This post is part of a series on Getting the Most Out of Mass: tips to best dispose yourself to receive graces available during Mass (this will be specifically about Sunday Mass, but some of these ideas will also apply to daily Mass). Today, we transition from preparing for Mass to the actual celebration of Mass itself. Now, the Catholic Mass is separated into four parts: The Introductory Rites, The Liturgy of the Word, The Liturgy of the Eucharist, and The Concluding Rites. Today, we start the Introductory Rites.
We stand. The music is played to accompany the Procession (next post’s topic). You may1 join in singing the entrance chant.
Why Introductory Rites?
Their purpose is to ensure that the faithful, who come together as one, establish communion and dispose themselves properly to listen to the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily.General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 46
Standing is a Sign of Prayer and attention to someone or something important. (e.g. Nehemiah 8:4-5)
Here, we show this sign of Respect for the Priest as God’s minister, acting in the Person of Christ.
Its purpose is to open the celebration, foster the unity of those who have been gathered, introduce their thoughts to the mystery of the liturgical time or festivity, and accompany the procession of the Priest and ministers.General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 47
Don’t just sing the song. Concentrate on how the words are a prayer; lift them up to God; picture yourself singing these words to God in Heaven.
He who sings well prays twice.St. Augustine
What About You?
- How has the singing the Entrance Chant helped you enter into the Mass and dispose you to receive the graces available?
- Do you have any pointers for better disposing yourself to receive graces by singing the Entrance Chant?
- N.B. Not all songs are equal. Some do a great job of directing us to God both by the words and by the melody. Officially, the Church’s music is Gregorian Chant, but other types of song have been allowed. I encourage you to sing, but if you find that a particular song doesn’t glorify God well, you don’t have to sing it.