1. Study the Amazing Symbolism and Scriptural Basis for the Mass
The Mass never “clicked” for me until I began to research and dig deeper into why we do certain things at Mass. It can all seem like a collection of random actions, mixed with candles and incense. However, after I discovered the amazing symbolism behind everything at Mass (and I mean ever single word and gesture), the Mass opened up and became what it truly is: the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Until you understand the richness and depth to the Mass, it will always be a strange ritual that is hard to understand.
Personally, I have found the following books extremely helpful:
- The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn
- Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy by Scott Hahn
- Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Brant Pitre
- A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Book): Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgyby Edward Sri
- The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
If you don’t have much time to read, I recommend downloading the 1 hour talks by Scott Hahn (The Lamb’s Supper) or Brant Pitre (Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist).
Basically, you can’t love something you do not know. If you don’t know what the Mass is or the symbolism behind it, it is much harder to love it and look forward to going to Mass each week.
Over the next few weeks we will look at the remaining ways to prepare for Mass.
- What does it mean to actively participate in Mass?