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 III (6)

Eucharistic Prayer III The last words of the institution account are, “Do this in memory of me.” After the mysterium fidei we pray what is called the anamnesis in its proper... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Would Forgoing Treatment for Cancer Be Suicide?”

Q: Without going into great detail, I have, at this point, most likely a treatable, or manageable, cancer. However, I am so tired of dealing with it, and seeing no hope for my future, with or without the cancer, that I just want to let it take its course. My concern is for my children and my soul. Is it considered suicide to... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Must I Vote for a Republican in 2016?”

Q: I have a quick question about this year’s U.S. presidential election. My question is that since all the Democratic candidates that are talked about support abortion and same-sex “marriage,” it would be sinful for me to vote for a Democratic candidate. So really I would have to vote for a Republican candidate,... Get the Answer!

Spiritual Smoothie: You Are Called To Be An Apostle

We know that as Christians, we love God and He loves us. But what about our mission? In this Spiritual Smoothie, we reflect on how being a Christian means to be “sent out”... Read More

“Ask a Priest: What to Do When Priests Are Scandalous?”

Q: This might be a controversial question, but I am quite sure that I am not the only one with this question. How do we navigate the hierarchy of moral authority in the Church when we know that our parish priests are more fallen and self-seeking than we are? I have been given concrete proof that a couple of my parish priests... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: My Sister Left the Church. Is She Doomed?”

Q: I am stuck between God’s mercy and the Catholic belief set by the Second Vatican Council about who can be redeemed. My sister had been baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, but has chosen not to believe. She lives her life by the golden rule, believes in feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, and believes... Get the Answer!

Home Is Where The Heart Is: Weekly Message for 04-19-16

Dear Fellow Digital Pilgrim, pax Christi: Yesterday, I left the U.S. to make the long and arduous trek half way around the world to visit my family in Australia. Having boarded... Read More

Spiritual Smoothie: Does God Ever Give Up On Me?

The way Christ treats St. Peter, despite Peter’s unbelief, is the way that Christ has acted towards us throughout Church history. What hope this should give us!  Read More →

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST:
Eucharistic Prayer III (4)

The mystery of faith (mysterium fidei) The faithful participating in Mass only have a few moments during the Eucharistic Prayer when they respond ritually about what is happening:... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Should I Stay Married If I Haven’t Conceived?”

Q: Before I married, I had a talk with my husband about the possibility of not being able to conceive, because I don’t ovulate. We agreed that if I didn’t get pregnant, we would adopt. Now that we are married, we found out his semen analysis is abnormal. So I do ovulate with medication, but I’m not getting... Get the Answer!

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