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What Is the The Holy Mass
The Roman Missal is the book that contains the texts of the Holy Mass, the highest form of prayer of the Roman Catholic Church, and according to Fr. Faber, "the most beautiful thing this side of heaven." Every Mass is a re-presentation of Calvary, and the altar itself, the place where heaven and earth meet. The graces that our blessed Lord merited by his death on the cross now flow down to us through the Most Holy and Eternal Sacrifice of the Mass. The Mass was thus accurately described by St. Peter Julian Eymard, "the holiest act of religion."
As Catholics, we are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and certain other holydays prescribed by the Church. Unfortunately, tit is not always possible for many of the faithful to travel the distances required to find a true and valid Mass celebrated according to the traditional rites. Many more find themselves homebound for various other reasons, such as sickness, obligations to loved ones, or difficult work schedules. And then there are those who are able to attend Mass, but not as often as they would like. For these and others like them, there are many benefits in having the texts of the Mass instantly available online.
Even the most devout sometimes have difficulty following the Mass in their missals. The multi-colored ribbons help somewhat, but how many succeed in following every single word of the Mass? So often we open our Missal in confused bewilderment. What's today's feast? Is the Mass in the Proper of the Saints or the Proper of the Season? What if the priest says a votive Mass? Where do we find that? When are each of the Prefaces said? And what are those extra prayers the Priest says after the Collect? Difficulties like these highlight the advantage of having instant access to an easy-to-read format that provides the complete text of every daily Mass from the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar to the Leonine Prayers at the end.
Not only is the entire text of each Mass included on our website, but also each feast day and season is embellished with its own introduction, along with commentaries and rubrics, the various prayers and litanies of the missal, preparation before Holy Communion and thanksgiving prayers afterward.
Thanks to modern technology, we are able to provide hundreds of images--works of fine art, photographs of churches, pictures of the saints, etc.—plus musical renditions of the propers and ordinary of the Mass sung by monastic, cathedral, and professional choirs from around the world.
Over the next few years we shall be gradually expanding our web pages until we have the complete text of the Roman Missal available to our subscribers at the highest possible aesthetic level, externally reflecting the beauty of the words and rituals contained within. We know that the texts and chants of the Holy Apostolic Mass cannot fail to uplift the soul and raise towards heaven the visitor's thoughts, words, and deeds.
The Guild of St Peter ad Vincula looks forward to providing you, our subscribers, with an enriching and inspirational supplement to your prayer life. The Guild's central apostolate is the preservation and restoration of the true faith and worship of the Church, and we hope that you will join with us in praying the traditional Holy Apostolic Mass daily, as the fount of all graces and the central and most treasured part of your spiritual life.