On Holy Ground
Foundational to our understanding of liturgy and our gathering is the awareness that when we gather ("whenever two or more are gathered in my name...") we are on holy ground. The place and the space is holy BECAUSE we are gathered to give praise and thanks to God. Holiness is a living, breathing truth. It is in the hearts and minds and souls and bodies of those who come together in God's presence. No life is discounted. Every person here is of inestimable value. This place in which we gather is holy because those who gather in it are holy.
Beginning with the parish school children at the end of last year, we will all be learning and singing the song that captures this truth—On Holy Ground.
Here is the song for your own prayer and reflection:
On Holy Ground
When I walked through the doors I sensed His presence;
And I knew this was a place where love abounds
For this is a temple, the God we love abides here;
Oh we are standing in His presence on holy ground.
We are standing on holy ground,
And I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now;
We are standing in His presence on holy ground.
In His presence there is joy beyond all measure
And at His feet, peace of mind can still be found.
If you have the need, I know He has the answer.
Reach out and claim it; you are standing on holy ground.
The Parts of the Mass
Catholics worship in a variety of ways. The term liturgy (leitourgia) comes to us from the Greek meaning “the work of the people. Today the word liturgy refers to all the official services, rites, ceremonies, prayers, and sacraments of the Church. Click here for more information about the Parts of the Mass.
Throughout this year, the homilies will touch on the manner in which we celebrate our community prayer in our church, our holy space. The homilies delivered at St. Josaphat Parish will be available here: Sunday Homilies