How to Prepare Ahead for the Lord’s Day

I didn’t plan on doing a series on this; but, after explaining why honoring the Lord’s day is important and offering some ways to honor the Lord’s day each week, I thought it would be a good idea to share some ways you can prepare ahead of time to make Sundays the special day it was meant to be.

Image by Icb (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by Icb (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Before I go on though, I want to reiterate that celebrating the Lord’s day isn’t about following rigid rules. Charity trumps all. You may not be able (or want) to follow these suggestions. Pray about it and let your heart guide you in how to prepare and celebrate the Lord’s Day.

Preparing your soul:

Before preparing anything else, try and spend some time preparing your heart and soul – especially for participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Confession. “Back in the day” Mother Church encouraged her children to go to confession (or the Sacrament of Reconciliation) weekly or every other week. Now, we are encouraged to go at least monthly. In either case, if you need to, write in your calendar so you make the time to go.

Familiarize yourself with the readings. Before you go to bed the night before or in the morning, take the time to read through the mass readings for the day. Better yet, take some time to read the readings with your family and talk about it together.

Take a few minutes to recollect yourself. I know how hard it can be to get everyone ready and out the door just to get to mass on time. But, if you can manage to get to the church a few minutes early to settle the kiddos, and recollect your spirit, it may make a difference in how you approach the sacrament.

Preparing your home:

Errands. We are all busy, I get it. But if at all possible, try and get your errands out of the way during the week during the week and/or Saturdays. By the way, this includes food shopping. As a matter of fact, you may find shopping easier at other times when it’s not so crazy anyway.

Cleaning. If you have a system where you do cleaning jobs during the week, you’re ahead of the game. Otherwise, if have to do your cleaning on weekends, do it Saturday. Enlist the help of family members to make the job faster.

Prepare as much of your meals as possible. When you can, do all or most of your chopping and preparing Saturday night. Put together one-dish meals that you can bake off at dinner time or get everything you need to through in the slow-cooker Sunday morning. And don’t forget to set the table the night before to make breakfast time a little easier, too. 🙂

Preparing your person:

Clothes. Get everyone’s (including yourself) clothes out the night before. This will give you the chance to do any ironing (if you even do that anymore!) you may need to do and make getting ready for mass a little less stressful.

(I may be speaking to the choir here again, but there’s a lot of people who dress down, as if they are going to a sporting event or wear clothes that’s rather too low-cut or inappropriate for being in Jesus’ presence. Do dress accordingly for being the presence of the Almighty and Holy God.)

Get enough rest. As moms, most of us are ready to drop by 9 or 10pm. But, there are those who are night owls or for whatever reason stay up extremely late – hopefully doing something fun! However, I don’t need to remind you how important it is to be as refreshed and alert for participating in the Eucharist (as much as the little ones will allow you!). So, try to get in a good night’s rest if you can.

I hope you find this mini-series helpful and get you praying about how you can the Lord’s Day special. And do share any ideas you  may have about preparing or celebrating your Sundays in the comments.

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  1. A lot of your ideas fit the way I was raised. Friday was cleaning day and we all pitched in to have the house look nice for the weekend. Mom and Dad made out the grocery list after dinner Friday night and they went shopping. The menus were set for the week at list making time. We kids were expected to get our clothes ready for Sunday morning on Saturday night. We always looked forward to Sunday dinner because Dad barbequed either chicken or hamburgers and it was a real treat. My folks were very organized and we kids all learned good lessons from them. We took the Lord’s day seriously.

  2. How if you choose to go to Saturday would this work also?

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Hi Amanda, these suggestions can work even if you normally go to Saturday evening mass. For example, most parishes have confession before Saturday Mass, so you could go to confession and then stay for Mass. This would give plenty of time to recollect yourself and get familiar with the readings. You could run some errands Saturday morning. And even if you go to mass Saturday evenings on a regular basis, you could still honor Sunday as a day of rest and prayer.

      I hope that helps!

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