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The Mass

Walk through the Liturgy of the Mass with Bishop Barron and you'll be transformed by his insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ this side of heaven. The Mass will help you understand how to fully, consciously, and actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life.



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When we step through the church door before Mass, we are transported out of the imperfect world and into God’s heavenly realm.  In the Liturgy of the Word, we hear a call from God and provide a response from his people, the Church.  In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ and are bound together in the communion of saints that transcends time and place.

This video-based study program can be used individually or in a group to walk through all parts of the Mass in a way you’ve never experienced on your own.  Groups meet for seven 90-minute sessions, and each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions.

Participants read the commentary in the Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be done either before or after they view the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed. The Study Guide Commentary was written by Elizabeth Scalia, a popular author, editor, and speaker, under the direction of Bishop Barron. Ms. Scalia is also a Benedictine Oblate.

The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for lay discussion leaders, including the DVD, study guide, facilitator guide, answer key, and 20 "Why Stay Away?" booklets that address common reasons people avoid going to Mass. Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective The Mass study group.  

Lesson One: “Introduction”

  • Lesson 1
  • Lesson 2
  • Lesson 3
  • Lesson 4
  • Lesson 5
  • Lesson 6

Lesson 1:  A Privileged Encounter

One of the most basic truths about the Mass is that it is an encounter with Jesus Christ. Christianity is not a philosophy or a set of ideas, but rather a relationship with the person of Christ. In the Mass, in a privileged way, we meet him, listen to him, respond to him, commune with him.

Support materials

Bulletin and Pulpit announcement

Program registration

Certificate of Completion
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Bishop Robert Barron - Biography
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