Our Christian Life celebrates God, who is Emmanuel – With us, God!
And this Emmanuel God, fulfils His promise, by dwelling in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.
On June 14, 2020, we celebrate the Feast of the Corpus Christi; and it is apt and meaningful, that we take some time, to prepare ourselves for this Great Feast…
… and to realize the worth and greatness of this Most Beautiful Treasure that God is gifting to Humanity.
The Year 2020 has been, in particular, a time of great trial with respect to our faith, in the midst of the pandemic. We have been physically distant from the celebration of the Eucharist.
This Feast, therefore, this Year in particular, is given to us, to deepen our devotion to the Lord in the Eucharist and intensify our longing and thirst for Him!
We begin today… a 5- day series of Mini Reflections, to help us to become spiritually more oriented to the Blessed Eucharist and in the understanding of the Holy Mass.
This orientation, in turn, will help us, to become a Eucharist to others.
So let us begin…. a tiny attempt to mingle into the heart of the Mystery of all Mysteries – the Most Holy Eucharist.
Let’s delight in this love story….as Bishop Fulton Sheen says, “The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host”!
“LIFE ‘n LOVE LYRICS” – Reflection in preparation for the Feast of Corpus Christi – The Body and Blood of Jesus! – DAY ONE
(A): PREPARATION FOR THE HOLY MASS
As human beings, we all engage ourselves in many social gatherings, events, occasions etc. And for all of that, we do make a lot of planning, preparations and arrangements.
The Holy Mass is the re-enactment of the Sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary, in memory of the Holy Institution at the Last Supper.
It is a momentous and splendid Divine Occasion and Event!
But often, this event, is accorded very little preparation. No wonder, for some people, the Mass often seems boring and sadly, considered as a useless ritual!
Very often, we engage our bodies and our minds in talks, in making fun, in being filled with worldly attractions and many external distractions. But is my heart and mind, really ready to embrace the Awesome Moments of the Lord’s Life- His Passion, His Death and His Resurrection, which is celebrated at Mass!
The Lord of the Universe, descends on the Altar and is ready to dwell in our little hearts! I need to realize the gravity of this Moment and prepare my heart to receive this Divine Saviour!
Do I take time to read and reflect on the Readings of the Mass beforehand?
• Do I make a genuine examination of Conscience and truly repent, in order to receive God’s Mercy?
• Do I become aware that, at Holy Mass, I am at Mount Calvary, along with our Blessed Mother, and ready to offer my life, along with Jesus, for the Salvation of the world?
Prayer: O Divine Trinity, give me the grace to prepare myself better, in participating at the Holy Mass. In the past, I have often engaged myself, in external disturbances and failed to really know the importance of the Mass and the preparation required for this Divine Occasion. Help me, to give myself wholly to you, so that every Eucharist becomes a life-transforming experience for me, and I may become a Living Sacrament of Your love to the world, AMEN.
(B): THE INTRODUCTORY RITE
The Holy Eucharist is basically oriented towards four aspects
(a) Adoration and Worship of God
(b) To give thanks for His gifts and graces
(c) To ask remission of our sins
(d) To offer our petitions to the Lord.
As we begin the Holy Eucharist, we need to become aware of these aspects.
Let’s also become aware of the Importance of the various parts of the Introductory Rite:
- The Entrance Hymn: The Community of people, which has come together as a family, express their joy through the entrance hymn.
- The Welcome Greeting: The celebration begins in the name of the God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is One in Three persons. We are welcomed into the Celebration in the Name of the Trinity.
- The Penitential Rite: We bring to focus our sinfulness and unworthiness, before the Holy and Awesome God, and seek His mercy and pardon.
- The Gloria: We unite with all the peoples of the world, with our Blessed Mother, the Angels and Saints in singing our praises and honour to our Triune God, whose glory reigns on high.
- The Opening Prayer: Called as the Collect, this prayer, gathers together all the intentions of the participants, and is united with the prayer of the High Priest, Jesus Himself!
Do I become aware of the importance and significance of some of the Sacramentals and Holy Actions like the Holy Water, the Incense, Bowing before the Altar?
Do I pay attention to the words of the Entrance Hymn, and make it a real prayer, rather than just a routine affair?
Do I begin the Holy Mass in a Spirit of Reverence and Recollection, becoming aware of the greatness of the Sign of the Cross?
Do I recollect my sinful state and truly repent of them, in order to receive God’s Mercy?
Do I, seek to render my praise and worship to the Lord, with all my heart, with all my mind and with all the strength, as I join in singing the Gloria?
Do I bring before the Lord, my petitions and the intentions of those who are in need of prayers?
Most Loving Lord, as I enter into the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, inspire me to become aware of the greatness and solemnity of this Sacrifice of Calvary. Let the offering of the Mass not be a mere ritual, but become a real and living energy in me. Help me, to live and practice the spirit of considering each Eucharistic Celebration, as the First, the Last and the Only Mass ever celebrated… Amen!