Mass Pages

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Mass of St Gregory - by Isenbrant, Adriaen - from Museo del Prado, Madrid
(In an attempt to depict "transubstantiation", the above painting shows
Jesus stepping down into the chalice from behind a curtain, i.e. mystery.)

 

The Sacrifice of the Mass, during which we offer ourselves and Jesus to God, is by far the most pleasing form of worship to God the Father. purgatory_mass_cross.jpg (30913 bytes)The prayers said during the Mass, by the people and the priest, are the most powerful prayers we can ever possibly say. They reap the most merciful benefit for ourselves, our family (present and departed), and the whole world (see the Mass and the Mystical Body of Christ to understand how this interrelationship works).

“As the heart continually pumps life-sustaining blood to all members of the human body, so each Mass is like a heart-beat sending life-giving grace of the divine Head to all members of the Mystical Body who do not place obstacles in the way of His gifts”

Our blessed Lord, through the Sacrifice of the Eucharist, has placed in our hands the most adequate means of offering to the Father supreme adoration, thanksgiving, and reparation for our sins and the sins of others; that is, of filling up what is wanting in other members of the Mystical Body. And since Our Savior offers our prayers along with His own, our petitions offered up in the Mass have a special efficacy, provided what we ask is in keeping with the Father’s will.

Four (4) Sacred Chalices every second, are lifted up in consecration to God. Over three hundred thousand (300,000) Masses are offered throughout the World every 24 hours; and yet the World is still deficient in its Graces. purgatory_soul.jpg (32679 bytes)Why? Only a handful of people take the time to attend Mass on a daily basis, or even a weekly basis.  The Power of the Sacrifice of the Mass is proportional to the piety and number of people willing to sacrifice an hour of their time to attend; and that number and quality is pitifully small. The redeeming and strengthening power of Christ - at work through the Eucharist - is needed as never before.

One of the primary reasons for Our Lady's appearance at Fatima was to alert us that souls would be lost because there is no one to pray for them. Ask the help of the Mother of Jesus who was at the foot of the Cross for that first Sacrifice, offering herself and her dying Son for the same redemptive purpose as He. Ask her to assist with you at Mass, and help you to surrender your will to God as she did, no matter how difficult. For God gives Himself to us, especially in Holy Communion, in the measure that we give ourselves to Him.

Our duty as Christians requires that we save not only our own souls, but those of all men/women. Once a person dies, he/she is completely helpless to do anything to further their own cause with God. How many loving parents are needlessly anguishing in Purgatory because their children can not find the time to pray for their release? The most powerful means of attaining their release is through participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Never assume your loved ones are in Heaven. Saint Augustine asked for prayers for his saintly mother, (Saint Monica), for over twenty years after her death.

The links to Web Pages below  were compiled to help in promoting increased piety, and appreciation of the beauty, sweetness, comfort, spiritual joy and redemptive power of the Mass instituted by Christ on Holy Thursday when He said: Do this in memory of Me.

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes) The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Calvary and the Mass - by Fulton J. Sheen

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)The Mystical Body of Christ

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Why is Mass Uninteresting to Some?

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)The Role of Our Lady in Each Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)The Mass and the Mystical Body Christ

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Our Participation in the Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Composition of the Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Basics of the Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Prayers before Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Time for Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Why the Mass?

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Daily Mass

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Transubstantiation

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Wine of the New Covenant

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)The Mystery of the Eucharist

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Basics of Holy Communion

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Real Presence of the Holy Eucharist

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Eucharistic Miracles

eucharist3.gif (9262 bytes)Saint Michael and the Angels at Mass

 

When You Miss One Mass


It is well for you to consider what you lose every time that you pass up Mass and Holy Communion.

1. You miss a personal visit with Jesus, Author of all spiritual energy and of all holiness;

2. You lose a special increase of sanctifying grace, which makes your soul more pleasing to God;

3. You lose a quota of sacramental grace which entitles you to special help in times of temptation and in the discharge of your daily duties;

4. You lose a precious opportunity of having all of your venial sins wiped away;

5. You miss the special preserving influence which each Holy Communion confers against the fires of passion;

6. You miss the opportunity of having remitted a part, or all, of the temporal punishments due to your sins;

7. You lose the spiritual joy, the sweetness and particular comfort that come from a fervent Holy Communion;

8. You lose a part of the glory that your body might enjoy at its resurrection on the Last Day;

9. You lose the greater degree of glory you would possess in Heaven for all eternity;

10. You may lose:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)complete victory over some fault or passion;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)some particular grace long prayed for;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)the conversion or salvation of some soul;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)deliverance of a relative or friend from Purgatory;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)many graces for others, both the living and the dead.

Will a few extra minutes of sleep repay you for all these losses?

What riches hundreds of thousands of Catholics deprive themselves daily by neglecting MassIt in itself is the best preparation for Holy Communion.  At the hour of death our greatest consolation will be the Masses we have heard and the Holy Communions received.

With Ecclesiastical Approval
Chicago, December 6, 1940