From the east the sunlight comes, moving slowly over the earth, brightening time zone after time zone. The day moves on, the earth turns. Evening comes here even as the dawn lights up the other side of the world –and like a beautiful relay race of exultation one Mass ends and another begins, circling the globe with prayer.
My town has 6 parishes, plus one of the 72 cloistered Carmelite monasteries in the world. Between them there are 8 daily Masses said. I like to think that with the movement of the sun over our planet, awakening city after city, nation after nation, there is a Mass is beginning every minute, somewhere in the world. One liturgy after the other, in this place, in that place, prayers and worship are being offered up to God, uniting us all as community in ceaseless praise.
On Sundays and feastdays, the prayers increase. In my town, there are 24 weekly Masses. Eastern Rite and Orthodox Churches add 3 celebrations of the Divine Liturgy to the richness and devotion of the Roman Mass.
Moved by the Holy Spirit, offering up the Body and Blood of the Son to the Father in all of our names, we join together in an unending chorus of worship and praise, without pause, glorifying God as a universal community.
It is a magnificent thing, and the Love that guides it will defeat all evil.