Fr. Michael's Liturgy Q&A
This question-and-answer column has appeared in The Visitor, the newspaper of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, since January, 2009. While I no longer teach courses in liturgy, this column invites me to share my reflections with a classroom as wide as the readership of this newspaper. I am grateful for this opportunity to write about what I have learned as a teacher and student of the liturgical "craft."
Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB
Q. Last year St. Joseph was added to some of the Eucharistic prayers of the Mass. Can you please explain why?
Q. I prepare the Sunday and holy day prayers of the faithful for my parish Masses. I use several published resources for this, including your own “Collegeville Prayer of the Faithful” for years A, B and C, but I would like to know more about the history and theology of these prayers. Thank you.
Q. Recently I heard a homilist describe the Scripture readings at Sunday Mass as “inspired,” whether they be from the Old Testament historical accounts, the prophets, Israelite poetry or the New Testament writings. Can you please explain more about this?
Q. Your November column on Advent got me thinking of how important my family’s Nativity scene is to me, and also the one used in my parish church for decades. I think they help us remember what is at the heart of Christmas. Do you agree?
Q. Every year when Advent comes around, I don’t seem to feel ready for it. Am I alone in feeling this way?
Q. The Order of Christian Funerals offers wide-ranging guides for texts, prayers, Eucharist planning. The time after death — as the church presents it in the Order of Christian Funerals — is a sacred procession from deathbed to the grave, a time of farewell and grief, a time of fervent prayer and strong hope in the loving-kindness of God.