Our Liturgy

"The Eucharist is above all else a sacrifice' (Dominicae Cenae, 9). It is one and the same sacrifice as that of Calvary; each day the priest stands on Golgotha as he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (cf. John Paul II, Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, 1988, passim). This sacrifice of Calvary, which is permanent and definitive, the eternal source of man's Redemption, is perennially re-presented through the ministry of priests in a sacramental unbloody manner at the Mass. Thus Christ's definitive act of self-donation as Victim for our sins is made present to the faithful that they may offer themselves ever more perfectly in union with Christ the Mediator between God and man." -Rev. Augustine Mary Hedderman M.V.A.

Therefore, we can truly say with St. Thomas Aquinas, "The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross."

Taking this truth of our Catholic Faith to heart, St. Luke's celebrates the sacred mysteries often with both solemnity and great reverence.

Currently, the mass is celebrated according to the Book of Divine Worship and our liturgy is greatly enhanced by the superlative music program at St. Luke's, which includes many Music students from the University of Maryland.


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When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar.

-St. John Chrysostom

If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy.

-St. John Vianney