Ritual

The Mass is a ritual.  When we attend Mass, we are participants, not spectators.  The Mass was never intended as entertainment but rather a means that through the repetition of prayers, movements, and the changing of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, we are spiritually formed, inspired and consoled.

The Mass does not try to induce a particular feeling in participants.  It allows each person to bring his or her own feelings and incorporate them into the liturgy.  That’s why it is possible for two people to attend Mass, one grieving a death and the other celebrating a birth, yet both feel connected.

The whole point during Mass is to offer ourselves and all that we may be feeling to God in Jesus Christ. (8:39)