Why is Holy Mass Important to Catholics?
For Catholics, the Holy Mass is the highest form of worship. Whenever we gather together for mass, we remember and experience the presence of Jesus Christ. At every mass, God makes Himself present and available to us with lavish generosity through the saving power of Christ's death and resurrection. Through the Mass, we offer God praise, sorrow for our sins, and our deepest thanks for the gift of redemption.
The Holy Mass is considered as a sacrament because the eucharist is received as a part of each mass. It is also classed as a sacrifice as it signifies the sacrifice of Christ on the cross which is made present and true each time that the eucharist is celebrated.
The teaching of the Catholic Church is that Christ is present in the consecrated communion wafer and sacramental wine. Holy communion commemorates and reenacts Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples at Passover. Catholics believe that during this final meal Jesus blessed the bread and wine and said, “This is my body, this is my blood” - the bread and wine have become the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus.
The Eucharist is the "source and summit of the Christian life" according to Catholic teaching. Catholics believe that when they receive the sacrament of the eucharist, they are receiving the body and blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. During the consecration of bread and wine, Catholics believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ through transubstantiation - Jesus Christ becomes truly present in the consecrated bread and wine. This is the holiest part of the Catholic mass when the real and true presence of our Lord is felt in the hearts and minds of the faithful.
The mass is the means by which our Lord gives Himself to us in His word and in His real presence. Going to mass frequently allows us to meet with and participate with Christ within His community of the faithful, strengthening and nourishing their hearts and minds for generations to come.
Participate in Holy Mass and be filled with Jesus Christ...!