5 Practical tips to help you engage in Mass more deeply
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.
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 become what it truly is: the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.
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.
3. Arrive early and/or observe 15-30 minutes of silence before Mass
It is much easier to remain attentive at Mass when you don’t come flying in at the last moment (or after the homily begins).
4. Use the missalette or bring a missal
Typically, there is a small missalette in the pews that allows a person to follow along with the words at Mass. What can be helpful is to follow along with the words of the priest, which then focuses a person’s attention on the Mass.
5. Ask your Guardian Angel to help you stay attentive
It is easy to forget that Mass is a meeting between Heaven and Earth and that your Guardian Angel is the perfect helper to keep you immersed in the liturgy. They are there at your side and ready to help.