Mass etiquette is a wonderful way to show reverence when you
invited to attend this special Catholic service. It is a time that is
dedicated to worshiping for them and it is vital that you show your
Mass is a religious service that has at its heart the Eucharist of Jesus Christ.
The Eucharist is the representation of the body and blood of Jesus
Christ. Mass also includes a sermon, scriptural readings, the Eucharist
prayer and communion.
During Mass, there are certain times when
everyone should stay
When the Scriptures are being read, the sermon is being given and when
the priest is saying the words of Consecration (the Eucharist prayer).
The only exceptions to this is if you become ill or you have a crying
child to comfort.
You may wonder why
you will not be able to partake of the Communion when that time comes.
Only members of the church who have received their First Sacrament and
have fasted for one hour prior to Mass can partake. It is very sacred
and it is felt that a nonmember would not have the right understanding
of that which is happening.
If you have been invited to share in a Mass ceremony, there
are a few things that you
should do to help you feel comfortable.
Remember that the person who has invited you has done so with love in
their heart and wants to share something very important to them with
Good religious etiquette is shown when, although not a member
of the Catholic church, you
respect all of the proceedings
that will be taking place during the Mass. It is important to remember
that no one is going to think you are no supposed to be there. They are
happy that you have come.
So here are a few guidelines for good Mass etiquette:
- Be sure to
arrive on time. It is even better that you arrive a few
minutes early, so that you will be in your seat when the
- Turn off your
cell phone. It is very irreverent to have your
cell phone ringing or buzzing during any type of religious ceremony.
will be in a place that is considered very holy to the members of the
church. Gentlemen need to wear pants and a nice shirt. Ladies you
should wear clothes that cover your body. It is good service etiquette
to wear clothes that cover your shoulders, chest and knees. Avoid
clothing that is too tight as well. Gentlemen and ladies, please wear
clothes that are clean and well-kept.
is a time that you need to be reverent. It is not a time to catch up on
the latest bit of news. When the church bells ring, it is time for all
to observe the silence that is necessary in Mass. Listen to what is
- Do what you
feel comfortable doing. It
is considered polite to stand and sit when the congregation does,
however if you do not feel comfortable doing so, then remain seated.
When the congregation has been invited to receive the Communion, you
can remain seated or approach the altar with the others. If you choose
to approach the altar, cross your hands over your chest. This tells the
priest that you would like to receive a blessing and not partake.
- Stay until
the end of Mass. It
is considered bad mass etiquette to get up and leave during any part of
the service, unless you are ill or tending to a crying baby.
the end of the service, quietly leave the Church. It is appropriate to
visit outside and enjoy the company of friends there.
Being invited to participate in a special time such as this is a gesture of love
Mass etiquette will hopefully give you the opportunity to enjoy the
time, rather than feeling uncomfortable in a new setting. Any time you
are asked to share in a religious observance, take time to reflect on
what you believe and how you feel.