September 11, 2007

Mass


It is quite an experience beginning to preside at the Eucharist. My only idea of what it would be like to celebrate my first Masses was from reading Thomas Merton's experiences in The Sign of Jonas. Needless to say, my experience was a little different.

My first Mass felt like some kind of surreal dream. Not that I wasn't very grateful, but it had a kind of feast of fools feel to it: there I was, the most junior priest of all, presiding in front of my provincial, my formation director, and many senior friars, one of whom just celebrated 70 years of priesthood. I felt like the little child that Jesus put in the midst of his disciples.

Today, at my third Mass, I was finally able to really pray the prayers. Thanks be to God!

8 comments:

Pia said...

Amen, lol, but I'm sure the prayers at the other masses were no less prayed than today's. I'm sure Jesus smiled down on you, just as he did with the children amidst his disciples...and with the disciples themselves, more often than one may think. :-)

Fr. Phil said...

It is quite an experience and you will be on cloud nine for awhile, being a priest is so awesome and you will touch so many lives. Will you be sharing some photos of your ordination and First Mass on your blog?

freddie said...

Congratulation and let us thanks the Lord!
Ciao from Rome
br.Freddie

fr. Matt, OFM Conv. said...

Wohooo! Congrats!!! Know of my prayers.

fr. Matt, OFM Conv. said...

Congrats! Know of my prayers!

Ben said...

I was at your Ordination Mass last Saturday (one of the candidates on retreat)...great experience. I'm also a New Havener--I'm sure Fr. McGivney is praying for you!

God bless

Hidden One said...

:)

Jeff said...

Congratulations on your first Mass, friar.


PS. I received the medal you sent. Thank you. :-)