New Liturgical Movement: Priestly Preparation Before Mass and Thanksgiving After Mass

This is an important article that should be read by everyone, clerics and lay people. The idea of “thanksgiving after Mass” seems to be almost completely gone from our Catholic worshipers. As soon as Mass ends, almost everyone flies out the exits or stands around and gabs about worldly stuff. Wouldn’t it be better to sit in prayer for a few minutes to thank the Lord for the great Gift of the Eucharist? The Saints have said that the Body and Blood of Christ stays in us for 15  minutes after receiving Him. What happened to our Faith and why has it been watered down to this? Here’s an excerpt, but please read the whole article to understand why we need to pray, pray, pray!

Let us take as our point of departure a marvelous line in the Code of Canon Law.Canon 909 reads: “A priest is not to omit dutifully to prepare himself by prayer before the celebration of the Eucharist, nor afterwards to omit to make thanksgiving to God.”

As if commenting on this canon, Bishop Marc Aillet writes:

Tearing us away from the secular world and thus from the temptation of immanentism, [the liturgical rites] have the power to immerse us suddenly in the Mystery and open us to the Transcendent. In this sense, one can never stress enough the importance of the silence preceding the liturgical celebration, an inner narthex, where we are freed of the concerns, even if legitimate, of the secular world, in order to enter the sacred space and time where God will reveal his Mystery; one can never stress enough the importance of silence in the liturgy to open oneself more readily to the action of God; and one can never stress enough the appropriateness of a period of thanksgiving, whether integrated into the celebration or not, to apprehend the inner extent of the mission that awaits us once we are back in the world.

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Source: New Liturgical Movement: Priestly Preparation Before Mass and Thanksgiving After Mass

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