The Holy Mass is the Highest form of religious worship there is!
The Mass goes through the life and death of Christ.
As you walk into church it’s as if you are walking up to watch the events of Jesus life and death unfold before your eyes.
You are about to witness and participate in the greatest sacrifice in all of history.
No human death was a greater sacrifice than the sacrifice of God for all humans.
As you walk into Mass , look ahead , and you will see the altar with the Crucifix above it. Picture yourself walking up to Mount Calvary, the mound that Jesus was crucified on.
The Priest represents Jesus . Picture Christ walking up to the Cross , up to Mount Calvary.
When the priest gets to the altar , he bows profoundly. Quietly, he offers the Mass to God the Father. The Priest is preparing for what’s about to happen; just as Jesus was preparing and praying in the Garden Of Gethsemane.
The Priest kisses the altar as a symbol of the treacherous kiss of Judas.
The first half of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Word. The readers go from podium to podium and this reminds us of Jesus being brought from the high Priest to Herod and then back to Pilate.
The Priest is wearing bright colored garments just as Jesus wore a scarlet garment on the day of His Crucifixion.
Under the priests outer clothes are strings that wrap his waist. This represents the ropes that tied and dragged him through Jerusalem.
Imagine the priest walking up to Mount Calvary for the sacrifice.
Every detail of the Mass is significant! Nothing is done randomly…
At one part we sing the Gloria Excelsis which is the same song sung by angels at the birth of Jesus.
During the Nicene Creed we bow our heads and thank God for becoming Man.
The second part of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Eucharist. This is when the priest will say the words that Jesus spoke at the Last supper. Ordinary bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.
The Priest says “Lift up your Hearts”
And we say “we lift them up to the Lord”
This means banish all earthly thoughts , focus on the altar.
We watch the Priest do the consecration just like the disciples watched Jesus at the last supper. He says “This is my Body”
He says every word that Jesus says.
When we hear the bells ring 3 times this is a warning to everyone, Jesus Christ is Present on the Altar.
The Chalice represents the tomb that held the Body of Christ ,
The white napkins represent the clothes that they wrapped Jesus body in.
We should Adore Jesus as the priest holds up the Eucharist.
Then we receive Jesus in the body and blood. This is so important. Jesus has presented himself in such a humble way.
We receive the Blessing of the Priest and we leave there renewed. We are charged with sharing these graces with all that we com in contact with.