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Why Do Catholic Priests Kiss The Altar At The Beginning Of A Mass?

Why Do Catholic Priests Kiss The Altar At The Beginning Of A Mass?


Why Priests Kiss the Altar at the Beginning of a Mass.

The practice of reverencing the altar with a kiss is one of the most ancient liturgical traditions and can be dated back to the 4 th century with certainty. 

The Roman Catholic Mass begins with the procession. Each member genuflects at the altar, and the priest and deacon kiss the altar in an act of veneration.

The Altar of Sacrifice.

In Roman Catholicism, the altar is both the sacrificial table and the place where the paschal feast takes place. During the first centuries of Christianity, when the Eucharist was still illegal, Christian altars were constructed from wood and often resembled ordinary house tables. This practise continued until the Middle Ages when, in 517, the provincial council of Epeaune in France decreed that altars should be made of stone to signify “Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” of Catholicism. Venerated relics were conserved in cavities in the stone altars of newly built Basilicas, which were then placed directly above the tomb of a martyr to evoke those times during the persecutions of the church when martyrs’ tombs were utilized as places of Eucharistic celebration.

In Remembrance of Me.

The Eucharist is housed in the Tabernacle, which is present in the sanctuary. It is customary to genuflect in reverence to the Tabernacle when entering the sanctuary. According to Catholicism, Jesus Christ established the Holy Eucharist prior to his death on the cross by informing the twelve apostles to “do this in remembrance of me.” The Eucharist involves the Roman Catholic concept of Transubstantiation: the bread and wine take on the substance of Christ, maintaining their literal taste and appearance while becoming, in essence, his body and blood.

The Altar.

An act of veneration, the holy kiss, or kiss of peace, occurs three times during the Mass, the first of which is at the altar. Like the cross on Calvary, where the Bible says that Jesus Christ sacrificed his life and was crucified, the altar is considered a place of sacrifice. In kissing the altar, the priest symbolizes the bond between Christ and his church; acknowledges the sacrifices of those martyrs (relics) who gave their life for the furtherance of the faith; and, when performed with the deacon, is an extension of peace to the community. The final kiss is also given at the altar to venerate the table as a symbol of Christ, as well as being the place where the faithful offer their bodies as a “living sacrifice.”

The Living Word.

The next holy kiss seals and venerates the Word after the liturgy of the Word at the Ambo. The Ambo is a lectern where the deacon or priest carries the Gospel book. The Gospel is seen to have within it the power to transform the lives of the faithful. According to Catholicism, just as Christ became the living Word, so the faithful should seek to do the same.

Mass Of The Feast Of The Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary 

Mass Of The Feast Of The Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary 

​Saturday 8th September 2018

Weekday (22)

Vestment: White

Today’s Rosary: The Joyful Mystery
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Feast)

Today’s feast originated in Jerusalem towards the end of the fifth century. Mary was chosen in a special way to be the handmaid of the Lord and to play an important part in the history of salvation and in the mystery of our redemption. With the whole Church we honour Mary, the mother of Jesus.


Let us celebrate with joy the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for from her arose the sun of justice, Christ our God.

The Gloria in excels is (Glory to God in the highest) is said.

The Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation. Through our Lord…


The time when she who is in labour pains has brought forth.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Micah (Micah 5:2-5a).

Thus says the Lord: You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour pains has brought forth; then the rest of his brethren shall return to the sons of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And this shall be peace.
The word of the Lord.
Or the following:


Those whom God foreknew he also predestined.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (Romans 8:28-30).

Brethren: We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
The word of the Lord.


Psalm 13:5.6 (R.Isaiah 61:10a)

R. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.
As for me, I trust in your merciful love.

Let my heart rejoice in your salvation. R.
I will sing to the Lord

who has been bountiful with me. R.


Alleluia. Blessed are you, O holy Virgin Mary, and worthy of all praise, because from you arose the sun of justice, Christ our God. Alleluia.


That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 1:1-16.18-23)

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah  the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father  of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

*Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and  her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us).
The Gospel of the Lord.
Shorter form: Matthew 1:18-23. Read between*

Today’s Reflection.

The work of the Holy Spirit in human life emerges as an apparent scandal. Mary is betrothed to joseph but before they come to live together, she is found to be pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Her child will challenge the prevailing understanding of the law, eat with tax collectors and sinners, and make claims that sound blasphemous. However, this is not a scandal but the work of God. Joseph never gets to carry out his quiet divorce; instead he cooperates in the divine plan. He takes Mary into his home because he realizes after the dream that her condition is not a scandal but the work of God. He shelters her and names the child ‘Jesus’. The naming is important for the very presence of the child is a catalyst for clarifying his identity and mission. He is the presence of God that does not depart even when he is no longer physically present. Let us imitate the example of the cooperation of Mary and Joseph in the divine plan of salvation.
Today’s Prayer

Thank God for today’s feast.

Take the song, “Holy Ghost, do it again, do it again in my life.
Father grant me a glimpse of your glory in the name of Jesus.
Pray for the grace to be attentive to the voice of the spirit.
Pray for revival of the authentic gifts of vision and revelation among believers

A Prayer By St. Padre Pio.

Stay With Me 

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have you present so that I do not forget you, you know how easily I abandon you. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak, and I need you strength, that I may not fall so often, stay with me, Lord, for you are my life, and without you, I am without fervor. Stay with me, Lord, for you are my light, and without you, I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me your will. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love you very much, and always be in your company. Stay with me, Lord, if you wish me to be faithful to you. Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for you, a nest of love. Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need you. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need you, my Jesus, in this night of exile! Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers. I need you. Let me recognize you as your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart. Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to you, if not by communion, at least by grace and love. Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but the gift of your presence, oh yes, I ask this of you! Stay with me, Lord, for it is you alone I look for, your love, your Grace, your Will, your Heart, your Spirit, because I love you and ask no other reward but to lobe you more and more. With a firm love, I will love you with all my heart while on earth and continue to love you perfectly during all eternity. Amen.

A Prayer Intention The Devil Doesn’t Want You To Pray For. 

A Prayer Intention The Devil Doesn’t Want You To Pray For. 

This article was written by Steve Skojec and was originally published on April 4, 2018 on the blog OnePeterFive. We decided to share this inspiring article with our esteemed readers.

Yesterday, (April 2) I received a text message from a priest friend, stating his intention to observe what some researchers believe is the actual day and time of Our Lord’s death on the cross:

Today, at 3pm, is the day and time that Jesus died on the Cross according to all of the best research, though April 3 was a Friday 1,985 years ago. I’m preparing for a Holy Hour from 2-3 and Mass at 3 for Divine intervention regarding the Crisis in the Church which has been brought to a head by Pope Francis.

A couple of hours later, I received another message from the same priest:

Praise be Jesus Christ Risen From the Dead! Praised Be Him Who Has Died and Risen By Whom Death is Eternally Vanquished!

I know that you understand spiritual combat and so I share this with you. I informed you of my Holy Hour and Mass offered in union with Jesus’s Death on the Cross 1,985 years ago today. The Holy Hour was difficult, I prayed the Divine Office and offered the Holy Rosary before our Blessed Lord exposed on the altar in the monstrance for Adoration. When I offered the Holy Mass for divine intervention regarding the crisis in the Church which has been brought to a head in the pontificate of Pope Francis things got really tough. I was beset with interior doubts (about almost everything) and assailed in my body with pain and lethargy. Immediately prior to Mass, the image of the Blessed Virgin in the chapel fell forward and the glass covering it broke on one of the candles on the Gospel side of the altar.

Father passed along an image of the Immaculate Heart after her inexplicable fall:

The broken Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary

He also described other things that transpired:

At the beginning of the Holy Hour, the candle on the gradine on the Gospel side of the altar next to the Image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which broke on the candle on the Gospel side of the altar right after the holy hour and right before the start of Mass … went out, after it was clearly lighted and burning. I had to relight it during the holy hour after the ‘O Salutaris Hostia.’  I was so filled with lethargy during the Mass that twice I was leaning my body on the altar with my forearms completely on it and my chest against it to hold myself up. The pain in my back and shoulders began during the holy hour and increased during the Mass.


Also, I began to have a hard time breathing, the incense from the Holy Hour became a choking cloud… I was being filled with the desire to end the Mass without the consecration. God Blessed me and I persevered, and as I did my breathing cleared and I was able to say the words of the Mass as I have never been able to say them before, with more breath for the prayers so that I could say them without pausing. After the Mass I felt/feel very good in body, mind and spirit. All doubts gone, all pain gone, breathing restored to normal.

Father’s conclusion was inescapable:

Satan really didn’t want me to offer this Mass.

Father and I have traded some stories over the years of several of our encounters with the preternatural. The experience he described yesterday when offering a Mass and holy hour for the intention of seeking Divine intervention for the crisis in the Church — a crisis not started by, but brought to a head by Pope Francis — struck me immediately as characteristic of a spiritual attack. The kind of thing that happens when the devil would really like to dissuade us from doing something of some real spiritual benefit.

So of course, Father tells me he’s going to offer this intention more frequently, and I’m here to encourage you all to begin praying for it as well. If you’re willing, offer your rosaries, your Holy Communions, your little sacrifices throughout the day for this intention. If you are a priest and your calendar of Mass intentions isn’t booked up, please consider offering whatever Masses you can for this purpose.

And don’t be afraid if the devil tries to trip you up.

So often, people write to us and ask, “What can we do about the crisis in the Church?” It seems pretty clear to me that there’s precious little we can do, but a great deal God can do, only He asks us to ask Him.

I am reminded of the story of how the August Queen prayer came to us — allegedly having been given by Our Lady herself to a priest in the 19th century:

On January 13, 1864, a soul (Father Louis Cestac, who died in 1868) accustomed to the favors of the most Holy Virgin, was suddenly struck as if with a ray of divine clarity. He believed to have seen demons spread out over the earth, causing unbelievable ravage. At the same time, he had an elevation towards the Holy Virgin. This good mother would have told him that as a matter of fact, the time had come to pray to the Queen of the angels, and to ask Her to send the holy legions to combat and overthrow the powers of hell.

“My Mother,” said this soul, “you who are so good, could You not send them without our having to ask?”

“No,” replied the Holy Virgin. “Prayer is a condition set by God Himself in order to obtain graces.”

Well then! my mother,” replied the soul, “would you teach me Yourself how we must pray to You?” And he received from the most Holy Virgin the prayer: “August Queen”:

August Queen of the Heavens, heavenly sovereign of the Angels, Thou who from the beginning received from God the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech Thee to send Your holy Legions, so that under Thy command and through Thy power, they may pursue the demons and combat them everywhere, suppress their boldness, and drive them back into the abyss. Who is like God? O good and tender Mother, Thou will always be our love and hope! O Divine Mother, send Thy Holy Angels to defend me and to drive far away from me the cruel enemy. Holy Angels and Archangels, defend us, guard us. Amen.

This prayer is said at the conclusion of each day’s devotions in the Auxilium Christianorum, which I also urge you to prayerfully consider joining as we face this present darkness.

As Father said to me after his ordeal was over:

Things are critical at this moment, let us redouble our prayer to our Blessed Lord for Divine Intervention for His Holy Bride, Our Beloved Mother the Church.

‘Mass Is Boring’.

‘Mass Is Boring’.

There are so many comments I have heard about the Holy Mass from Catholics ranging from how conservative it is, to how it makes them sleep, to how they look forward to seeing certain Priests before they can attend mass. Well, I just feel very sorry for many.

I came by some words written by Matthew Kelly, the New York times best selling Author thus: ‘Anyone who says I’m bored actually insults God, but to say Mass is boring is a higher level of insult on God’. My quotation of his writing may not be exact but the sense is well captured. Analytically, no one can be bored because God has given us something to engage us always. If you haven’t discovered yours, then think harder!

My own concern is when people think that the Catholic worship must give you the kind of pleasure you get after a meal in an expensive eatery or after seeing Black Panther in a cinema or after shopping for the things you love from Shoprite or after mtn, glo, or airtel (Network service providers in Nigeria) give you awoof –(Excess) airtime. No! Little wonder, our new generation of Pastors invite Comedians into Church on Sundays to entertain the members. God, we are sorry!

The Holy Mass is strictly meant to facilitate an encounter with God. Your primary aim of worshipping in Church is to meet with God. You are not in Church to meet with a particular Priest who tells stories during his homily. You are not in Church to laugh at anything that is amusing during the sacred worship. You are not in Church to charge your phone as many people do since the generator will always be on. You are not in Church to look for beautiful girls or fine boys who can serve as life partners. You are not in Church to occupy space by just sitting down without being part of the worship.

As the document of the Church Fathers, Sacrosactum Concilium teaches ‘our participation at the liturgy of the Church must be full, conscious, active and fruitful’. When you are at Mass, you must sing when they sing, dance when you are meant to dance, stand when it is required, kneel when it is called for, pray when you are meant to, recite where recitation is needed. An attempt at this can make the mass a huge blessing to anyone who participates. If you participate fully, consciously, actively and still feel bored then you may have to see your Doctor for a special diagnosis. And please, stop calling the Mass a service. A service is worship led by a lay minister like a Seminarian, Catechist, Lay leader etc but the Mass is the worship celebrated only by a validly ordained Priest. Let us not confuse them. Worship can never be boring. It is always a source of goodness from God. Discover it and you will be blessed.



Catholic Diocese Of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.  

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