The Four Postures of the Catholic Mass

Every so often, it’s good to review the four fundamental postures us Catholics adopt through the course of the Mass. So here’s a basic primer courtesy of A Catholic Misfit. Ready?

Kneeling – primarily during times of adoration, such as the consecration.

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Sitting – primarily during times of listening, such as the homily.

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Standing – primarily during times of prayer, such as professing the Creed.

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Sleeping – primarily during the long form of the Gospel.

Ohmigosh! I nearly forgot about the fifth posture: when the priest announces “And now some words about the bishop’s annual CSA drive.”

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PARISH REPORT: Church Unveils New Line of Craft Sacramental Wines

ACMPress – NAPA VALLEY – Sts. Bartle & Jaymes in Napa, CA unveiled their long awaited line-up of 2019 craft organic sacramental wines this past weekend, holding tastings for their parishioners after each Mass. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

“I’m so grateful I’m no longer a Baptist,” a woman told ACMPress. “This makes being Catholic so worthwhile.”

Head winegrower Deacon Reese Ling said this year’s crop was the best he’s ever seen. “We had a fantastic growing season. While it’s still a little early to harvest and mass produce, we managed to make a few bottles of each variety, to give the parish a taste of things to come.”

This year’s line-up includes: ‘Ordinary Thyme’, a crisp chardonnay infused with a mixture of herbs; ‘Liturgical Dance’, a rather expressive red blend with just a hint of chiffon; ‘Venial Zin’, a light-hearted not-so-serious zinfadel; “White Privelege”, a bold pinot blanc with a guilty pleasure aftertaste; and ‘Social JustIce’, a sweet dessert wine with noticeable sanctimonious undertones.

“This is our first attempt at dessert wines,” Reese said. “I’m confident the Worship Committee will find a use for it. Maybe for the monthly birthday masses.”

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If Jesuits Wrote the Gospels…

In light of Jesuit Superior General Fr. Arturo Sosa’s recent statements where he said: “Good and evil are in a permanent war in the human conscience and we have ways to point them out. We recognize God as good, fully good. Symbols are part of reality, and the devil exists as a symbolic reality, not as a personal reality.” (Emphasis added).

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Things St. Lawrence Never Said

In honor of today’s celebration of the Feast of St Lawrence, I decided to dig out and dust off a 2011 post from my old blog. I just love this guy. Deacon and martyr, patron saint of comedians and cooks. According to St. Ambrose, while St. Lawrence was being grilled, he told his persecutors: “This side is done – now turn and eat.” It didn’t get a ton of laughs, I bet, but his executioners probably talked about it for days. Might’ve even led to a conversion or three, who knows?

St. Lawrence probably said other things while cooking, which most likely included none of the following:

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Happy feast day to all those named for this great saint! Now go grill something!

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(Art: The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, by Valentin de Buologne, 1621-22)

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