From “Know Your Mass” - the well-known classic, a beautiful book of cartoons by Fr. Demetrius Manousos, bearing a 1954 imprimatur by Cardinal Spellman. It was designed for children, but is recommended for all Catholics, especially at a time when authentic catechesis is at an all-time low.
High Altar of Saint John the Baptist Catholic church, Riemsloh, Osnabruck, Germany. This Altar, contrary to appearances, was only built in 1908– when the church was undergoing restoration– by a certain Heinrich Seling of Osnabruck.
“When you are attending Mass and other religious services, be very reverent when you stand up, kneel, and sit. Perform each action with great devotion. Be modest in your gaze, and do not turn your head this way and that to see who is coming or going. Out of reverence for that holy place, do not laugh or look around to see who is nearby. Try not to talk to anyone unless charity or a strict need requires it.
If you are reciting a group prayer, pronounce the words of the prayer distinctly, stop for the pauses, and never hurry through the prayer.
In short, behave in such a way that all the bystanders are edified and, because of you, are moved to glorify and love the heavenly Father.
When you leave the church, have a calm and collected demeanor.”
-St Pio in a letter to Anitta Rodote, July 25, 1915
Excerpt from Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day pg 192
“Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side… whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament." -St. Augustine
High Altar of the Cathedral of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain, by the Gothic sculptor Pere Joan. It is dedicated to Saint Thecla, who, at one time, was venerated in the Eastern Church as “Isapostolos”– equal to the Apostles.