The Liturgy

How Catholics Pray and Why


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The Liturgy, consisting of Formal Public Prayer, The Mass, and Sacraments is the life line of the Church. Through these prayers we are in the presence of Jesus “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matt. 18:20). As with all other aspects of our faith, the worship of the Church continues to evolve and grow. We always look for ways to make our Liturgical life relevant to the experiences of each generation, while seeking to maintain the best of our tradition of prayer. Indeed, our prayers are not stagnant.

This page contains reflections about various elements of the Liturgical Life of the Church.


The Mass

The Day on which We Gather by Cardinal Roger Mahony
Gather Faithfully Together by Cardinal Roger Mahony
Theological Underpinnings of Gather Together by Cardinal Roger Mahony
Celebration in Silent Halls by Rev. William Messenger
Inclusive Language: A Discussion Primer by Rev. William Messenger
The Communion Rite by Rev. William Messenger
The Sign of Peace—a Sign of Touch by Rev. William Messenger


Holy Week
Reflections on The Triduum

Holy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday


The Sacraments

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick by Rev. William Messenger