Preparing for Mass
"...the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows."
- Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 10
The Mass is such an incredible gift. And like any great gift, we're called to prepare ourselves to receive it. However, there are so many ways in which we can do this, it can be hard to know where to start. The following pages contain some resources to help you to prepare to encounter Jesus in both the Scriptures and in the Eucharist the next time that you come to Mass.
"...in order that the liturgy may be able to produce its full effects, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper dispositions, that their minds should be attuned to their voices, and that they should cooperate with divine grace lest they receive it in vain (Cf. 2 Cor. 6:1.)."
- Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 11
"It is really important to return to the basics, to rediscover what is essential, through what we touch and see in the celebration of the Sacraments. The question of the Apostle Saint Thomas (cf. Jn 20:25), seeking to see and touch the nail wounds in Jesus’ body, and the desire to be able in some way to “touch” God in order to believe in him. What Saint Thomas asks of the Lord is what we all need: to see him, to touch him so that we may be able to know him. The Sacraments meet this human need. The Sacraments, the Eucharistic celebration in a particular way, are signs of God’s love, the privileged ways for us to encounter him."
- Pope Francis, General Audience (8 November 2017)