FATHER’S TEACHING CORNER: After the sermon, the celebrant gives the salutation followed by the Offertory verse. These are similar in content and form to the Introit, and like other variable chants of the Mass, are drawn primarily from the Psalms and are chosen to reflect the theme of the Church season. Where there is a choir, they sing the anthem during the time of preparation of the Altar. In our usage a hymn is usually sung here while the offering is being taken. Archbishop Cranmer eliminated these Offertories from the 1549 Book and substituted a set of Scriptural verses designed to stimulate generosity to the poor and needy. He directed them to be sung or said before and during the time when the people should offer “unto the poor man’s box every one according to his ability and charitable mind”. Of the twenty sentences that Cranmer provided in 1549, nine survive in the American Book (2 – 10). The 1892 Book added the first and the last three, and the 1928 Book added numbers 11 through 13.
INSTRUCTIONS IN CHURCH TEACHING: There are seven Capital Sins: Pride, Anger, Covetousness, Lust, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony. They have seven opposite Godly Virtues: Humility, Forgiveness, Generosity, Purity, Love, Diligence, and temperance. There are a number of ways of sharing in the sins of others, and the most common are: by evil counsel, by provocation, by concealment, by command, by silence, by flattery, by defence, by praise, and by consent. We fall into sin gradually in seven stages: 1. Suggestion, 2. Pleasure, 3. Consent, 4. Act, 5. Habit, 6. Slavery, and 7. Spiritual blindness. When we do this, we have fallen prey to the world, the flesh, and the devil.
INSTRUCTIONS IN CHURCH TEACHING: We should always approach receiving Holy Communion reverently. We should never receive Communion without previous preparation. If you are in doubt about how often to receive Holy Communion, you should consult with your Priest. Always make your Communion fasting if you are physically able. This is done in order to (1) honour our Lord; (2) increase devotion; (3) discipline the body; (4) and obey the custom and command of the Church. When preparing for Communion, remember the presence of God and ask guidance from God. In examining your conscience, seek to know your sins, see if they were done willingly, knowingly, and deliberately, and be sure you are really sorry and wish to do right. Confess your sins to God, in the Sacrament of Penance before God’s Priest, and cheerfully do your penance as the means of showing your repentance and making amendment. Love and long for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and never fail to adore Our Lord Present in the Holy Mysteries.
TODAY IS PASSION SUNDAY and begins that two week period known as Passiontide, extending from today through Holy Saturday. It is customary for all crucifixes, pictures, and images in the church to be veiled in purple, the altar cross only being unveiled on Good Friday. The Gloria Patri is omitted from the Psalms, the Introit, and the Venite, and the Psalm is not said in the Preparation at the Altar.