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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Assisting at Mass
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Padre Pio - "While assisting at holy Mass renew your faith. Have your mind elevated to the mystery that is happening before your eyes."

What graces are derived from assisting (assisting means attending) at Mass?

  1. The Mass is Calvary continued.
  2. Every Mass is worth as much as the sacrifice of Our Lord's life, sufferings and death.
  3. Holy Mass is the most powerful atonement for your sins.
  4. At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolement.
  5. Every Mass will go with you to judgement and plead for pardon.
  6. At Mass you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.
  7. Assisting devoutly at Holy Mass you render to the humanity of Our Lord the greates homage.
  8. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.
  9. He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.
  10. You afford the souls in Purgatory the greates possible relief.
  11. One Mass heard during life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.
  12. You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory.
  13. Every Mass wins you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.
  14. You receive the Priest's blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.
  15. You kneel amidst a multitude of Holy Angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.
  16. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
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11 comments:

del_button February 19, 2006 at 6:48 AM
Anonymous said...

The term "assisting at mass" (as used here) doesn't refer to ministries such as altar server, lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion -- it means what we tend to call today, "attending mass." Thus these graces he would mean to say are those that come to any Catholic who faithfully attends mass and is prayerfully attentive.

del_button February 19, 2006 at 6:53 AM
T.O. said...

I am a lector, and have been since I was 12 years old. I love it! I love being able to give the voice of God to other people. For a time I was an EMHC but I abandoned that after my eyesight difficulties arose (I have no depth perception and might misjudge and hit somebody in the face, or drop Jesus too short.) But I still love lectoring.

del_button February 19, 2006 at 8:39 AM
Barb, sfo said...

Anonymous is correct....but I'll answer your question about serving at Mass all the same. I'm a musician--currently "between" choirs but working on changing that! I've been doing this for 25 years, because I guess I have a little of the Psalmist in my heart: "Let us make joyful music unto the Lord." Plus, Sister always said, "He who sings prays twice."
Both my Big Kids are Altar Servers and they really like to do that. I think that when children have the privilege of serving at Mass, there is a special grace they may receive.

del_button February 19, 2006 at 5:19 PM
antonia said...

wow! great post!

del_button February 19, 2006 at 8:57 PM
Eddy Lee said...

I have been serving daily mass for 7 years, (eight years on Aug. 15) I lector once a month as well. It is a great joy to serve at the altar and hope to do it for the rest of my life.

del_button February 19, 2006 at 10:53 PM
Laura H. said...

I too was a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion this morning! I also sing for two Masses and am a soloist usually during holidays (or when they need something for backup). I have cantored before but I prefer to leave that to the men! ;)

I love the opportunities that have been provided me. Serving in that way (and getting to spend my whole day Sunday with Christ) is so beautiful!

del_button March 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM
Anonymous said...

Finally an answer. I was wondering if these privileges were restricted to those who literally assisted at Mass. Good job :)

del_button May 2, 2010 at 5:06 PM
bro_joe said...

What is the source of these statements about the Mass? I have seen this on several websites but nine that cite the source. I would like to quote this to others but I feel I cannot until I learn the source, e.g. Church document, private revelation... Thanks!

del_button May 2, 2010 at 5:07 PM
bro_joe said...

Sorry, in my previous post I meant to say "none that cite the source."

del_button July 15, 2017 at 4:06 PM
Unknown said...

Distributing Holy Communion must be left only to ordained priests, not extraordinary mimisters.

del_button July 15, 2017 at 4:07 PM
Roe said...

Distributing Holy Communion is a privilege of only an ordained priest, not extraordinary ministers.

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