First, Catholics –
modestly dressed (see
here) & fasting (see
should arrive at church early in order to pray before Mass (try
here for some prayers). The Catechism of the Cure of Ars recommends a period
of preparation of at least 15 minutes...
always to devote at least a quarter of an hour to preparing ourselves to hear
Mass well; we ought to annihilate ourselves before God, after the example of His
profound annihilation in the Sacrament of the Eucharist; and we should make our
examination of conscience, for we must be in a state of grace to be able to
assist properly at Mass. If we knew the value of the holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
or rather if we had faith, we should be much more zealous to assist at it."
maintain humility and modesty, and should observe proper rituals &
practices such as blessing one's self and genuflecting (try
They should be
reverent and observe proper behavior in the church before, during and after Mass
They should put
themselves in the same frame of mind as the Blessed Virgin Mary had at the
crucifixion of her beloved Son...
"When you hear
Mass, do you come in the same frame of mind as the Blessed Virgin at Calvary?
Because it is the same God, and the same Sacrifice." (St. John Vianney)
spiritually offer up Mass for God's glory and for their personal intentions.
Remember that there is nothing more precious than can be offered to God than His
It may be useful to
review the day's readings in advance if there is time (or perhaps this can be
done on the way to Mass)
for Holy Communion, please try
here. Note that if one is not in the state of grace, he/she might inquire
whether it is possible to have Confession heard before Mass.
know? It is still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the
Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from
the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a
Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try
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assuredly, all of the duties which man has to fulfill, that without doubt, is
the chiefest and holiest which commands him to worship God with devotion and
piety." (Pope Leo XIII)
devotion is required in this sacrament than in the others, for the reason that
the entire Christ is contained therein." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the
Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")
Q "Of what
should we especially think during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?" A. "Of the
sufferings and the death of Jesus Christ." (Catechism of St. John Neumann)
"Certainly, then, the more a Christian is aware of the holiness and the divinity
of this heavenly Sacrament [of the Eucharist], the more careful he should be not
to receive it without great reverence and sanctity, especially since we read in
the Apostle the fearful words: 'He who eats and drinks unworthily, without
distinguishing the body of the Lord, eats and drinks judgment to himself' (1
Cor. 11:29)" (Council of Trent)
is anything divine among man's possessions which might excite the envy of the
citizens of heaven (could they ever be swayed by such a passion), this is
undoubtedly the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by means of which men
[priests], having before their eyes, and taking into their hand the very Creator
of heaven and earth, experience, while still on earth, a certain anticipation of
heaven. How keenly, then, must mortals strive to preserve and protect this
inestimable privilege with all due worship and reverence, and be ever on their
guard lest their negligence offend the angels who vie with them in eager
adoration!" (Pope Urban VIII)
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