The Liturgical Worship of God
The Mass is the highest form of worship that we can offer God, but it is not the only form of liturgy, or "public work of worship", that we offer God. Read about the different types of liturgical prayer below that we encourage here at St. Laurence.
- Mass Times
- Confession Times
- Baptism Classes for your newborn
- Marriages and Weddings at St. Laurence
- First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
What is Liturgical Worship?
The liturgy is also a participation in Christ's own prayer addressed to the Father in the Holy Spirit. In the liturgy, all Christian prayer finds its source and goal. Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in "the great love with which [the Father] loved us" in his beloved Son. It is the same "marvelous work of God" that is lived and internalized by all prayer, "at all times in the Spirit. -Catechism of the Catholic Church 1073
The Liturgical Year
The Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church begins with Advent and proceeds through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the prayers, the colors, Scripture readings, the "smells and the bells" of the Liturgical Calendar, we as a people are immersed more deeply into the Mystery of Christ and the drama of eternal salvation.
The Divine Office or Liturgy of the HoursThis is an ancient prayer of the Church that calls us to prayer at various times of the day. The Hours are a formal and important part of our Catholic practice, to which all priests and religious are bound to keep and all the faithful are encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in communion with the Universal Church.
The Readings of Scripture
The Readings for the Mass are available for you to prepare ahead of time for the Readings at Mass on Sunday, or to keep up with Daily Mass. St. Jerome, the greatest biblical scholar/translator in Church history, said that "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." What better way is there for us to come to know Christ than through the Sacred Word given to us in the midst of the Mass?
Saint of the Day
The Spirit is always moving through men and women throughout history. The lives of the saints that have gone before us, show us the path to Jesus Christ and reveal the power and reality of his love. Within the Liturgical Calendar we celebrate the witness of these great men and women and apply their life-lessons to our own journey into Christ.