How to Pray the Mass
The Mass is called a
Eucharistic Celebration. Eucharist means thanksgiving. So, at Mass
we offer thanks and praise to God for all that He Is and all that He has done. By
reminding ourselves of all that God has done for us we can pray the
Mass in a much more fruitful way. There are events in the Old
Testament which prefigured the Mass. By learning about these events
in salvation history and how they relate to us we will be better
equipped intellectually to understand the Mass and its meaning. As
we grow in our understanding of the Mass we enable ourselves to grow more
deeply in love with God and to
By learning the different parts of the Mass we will better understand how to present our lives in faith to our Heavenly Father in union with the Life, Death, and Resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Listen to the prayers of the Mass and mean them in your heart as you pray them.
Jesus humbled Himself by becoming Man. He gave us an example to imitate. By humbling ourselves we open the door to receive His grace. We begin the Mass by recognizing our need for him. We offer up our repentance for past sins trusting in His bountiful mercy that is even greater than our worst sins.
In faith give to God your praise and your adoration. Offer up to Him your joys and sorrows, your gratitude and your sufferings. Specifically lift up to God in faith the intimate details of your life over the past week. Also, ask Him for the grace to grow in virtue to handle well the tasks that will come in the following week. And offer up to Him any glory for all the good works that you have done. Do this recognizing that it was only by His grace that you were able to do them. Offer them all to God and ask Him in faith to use them and to work through them to make you a better and holier person.
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
What Do We Get Out of Mass ?
Anyone who claims not to be getting anything out of the Mass must not be receiving Holy Communion or else he does not know what he is saying. At Holy Communion we receive the very Person of Jesus Christ, His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
Devout Protestants do receive Him in a spiritual sense. Because of the validly ordained priests, Catholics are privileged to also receive Jesus’ physically as we receive His resurrected Body and Blood in Holy Communion. Because the bread and wine have been transformed into His Body and Blood we worship and adore Him there. The Holy Communion hosts that are left over are kept in the tabernacle where we can worship Him there throughout the day.
Saying an intimate prayer to Jesus after receiving Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament is one of my favorite times of the Mass. I lift up to Him my deepest concerns from the depth of my heart. I offer up to Him my prayer and accept on faith that He does love me and that His will is what is best for me. I pray the following prayer while inserting my particular concerns of that day.
For more resources see:
The Lamb’s Supper
The prayers of the Mass are based on Scripture. [Off site article]