How long does Mass last?

Just curious after reading another thread - how long is your Mass on Sunday from start to finish? We always have 60 minutes.

Usually from 50-60 minutes

Depends on who is doing the homily. Our pastor is a military man and as such, mass starts exactly on time and usually lasts an hour. When we have our neighboring pastor we can count on about 75 minutes. His homilies are the bomb though…I love them both!!!

Depends on which Mass. Weekdays (no sermon), 30-35 min
Sunday Low Mass - about an hour
Sunday High Mass - an hour and a half
Palm Sunday- long due to Gospel reading (twice)
and the Sunday they do the annual financial report… I don’t know how long in minutes, it seems like eternity.
I attend the Latin Mass through the FSSP.

The sunday mass I usually attend last almost always exactly an hour unless it is a special day like Palm Sunday, Easter, etc. BlestOne, it is good to see another person from the Peoria Diocese on the forum. ROCK!

God Bless,

What’s the difference between high mass and low mass? I thought Sunday was high Mass and weekdays were low Mass?

As far as i know:
low - spoken requires only a priest
high - full pomp and circumstance (subdeacons and processions and stuff), whole thing sung

Our masses are abot 60 minutes

Oh, then we never get a high Mass. Best we get is partially sung on Sunday. Spoken only during the week.

50 Minutes

I have actually been to a 15 minute Mass. I couldn’t keep up with the celebrant! It was a first Saturday Mass. It was too short.

There are actually a few of us, 1 in Champaign, 2 in Rantoul, and I am sure there are more…

Depends on which church and which priest. Our regular parish is usually an hour + on Sundays - especially if the choir is singing. Daily Mass at the same parish runs about 20-25 minutes with no music and a short, but not rushed, homily. This is great for me because I can go to 6:30 Mass and be at work for 7:05 as required. On Holy Days of Obligation, I have to get permission to be late.

There is another church that we sometimes go to on Sunday evenings. No music and an ultra-brief homily; the Mass is usually about 35 minutes.

The parish I belong to: Sunday Mass is usually 70-80 min. only b/c our priest delivers a awesome homily:thumbsup: …the other four catholic chruches usually last about an hour.

A Mass I went to in Ireland lasted about 40 minutes. It wasn’t rushed though, nothing was missing, and the homily was a decent length, possibly long compared to what we were used to. The only difference was that communion was at the altar rail rather than in lines so I don’t know if that sped things up.

50-60 minutes for Sunday Mass, 20-25 minutes or so for the daily done reverently.

A lot depends on the parish or church, priest and circumstances. I can think of a couple places where the Mass- if it is called that- goes on too long because of grandstanding and illicit additions (St. Sabina Chicago- my opinion I can think of other times when a Mass could never be too long if it took all day.

I have always been a Catholic, but I have compared a few points with Protestant services.

  1. In some protestant churches, the sermons are so good, that they are taped and kept in a library for continual reference. I will admit I didn’t see much action in the library I am referring to, but the resource is there.

How many parishes have such a library resource?

And, isn’t that a standard for judging a homily, that it would be worth recording and storing in a library for on-going reference?

  1. I’ve only seen one instance where a parish bulletin reinforced and expanded on the lectionary readings.

  2. For the vast majority of people who have not studied psychology, let me pose the question of how much do people remember about a homily even at the end of Mass? four hours after Mass lets out? the next day? the next week?

  3. Did you EVER see some advice in a parish bulletin on where to look for more information on the lectionary readings or on the subject of the homily?

  4. Did you EVER see a regular feature in a parish bulletin where parishioners were coached to discuss some aspect of the homily or lectionary readings or to do some spiritual exercise — as if to question whether that Sunday Mass made any difference in anyone’s life?

I believe these questions are relevant to a seemingly superficial about the duration of Mass. With Mass attendance continually dropping, I thing they are worth asking.

[quote=Michael038]50 Minutes

Actually some daily Masses I attend are about 20-25 Minutes. Sometimes the Priest doesnt give a Homily is that common for daily Mass?

Sunday Masses at my parish are usually 70-80 minutes, depending on who is homilizing. Daily Mass is 20-30 minutes.


Some Protestant homilies are not worth the electrons on which they are digitized, but get recorded anyway. It is an ego thing for some Protestant pastors, and even some Catholic ones.

As to the cost of recording and keeping recordings, it would be better to record via digitization and store them via a web site for download, not tape.

I know of two parishes in my area that do so, although I am not a parishoner at these parishes.

Not necessarily. It could be that a homily left some people indifferent, touched a couple, and angered a few. Ya never know.

I take it you live on the Coast, either side. Ever been to the Midwest? In every parish in three dioceses I can think up right off the top of my head, there is an expansion and extension in the bulletin, whether it’s a flyer, insert or direct print in the bulletin. But some people resent this, as they are not school children who need to “learn their catechism”. And some inserts are hogwash, touchy-feely things that aren’t worth the ink to print them. It has to be presented in a palatable way based on the CCC, not treating parishioners like a herd of ignoramus. And small groups frequently go over the lectionary readings.

That’s not quite an accurate supposition, as anybody who has been to any type of college in the past 20 years or so was generally required to take at least Intro to Psyc, along with either Abnormal Behavior or Educational Psyc.

Our pastor and only priest structures his homilies based on a reinforcement and staging method, so that the homilies for that portion of the liturgical year are built on the homilies previous to that. So, it helps to remember the homily from last week in order to match the flow for the next week. There are verbal clues and questions usually get asked.

Yes. You don’t? What about the flyers from St. Anthony Press? What about the little section on the readings for the week? What about the listing of the web site for the USCCB?

Yes. We frequently have these and other suggestions in our bulletin.

I don’t think the question of the length of Mass was superficial. Even if it was superficial or trivial, a person has the right to ask and get an answer.

And while Mass attendance might be dropping where you are, in other areas around the country there is an actual increase. Homeletics and applied scripture study doesn’t seem to be the entire reason. It seems to be, primarily, a movement of the Holy Spirit, combined with orthodoxy, adherence to GIRM, and no illicit innovation.

Yep, or a one or two line homily that jogs up the memory.