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Introductory Rites: We Rise and Stand

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA

This post is part of a series called The Mass: An Augustinian Perspective offered on

We begin Mass by standing together. By standing at the beginning of Mass we are reminded that we have risen with Jesus to the dignity of the children of God.  

Saint Augustine says:

“O good and all powerful One, you care for each of us as if we alone existed. You care for all with the same tenderness that you show to each one.”

Saint Augustine (Confessions 3, 11).

We gather as the Body of Christ for the perfect Sacrifice made present to each of us. As we do so, we are reminded that this sacrifice of Christ is one of pure love, shed for each of us.  

Reflection Questions: Can I recognize that nothing separates me from the love of God, that whatever circumstances or situation I brought with me to Mass today, God has conquered any power it has over me?  

Further, we are reminded that this love extends to each and every person.  Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.[1]  As we stand, we therefore do so in union with our brothers and sisters who join us for Mass, a symbol of our union as the Body of Christ and as children of a loving God.

Saint Augustine says:

“The love of God is the first in the order of commandment, but the love of neighbor is first in the order of action … in loving your neighbor, and being concerned about your neighbor, you get going. Where are you going, except to the Lord God?”

Saint Augustine (On the Gospel of John 17, 8-9)

Reflection Questions: Do I recognize the unity I have with my human sisters and brothers? Do I love them as Christ loves them? Where might I need God’s help to eliminate the fear, division, and judgemental attitudes that attempt to disrupt this unity?


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