The Mass is a profound encounter with Mystery—God becoming man, sacrificing Himself for our sins, and nourishing us with Himself in the Blessed Eucharist. So great a Mystery cannot be fully related by words or grasped by the human mind. The Traditional Latin Mass does not attempt to explain it. Rather, it leads our souls into the depths of this Mystery with rich layers of prayer and ritual, music and art, symbolism and silence. Silence fosters prayer. Quietness and tranquility prepare our soul for the Holy Ghost. Silence itself communicates, often more so and better than words. Your participation in this Mass will be more interior, but no less real—a turning of your mind and heart to the Eucharistic Lord.
How should I receive Communion?
The Catholic Church requires that Holy Communion at this Mass be received kneeling and on the tongue. “Amen” is not said before receiving. [ For those unable to kneel, standing is permitted, and for those unable to approach The altar rail, the priest will bring Communion to you in the front pews. j Receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue is an ancient practice of devotion and reverence to the Most Blessed Sacrament—Christ’s True Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. As St. Thomas Aquinas expressed: “Out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches it but what is consecrated.” All are reminded that Holy Communion may be received only by Catholics in the State of Grace (not knowingly in a state of mortal sin) who have fasted for one hour.