Arriving at Mass Early

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity. Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, Which ran down to the skirt of his garment: As the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For there the Lord hath commandeth blessing, and life for evermore.

Behold now bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord: Who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless ye the Lord. May the Lord out of Sion bless thee, he that made heaven and earth. (Psalm 132-133, Douay-Rheims)

Arriving at Mass early is a good habit for everyone to cultivate. Arriving early can have several benefits. However, first and foremost is not about finding the best seat or socializing with others before Mass begins. Arriving early gives you time to prepare yourself mentally and spiritually. You should take a few moments to quiet your mind, pray, or reflect on the readings and prayers for the day. Avoid socializing with others, especially within the church. Talking out loud can cause others to lose their focus while they are trying to pray before Mass begins.

Arriving early can also give you an opportunity to participate in any pre-Mass activities or devotions that may be taking place, such as the rosary or Eucharistic Adoration. This can deepen your spiritual experience and help you connect with others who are focused on their spirituality.

Finally, arriving early is a sign of respect for Mass and for the people who are leading and participating in it. It shows that you value the time and effort that goes into preparing and celebrating Mass, and that you are willing to make an effort to fully participate in the service.

Overall, arriving at Mass early can help you have a more meaningful and fulfilling experience of worship.