Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

Farewell, Thanks, and Blessings!

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 1/16/23

Dear Friends in Christ,

No words can fully express the many different emotions that I feel this weekend as I come to the end of my ministry here at our wonderful parish. I will forever be grateful to God for bringing me here in 2011.  Likewise, I will forever ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 1/16/23

While each baptized person is given the three offices of Christ (Priest, Prophet, and King), there exists a hierarchical structure in the Church which was established by Christ. In this hierarchical structure exists deacons, priests, and bishops. The ministerial order is prefigured in the Old Covenant when the Lord ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 1/16/23

Known as the primordial sacrament, that is, the sacrament which existed from the beginning, the Sacrament of Matrimony is one of the two sacraments at the service of communion. This sacrament is at the service of communion because the spouse’s partnership and matrimonial covenant is “ordered to the good ... Read More »

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 1/16/23

“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 12/09/22

The Catechism teaches that “Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion within the Church” (1440). For those who have been baptized and therefore forgiven of original sin and any actual sin, there remains ... Read More »

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/29/22

The final sacrament of initiation is the Most Holy Eucharist where Christ is wholly present—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity— under the appearances of bread and wine. The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, “The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/29/22

First, we need to remember that to receive any sacrament, one must have been validly baptized because “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life ... the door which gives access to the other sacraments.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1213) So, having looked at baptism ... Read More »


Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/29/22

More on Sacramental Theology

When celebrating a sacrament, provided that the correct form, matter, and minster are present, the sacrament is performed ex opere operato, a Latin phrase meaning, “by the work worked.” Essentially it means that God confers the graces of the sacrament when the sign is validly ... Read More »

Sacraments and Sacramental Theology

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/29/22

We hear a lot about the sacraments and we can probably name them without too much effort or thinking. But, how much do we really know about these sacred rituals of the Church? Over the next few weeks, we will look at some of the basics of the sacraments ... Read More »

Feast of the Lateran Basilica

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/03/22

On November 9 each year, the universal Church celebrates the Feast of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This basilica, not Saint Peter’s Basilica, is actually the cathedral of the Pope. As in all cathedrals, the chair of the bishop or cathedra resides in it. It is ... Read More »


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