Monday, June 3, 2013

Treasures of Our Faith

The San Fernando Pastoral Region presents a new series of articles titled "Treasures of our Faith." The series is authored by Ryan Adams, one of the region's diaconate candidates and a member of the region's media team.

Adams' eighth article explains the Gospel Acclamation.

By Ryan Adams

As the Gospel Acclamation begins, we all stand as a sign of reverence. The posture of standing highlights the fact that the Gospel reading enjoys a preeminent place among the scripture readings. (GIRM) The Gospel Acclamation serves as ours, the community's, greeting to the Lord as an expression of our faith through song.

During the Gospel Acclamation, the deacon or priest carries the book of Gospels from the altar to the ambo in procession. He may be accompanied by altar servers with candles and a thurifer if incense is being used. When incense is used, traditionally the book of Gospels is incensed before the Gospel is proclaimed, again to show the importance of what we are experiencing and receiving through the proclaiming of the Gospel reading.

The Gospel procession is also an important ritual action in the liturgy of the word as it gives us, the community an opportunity to stand and welcome the presence of Jesus among us in the Gospel.

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