Not many stayed with Jesus on Calvary. His Blessed Mother stood under the Cross. St John was there, standing for the priesthood. The Good Thief was there, not by choice, but by his open heart discovering his Redeemer. There were faithful women a little distance off, full of compassion for their Lord Jesus.
In England not many come to Holy Mass, though it is the very same sacrifice as Calvary. It is a widespread practice for churches to count the number of faithful who come to Mass during the month of October (as a representative month for the whole year). The chart below shows that at St Mary's Shrine we had altogether 1,537 Mass visits for October 2016. This is about 350 per week.
Of course the total includes many recounts for those who came five times (that is, on each Sunday) and others who came up to 31 times (that is, every day). How glad are Jesus and Mary to be honoured this way. We thank God for these faithful souls. But our Lord is thirsting for every soul! Pray that they will come.
[The days showing peaks are Sundays. For example, 153 attended on 2nd October.]
2180 The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass."
2181 The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.
2182 Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God's holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.