Finding the Plug

Understanding Liturgical Prayer

“Finding the Plug” is written by Fr. Nikola Derpich, L.C., S.Th.D., who was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. Fr. Nikola was a contributor to Sacerdos Magazine and now writes the blogs A Roman Catholic Experience and Today’s Liturgy. He currently lives in Rome, Italy, where he teaches theology at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University.

The focus of “Finding the Plug” is to help readers to draw spiritual fruit from the Eucharistic celebration. By “finding the plug,” the hope is that they’ll establish a vital connection in Mass that helps them put their heart and mind into liturgical prayer in order to capitalize on all the graces the liturgy seeks to communicate. This will be accomplished in each post through a spiritual reflection on each prayer found in the Ordinary of the Mass: the prayers we say either daily or every Sunday in the celebration of the Eucharist, prayers that we've recited together in the Eucharist for centuries and contain a richness that has stood the test of time and blessed the lives of so many believers. Our hope is that “Finding the Plug” helps readers achieve “a greater awareness of the mystery being celebrated and its relationship to daily life” (Sacramentum Caritatis, 52).

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (11)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) “In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God: command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your holy Angel to your altar on high in... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (10)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance, and to accept them,…” When you offer someone a gift,... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (9)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed Passion, the Resurrection from the dead, and the glorious Ascension into... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (8)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “The mystery of faith.” For more on this moment in the Eucharistic Prayers, see Eucharistic Prayer III (4). In Eastern-rite Churches... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (7)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) “In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took this precious chalice in his holy and venerable hands,…” A chalice should be constructed... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (6)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) “On the day before he was to suffer, he took bread in his holy and venerable hands, …” In the Roman Canon the institution narrative... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (5)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “Be pleased, O God, we pray, to bless, acknowledge, and approve this offering in every respect; …” In this moment the bishop or priest... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (4)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “Therefore, Lord, we pray: graciously accept this oblation of our service, that of your whole family; …” The intercessions that we... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (3)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “In communion with those whose memory we venerate…” As believers we form part of a living communion with those who have preceded... Read More

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon) (2)

Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)  “Remember, Lord, your servants N. and N….” The intercessions in the Roman Canon preceding the consecration continue with prayers... Read More

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