Mass to God the Father, Part 3

Mass to God the Father, Part 3

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Last week I mentioned that most of the prayers at Mass are addressed to God, the Father.  Perhaps, it would be good to go over some examples. The Collect of the Mass is the Prayer that immediately precedes the Readings.  It is often called the Openi ...

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Mass to God the Father, Part 2

Mass to God the Father, Part 2

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
We hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Labor Day! And, TWO four day weeks to begin school! (Those in Fauquier are rolling their eyes as school began a little earlier in Fauquier than Prince William.) Did you catch the phrase in last week’s c ...

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Mass to God the Father, Part 1

Mass to God the Father, Part 1

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to everyone who made it to the Potomac Nationals’ game!  It’s always good to hang out at a ballgame – especially when the home team wins on a walk off hit! As school is cranking up, we hope all of our youngsters – and parents! – w ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Summary

Why We Do What We Do, Summary

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Thank you to our families that braved the heat a week or so ago to ‘spruce’ up the flower beds around the church and the church sign!  I think you got a few souls out of purgatory being out in the heat! We wish all of our collegians safe travels ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 9

Why We Do What We Do, Part 9

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Back to Gestures Following the Agnus Dei/Lamb of God it is customary to kneel in preparation for Holy Communion.  You will notice that the priest – after he prays his prayer before Holy Communion – genuflects to Jesus in the Host.  He then raise ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 8

Why We Do What We Do, Part 8

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Gestures Following the Great Amen everyone stands to pray together to our Heavenly Father using the prayer that Jesus taught us.  It is fitting that very early on in Christianity the Church inserted the Our Father – the prayer that Jesus taught us ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 7

Why We Do What We Do, Part 7

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
THANK YOU to everyone who helped and participated in our parish picnic on July 17th!  From planning to set-up to service to games to clean-up . . . Thank You!  It was a great day for all ages.  A special thanks to our Parish Council – Deb Kromer, We ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 6

Why We Do What We Do, Part 6

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
As we begin the Eucharistic Prayer a new posture is seen, kneeling.  It is a humble posture before God.  The three wise men and shepherds would have knelt to see the Baby Jesus in the manger.  It has been said that a man ‘stands tall’ when he knee ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 5

Why We Do What We Do, Part 5

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Creed and Offertory Gestures continued . . . How often do we see someone stand when he/she wants to say something important?  The same can be said as we profess our Faith in the Nicene Creed.  This succinct summary of our Catholic Faith dates bac ...

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Why We Do What We Do, Part 4

Why We Do What We Do, Part 4

Posted by Reverend Thomas Vander Woude,
Many, many thanks to all who made our Vacation Bible School such a joyful success!  There were so many adults and teen volunteers (who gave hours each day) that the list would be too long to attempt.  In a special way we thank Mrs. Jennifer Carmichael ...

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