Should You Use Your Phone to Follow Along with the Mass? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Do you use the missalette at Mass? Or do you follow along on your phone?

In a recent episode of The Patrick Madrid Show, a riveting discussion unfolded around the use of traditional missalettes versus digital devices during Mass. Here’s the breakdown:


Patrick Madrid explored the purpose of the missalette – that little book filled with Mass readings, prayers, and rituals. It’s a handy guide for you to participate in the Mass. 


📱 Digital Dilemma: A tweet sparked debate: Is it appropriate to use a phone as a missal during Mass? One churchgoer tried to offer a traditional missalette to a fellow parishioner engrossed in his phone, suggesting it was less distracting. The response? A decline, emphasizing personal preference and sparking a broader conversation on modernity in Mass.


Patrick leans into the evolution of tech in prayer and worship, acknowledging the convenience of apps and electronic missals. He acknowledges the practicality of digital devices, from enlarging text to housing multiple resources in one’s pocket. Yet, he advises discretion to avoid distracting fellow worshippers.


🤔 Etiquette & Empathy: The consensus? While tradition holds its charm, the integration of technology in worship is an undeniable trend. The key lies in balancing respect for individual worship needs. Suggestions ranged from using phones discreetly to possibly designating tech-friendly seating areas in churches.


What’s your call on this? Should the tech stay or go at Mass?

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.