Every Thursday at Magnificat Media

Learning About the Roman Liturgy

Join Louis Tofari every Thursday at Magnificat Radio online for an LARL broadcast about the traditions, history and rubrics of the traditional Roman Liturgy.

The show is aired at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 6:30pm and 10:00pm (CST-USA).

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What is the importance of the sacred liturgy in the lives of Catholics?

Why should we expand our knowledge about the Church's ceremonies?

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Liturgical Objects Series

Learn about the history of the altar bell, its proper construction, and method of ringing. This show includes some info about a special practice during the traditional Solemn Papal Mass.

Learn about the tabernacle, the sacred vessel used for reserving the Blessed Sacrament, its historical development, form, and location. Also discussed is its veil and key.

This show discusses the ciborium and pyx, sacred vessels used for reserving the Blessed Sacrament. Learn about the origin of their names, history and current form.

What is a monstrance and why is it unique to the Latin Rite? Learn about the history, form, and various rules for this sacred vessel and its related objects, the luna and custodial.

Louis Tofari interviews Joseph Mitchell of Mitchell's Plating, which uniquely offers onsite restoration services of liturgical metal ware. Includes an explanation on how sacred vessels are refinished.

This show explains the significance, history and type of the torches used at sung Masses and Benediction. Also discussed are the Sanctus Candle and Standard Candles.

An explanation about the objects used to safeguard the Blessed Sacrament during Its distribution to the laity at Holy Communion.

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A discussion about the sanctuary lamp used to signify the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle and the various rules that apply to it.

What is the history behind the processional cross? What does it signify? Learn the answers to these questions and much more!

Why do the acolytes carry candles in procession at sung Masses? What is the history and symbolism of these processional candles? Discover these facts and much more in this show!

You see these vessels that hold the wine and water being offered by the acolytes to the priest at every Mass --- but what do you know about them? How should they be made?

An interesting interview with Stephen Van O'Meara, goldsmith, silversmith, artisan and owner of O'Meara Sterling, who actually makes liturgical objects! [NB: apologies for the quality of the recording; the interview occurred during a storm that interfered with the Internet connection.]

Learn about the common origin of the liturgical candles used on the altar and carried by the acolytes in procession, and the torches used at sung Masses.

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Church and Altar

What is the purpose and significance of the church building?

What is the significance of the altar? Why must we have an altar to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? How should an altar be ideally constructed?

Why do we vest the altar with costly linen and fabrics?

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This show discusses the appointments (or items) that go on the altar, such as the crucifix, candlesticks, reliquaries and more.

What is the linen pall and how is it used? Learn the historical development of the pall from the altar cloth.

This show briefly examines how the altar would be decorated on various occasions, such as feasts, penitential days, Requiems, etc.

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When should you stand or kneel at Mass? A discussion about participation at Mass with Mike and Lisa Austin during Your Morning Tradition show of August 12, 2015.

This first segment about the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar covers the historical development and order of the orations used.

This second segment about the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar covers the spiritual significance of the use of Psalm 42 (Judica me), the antiphon Introibo ad altare Dei, the Confiteor and other orations said.

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Discover the profound significance of why the celebrant kisses the altar several times during Mass.

What is the biretta and how should it be worn by the clergy? A discussion with Mike and Lisa Austin during Your Morning Tradition show of August 6, 2015.

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Liturgical Rites

In this show, we examine the universal elements of the liturgical rites of the West and the East, as well as their distinct differences.

What is a liturgical book? What are the names and contents of the various liturgical books of the Roman Rite?

Have you ever wondered what are the various colors worn by the sacred ministers during the liturgical actions and what these shades signify?

This show discusses the historical development of the Roman Mass throughout the centuries, particularly of changes that were made closer to our own time.

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Learn about the various liturgical rites that exist in the Latin Church.

What are the names of the Eastern Rite Liturgies, their number and origin? And what sacred languages do they employ?

Why is the Latin language used in the Roman Rite? When was Latin first used in the Roman Liturgy? What two ancient types of Latin are found in texts of the Missale Romanum?

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Louis Tofari talks about a cherished album that he listens to every Christmas. It’s a “live” recording of the Midnight Mass at St. Catherine’s Church in Bethlehem made in 1967.

Louis Tofari gives some ideas on how to Catholicize Thanksgiving Day and rants a bit about observing the season of Advent as Advent, and not Christmas (as per the secular world).

The Pre-Lent Season serves as a transition from Christmas to Lent and consists of 17 days and the Sundays of Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima.

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with the rite of blessing and distribution of ashes. Discover the history and symbolism of using ashes for penitential reasons, as well as the ceremonial rite, prayers and chants of Feria IV Cinerum. You can also listen to this show via YouTube.

Learn about the special penitential reverences that occur during some Masses of Lent, such as the Flectamus genua, kneeling for Collects, kneeling during Tract, Adjuva nos and the Oratio super populum, as well as the Prostration of Good Friday.

This show examines the significance of the Paschal chant, the Vidi Aquam, which replaces the usual Asperges for the Sunday rite of sprinkling holy water before Mass.

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This show discusses the relaxation of the penitential spirit to mark the half-way point of the Lenten Season, the use of Roman rose-colored vestments to signify subdued joy, and the ancient custom of the papal Golden Rose.

One of the most beloved Lenten customs of Roman Catholics is the veiling of the statues and cross in churches. Discover the history of the crux gemmata and the significance of Passion Sunday.

A brief explanation of the ceremonies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. Includes many chant extracts from the rites of the Sacred Triduum.

Louis Tofari speaks about another custom of his: listening to a recording of the Easter Sunday Mass sung by the Flavigny Benedictines and explains the significance of the beautiful Paschal chants.
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In this show we explore the meaning of word "Pentecost", the significance of the presence of Jews in Jerusalem from around the Roman world, as well as the meaning of the prayers, chants and special rubric that takes place during the Major Alleluia.

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