Holy Mass for the Absent – 21 page booklet, Imprimatur 1924. It often happens that Christians from unavoidable impediments, may be unable to hear Mass on Sundays and Holydays of obligation. Causes may excuse bodily presence, but do not dispense us from uniting ourselves in spirit to those who actually enjoy the happiness of being in God’s holy temple.
Holy Mass for the Absent includes the Method of Hearing Mass Spiritually, Prayers during the time of Divine Service, for those who are hindered from attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in church, and Act of Union with the Sacrifice of the Mass, when we cannot assist at it.
The Mass is the supreme act of Christian worship, continually celebrated as foretold by the prophet Malachy I, 2:
“From the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation.”
Very properly are all obliged to take part in it on Sundays and other days consecrated specially to divine worship. Traditional Latin Mass fulfills the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The Mass is the sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Christ, instituted by Him at the Last Supper without shedding of blood; offered in bloodshed on the Cross ; and repeated as at the Last Supper, without shedding blood, by priests duly ordained to offer it as bidden by Him:
“Do ye this in commemoration of Me.”
There are ten Holy Days of Obligation in the Latin Rite of the Church
- Circumcision of Christ
- Corpus Christi
- Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
- All Saints’ Day
- The Immaculate Conception
- St. Joseph’s Day