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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Answering the call

For a long time it has been in my heart to begin a blog. However, up until now, the timing wasn’t right. So here I am finally writing my first post. 🙂 I hope that my writings will be a blessing to others, especially to other Catholic home-keepers like me.

As you can see, the appearance of the blog still needs to be tweaked and added to, so please bear with me as I get everything in order. I really wanted to launch the this today (Pentecost Sunday), so I will continue to to tweak the appearance as I begin writing.  (Just FYI, I won’t be regularly blogging on Sundays, as one of the ways I honor the Lord’s Day is not working on the computer. As a matter of fact, I am actually writing this post Saturday night. 🙂 )

Tomorrow (Monday), I will share some pictures of our preparation/celebration of Pentecost. Other things that will be discussed/shared here will be our Catholic faith, womanly issues, homemaking, being a help-meet to our husbands, raising/homeschooling our children and whatever else the Lord puts in my heart.

To learn more about me you can go here or to learn more about the purpose of this blog here. Have a question or comment? Don’t hesitate to email me at carol (at) simplecatholicliving (dot) com or fill in the form on the contact page.

Happy reading and God bless you!