Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Staying After Mass To Pray
Prayers of Thanksgiving
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Should we stay after
Mass to offer private prayers of thanksgiving?
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Yes. As stated by Pope
Pius XII in Mediator Dei...
"When the Mass,
which is subject to special rules of the liturgy, is over, the person who has
received holy communion is not thereby freed from his duty of thanksgiving;
rather, it is most becoming that, when the Mass is finished, the person who has
received the Eucharist should recollect himself, and in intimate union with the
divine Master hold loving and fruitful converse with Him. Hence they have
departed from the straight way of truth, who, adhering to the letter rather than
the sense, assert and teach that, when Mass has ended, no such thanksgiving
should be added, not only because the Mass itself is a thanksgiving, but also
because this pertains to a private and personal act of piety and not to the good
of the community. But, on the contrary, the very nature of the sacrament demands
that its reception should produce rich fruits of Christian sanctity."
+ + +
"After Mass we
should give God thanks for having allowed us to assist at this great Sacrifice,
and we should ask pardon for all the faults we may have committed while
assisting at it." (Catechism of Pope St. Pius X)
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