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5. Meaning of the Mass - The Ambry

5. Meaning of the Mass - The Ambry

December 31, 2018

2018-12-30.  The Ambry is a compartment in the sanctuary that contains the 3 sacred oils.  These oils are used in a variety of sacraments.  The ambry is a visible reminder of the connection we have with those we love who are not at Mass because we are connected through the sacraments we both received that made us part of God's family - the Body of Christ.  

4. Meaning of the Mass - The Ambo

4. Meaning of the Mass - The Ambo

December 31, 2018

2018-12-23.  The ambo is the structure in the sanctuary from which the Biblical readings are proclaimed.  Like the altar, it is also a table.  Whereas the altar feeds us the Bread of Life, the ambo feeds us the word of life.  We need both.  Before the Gospel is proclaimed, we make a triple sign of the cross on our foreheads, lips, and hearts.  The prayer we can pray at that time is "May the word of the Lord be on my mind, on my lips, and in my heart."

3. Meaning of the Mass - The Altar

3. Meaning of the Mass - The Altar

December 31, 2018

2018-12-16.  The Altar is (1) a symbol of Christ, (2) a table for a meal, and (3) an altar for sacrifice.  We bow and the priest kisses the altar because it's a symbol of Christ.  It's a table just like Jesus had at the Last Supper when He instituted the Eucharist.  It's an altar for sacrifice where we place our whole selves to offer to God in union with Jesus' sacrifice to the Father.  

2. Meaning of the Mass - The Sanctuary

2. Meaning of the Mass - The Sanctuary

December 31, 2018

2018-12-9.  The Sanctuary is the place that is (1) set apart, (2) holy, and (3) where God dwells.  This floorplan of our church tells the story of the Christian faith and of our lives since we start with separation but then move into union. 

1. Meaning of the Mass - Why are we even here?

1. Meaning of the Mass - Why are we even here?

December 31, 2018

There are a lot of reasons we come to Mass, but God has a reason why we're here too.  2018-12-2

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