Radio Show ep. 2: Introductory Rites (1 of 3)

Posted by Jeffrey Pinyan at 9:18 AM

Recording Date:  September 15, 2010
Air Date:  October 24, 2010 (11 AM) / October 29, 2010 (2 PM)
Topic: Introductory Rites: Entrance Procession and Sign of the Cross

  • Introductory Rites
    • Episode 2: Entrance Procession, Sign of the Cross
    • Episode 3: Greeting, Penitential Act
    • Episode 4: Gloria, Collect
    • Purpose is to establish communion among the faithful and prepare them to listen properly to God's word and celebrate the Eucharist worthily
  • Entrance Procession
    • Approaching the altar
    • Reverencing the altar
    • Hymn or Introit
  • Sign of the Cross
    • The words
    • The gesture
    • "Amen"
  • Next episode on the Greeting and the Penitential Act
  • Contact me
    • Send questions to
      • Questions answered on the web site, not on the air
    • Consider buying the Praying the Mass series!

Invite Jeff to speak at your parish

Posted by Jeffrey Pinyan at 12:51 PM

In the next few months, I will be speaking at two parishes.  I have a two-hour speaking engagement (tentatively scheduled for early December) at St. Gregory the Great in Hamilton, NJ, and a five-hour speaking engagement (in early January) at the Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, TN.

If you are interested in having me come to your parish to speak about the new English translation, or about "praying" the Mass in general, please contact me at talks [at]  Let me know where your parish is located, what dates you have in mind, and how best to contact you (phone conversations being the most convenient).  I cannot guarantee that I can meet every request, and parishes outside a 100-mile radius from Trenton, NJ, are harder for me to commit to.

New Translation at Theology on Tap

Posted by Jeffrey Pinyan at 7:53 AM

This coming Tuesday, October 19, at 7:30 pm, I will be the presenter for the Trenton diocese's Theology on Tap.  I will be talking about the new English translation of the Mass at Kilarney's Publick House in Hamilton. (1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619)  If you're in the area, stop by!

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Radio Show ep. 1: Introduction

Posted by Jeffrey Pinyan at 11:34 PM

Recording Date:  September 15, 2010
Air Date:  October 17, 2010 (11 AM) / October 22, 2010 (2 PM)
Topic:  Introduction to the Series and to the Mass

  • Purpose of the series
    • To learn the language of the liturgy (signs and symbols, sights and smells, sounds and silences)
    • To explain the purpose of the rites and relate them to the Christian life
  • Three ways to look at the Mass
    • A re-presentation of the Paschal Mystery (from Palm Sunday to Ascension Thursday)
      • Where does Pentecost come in?
    • A grand exchange between God and man
      • For all you get from God at Mass, what are you giving to Him?
    • The divine liturgy, the work of God
      • What can you perceive the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit doing at Mass?
  • Five ways to prepare for Mass
    • Prayer — build a habit of daily prayer
    • Scripture — read the Bible regularly, especially those readings you'll hear at Mass
    • Fasting — develop a hunger and reverence for the Eucharist
    • Confession — receive Communion in the state of grace
    • Silence — quiet yourself before God to listen for His "still small voice"
  • Online resources
  • Next three episodes on the Introductory Rites
  • Contact me
    • Send questions to
      • Questions answered on the web site, not on the air
    • Consider buying the Praying the Mass series!