How to Pray the TV Mass from Home

Christ on the Cross by Leon Bonnat (1880)

How to create a sacred space to reverently watch the Mass in your home.

  • Create a prayer altar under your TV or streaming device. Consider setting a crucifix or other sacred art in the prayer space.
  • Open your bible to the gospel of the day and place it on your “home altar” to remind you that the Word of God is among you.
  • Light a candle to symbolize the beautiful light that shines in the darkness and to help your home resemble the Church.
  • Set up chairs like a pew to help you engage in the Mass and keep you from passively watching from the couch.
  • Get dressed as you normally would when attending Mass. Keeping this routine is especially helpful for children.
  • If you have holy water at home, bless yourself and your family before you begin the Mass.
  • Take a few moments of silence to transition from the busyness of your home to the sacredness of the Mass.
  • Fully participate by standing, kneeling, sitting and responding according to the rubrics of the Mass.
  • Engage in community by having coffee and breakfast with your family after Mass or by calling your loved ones to connect.


 Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

 Helpful Guide for Creating a Sacred Space

 Preparing at Home for Mass

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Catherine is a member of Our Lady of Mercy Lay Carmelite Community. “An apostle must pay with himself for those he wants to win [for Christ].” Divine Intimacy, 326,2