ASK FATHER: Mass obligation and falling asleep during Mass

Posted November 1, 2017 3:16 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Mass obligation and falling asleep during Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This morning at Mass (All Saints), as I held a sleeping toddler and fought fatigue myself, I recalled the Holy Father’s recent words (echoing St. Therese of Lisieux) about not being too upset about falling asleep during prayer because we are like children falling asleep in the arms of our Father.
However, as an aspiring Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist, set aside such sentimental thoughts and asked myself:
If one is physically present, but asleep, at Mass, does one still
fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?
Thank you for your reference to Unreconstructed Ossified Manualism!   We need it more than ever.
To your question.
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