I used to go to Mass on Saturday evening so that I could “get it over with”. That way I could wake up Sunday morning, read the paper, fix breakfast for my husband and kids and get ready for some football !
But that was years ago. When I started going to the Traditional Mass, I actually started looking forward to going to Mass on Sundays. In fact it is the highlight of my day.
How did Saturday Mass get started? It was 1967 with Pope Paull VI Euchartisticum Mysterium.
- Anticipating the Sunday and Feast Day Masses on the Previous Evening
Where permission has been granted by the Apostolic See to fulfill the Sunday obligation on the preceding Saturday evening, pastors should explain the meaning of this permission carefully to the faithful and should ensure that the significance of Sunday is not thereby obscured. The purpose of this concession is in fact to enable the Christians of today to celebrate more easily the day of the resurrection of the Lord.
In other words, the purpose of Saturday Mass was in fact so that Catholics could “get it over with”.