This project was inspired by a group who approached Bishop Donald Kettler to request more concrete catechesis on the Mass. Knowing the faithful are hungry to engage the faith, the initial proposal suggested a live “teaching” Mass with the Bishop. After some conversation and discernment, Bishop Kettler, along with the Diocesan Office of Worship, thought it would be more beneficial to create a video series that could be used around the Diocese in the RCIA process, religious education programs, bible study groups or small faith communities, and even after the celebration of Mass to form the faithful.

This series consists of 15 short videos (8 to 10 min. ea.) that carefully walk through the Mass to unpack the theological and historical gems contained in both the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

You may purchase a DVD of this entire series by contacting the Office of Worship (worship@gw.stcdio.org). You might also consider purchasing, “The Mystery of Faith” published by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (link).

Engaging the Mystery

Video Links

  1. Gathering Rite (video)
  2. Introductory Rites I (video)
    • Entrance Procession/Song
    • Veneration of the Altar
    • Sign of the Cross
  3. Introductory Rites II (video)
    • Penitential Act and Kyrie
    • Sprinkling Rite
  4. Introductory Rites III (video)
    • Glory to God
    • Collect
  5. Liturgy of the Word I (video)
    • Lectionary and the readings
    • Psalm
    • Homily
  6. Liturgy of the Word II (video)
    • Profession of Faith
    • Intercessions or Universal Prayer
    • RCIA: The Dismissal
  7. Liturgy of the Eucharist I (video)
    • Preparation of the Gifts and Altar
    • Prayers at the Preparation
    • Mixing of Water and Wine
    • Washing of Hands (Lavabo)
  8. Liturgy of the Eucharist II (video)
    • What is Eucharist?
    • The Great Thanksgiving
    • Preface
  9. Liturgy of the Eucharist III (video)
    • Holy, holy, Holy
    • Epiclesis
    • Institution Narrative
  10. Liturgy of the Eucharist IV (video)
    • Mystery of Faith and Anamnesis
    • Intercession during the Eucharistic Prayer
    • Doxology/Amen
  11. Communion Rite I (video)
    • Rite of Peace
    • Fraction and Lamb of God
    • Commingling
  12. Communion Rite II (video)
    • Invitation to Communion
    • Distribution of Communion
    • Music and Silence during the rite
    • Prayer After Communion
  13. Concluding Rites (video)
    • Blessing
    • Dismissal
    • Sending Forth
  14. Liturgical Tidbits I (video)
    • Liturgical Furnishings
    • Ritual Books
  15. Liturgical Tidbits II (video)
    • Liturgical Vessels
    • Vestments