A Blog by Rev. Dan Herron



According to the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, the word AMEN means, “to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion).”


When I was in seminary, we were taught AMEN means, “This I Do Believe.”  Yes, it is similar to the dictionary’s definition but to AMEN becomes more personal when it is used with the first person pronoun “I”.


You might be thinking, “So, it’s still just a word?” 


The word AMEN is stated several times during the Catholic and Episcopal cerebration of the Holy Eucharist. 


Again, “So?”


Well, according to Canon Law in both churches a priest is not permitted to celebrate Mass without at least one other person present and if that person says nothing (and yes this is “splitting hairs”) the Mass is not valid.




That’s right.  The person or people witnessing what the priest is doing has a small but very important part to play in the celebration of mass.  They must say AMEN at precisely the right time.


“I never knew that. So what is the right time?”


It comes toward the end of the Consecration of the Bread and Wine.  The priest will say: “Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and

glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and for ever.”  And we say: “AMEN.”   And this AMEN should be the loudest in the entire cerebration.  The people in the houses in the neighborhood should hear us.  For if we do believe what is happening every Sunday at our Altars throughout the world, people should know about it.

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