40 Lenten Lessons. Do you want to participate? It will take one or two minutes a day and you can share this with your friends.

Over the next 40 days, I will offer 40 Lessons on the Mass. Each day, one lesson.

This is my Lenten Resolution: to pass along to you a little of what I have learned about the Mass in order to help you know and love it more.

Lesson 1: Preparation for Mass

“You get out of it, what you put into it.”

So:
1) try to arrive a little bit early for Mass;
2) dress appropriately;
3) be sure to keep your one hour fast if you wish to receive Communion;
4) have an intention in mind that you wish to pray for;
4) and try to bring some printed resource that will help you get more out of the Mass, such as a Missalette, or the Magnificat, or the Daily Roman Missal, or a mobile App on your phone such as the Relevant Radio mobile App which offers the Daily Readings.

You may also find this prayer from St. Thomas Aquinas very helpful before Mass:

Almighty and ever-living God,
I approach the sacrament
of Your only-begotten Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
I come sick to the doctor of life,
unclean to the fountain of mercy,
blind to the radiance of eternal light,
and poor and needy to the Lord
of heaven and earth.
Lord, in your great generosity,
heal my sickness,
wash away my defilement,
enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty,
and clothe my nakedness.
May I receive the bread of angels,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
with humble reverence,
with the purity and faith,
the repentance and love,
and the determined purpose
that will help to bring me to salvation.
May I receive the sacrament
of the Lord’s Body and Blood,
and its reality and power.

Kind God,
may I receive the Body
of Your only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
born from the womb of the Virgin Mary,
and so be received into His mystical body
and numbered among His members.

Loving Father,
as on my earthly pilgrimage
I now receive Your beloved Son
under the veil of a sacrament,
may I one day see him face to face in glory,
who lives and reigns with You for ever.

Amen.

– Saint Thomas Aquinas

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