The Gift of A Mass ~ My husband's Christmas ritual
For many years my husband has delighted in his yearly visit with our parish secretary. It's something special to him, his Christmas ritual and his way of celebrating this Holy season.
They sit down together, one morning after daily Mass, and have coffee together and chart out several dozen Mass dates for family intentions.
He arranges a Mass for every member of our family, both immediate and extended, and those who have died. The Mass is prayed on or around their birthday. He has cards made for each person and distributes them at Christmas.
Do they KNOW what they are receiving??
"Every valid Mass has an Infinite value. Why? Because it is the unbloody renewal of the bloody Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Since the value of a gift is proportionate to the dignity of the Giver and the cost of the gift, it is easy to see how the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the only gift worthy and fitting for Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. "
14 REASONS Why should you have Masses offered? (make sure you scroll towards bottom)
http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/liturgy/masspower.htm - Quotes
It is a reminder and a joy to know that all year long we will be hearing The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass said for our loved ones and we are there to pray it for them.
Of great consolation are the promises of the Gregorian Masses for the dead. Gregorian Masses have been around since the first centuries of the Church; more than thirteen hundred years. The value of these Masses is that once completed, the person for whom they were intended to benefit would be released from Purgatory. The name "Gregorian" refers to Pope St. Gregory the Great who reigned from the year 590 to 604. He related in his Dialogues that when he had finished a series of thirty Masses for a departed monk, he received a visitation from this monk who told him he had been released from Purgatory and entered heaven. In Europe this practice became popular and was approved by the Church as a "...pious and reasonable belief of the faithful." (Sacred Roman Congregation on Indulgences)