From the Rectorâ€™s Desk
As Christians we have an obligation to attend Sunday Mass. There is also an obligation to attend Mass on special holy days, such as Christmas and Epiphany, Ascension and feasts of the major saints.
Our attendance is not simply because we feel like it; but must be considered as part of our duty towards God.
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer in the ancient catechism puts it this way
Question. What is thy duty towards God?
Answer. My duty towards God, is to believe in him, to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole trust in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his Word, and to serve him truly all the days of my life.
There are times when persons come to Mass even when it is difficult to do so. At times persons come to Mass on the way home from the night shift or before they go to work.
Those who receive communion in their homes do so with eager longing, as age or illness hinders them. They remain part of the community and are not cut off. We must always be vigilant in order to note when persons cannot come because of some infirmity.
We who are able must not see our coming to Mass as a convenience, or identify a particular Sunday when we come or even be present only when we are assigned to read a lesson or to do the prayers of the people â€“ the intercession.
We come to Mass because we love God who first loved us, cared for us and died on the cross for our salvation.
Our presence is part of our thanksgiving which is offered up in the Holy Eucharist. This is something that we must love to do and anticipate with eager longing.
There is great joy when we lift up our hearts and hands and voices and worship the lamb who stands in the midst of the throne and join the company of the blessed as we say or sing holy holy, holy . . .
May Godâ€™s grace continue with us and may we worship in Spirit and truth.
Your friend and priest,
Noel A. Burke
Noel A. Burke, M.A. (The Revâ€™d Canon)