Two little things I learned this week:
1) The Presentation of the Gifts during mass is more than just bringing up the bread, wine and collection.
Those members of the congregation are not just bringing up our monetary offering. They are symbolically bringing up our spiritual offerings and requests as well. Which makes it a good time to silently let God know our prayers and requests, and give him our thanks. (Instead of sitting there aimlessly tapping your feet to the hymn like I have been guilty of doing...)
2) During the Liturgy of the Eucharist we are, of course, celebrating the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. But in early Biblical times, Jews would grab hold of a goat, "transfer" their sins onto it, and then sacrifice the animal by slaughtering it.
That part I knew, from both Leviticus and a scene in the Nativity Story.
What I didn't know, is that that is where get the term scapegoat from.
Luckily for me, that ritual longer exists.
I don't think they could find a big enough goat to hold all my sins!