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Father Bryan P. Babick

Thanks be to God

Before leaving the sacred gathering, all present say, “Thanks be to God!” In this way the Mass ends very much where it begins, with thanks. St. Paul urges the Ephesians to sing God’s praises to one another. When we first gather for Mass, then, we sing about all of God’s praiseworthy attributes — His creation, […]

Column: The dismissal: go and glorify

The very last thing we hear at Mass is by no means the least important. Before the assembly leaves they are given an invitation to “Go in peace.” This is called the dismissal and in fact the very origin of that word, “dismissal,” comes from the Catholic worship service we call “Mass.” For centuries the […]

Prayer after Communion

After the distribution of Holy Communion and a suitable time for quiet prayer and reflection, all stand at the priest’s invitation to “Let us pray.” This prayer is called the “Prayer after Communion” and its function is to formally conclude the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It is lamentable that many people leave just after having […]

Only say the word

One of the most curious revisions made in the new translation of the Roman Missal is to the prayer we say in response to the priest’s declaration to, “Behold the Lamb of God.” We reply, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul […]

Blessed are those who are called

The words used by the priest while showing the assembly the Body and Blood of Christ reflect a theme already seen earlier in the celebration of the Mass. He says, “Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb.” When consecrating the wine into the Blood of Christ, the priest repeats the words of […]

Column: Behold the Lamb

Just before the assembly comes forward to receive Holy Communion, a very bold  statement is made about whom we are receiving and under what form. The priest elevates the Host and chalice and declares, “Behold the Lamb of God! Behold Him who takes away the sins of the world! Blessed are those called to the […]

Column: The gift of Jesus’ peace

Now that the Easter season has begun, it is particularly appropriate to reflect on the prayers after the Our Father in the Mass. The first of these has traditionally been called the “Libera nos,” for its first words in the Latin translation, more commonly known to us as, “Deliver us Lord, we pray, from every […]

Column: We dare to say

A particularly important change to the words used in the new translation of the Mass comes just before the Our Father. The priest says, “At the Savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say.” It seems strange that we would “dare” to say the Our Father. It was the custom of our […]

Poured out for you

Some of the changes in the new translation of the Mass seem like no change at all. For  instance, whereas we once used the word, shed, we now say that Jesus’ blood will be “poured out for you.” One simple reason this change is significant lies in the distinction it makes between an ordinary shedding […]

The Mystery of Faith

After the transformation of the wine into the Blood of Jesus, the priest then says, “The Mystery of Faith.” This phrase comes from St. Paul’s exhortation to the Bishop Timothy (1 Tm 3:9). The context of this phrase is that prayers and supplications be offered for everyone since Jesus gave Himself as a ransom from […]

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