The Original Problem I used to have a problem with ornate churches. I used to think the money would have been better spent elsewhere. I verged, at times, on offended. Then, I realized, I've worshipped in very expensive buildings that weren't so aesthetically pleasing. Yes, Cathedrals cost a lot more than the average mega-church, but … Continue reading On Beautiful Churches
Having a Protestant friend visit Mass may seem like a big deal, or not, depending on you and your friend. But I know, as a Protestant, there was a lot that confused me during Mass, and I often didn't feel super comfortable. The following things all would have been helpful to me as a visitor, … Continue reading 5 Things A Catholic Can Do To Help A Protestant Feel Comfortable at Mass
I've heard the following statements, or some variation, from friends and acquaintences over the years: "Mass is too long." "Catholics always look bored." "You guys just do the same things over and over." But... is Mass really too long? Are Catholics all super bored? Is doing the same thing over and over again really that … Continue reading Isn’t Being Catholic Repetitive and Boring?
Many aspects of Cathoicism, especially the Sacraments, are meant as a way for us to experience God both spiritually and physically. The idea is that God knows we are a body/soul composite, and therefore has given us the Sacraments for the benefits of both of these parts of our being. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, for example, … Continue reading Catholic 101: Talking With Our Hands. The Sign Of The Cross In And Around The Catholic Mass
Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Down. Kneel. Up. Down. Up. Whew! Non-Catholics attending a Catholic Mass think a lot of things about the different postures Catholics take. Things like "Oh, up we go again." And "Why are we kneeling?" And "Is it wrong if I kneel with my butt still on the seat, especially if I'm … Continue reading Catholic 101: Make up your minds already! The sitting, standing, and kneeling of Mass
I, Lorelei, have been a part of leading worship at church since I was about 12 years old. I'm 30 now, so 18 years. There are few things I can say I've done that long! Walking, riding a bike, eating copious amounts of chocolate in various forms, maybe. But not much else. Now, being Catholic, … Continue reading Catholic 101: Leading Worship and Catholic Mass
For some, Mass is a beautifully rich time of spiritual reflection and growth. For others, Mass is confusing! Sit, stand, sit, stand, kneel stand. Lots of sayings and responses that are difficult to follow along with if you aren't Catholic. So, in light of a desire to shed some light on Mass, here are 5 … Continue reading Catholic 101: 5 Cool Facts about Catholic Mass