The meaning of the Holy Mass
Fr Serafino Lanzatta tells us about a new series of podcasts available on Radio Immaculata…
In a series of catechesis featured by Radio Immaculata, Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta explains the meaning of the Holy Mass as the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross made for our Redemption. From this Sacrifice – ‘sacrum facere’, to make something sacred, set apart for God – we can understand also the notion of “Banquet” and derive the correct meaning of “Holy Communion”. The talks lead the listener to meditate upon the spirituality of the Holy Mass as the re-presentation of Jesus Passion and Death. The Holy Mass begins precisely when Jesus leaves the upper room, where He instituted the Holy Eucharist, and goes fourth towards his Passion, starting with the agony in the Garden. Now the mystery signified in the Holy Eucharist begins to be celebrated as Jesus suffers and it is consummated as Jesus dies for us. His Body is given up and His Blood poured out for us. It is a perennial offering because this infinite Sacrifice of love is a living one: Jesus is risen and dies no more. With his Ascension into heaven the redemptive oblation is brought up into heaven so as to become eternal. Our Mass is therefore the identical sacrifice of Golgotha made present at every liturgical celebration: our time shares in the eternity of Christ and of his salvific action. Our Lady had a special role in the offering of Calvary. Her maternal cooperation is inscribed in the same memorial of our salvation. All these talks are available as podcasts here. More shows are available on Radio Immaculata, a web-radio apostolate by the Marian Franciscans of Gosport.
Radio Immaculata’s programming schedule is structured around the rosary.
A small community of Marian Franciscans in Gosport, Hampshire, is setting up an internet radio station. With the tagline “Bringing forth Christ through Mary”, Radio Immaculata launched last week on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The radio station, which is non-profit and non-commercial, will broadcast a mixture of live programmes and audio on-demand, from music to talk shows, from interviews and stories to meditations and prayers. The station is at radioimmaculata.org.
The programming schedule is structured around the holy rosary, which will be prayed on air four times a day. There will also be narrations of the lives of the saints, round table discussions on faith and culture, catechetical programmes and live talk shows, so listeners can call in and speak with the friars live on air.
As well as the scheduled programmes, the station has an archive including recordings of renowned Catholic speakers such as Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Fr Hugh Thwaites. “We are very keen on using the mass media for evangelisation,” said Fr Serafino Lanzetta, the superior of the community, which is currently nine-strong. Three or four friars “with technical knowledge” are running the project, with three priests helping with the programmes. “It will take a lot of time,” said Fr Lanzetta. “It is very demanding.”
The Marian Franciscans have been in Gosport for about two years. “Bishop Egan invited us to the parish and encouraged us, and is supporting us in this project,” Fr Lanzetta said. The Marian Franciscans – more formally the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate – were founded in 1970, and were established as an Institute of Religious Life with Pontifical Right by Pope John Paul II in 1998.