The Holy Medal of St. Benedict: “What does it all mean, and why should I wear one?” On the face of the medal is the image of Saint Benedict. In his right hand he holds the cross, the Christian’s symbol of salvation. The cross reminds us of the zealous work of evangelizing and civilizing England…

In honor of our two newest priests in the Diocese of Raleigh, Fr. James Magee and Fr. Edisson Urrego, let us offering the following prayer, by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:   LORD JESUS CHRIST, eternal High Priest, You offered Yourself to the Father, on the altar of the Cross, and through the outpouring of the…

An Uncommon, Extraordinary “Sanctus” Lent at St. Mark, like in many parishes, is a season of greater liturgical simplicity. The decor of the church is subdued, largely devoid of any color but purple. The greenery behind the altar and crucifix has been replaced by bare branches, and there are no flowers in the church. Music during Lent often consists…

[ NOTE: In April of 2016, Deacon Greg Kandra posted the following on his blog: “The Deacon’s Bench.” Recent events have brought it to my attention again — I thought it was imperative that I bring it to yours.] The conversation threw me for a loop. A religious ed teacher told me about a talk he…

Everyone knows this by now – your parish Music Director is positively OBSESSED with the Mass Propers, those seemingly insignificant little snippets of scripture and their associated chants which define the “processional” moments of the liturgy – the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion antiphons and their associated verses. The antiphons are given in our Lumen Christi…

Before I became Catholic, I had only a vague awareness of the different apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary which have been approved for devotion by the Church. In each place that Our Lady appeared, her message was entrusted to the poor and lowly, not to the strong and important and powerful. And there were…

I find nuclear energy fascinating. A large, complex physical plant (like the Duke Energy facility outside Southport) covers many acres, requires thousands of people plus a myriad of rules, regulations, and protocols. Everyone must do exactly what they’re trained to do, at just the right time and in the correct manner, to guarantee the safe and efficient production of…

Then the Lord said [to Elijah]: “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by.” There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but…

ALLELUIA! During my days as a Lutheran pastor, I became very attached to a certain piece of music that was played and sung at every communion service in the Lutheran liturgy. The piece of music is also known as the hymn, “This Is the Feast” which we’ve sung here at St. Mark several times in the…

This Tuesday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm, Fr. Pat and Fr. Michael and all the clergy of the Diocese of Raleigh will gather with our Diocesan Bishop the Most Reverend Michael Burbidge, to celebrate The Chrism Mass. At this beautiful Holy Week liturgy, the Bishop blesses all the holy oils used for various sacraments throughout the year: the Oil of the Sick;…