On today’s show, we discuss the holy sacrifice of the Mass, what to do with little kids at Mass, and how we can restore a sense of the sacred at Mass.
A big thank you to Fr. Connor Danstrom at Three Dogs North, Greg and Jennifer Willits at The Catholics Next Door, and Taylor Marshall for promoting us on their podcasts!
St. Thomas Aquinas Prayers Before and After Mass
Almighty and everlasting God, behold I come to the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: I come as one infirm to the physician of life, as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of everlasting brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore I implore the abundance of Thy measureless bounty that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to heal my infirmity, wash my uncleanness, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty and clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, with such reverence and humility, with such sorrow and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention as may be profitable to my soul’s salvation. Grant unto me, I pray, the grace of receiving not only the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood, but also the grace and power of the Sacrament. O most gracious God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, which He took from the Virgin Mary, as to merit to be incorporated into His mystical Body, and to be numbered amongst His members. O most loving Father, give me grace to behold forever Thy beloved Son with His face at last unveiled, whom I now purpose to receive under the sacramental veil here below. Amen.
I give thanks to Thee, O Lord, most holy, Father almighty, eternal God, that Thou hast vouchsafed, for no merit of mine own, but out of Thy pure mercy, to appease the hunger of my soul with the precious body and blood of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Humbly I implore Thee, let not this holy communion be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment, but an availing plea unto pardon and salvation. Let it be to me the armour of faith and the shield of good will. May it root out from my heart all vice; may it utterly subdue my evil passions and all my unruly desires. May it perfect me in charity and patience; in humility and obedience; and in all other virtues. May it be my sure defence against the snares laid for me by my enemies, visible and invisible. May it restrain and quiet all my evil impulses, and make me ever cleave to Thee Who art the one true God. May I owe to it a happy ending of my life. And do Thou, O heavenly Father, vouchsafe one day to call me, a sinner, to that ineffable banquet, where Thou, together with Thy Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true and unfailing light, fullness of content, joy for evermore, gladness without alloy, consummate and everlasting happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord.
Check out this YouTube meditation on the Mass
Listen to the Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast with Mark Hart by Life Teen
Need a Mass book for young kids? Try the Latin Mass For Little Ones or Things We Say At Mass.
Check out this great prayer book for young kids called Jesus, Make Me Worthy.
Saint quote of the week
“A man who fails to love the Mass fails to love Christ” – St. Josemaria Escriva
Honorable mention to Dr. Taylor Marshall’s 10 quotes that will change the way you attend holy mass.
Recommended reading or listening
Kevin: Lamb’s Supper by Dr. Scott Hahn
Dan: Spirit of the Liturgy by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Challenge of the week
When you wake up in the morning, pray this prayer: “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. Show me the one kind act you want me to do today and open my eyes and ears to be ready for it. Amen.” Then do one kind act that is out of the ordinary that day. Try this for a week.
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