True Magnificence of the Mass
In the busyness of our lives, we don’t often reflect upon the remarkable treasure to be found in the Mass. The video: True Magnificence of the Mass reveals the truth about the nature of worship, our understanding of the Mass, and how we gain access to Jesus Christ by participating in it. Through a series of interviews with Catholic lay people and Father John Riccardo, we gain insight into the Mass as a gift from God where he pours His grace upon us to face the challenges of life. Within the personal testimonies, the Mass as a sacrifice is explored as well as the great mystery of the Eucharist, whereby the body and blood of Jesus is made present and accessible to us. How different our lives are given such a gift. Your life will be forever changed!
Introduction (3 minutes, 42 seconds)
True Magnificence Overview (29 minutes)
TEACHINGS OF THE MASS
An inspiring and informative interview with Father John Riccardo provides additional teaching on the Mass. Below is a brief summary for each chapter as well as questions for discussion or reflection and some practical suggestions for how to re-awaken to the magnificence of the Mass.
Chapter One: Revised Roman Missal
This is a brief introduction to the changes in the words we will be saying at Mass beginning November 27, 2011, due to the revised translation of the Roman Missal. The history of changes to the Mass is given and the importance of making changes now.
Chapter Two: Overview of the Significance of the Mass
The Mass is known as the “source and summit” of Catholic life because of the gift we receive of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This chapter explains God’s love and desire for us and how He is revealed in the Mass.
Chapter Three: The Mass as a Sacrifice
Using the analogy of the movie, Saving Private Ryan, Father John Riccardo explores the sacrifice of Christ, in His death and resurrection, and how the Mass represents that sacrifice. In addition, the great gift of the Mass is revealed.
Chapter Four: Graces Received at Mass
The nature of grace is explained and the ways we can receive it in the Mass, through both Sacred Scripture and in the Eucharist.
Chapter Five: Prepare for Sunday
The nature of worship is discussed and how the material pleasures of this world distract us from the awesome wonder of God in the Mass. Suggestions are given for how to gain a better understanding of the Mass and to get something out of it.