Hi, Robert! You are so right. We are to fully participate in the Mass, we are to *pray* the Mass. It is the highest prayer we can offer. Sometimes I'm distracted with the stuff of life, worries and so forth, but the best and most fruitful masses are those in which I'm fully present. I love when I see someone with their hands together, pointing straight up to heaven for the entire Mass. It's so intimate, so inspiring. I think God puts those angels in our midst as an example. To be so deep into the Liturgy is such a joy. Thank you.<quoted text>
I think there is one thing which is most misunderstood, by non-Catholics, as well as Catholics....That the Mass is actively participated in by the laity. And it is taught to be actively participated in....
Especially non-Catholics have the view that everything comes down from a hierarchy, and this makes the laity some sort of mindless zombie, just following orders.
I think there is evidence within the walls of every church that there are persons, in there, as a habit, or a tradition, but this has been on the decline. And that is a good thing. Get rid of the dead weight. Get back to the basics, live and teach them.
The first half of the Mass, the Gathering in to Hear the Word(Bible) is where one actively participates with the mind and heart, as much as the Feast and the Going Forth....
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, and one another.
A blessed Advent season to you and yours!