The Mass: Source and Summit of Worship

I have to believe that if we truly understood what was happening during the celebration of mass – and if we truly believed that – there is no way we could ever be bored at mass. Nor could we dare say that we get nothing out of it. We would be beating down the doors to get in [to mass]! – Archbishop Alexander Sample, Diocese of Portland, Oregon

As the source and summit of our Catholic faith, the Mass is where every dimension of Christianity comes together.


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Beginning with the Last Supper until now and until the Lord comes again, the followers of Jesus have done what he told them to do:  “Do this in memory of me.”  Though it has seen different structures in different eras, though the language has changed, and the various prayers have found new expression, the reality has not.  Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup we proclaim the death of the Lord.

This is the sacrificial offering that Jesus made to the Father on our behalf and that we gather to celebrate again and again.  The simple elements of bread and wine that Jesus used on the night before he died are the food of faith for us today remembering not only his death, but also his resurrection, the promise of eternal life, the heavenly banquet to which all the faithful are called.  The bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus and are then shared with the people even as the loaves and fishes fed the multitudes on the mountainside.

But this is not loaves and fish.  Again, this is the body and blood of Jesus that are made present by the priest and the congregation in one great prayer to the Father.  The Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives.  The people of God gather together first to hear the Word as spoken to them in the Scriptures and then to the sacrifice itself where the gifts (symbolic of their lives) are blessed, broken and distributed in Holy Communion.  And even at the conclusion of the Mass (ite missa est) which is where the word Mass finds its origin, the people are commissioned much as the disciples were to go forth and share the good news they have heard and experienced.

The Sacred Liturgy

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy as presented by the Second Vatican Council speaks of the Most Sacred Mystery of the Eucharist as the “a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.”  It goes on to say that the faithful should participate…

 

…knowingly, devoutly, and actively.  They should be instructed by God’s word and be refreshed at the table of the Lord’s body; they should give thanks to God by offering the Immaculate Victim not only through the hands of the priest, but also with him, they should learn to offer themselves too.  Through Christ the Mediator, they should be drawn day by day into ever closer union with God and with each other, so that finally God may be all in all.”  Chapter II  #48

 

This is the heart of our worship, a daily celebration of thanks and praise to the God who fashioned us, through Jesus who saved us, and in the Spirit who unites us all.


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  • Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. Communion Service
  • Weekday Masses: (Tuesday – Friday) 8:00 a.m. (check weekly bulletin)
  • Holy Day Masses: See schedule in bulletin for details.