reason
and component of the Mass we might stop here for
a quick history lesson. LIBBY: Good thinking, Kai. The Mass was instituted
by Christ himself at the Last Supper when — KAI: Jesus said “Take
and eat, this is my body”. LIBBY: And also said
“Do this in memory of me”. KAI: But to fully understand
the implication of what Jesus was instituting you should… (clink clink) LIBBY: And look out, here
come the ushers with collection of the faithful and the
gifts of bread and wine. Just a beautiful symbol of
what the people bring to the celebration. This is the fruit of
the work of their hands. KAI: It is not always
recognized just how much this is a participatory event, Libby. Designed over 2,000
years with great thought and prayer behind it. LIBBY: And worth repeating, Kai. One only gets as much as one puts in. KAI: That could be argued, Libby, as you are actually getting the Eucharist no matter how lame your participation. And now the Priest is saying
the prayer over the offering. LIBBY: Did you know those
prayers come from Jewish table prayers? KAI: Did not know that, Libby. Nice. The Priest is a pro moving at a good clip and yes I think — LIBBY: — The people are
kneeling out of reverence so it must be at… The Eucharistic Prayer. KAI: (whispers) The center and high point of this celebration. LIBBY: (whisper) And now this is when the
Lord becomes present in the bread and the wine. KAI: (whisper) The source and
summit of the faith. LIBBY: (whisper) The second
half of this prayer is on the unity of people. We thank God for bringing us together. We ask God to keep us together. We ask God to make us one with the Saints. (holy music) KAI: Beautiful. Never fails. FR. DAVID GUFFEY: At the Savior’s command and the… KAI: Back on their
feet for the Lord’s prayer, the faithful are not quite sure what to do with their hands at this point. LIBBY: Now this prayer
is one that Jesus himself taught his disciples. And this at last is said with gusto as every living Christian
knows these words. KAI: And now we’ll see the
priest invite everyone to share a sign of peace. LIBBY: See most folks
going for the ol’ handshake. Oh, some just giving the old head nod. KAI: There is no wrong way to extend peace to a fellow believer. LIBBY: Did you know this
use to be the kiss of peace? KAI: That sounds like a wrong way. LIBBY: Peace be with you, Kai. KAI: And the peace of Christ with you, Libby. ♪ Lamb of God. ♪ KAI: Oh! We’re at the Lamb of God. LIBBY: A prayer to
acknowledge that Christ is the Lamb of God who has taken our sins and brings us peace. KAI: And the congregation
is ready to head to the altar to receive the consecrated
bread and wine, which has become the body and blood of the Savior. LIBBY: We have about two
thirds going up today, Kai and I give this congregation
points for knowing when not to approach the altar. KAI: Indeed. The Eucharist is a solemn Sacrament, Libby, and it would be a
definite foul to the soul to receive this gift outside
the Church’s guidelines. (soothing piano music) LIBBY: Looks like we have entered into the reflection
period after Communion. A favorite moment for most participants. A sweet, peaceful commune with God. KAI: Yes, this assembly
is definitely reaping the reward of their efforts in
attending, in repenting, in praising, and in receiving. LIBBY: Amen. KAI: And there it is. The presider, Father Guffey
himself, has taken a seat which means the host has been returned to the tabernacle, which means
it no longer requires the physical reference of the
assembly to kneel or stand. LIBBY: Now Father Guffey
is on his feet to deliver the final blessing and the dismissal. (whimsical music) KAI: Nicely done. The sending forth of the
faithful having confessed, praised, and basking in the
glow of Heaven received Jesus Christ. They are now ready to step outside and be the light of the world. LIBBY: Well, yet another 2,000
year old ritual where the covenant between
man and God has been met and renewed. KAI: Well done, Saint Monica. You live to praise another week. LIBBY: For Catholic Central, I’m Libby. KAI: And I’m Kai, and that’s it for the Mass. Ite missa est. – Go in peace. (upbeat music)

4 thoughts on “The Mass | Catholic Central

  1. Orlando Javien Post author

    Love it! That has got to be the most entertaining explanation of the mass!

    Reply
  2. VCR Time Machine Post author

    A bit irreverent, but I suppose that's what we have to do in order to attract people.

    Reply

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