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

Vespers and Benediction at IHOM

Every Sunday at 4.45pm Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Benediction is sung. This is a perfect opportunity to experience more of the Church’s rich liturgy and continue our thanksgiving if we received Holy Communion at Mass. To learn a little more about Vespers and Benediction, visit our ‘What to expect’ page.

Monday Memories

A Monday Memory for you. Here is the sanctuary of Immaculate Heart, Balornock before its reorganisation in the early 1970s. Let us continue the work of our forefathers in striving for holiness and witnessing to those around us. May our life be centered on Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant.

S. Introíbo ad altáre Dei.
M. Ad Deum, qui lætíficat iuventútem meam.

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.
S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.