Thursday, January 3, 2013
MASS GUIDE FOR CHILDREN - I
Today I will start sending out, once a week before Sunday, a page from an old, out-of-print Mass guidebook for children. Parents can go through these pages with their child or children and teach them the parts of the Mass and what they mean. Even adults could benefit from reviewing the rudiments of the doctrine of the Mass.
Most pages will have pictures of a specific part of the Mass.
This opening page teaches the child a few basic things about the Mass.
The church or chapel is God's house.
The Tabernacle contains the Real Presence of God.
In Holy Communion, we receive God into our bodies.
We must receive Holy Communion worthily and with the right disposition (full of love).
We join the priest in offering the sacrifice, with the help of the saints and angels.
The Mass is Calvary and Good Friday all over again; not a new sacrifice, but the same unique one almost 2000 years ago.
It frees us from hell and opens to us the doors of heaven.
We come to Mass with thanksgiving, and pray the Mass "with mind and heart."
IF YOUR CHILD LEARNS THIS MUCH, HE OR SHE WILL KNOW MUCH MORE THAN MOST YOUNG PEOPLE NOWADAYS.