Pop-Up Catechesis: A Walk Through the Mass—The Entrance Procession

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

Today we begin a Pop-Up Catechesis series: A Walk Through the Mass. In this episode, we explore the Entrance Procession.

If you’ve ever attended a parade, you know that it is intended to be a spectacle—something to be seen. The parade participants are certainly not heading to a specific destination; they are just walking by in order to be seen and cheered. Parades have their roots in military victories. When a victorious army would return home, the soldiers would march through the streets to be cheered on by those for whom the army fought and won.

The Entrance Procession of the Mass is a holy parade. In most cases, it would be much closer for the priest and servers to enter the sanctuary from the sacristy. Instead, they walk from the back of the church to the sanctuary in order to be seen. And what is there to see? A victory parade! In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the significance of the Entrance Procession of the Mass as our “victory parade.”

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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