Preparing for Mass
I prepare for Mass on my Sunday commute by listening to Charles Gounod’s, Messe Solemmelle de Sainte Cecile. This romantic style Mass was composed in 1855 for three soloists, mixed choir, orchestra, and organ. Not only does it ensure I am wide awake, it also helps my spirit soar as I make my way to the parish and our celebration of the Mass in a more modern style. I pull out of the driveway with Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy). As I pass by the Starbucks, the Gloria begins. With the first view of Mount Rainier, the Credo (I Believe) starts and the beauty and magnificence of creation reinforces the belief in the Creator. I enter the parking lot as the Sanctus (Holy, Holy) concludes. Once at the parish, I begin to think of the people and needs for which I want to pray. I also always think of at least one thing for which I am thankful.
Preparation for Mass can make the Mass more fruitful. That preparation could include looking over the readings, bible.usccb.org/. Most of us drive to church. You can use that time to listen to some relaxing or inspiring music. If you are traveling with family, you can ask each member old enough to speak what is a current need for which to pray and a blessing of the past week for which to give thanks. Remind children they can silently mention those things when we pause of our individual prayers in the Universal Prayers after the Profession of Faith as well as when the bread and wine are brought forward and placed on the altar.
Getting to church can be hectic, especially with little ones. How can you find a moment of peace to help you enter into more deeply the mystery we are about to celebrate? Let me know what works for you.