The Mass is the source and summit of our lives as Christians. By the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all.
It is important that we are attuned to Christ's presence and action in the Mass. Careful preparation of ourselves for the celebration, and continuing to ponder the things of the celebration in our heart makes all the difference.
Two resources are recommended for the use of all members of the assembly - minsters and congregation alike.
- The first is a resource which is principally intended for children and their families, and is made available through schools. The Wednesday Word has proved remarkably successful in helping children 'hear' the word of God and for families to talk about their faith and together prepare for Mass. General details are available here. An additional resource, which may prove useful for parishes whose schools and children are already using Wednesday Word, is available here.
- The second is a daily blog. From Wednesday to Saturday it offers (in reverse order) the readings for the following Sunday, together with a brief reflection. On Sunday and Mondays there are postings which relate the celebration of the Sunday to our culture (paintings, music, writings etc), and to the life of faith. The easiest way of accessing these postings is to subscribe to the blog - livingeucharist.wordpress.com. (Press the 'follow' button on the bottom right of the screen when you access the blog).That way you receive an e-mail as each daily posting is made. Alternatively you can access the blog directly at any time.