Because if we love someone, we should honor him with both our souls and our bodies.
Why do we dress up for weddings, funerals, and certain jobs? To honor those whom we love or those whom we serve. In the Scriptures we read: “Worship the Lord in holy attire” 1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalms 29:2, 96:9. And, the Catholic Catechism teaches that our gestures and our clothing “ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest” in Holy Communion CCC 1387.
Clothes say something about what we think, what we value. They also influence how we behave and feel. Sunday is special, and God’s House is special. Some things are really important, and our clothing and demeanor ought to reflect this truth.
The exterior reflects the interior, and God definitely deserves the best we have inside and out! This is also why altar dressings, items for the Mass, vestments the priests wear etc., are normally the best we can manage – made from expensive materials and adorned with gold, silver and jewels. However, we have to remember that our fancy dress clothes should be reflecting that our soul is just as dressed up.
Dressing properly for Mass means nothing if we have no love in our hearts.
Many people will say that the word Transubstantiation is just too difficult for children to understand or even pronounce. And so they often don’t mention or discuss it at all.
It is interesting that children of all ages have never had any trouble saying the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from the movie Mary Poppins.
The word tran·sub·stan·ti·a·tion has 6 syllables.
Where as su·per·cal·i·frag·i·lis·tic·ex·pi·al·i·do·cious has 14!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious defined means – adjective (used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word in English.) via Dictionary.com
Which really means nothing.
Transubstantiation defined means –
1. the changing of one substance into another.
2. Theology. the changing of the elements of the bread and wine, when they are consecrated in the Eucharist, into the body and blood of Christ (a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church). Dictionary.com
Which means everything.
Please watch watch this fantastic 1:18 second video from RealcatholicTV.com with your children to help them understand that this is what going to Mass is really all about.
“Ask your parents and teachers to enroll you in the ‘School’ of Our Lady’, so that she can teach you to be like the Little Shepherds, who tried to do whatever she asked them.” (Pope John Paul II – Beatification of the Little Shepherds)
Children of the Eucharist Clergy, Principals, Teachers and Parents, Children of the Eucharist is a spiritual program for the children and young people of your parish, school or family. It is a program which focuses on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, a message that is more relevant today than when it took place in 1917. It invites all to help enroll the children of the world into the “School of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” This school is not new. It is a ‘spiritual school’ of the saints “To Jesus through Mary.” IT ‘S AN EASY TO INTRODUCE AND EASY TO LIVE MESSAGE!
We have developed a program that will transform the souls of the children in your care with 5 simple steps! These steps can be easily implemented into the everyday lives of your students, in schools, religious educations progams, and families. It is a program for children, but also for family members of all ages, to join in and ‘answer the call’ of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to help transform our world into a place of peace and hope for all.
Step 1 – MORNING OFFERING
Step 2 -VISITS TO JESUS IN THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
Step 3 – ENTRUSTMENT PRAYER TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Step 4 – WEAR A SIGN OF YOUR ENTRUSTMENT
Step 5 – PRAY THE ROSARY