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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Fearless Friday: “Listen to Him”

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Today is the feast of the Transfiguration. In reading the mass readings for today, these verses particularly stand out:

“Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.”

Today I am praying for the grace to be able to hear the voice of Jesus. I am praying for the grace to not let the the many cares of daily life from getting in the way of listening to His voice. I am praying for the grace to make time for prayer and reading His Word. I am praying for a deepening of my relationship with the Lord.

I am praying for this grace for each of you today, as well. I am praying that you have a deepening of your relationship with Jesus, that you grow ever closer to Him with each new day.

May our minds and hearts be transfigured unto Jesus.

What is your prayer intention for today? For this week? Please share at Free Spirit Haven so that we can pray with you.

Saint Martha, Pray for Us!

Saint Martha

Father,
your Son honored St. Martha
by coming to her home as a guest.
By her prayers
may we serve Christ in our brothers and sisters
and be welcomed by you into heaven, our true home.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

(Opening Prayer from the Feast Day Mass)

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday)