Meditating on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

There are many ways to participate fully at Mass. Sometimes we may follow the text of the Mass, pausing to meditate on phrases or prayers. Sometimes we may watch the gestures of the priest attentively and meditate on what they tell us about the reality of the Mass. In his encyclical ‘Mediator Dei’ in 1947, Pope Pius XII suggested the use of a hand missal or meditating on the mysteries of Christ’s life; what better way than to unite the rosary to the Mass.

Below there are a few resources to help us to pray the Mass more fruitfully by realising that it is the unbloody re-presentation of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, the fountainhead of all grace. At Mass we step out of time and into the eternal present where we find ourselves at the foot of the cross, witnessing the sacramental death of the Lord but also in Heaven where the angels sing, incense is burned and we see The Lamb on the altar which looks to have been slain but is alive!

Helpful reading-

The Incredible Catholic Mass, Fr Martin Cochem  PDF/Amazon

How Christ Said the First Mass OnlineAmazon 

The Holy Mass, Dom Prosper Gueranger PDF / Amazon

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich PDF / Amazon