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THE MASS 


THE MASS—THE SACRED BANQUET
We offer this  information on how to prepare for and participate in the
Mass to make it more effective and meaningful.
Preparing for Mass by Praying at Home
The joy of being Catholic is in the Eucharist. The Most Holy Eucharist, also called holy Mass, is the wellspring of Catholic life and its summit. The Catholic is, at every moment, caught up in one of three movements. Either one is on the way to church, giving witness to the kingdom by preparing for the Sacred Banquet; or one is in church, participating fully, consciously and actually in the Sacred Liturgy; or one is sent forth out of church into the world to bear witness to “that which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life” (1 John 1:1). The Church lives from Eucharist to Eucharist, amazed by the wonder of so great a gift and awaiting her “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), the return of Christ in glory.
The Eucharistic life begins on the way to church. Go to church with a heart made ready for the Mystery. Begin at home by reading the texts appointed for the day’s Mass: first reading, responsorial psalm, second reading, Gospel. The references for these texts are readily available in your missal. Let the Word of God resonate in your heart; read the texts aloud, slowly and with attention. Repeat the phrases that strike you. Let the Word itself become your prayer; send back to God the Word he has addressed to you. Then, for a few moments, remain in silence. Adore the God who has spoken to you. Ask Him to give you hunger for the “daily bread” (Luke 11:4) you will receive at Mass. Go to church with hunger and desire; you will not be sent away empty (cf. Luke 1:53). Faithful to his promise, God will fill you with good things (cf. Luke 1:53).
For more information, visit the Archdiocesan website and click on Office of Worship.