Growing in Understanding and Appreciation for Mass
While attending Mass "virtually" is less than ideal, it is a great opportunity for all of us to grow in our understanding and appreciation for what is truly happening, so that when we are finally able to return to our parishes, we can enter more fully into the celebration that is the source and summit of our Catholic faith.
One good thing about "going to Mass" online, it has sparked peoples' curiosity about what is actually happening during Mass. Many churches have great camera angles and zoom lenses which allow the congregation at home to actually see things up close. Things they might not see from the parish pew. This new vantage point has caused many people (adults and children) to wonder about everything from what the priest's vestments are called and why he wears them to what the articles on the altar are called and used for. In an effort to answer these questions, Fr. Jonathan Meyer, a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has created two very short videos where he addresses these very questions. Great for children and adults, check them out:
Do you have more questions about why we do what we do at Mass? Do you have a friend or family member that has asked you about the Mass? School of Faith and Fr. Bill Bruning from Queen of the Holy Rosary, Overland Park have teamed up and recorded a "teaching" Mass. During this one hour Mass, Dr. Michael Scherschligt will explain all the parts of the Mass to help you grow in your appreciation and understanding of the Mass.