“The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season. But the Church strongly encourages the faithful to receive the holy Eucharist on Sundays and feast days, or more often still, even daily.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church 1389
If you can’t go to Mass in person, can you visit Our Lord in Eucharistic adoration with exposition or adore Our Lord in the tabernacle?
“Attending daily Mass is so important to me, and I have been reaping the benefits of it for several decades. I am retired now and it is easy for me to attend the 9:00 a.m. Mass, right after I am finished with the gym. When I was working, I had to attend the 7:00 a.m. Mass and then go to the gym and then to work. Either way, I made the decision to go to daily Mass and to go to the gym. I figured I needed to be healthy both spiritually and physically. It is hard to separate the two. I would like to share with you some of the benefits I have seen by going to daily Mass in hopes that you too will try to attend daily Mass or that if you already do, you may find support for what you are doing.
1 – Being in the Presence of the Lord. I try to get to Mass about 20 minutes early so that I can just sit in His presence. I offer Him praise and sit quietly listening for any Word He may give me. So often I have grown in my love of Him and grown in my ability to learn to trust Him in all things. Our God is an awesome God and His love for us knows no limits. It is so good to be in His presence. It is unbelievable how a short time alone before the Lord in the tabernacle can improve your prayer life all day long.
2 – Listening to His Word. Every day at Mass we have two readings and a responsorial psalm. The first reading is usually from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the second reading is from the Gospels. The Church does a wonderful job of presenting cycles of readings so that you basically go through all of the important parts of the whole Bible in three years. Sundays are set on a three-year cycle and weekday readings are set on a two-year cycle. If you only attend Sunday mass, you do not get the fullness of the readings cycle. Beginning each day listening to God’s Word and the homily about it can really impact you all day long. The Church also follows different Liturgical Seasons such as Advent, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary time. The weekday readings emphasize the importance of these Seasons on a daily basis. Immersing yourself in God’s Word is power-giving.
3 – Receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus. Jesus made it extremely clear that if we want to be filled with the fullness of life, we need to eat His body and drink His blood (Read John, Chapter 6). I would have to say that His Body and His Blood fill me with graces constantly. Sometimes there is a reason that I cannot attend the morning mass (snow, Doctor, etc.) and when that happens, I feel such a loss. We are used to taking daily multi-vitamins and daily coffee etc. to pick us up, but to me, nothing picks me up better that receiving Him at daily mass. The strength given to me by that lasts all day and affects every part of the person that I am. I believe that I have an abundant life because I receive my Lord every day in the Eucharist.
4 – Experiencing Community. Daily mass has less people in it than does Sunday Mass. Because of this, you get to meet these people and share your lives with them. I know this can be true of Sunday mass, but daily Mass emphasizes it. You learn of your fellow parishioners’ ups and downs and you share a better level of community. In our parish, every Wednesday we go over to our parish center and share with each other what the readings of the day have meant to us. We usually have about 20 attend and it is a wonderful experience. Also, at daily Mass you get to know the things that are happening as they happen, not one week later like at Sunday Mass. We always have people who are struggling with health and life issues and daily mass allows us to be more supportive, especially on the days that they need it the most. Community is a very important gift.
5 – Know your Priests and Deacons. Daily Mass gives us more of an opportunity to know the clergy that support our parishes. They also get to know you better. There is usually more time for meeting with the clergy. You can also get to appreciate the homilies that they give. You can bring support to them, and they can bring support to you.
In closing, I cannot emphasize enough how important daily Mass is to me. I feel that I am a much stronger Christian because of it. I know that I am closer to the Lord, and hear His voice better because of it. It is also wonderful to know that people all over the world are hearing the same scriptures and receiving the same Lord at the same time I do. You certainly get a fuller appreciation of the gift that the Church is to the world. There are so many great books on the Mass, but one that really touched me is Scott Hahn’s, “The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth”. In it we see that we are really sharing in a little bit of heaven every time we attend Mass. I personally want to do that every day.
I will end with some quotes that Dr. Taylor Marshall found about the Eucharist. They say so much. He says: These quotes remind me of the hidden mystery of the Holy Mass. I plan to review them before Mass during Lent. I’d encourage you to do the same if you also struggle with distractions. I may print them out on a card and put them in my missal:
- When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~ St. John Chrysostom
- The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~ St. Augustine
- If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~ Saint Jean Vianney
- The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
- Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s Goodness and asked Our Lord “How can I thank you?” Our Lord replied, “ATTEND ONE MASS.”
- “My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they’ve heard Masses.” Our Lady to Blessed Alan.
- When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary – a joy, a fragrance, a well-being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt. ~ Saint Jean Vianney
- There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us. ~ Saint Jean Vianney
- When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee. ~ Saint Jean Vianney
- It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass. ~ St. Pio of Pietrelcina
That last quote from Saint Pio is profound. The entire cosmos is sustained by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…”
This video provides many stories of the devotion of the saints to daily Mass:
The above video provides many stories showcasing the devotion of various saints to daily Mass: 05 Daily Holy Mass – Jesus our Eucharistic love
Begin the habit of attending daily Mass
“Do you ever feel overwhelmed or like your life is beyond your control? Jesus is present in the Eucharist to help us. We can welcome Him into our lives not just on Sundays, but every day, at daily Mass. Attending daily Mass regularly helps us hold a place for Jesus in our lives every day, and to build a deeper relationship with Him, so that we may realize His love for us, and His desire to care for us. To help you begin a daily Mass habit, the diocese hosted ‘Come to the Altar,’ to focus on the meaning of the Mass.”
Bishop William Waltersheid invites you to participate in the Come to the Altar daily Mass campaign and explains the benefits of attending daily Mass: Read more about his campaign for daily Mass here.
Other Eucharistic articles by Bishop Waltersheid:
Other articles encouraging daily Mass:
- Mass every day? Catholic Answers
- Church every day – why Catholics go to daily Mass
- The Everyday Grace of weekday Mass
- The Simple Act of Attending Daily Mass
- How to make it to weekday Mass even with a crazy busy schedule
The saints had much to say on this topic!
If you can, attend Mass and receive Holy Communion often, even daily. Due to work, raising families, caregiving, health issues or other obligations, it may not be possible for you to attend daily Mass daily in-person. If and when it is not possible, make spiritual communions and watch or listen to reverent Masses and sermons.
The following quotes are from the sermon in a beautiful Mass with excellent music, which was followed by the Holy Rosary, at EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), which is available “everywhere” on TV, their website, live or replay on your own timing on YouTube on the Internet, radio and Amazon Alexa (which can be remotely turned on and played for seniors who have the device):
- “The Lord most of all wants a burning love in us… How do we maintain that love and grow… actually intensify it? By staying close to the Source, the fire of love… by receiving Communion often, the Sacraments or making Spiritual Communions. Padre Pio would say: place your heart in the Tabernacle when you can’t receive Communion or are far from a chapel. Receive as often as you can the Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist… Meditate on His Word.” – Fr. Joseph Mary M.F.V.A. (EWTN Catholic daily Mass, YouTube, November 14, 2022)
- “‘They drank the Blood of the Lord and became friends of God.’ It is that Eucharistic strength that especially is sanctification for us, that transforms our hearts, that unites us with that Divine fire Who is the Lord. At every Mass we hear His Word. This inspires us, motivates us and teaches us; and at every Mass we commune with the One Who is Divine Love. That’s what motivated Peter and Paul. That’s how they were able to overcome so many obstacles.” – Fr. Joseph Mary M.F.V.A. (EWTN Catholic daily Mass, YouTube, November 18, 2022, Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica’s of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles)
Mass in person is a privilege, if you have time to do so, avail yourself of this great grace – no matter whether you are single, married, working or retired, don’t miss out! You can offer each Mass and your Holy Communion for special intentions, just like you do when you pray the Holy Rosary
More to follow.