THE FINAL BLESSING:
What do you think is the high point of the Mass? What is the high point for you? Is it when you received forgiveness in the penitential rite? Is it when you received Jesus in the Eucharist? Or is it the final blessing of the Mass?
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Everything that happened during Mass is intended not only for our benefit but for the sake of others. In the final blessing, Jesus in the priest blesses us so that we can go out the door and be successful in continuing to live the life of the Eucharist — the life of Christ. Think of the Mass as a sort of wedding ceremony, like the renewal of wedding vows. Every Mass is a recommitment of our faithfulness to Christ and a renewal of our openness to his commitment to us. But like every wedding, the wedding day is not the most important day. More important is the marriage that follows.
This concludes the series on Going Deeper into Holy Mass.
SHORT VIDEOS FOR GROUP USE:
You might also be interested in our video series on this topic, entitled “Take, Eat, and Drink”. This is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes) that is used by catechists but is also good for personal use. Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. See it @ gnm-media.org/take-eat-drink/.
My Soul Shall Be Healed
Terry Modica’s study guide about Ecclesia de Eucharistia (The Church of the Eucharist), an encyclical by Pope Saint John Paul II, enables readers and group participants to enter more fully into the mystery of the Eucharist and deepen their intimacy with Christ while enriching their celebration of Holy Mass.
My Soul Shall Be Healed explains in ordinary language how to understand the very important Church document . You’ll be able to apply it to your every-day life in today’s world. Find out more or order your copy now >>
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