Taking Active Participation in the Mass

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Taking Active Participation in the Mass

You or any of your family members may have been a little while since you last went to Mass. If you think, why to go for Mass regularly, just think that God wants you to grow in his life, which he imparts through the Body and Blood in the Mass. Here are some suggestions for participating in the Mass actively:

Prepare yourself in Advance

Preparation is very important before leaving for Church. Wear a good and decent dress, as you would prepare yourself to go for an important event. If you have time, read the Gospel either through the internet or from the Bible at home, it will help you.

Try your best to arrive at the Church with some time to spare

As you choose your place in the pew, take a Misallette and mark the page for the Readings and the parts of the Mass.

Take active participation

The Mass is a celebration wherein you are expected to take active participation. Hence instead of being a static watcher of the event, say all the responses and sing from your heart. The postures of standing, sitting and kneeling help you to focus on the importance of what is taking place on the altar. What is more important for active participation is to bring all the bad and the good of your life and lay them on the altar to be offered with the gifts of bread and wine.

Children are welcome too

Even if the children may be crying in the Church, don’t worry. Let the children be as they are. But you pay attention not to play with them and disturb others, who are participating in the Mass. I have seen some parents who bring their older children with a kids’ Bible story book. It is a great way to engage the children, while you are participating in the Mass.

Holy Communion As you are going to receive the Holy Communion, invite Jesus into your heart. Having received the Body and Blood of Christ, spend some time to thank him for all his gifts and new life. Remember to receive the Holy Communion in a state of grace. If you feel not in this state, you can either make a sincere Act of Contrition and receive the Communion and at the next

As you are going to receive the Holy Communion, invite Jesus into your heart. Having received the Body and Blood of Christ, spend some time to thank him for all his gifts and new life. Remember to receive the Holy Communion in a state of grace. If you feel not in this state, you can either make a sincere Act of Contrition and receive the Communion and at the next opportunity, you are obliged to make the Sacrament of Confession. If you still feel that you don’t want to receive Communion, you may remain in your pew in prayer.

Finally, Having received the Holy Communion, don’t just rush off out of the Church. Wait till the Mass is over with the final blessing. Finally, even if you feel that you cannot participate perfectly, don’t worry, God knows all our imperfections. You have come to Church to worship Your Lord and God and He certainly has blessed you. Leave the Church with peace of heart and mind.

Having received the Holy Communion, don’t just rush off out of the Church. Wait till the Mass is over with the final blessing. Finally, even if you feel that you cannot participate perfectly, don’t worry, God knows all our imperfections. You have come to Church to worship Your Lord and God and He certainly has blessed you. Leave the Church with peace of heart and mind.

God bless you,

Fr. Arul Joseph V


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