Not surprisingly, most cradle catholics are ignorant of what happens at the Mass. It is so important to understand this greatest of all sacraments. The Church is called the "Domus Dei" - House of God, and the Gate of Heaven. During the consecration, angels are present at the altar. That is one of the things we proclaim in the Creed when we say "all things seen and unseen". This aspect of our faith never occurred to me until I attended my first Maronite Mass. Just before communion, we sing a hymn: Hosts of Heaven stand with us at the altar. It hit me so profoundly! Not long after that, I read an article about a saint who actually saw these angels (sorry ... can't remember her name).
One of the best articles written on the Mass is from the Boston Catholic Journal. It is in several parts. I posted these to the forum several years ago but here is the link to the original and all its links. May it benefit you in your understanding.
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - a Primer for Clueless Catholics.
Thank you! Heading off to read, now.
Thanks for that link!! I’m going to share that with my Confirmation class. I’d begun the discussion of the Mass in the class before last, but I’m going to find ways to incorporate it in every class, as I go through the year. I already determined that the ONLY reason the kids go, is because their parents make them; sad, but true.