In this 5th Grade lesson, you study the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You learn how the Mass is the same Sacrifice as Jesus offered on Calvary, as well the great benefits you receive from attending Mass.
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The Repentant Mary Magdalene After Her Conversion by James Tissot
Sometimes you may wonder what it was like for those who lived during Jesus’ time. You can think of the sweetness of the union of the Holy Family. Imagine the joy of Simeon, in the Temple, when he first saw the Savior whom he had been awaiting for so many years. The woman caught in adultery visibly witnessed the great mercy of Jesus upon her. It is good to picture scenes from the Gospel, knowing how blessed people were to know Jesus.
In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you too personally encounter Jesus Christ. He is truly present in the Consecrated Host. He is offered as a victim on the altar at Mass. He comes to us at Mass. And He dwells in the Tabernacle outside of Mass.
St. John Chrysostom said, “You can call happy those who saw Him. But, come to the altar and you will see Him. You will touch Him. You will give to Him holy kisses. You will wash Him with your tears. You will carry Him within you like Mary Most Holy.”
At Calvary, Our Lady stood beneath the Cross. Her own soul was pierced with a sword of compassion for her beloved Son. St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary Magdalene were also present. As you have learned, “The Mass is the same sacrifice as that of the Cross.” The sacrifice is unbloody, but it is the same one made present. The priest acts in the Person of Christ and offers the Sacrifice on your behalf and for the salvation of all people. You are in union with Our Lady, St. John, and St. Mary Magdalene who stayed with Jesus on the Cross.
Never forget that when you are at Mass, you are at Calvary, the place where Jesus was Crucified. Jesus suffered because He loves you so much. You should consider it a great privilege to be able to go to Mass. The Church has taught that you are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Be sure to go to Mass on these days. Remember, though, that God would be very pleased if you went more often that! The Church encourages daily Mass and Holy Communion.
You receive the most graces from attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. You are as close to God as possible on Earth when you go to Mass. At Mass you are surrounded by the Angels who are praying right along with you. This is the closest you can get to Heaven while you are on Earth. It is very beneficial for your soul and growth in the spiritual life. Attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion are a great gift. You should never take it for g... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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