Holy Mass, Pious Devotions

How to Share in 500,000 Masses

The intention we ought to have when saying “Jesus” is to offer all the Masses that are being said all over the world for the glory of God, for our own needs, and for the world at large. About 500,000 Masses are celebrated daily. And we can and should share in all of these.

The Mass brings Jesus to our altars. At every Mass He is once again present here on earth, as really as when He became man in His Mother’s womb. He also sacrifices Himself on the Altar as really and truly as He did on Calvary, though in a mystical, unbloody manner. The Mass is said, not only for all those who assist at church, but for all those who wish to hear it and offer it with the priest.

All we have to do is to say reverently, “Jesus, Jesus,” with the intention of offering these Masses and participating in them. By doing this we have a share in all of them.

It is a wonderful grace to assist at and to offer one Mass; what will it not be to offer and share in 500,000 Masses every day!

Therefore, every time we say “Jesus,” let it be our intention:

To offer to God all the infinite love and merits of the Incarnation.

To offer to God the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

To offer to God all the 500,000 Masses being celebrated in the world – for His glory and our own intentions.

All that we have to do is to say the one word, “Jesus,” but knowing what we are doing.

St. Mechtilde was accustomed to offer the Passion of Jesus in union with all the Masses of the world for the souls in Purgatory.

Our Lord once showed her Purgatory open and thousands of souls going up to Heaven as the result of her little prayer.

When we say, “Jesus,” we can offer the Passion and the Masses of the world, either for ourselves or for the souls in Purgatory, or for any other intention we please.

We should always, too, offer them for the world at large and our own country in particular.

~Source:”Wonders of the Holy Name”

Holy Mass, Pious Devotions

Why Should I Go To Mass Everyday?

+The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!”

(Pope Paul VI)

+For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death (revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the great).

+Padre Pio, the stigmatic priest, said, the world could exist more easily without the sun than without the Mass.

+The Cure’ d’ Ars, St. Jean Vianney said, if we knew the value of the Mass we would die of joy.

+A great doctor of the Church, St. Anselm, declares that a single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.

+St. Leonard of Port Maurice supports this statement by saying that one Mass before death may be more profitable than many after it.

+”The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetime, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death.”

(Pope Benedict XV).

+Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s Goodness and asked Our Lord, “How can I thank you?” Our Lord replied, “ATTEND ONE MASS.”

+The Blessed Virgin Mary once told Her faithful servant Alain: “My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they’ve heard Masses.”

(Explication Du Saint Sacrifice De La Messe)

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The Holy Mass of Pope Saint Leo XIII

“I was once admitted to assist at the Mass of Pope Leo XIII,” a venerable priest told us, “and no book that I ever read on the Mass, no sermon I ever heard, produced on me such a profound impression. “It is now fifty years since that happy day, and never since have I forgotten that Mass of the Holy Father. Never have I celebrated Mass myself that I have not tried to imitate the devotion he manifested at his Mass.

“The Pope was then 85 years of age, and seemed to me feeble, and considerably bent as he entered the chapel. When, however, he proceeded to the altar he was filled with a new life, a new energy. “He began the Holy Sacrifice absorbed in devotion. All his gestures, all his movements, his slow, distinct utterance of the words showed clearly that he felt that he was in the very presence of God.

At the moment of Consecration his face lit up with a beautiful light, his great eyes shone and his whole expression was as of one looking at, conversing with the Almighty. “He took the Host in his hands with the utmost reverence and pronounced the solemn words of Consecration manifestly, with a full comprehension of the tremendous act he was performing. “He then bent his knee as if before the throne of God in Heaven; he raised the Host aloft and gazed at It in rapture, slowly returning It to the corporal. “He manifested the same unction and living faith at the Consecration of the most Precious Blood. “Thence on to the Communion, his fervor was visible at every moment. “At the Agnus Dei he seemed to be speaking face to face with God. “I do not venture to describe with what love he consumed the Sacred Host and drank the Precious Blood of Jesus.

“And yet the Mass was not very long, the whole ceremony was simple but so impressive that, as I have said, it has been ever before my eyes for fifty long years.”

~Source:”How to be Happy,How to Be Holy”

Holy Mass, Miracles of Jesus, Stories of the Supernatural

The Powerful Graces of the Mass

St. Thomas, the Prince of Theologians, writes wonderfully of the Mass. “The Mass,” he says, “obtains for sinners in mortal sin the grace of repentance. For the just, it obtains the remission of venial sins and the pardon of the pain due to sin. It obtains an increase of habitual [Sanctifying] grace, as well as all the graces necessary for their special needs.”

St. Paul, the Hermit, stood once at the church door as the people entered. He saw the soul of one man, a great sinner, in such a state of horrible corruption as appalled him. Moreover, he saw a devil standing by his side who seemed to have complete control of him.

On leaving the church, he saw the same man so completely changed that he called him aside and asked him confidentially if he was sorry for his sins. The poor man at once confessed that he had committed many and very grave sins, but during the Mass he had read in his prayer book, “If your sins are as red as scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.” “I began at once to ask God to pardon and forgive me, and I am very sorry for my sins and I wish to go to Confession at once.”

St. Paul saw that by his act of sincere sorrow the man was, by the infinite merits of the Mass, pardoned of all his sins.

Holy Mass, Stories of the Supernatural

Miraculous Mass of St.Gregory the Great

In relation to the Mass, St. Gregory the Great is perhaps especially remembered by many for the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in 595 during the Holy Sacrifice. This famous incident was related by Paul the Deacon in his 8th century biography of the holy pope, Vita Beati Gregorii Papae.

Pope Gregory was distributing Holy Communion during a Sunday Mass and noticed amongst those in line a woman who had helped make the hosts was laughing. This disturbed him greatly and so he inquired what was the cause of her unusual behaviour. The woman replied that the she could not believe how the hosts she had prepared could become the Body and Blood of Christ just by the words of consecration.

Hearing this disbelief, St. Gregory refused to give her Communion and prayed that God would enlighten her with the truth. Just after making this plea to God, the pope witnessed some consecrated Hosts (which appeared as bread) change their appearance into actual flesh and blood. Showing this miracle to the woman, she was moved to repentance for her disbelief and knelt weeping. Today, two of these miraculous Hosts can still be venerated at Andechs Abbey in Germany (with a third miraculous Host from Pope Leo IX [11th century], thus the Feast of the Three Hosts of Andechs.