Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

Mass Settings

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 10/26/21

Mass Settings Although not received recently, one question I have been asked in the past is, “Why do we change the Mass Setting every couple of months?” To answer this, let me first explain what the Mass Setting is. In the Mass, there are essentially two sets of prayers: ... Read More »

Ministries: Where Might You Be Called to Serve

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/22/21

More on Mass Ministries Where Might You Be Called to Serve?


Ushers and Greeters: Four years ago, you may remember hearing about the beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey. A simplex priest in the religious order of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Fr. Casey resided in Detroit at ... Read More »

Ministries in Our Parish

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/22/21


A quick reminder as I begin this bulletin article that I am happy to answer questions regarding liturgical or musical items. Perhaps one of your questions was answered in Father’s letter this week on “ascending solemnity.” Please feel free to send questions via email to [email protected] As Bishop ... Read More »

Liturgy: The Work of the People

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/22/21

Liturgy: The Work of the People


Lumen gentium (Light of the Nations), known by its English title as the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church was promulgated on November 21, 1964. This important constitution laid the foundation for many of the documents that followed in Vatican II. Lumen gentium explained:

• the Church’s nature and historical existence (chapters I and ... Read More »

Ephphatha! Be opened!

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/02/21

The Ephphatha Rite in Baptism

  In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks the word “Ephphatha” to the deaf and mute man. Hearing this word is particularly striking as it is one of the few words or phrases in the New Testament where the writer chose to retain the original Aramaic ... Read More »

Eucharistic Adoration

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/25/21

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption.Who live and reign with God the Father ... Read More »

Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/25/21

Ecclesia de Eucharistia On the Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church


On Holy Thursday 2003, Saint John Paul II wrote Ecclesia de Eucharistia, a letter to all the faithful of the world. Its short six chapters explore and explain the essential nature of the Eucharist to the ... Read More »

The Liturgical Calendar: Feast Days and Their Rank

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/13/21

On the first week of the Bread of Life Discourse, I noted that we would not celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time because the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary supersedes it in liturgical rank. How is this determined? We delved a bit into the ... Read More »

Sacramentum Caritatis & the Epiclesis

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/13/21

For about a year now, in addition to ringing the Sanctus bells at the elevations of the Host and Chalice, the servers have been ringing the bells at another moment during the Eucharistic Prayer. This occurs when the priest stretches his hands over the gifts of bread and wine. Some may ... Read More »

Sacramentum Caritatis

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/04/21

Sacramentum CaritatisThe Sacrament of Charity (Love) In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI wrote Sacramentum Caritatis (The Sacrament of Charity): On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission. It is an amazing apostolic exhortation to the entire Church focused upon the Eucharist and how that Sacrament gives life ... Read More »


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