Hanc Igitur

We are not orphans, by the mediation of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. In offering ourselves to God in service, as Christ has commanded, we show our love for God, as son or daughter. The Holy Spirit guides and guards us in this endeavor, if we cooperate with the grace that we are given.


The next section of the Roman Canon is the Communicantes which begins by reminding us that we are never alone at Holy Mass. The meeting of Heaven and Earth in the Sacred Liturgy is real, not metaphorical. This is true whether or not we realize it. The saints and the angels are in Heaven worshiping God, in His perfection. Here on Earth, we experience this Heavenly mystery through signs and symbols, as a foretaste. These outward signs and symbols show us the hidden reality.

Commemoratio Pro Vivis

“Remember, Lord, your servants N. and N. and all gathered here, whose faith and devotion are known to you. For them, we offer you this sacrifice of praise or they offer it for themselves and all who are dear to them: for the redemption of their souls, in hope of health and well-being, and paying their homage to you, the eternal God, living and true.”

Te Igitur

In the simple beginning of the Roman Canon, we see the profound truth of the Mass. The Mass is not what we are doing for God. It is what God is doing for His own glory and our good. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is essentially the prayer of Jesus Christ to the Father in the Spirit in which we take part.

Preface and Sanctus

“When we go to Mass, the congregation is never small, even if it is nonexistent in terms of human attendance. The angels are there, as is evident even in the words of the Mass: ‘And so with all the choirs of angels we sing: Holy, holy, holy…’ The Mass itself cries out for us to be aware of our angels (Hahn, Signs of Life).”

Images Part 1: Icons and Statues in the Catholic Worldview

God as He is, is pure spirit. But He makes His plan of loving goodness all the more wonderful in creating all things, visible and invisible. He uses these sensible things to communicate His love and grace to us in ways that we will see, touch, taste, smell, and hear.

Essential Parts of the Eucharistic Prayer

The Roman Canon is replete with examples of intercessory prayer in which we ask for God’s grace and blessing on everyone, living or dead. This is precisely because the Roman Canon is the prayer of Jesus Christ, Who is the great Mediator. As we continue to walk through the Canon, line by line, this will become clearer.