05 February 2011

On the Mass and the Offices in Sanctifying the Whole Week


More comments in reference to the purpose of the holy mass and daily offices related to sanctifying daily life throughout the week, not just on Sundays.


Quite correct. The holy mass is the highest form of prayer, the supreme sacrament, and the pinnacle of our connection with Christ. What has happened is that, as you said, many limit the Eucharist to Sundays only. They go to church on Sundays, but the rest of the week is secular.

If one looks at the missal, there is a mass (sometimes more than one) appointed for EVERY day of the week. Not everyone attends daily mass, and not every priest is required to celebrate daily. Nevertheless, the masses are there. The missal, by the way, makes a great daily devotional. Read through the propers, and I bet your daily life during the week will be less secularized. Attend mass during the week when you can, and you'll benefit even more.

In addition to the mass, we have the Daily Offices, the second highest form of prayer. They are called "daily" for a reason. They sanctify the WHOLE day EVERY day. I recommend the laity getting a breviary and praying the daily offices regularly, even if they don't do all of them.

This all makes a difference. The Eucharist and the offices teach us what it is we need to know in order to fulfill our Christian mission in our DAILY lives, not just for an hour or so on Sunday.