Intentionally, joyfully living the faith What is the GIRM? Why is it Important? Joel and I are buzz kill, even among Orthodox, natural family planning-practicing, frequent confession-going Catholics. Last weekend we gathered together with some married couple friends to talk about Theology of the Body. He stepped in to try to save our collective Schmidt face.
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Intentionally, joyfully living the faith What is the GIRM? Why is it Important? Joel and I are buzz kill, even among Orthodox, natural family planning-practicing, frequent confession-going Catholics. Last weekend we gathered together with some married couple friends to talk about Theology of the Body. He stepped in to try to save our collective Schmidt face. And thank you for giving me some worthy material, friend! It is the handbook for how to celebrate the Mass. It covers such things like the structure of the Mass, its elements and parts; postures, processions and gestures; silence and singing; liturgical furnishings; the role of the deacon, liturgical ministers, and laity, and much more.
Why is the GIRM important? It is the source and summit of our life as Catholic Christians. So let our words and actions, our prayers and music, our worship spaces and liturgical furnishings and art, be worthy of the profound mystery we celebrate. When making decisions about the source and summit of our life, ought not we be obliged to explore what the Church says about the issue, and then frame our discussion and decision-making from that perspective?
Our Holy Father actually addressed this point recently. Here are five thoughts on how to do that. That redirects subjective decision making rather quickly. For the Lay Faithful: All right. All right. I see you yawning. But there are some terrific resources available. Find a resource that engages you. Finally a disclaimer. I offer these suggestions simply as a lifelong Catholic who has served in various roles for the Church, both as an employee and volunteer.
I simply felt called to share based on the conversation I had with friends. Why not give it the proper attention it deserves? What resources do you suggest for learning more about the Mass and its parts? You can leave a comment by clicking here. Practice your sharing
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For in the celebration of Mass, in which the Sacrifice of the Cross is perpetuated,  Christ is really present in the very liturgical assembly gathered in his name, in the person of the minister, in his word, and indeed substantially and continuously under the Eucharistic species. The Mass is made up, as it were, of two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. These, however, are so closely interconnected that they form but one single act of worship. When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel.
What is the GIRM? Why is it Important?
General Instruction of the Roman Missal