Do you find yourself “going through the motions” at Mass? Often when attending Mass, it is easy to feel entirely disconnected from what is going on. We stand, sit, kneel and 60 minutes later, walk out the door.
It can be a monotonous ride that gets repeated Sunday after Sunday, leaving you spiritually lethargic.
In order to change this feeling and reverse the tide, bringing you closer to God in the process, you need to properly prepare for Mass. It’s not always easy, but through spending extra time and effort, it is possible to desire Mass and look forward to the next Sunday.
To help you get started, here are five simple tips that can help you remain engaged in Mass, breaking the cycle of boredom.
1. Study the amazing symbolism and scriptural basis of the Mass
For many people, the Mass never “clicks” until they begin researching and digging 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, when you discover the amazing symbolism behind everything at Mass (ever single word and gesture), the Mass can open 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.
2. Read the Mass readings before getting to church
It is often difficult to listen to the readings at Mass. Thoughts can wander or the sound system can make it hard to hear the lector. This is why it is extremely beneficial to read the readings beforehand, as you will already be familiar with scripture passages and will have a better chance of paying attention. These readings are always available online at the USCCB website, or through a vast array of apps, such as iBreviary.