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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Preface I of The Nativity of the Lord

Preface I of the Nativity of the Lord For more information on the Preface in general, see The Eucharistic Prayer (2) and The Eucharistic Prayer (3) Christ is born. God is born.... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Would the Weak Be Judged for Not Being Martyrs?”

Q: Jesus said that whoever rejects him before men, he will reject before his Father and the angels. Where does this dire warning leave people who are psychologically fragile, vulnerable and sensitive who could barely stand up for themselves, and are seemingly called to witness the faith? Or what if a man is put under pressure... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Date a Muslim?”

Q: Should a practicing Catholic have even one date, knowing the fellow is Muslim? I feel it is as bad as dating a man knowing he is married. Thank you! I want to instruct a relative. – M. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Ideally the purpose of dating is to see whether there are grounds for a possible marriage. Relationships... Get the Answer!

Hope for Chickens: Weekly Message for

Dear Friends in Christ, I should start by clarifying that no fowl were harmed (or even considered literally) in the drafting of this e-mail. We’re a few weeks into the Easter... Read More

Spiritual Smoothie: Fearful Yet Overjoyed!

How did the two Marys respond to the announcement of Christ’s Resurrection? Do you experience these emotions at Mass?  Read More →

Preface I of Advent

For more information on the Preface in general, see The Eucharistic Prayer (2) and The Eucharistic Prayer (3) The first Preface of Advent is used for the entire liturgical season... Read More

“Ask a Priest: How Do I Know If I Believe Enough?”

Q: I know that Jesus died for our sins, and if we trust in him and put our life in his hands, in return we get eternal salvation. How do I know that I believe it enough? What if how much I believe isn’t enough? How do I truly believe it in my heart? I want to be saved and I want to believe, but how? I don’t want... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: After the Music-and-Drug Scene, Is There Hope for Me?”

Q: I’ve been away from the Church for a few years. Until recently I was in a band, which was fun … lots of gigs around the country, etc. But I became involved in the drug scene, which seems to go hand in hand with the music scene here. I enjoyed it at the time, but it has taken its toll on me. Recently I decided... Get the Answer!

Living with Easter Joy: Weekly Message for

Dear Fellow Digital Missionary, With all my heart I hope and pray that you too have been overcome with Paschal joy in the Risen Lord. Alleluia!!! During these holy days may the... Read More

Spiritual Smoothie: Why did Jesus have to suffer so much?

Happy Easter. Our Savior has Risen! Let’s take a moment to reflect on the full merits and worth of Christ’s suffering so that our thankfulness this Easter can continue... Read More

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