Jan 15, 2022 filed under Hope, Prayer.

Elevation at Holy Mass

Are you ready for something that will revolutionize your engagement at Mass? It’s from a Deacon who took my Revive Your Catholic Prayer Life course. This is what he shared about how to get more out of the ultimate prayer, the Holy Mass:

“We need to put all of our pain and troubles, everything, in those gifts on their way up the aisle to the altar, because the gifts that we’re bringing up will be transformed. It’s not just bread and wine and money going up there – it’s all of our hopes, dreams, complaints – and everything else we can put in that basket. And God will transform them – and give them back to us transformed.

“When we receive Communion, we’re receiving something completely different than those gifts that went up. We can go to Communion with the idea that everything we threw in that basket with the gifts: the crappy stuff that weighs us down, is coming back to us transformed. The bread and wine have been transformed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, and in that, our burdens and worries have been transformed, too.”

Now, I had heard of putting all our worries and wounds in the gifts as they are brought to the altar and of receiving the bread made body and blood of Christ, but I had never closed the loop that the painful stuff that we attach to the gifts – that pain is always given back to us transformed by Christ into our salvation, into a Word of Hope.

I’ll be going to Mass shortly, and look forward to having all the anxiety of this day transformed by Jesus into a blessing that invites me to rest in the arms of God and trust that he has bound up all my wounds – and that he’s in charge, not I.

Love always,

24 Responses to “A Simple Way to Get More Out of Holy Mass”

  1. Rose Miranda

    Thank you Rose.It really helps to know this special gift to us.

    God Bless You

    🌹 Rose

  2. Esther R. Davis

    So beautiful.. I load Jesus down at Mass with all my desires, pain and more. He knows all, and i would be there all day if i mentioned them. Not necessary. Just a few words, do your best, and let HIM do the rest. He never fails. I am healed each and every time i receive Him, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Why should we not believe this? It’s our Catholic Faith. Lets live it, and love it. In His most glorious Name, I remain in Him, and He in me. Amen!

  3. Violet Weeks-Sides

    Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to going to mass in the morning with my offering to be transformed. We are so blessings. 💜🌸🙏🏽

  4. Dorothy Huggins

    Thank you Rose
    I will be going to mass here shortly and I pray that I keep this message in mind as I receive the Body of Christ!

  5. Mary Francis

    Thank you for all of your encouragement and prayers. It’s hard to let go of some worries and concerns but keeping them in our heart is not a resolution. The best resolution is giving them to Christ since He is in charge. Thank you for all you do for so many.

  6. Annamae

    Love this one. So true but we forget At least I do. Brings such peace

  7. Mary-Robyn Drury

    Thank you Rose, I have high anxiety everyday. Covid has kept me from my church and now have to start all over feeling safe and comfortable in the church. I’ll use you words to guide me through.

    Thank you

  8. Mary E Stroud

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful meditation. It will make Mass so much more meaningful.

  9. Karen F. Coombe

    Dear Rose, Many thanks for sharing this inspirational message; truly uplifting and especially significant today. Peace and Blessings, Karen

  10. Maria Vida

    Thank you Rose 🌹
    For sharing, I’ll have to remember that for the next time I go to Mass, it could be tomorrow if the weather permits.

    God bless you

  11. Helen

    We are facing a very serious disease with our oldest daughter. All through the week I pray listen pray encourage
    Pray. Whenever I go to Communion I place her in the hands of Jesus and Mary, at this placing which is different from the other million times a day I cry out to Jesus and Mary is with tears. After this releasing I am able to do whatever is necessary to get through the day. Jesus and Mary are my strength. Thank you so much for this beautiful sharing.

  12. Liz

    I had a Priest tell me once to put all of my concerns into the chalice when the priest consecrates the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus. And ask Jesus to change all of those concerns into what he wants them to be. This is so exciting for me. I appreciate this reminder to do this Rose. God bless you all and God bless America!

  13. Christine

    Just like the wedding feast at Cana – He turns our water into wine. I love this!

  14. Kathy

    Thank you Rose. This is a beautiful and awesome concept that I never even thought about. I feel that I am always asking God for favors and I try to use the Mass to thank Him for the gifts he has given me. It doesn’t dawn on me that He wants me to offer the things that weigh me down so they can be transformed.

  15. Mary Anderson

    Sooo beautiful Rose!
    A huge Amen!!
    Giving Him all our crap and He transforms it!!! Those words pierced my heart!! Perfect timing as usual my lady!
    Giant hugs Rose 🌹 🤗 ❤

  16. Dan Hennessey

    Wow, how humbling it is to know that my brief reflection impacted many people. Liz, your comment was especially meaningful for me. Every time I take the chalice from the priest at the end of the Eucharistic prayer, I am amazed that I can hold it steady with the heavy weight of my concerns, much less those of the entire congregation. Another miracle of our Eucharistic celebration! God is good all the time.

    And thank you, Rose, for inquiring about us. Beth still uses a wheelchair and struggles with nausea and diarrhea daily. I’ve decided to retire in November, waiting that long so that I can say goodbye to my patients. I’ve been in practice for 39 years, 36 of which have been in Little Rock. I look forward to spending all my days with Beth, but it is bittersweet to say goodbye to so many friends I have helped medically and ministerially over those years; a few 4th generation patients and an unknown number are third generation. I am so blessed and so humbled by it all.

  17. Pat Friedhoff

    I had never heard this before – but I love it. How comforting to know that my personal ‘gifts’ tossed into the Offertory basket will be transformed into something better. And each time it is tossed in – better again. And with God’s grace, I won’t have to toss it in forever. a very comforting thought. Thank you, Rose.