Pope Francis: Mass is a “theophany”, not a mere prayer gathering; “sense of the sacred” should be recovered


” The liturgical celebration is not a social act, a good social act; it is not a gathering of believers to pray together It is another thing. In the liturgy, God is present”, but it is a closer presence. At Mass, “the presence of the Lord is real, very real”. Rediscovering the “sense of the sacred”, “entering into the mystery of God, allowing ourselves to be part of the mystery”, was the focus of Pope Francis at Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, during which he also joked that going to Mass with the Pope is not a “tourist attraction”.