News From The Parish

Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

Previous Next

16. Bow before receiving Holy Communion.

If it is God, then show your respect with a bow of the head. This is an ancient practice that has continued until this day.

17. Do not receive from the chalice if you are sick.

This is an act of charity and it is not necessary to receive in order to receive the entirety of Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity.

18. Do not leave early.

We should stay to the end of the recession and the hymn that accompanies it, if there is one. While there are certainly exceptions to this guideline, most who leave early don’t need to and ought not to.

19. Pray after Mass, if you feel called to do so.

It is a good custom, though not required, to offer a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass is over.

20. Leave quietly.

We encourage you to visit with others, but once you are outside of the main sanctuary of the church so you won’t disturb others who want to stay and pray. So, please leave quietly and then have then visit afterward.