Trinitarians and The Holy Mass

By John Sleiman

During our most recent Trinitarians Youth Ministry meeting we discussed the importance of the Sunday Mass – a topic often brushed off the shoulder because we are all so used to the routine.

At the beginning of our meeting we had each person bring forward questions of the church and things we didn’t understand. Through the discussion and activities, we left our meeting with a greater knowledge of the importance of each and every step taking place throughout a Sunday Mass.

By the end of our night we had, as group, learnt the answers.

This meeting has been one with the most impact, due to its topic. We have ultimately had our eyes opened to how important and sacred each individual section of a Mass is.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the topics discussed:

THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT THE MASS:

  • That the bread and wine LITERALLY becomes the Body and Blood of Christ
  • The Sign of Peace is a way of sharing the peace of Christ
  • The Mass is an opportunity to pray, connect with our faith, seek forgiveness and learn about our Catholic faith.
  • The Mass is said by a Priest
  • It is important that we attend Mass

THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE MASS:

  • The gestures of the Priest throughout the Mass
  • The significance of ringing the bells at different parts of the Mass
  • Is the Priest’s homily based upon his opinion?
  • How has the Mass evolved over time?
  • The symbolism and meaning of different items used during Mass
  • How Mass is offered in different Rites
  • Why do some people receive Communion by hand and others by mouth?
  • How often is the Priest in Persona of Christ during the Mass?
  • How do we explain to others that the Priesthood is preserved for males?
  • The Liturgical Year

THINGS THAT CHALLENGE US THE MOST ABOUT THE MASS:

  • Arriving on time
  • Focussing through the Mass (sometimes our thoughts wander)
  • Keeping up with the prayers / hymns
  • Finding parts of the Mass repetitive
Following the discussion, we returned to the list of challenges and discussed ways we could overcome these challenges to fully engage in the celebration of Mass.