Our list of the best quotes from Netflix’s supernatural horror limited series created and directed by Mike Flanagan. Midnight Mass centers on a small, isolated island community that experiences miraculous events, and frightening omens, after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious priest, Father Paul (Hamish Linklater).
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1. Book I: Genesis
Riley Flynn: [after finding out he killed a young woman from his drunk driving] Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as…
Paramedic: While you’re at it, ask him why he always takes the kids, while the drunk f***s walk away with scratches.
Warren Flynn: Miss Keane says you’ve been up to no good in the Uppards, apparently.
Ooker: Oh. Her lips to God’s ears. No. Her lips to my a**.
Ooker: Well, we know what they’re eating. When people actually lived up here, they’d just bury their dead in their yards, up until the ’20s, my dad says. You know, sometimes there’s a storm, and it floods, and those bodies just pop up right out the ground. Cat food.
Warren Flynn: You know, those bodies are hundreds of years old, and just bones. And when it storms, they wash up on the west bank, by my house. And I know, because everything from the Uppards washes up on the west bank, and I got to clean it up, moron.
Sheriff Hassan: I figured this is where you wanted to be. You were trying to break in, after all. Well, into the general store anyway. Half past midnight and sweating pure Jim Beam. Having at the windows with an oar. We’d still be sweeping up glass if your aim had been any good.
Joe Collie: So you lock me up?
Sheriff Hassan: Well, Joe, I learned early there’s no point trying to stop you drinking.
Joe Collie: Yeah, easy for you to say. Allah doesn’t let you drink.
Annie Flynn: [to Riley] This isn’t a community anymore, honey. It’s a ghost.
Riley Flynn: [referring to the dead cats] Yeah. I wouldn’t get too close. I read this thing somewhere about cats and pregnant people. Pregnant women, I guess.
Erin Greene: Yeah. Tend to be women.
Erin Greene: You found your purpose.
Riley Flynn: Yeah, cat disposal.
Erin Greene: You got to start somewhere.
Father Paul: Well, that’s the thing about where we’ve been. It’s important, sure. But it’s not as important as where we’re going. And every place I was before where I am now, well, they were just leading me here. Even if I didn’t know it at the time. Even if I didn’t see it.
Mildred Gunning: John?
Dr. Sarah Gunning: No. She thinks you’re Monsignor Pruitt. Sorry, she gets confused.
Father Paul: That’s an easy mistake, same tailor.
Erin Greene: How was your day?
Riley Flynn: It’s been a long time since anyone asked me that.
Erin Greene: In prison nobody asks?
Riley Flynn: No, in prison no one needs to ask. Every day is exactly the same.
3. Book III: Proverbs'The more that we know, the less we bend. The more brittle we become, the easier to break.' - Father Paul (Midnight Mass) Click To Tweet
Father Paul: Bless me, Lord, for I have sinned. No, that’s not right. Bless me, Lord, for I am going to sin. Tomorrow morning, I’m going to introduce myself to the parish, and lie to them about Monsignor John Pruitt. A lie directly and not a lie by omission.
Father Paul: I’ll say he’s recovering in a hospital on the mainland. That things may still go back to normal, that he may yet be the same as they remember. That he may yet be the man, the leader, the shepherd they have grown to love over so many years. I am going to tell them this lie for their benefit, so that when it starts, they’ll be ready. For what’s to come. For the miracles that are to come.
Wade: [referring to Leeza being able to walk] Have you ever seen anything like this? I mean, it’s a miracle, isn’t it? A real one, like a gospels real one.
Dr. Sarah Gunning: Before today? No, I haven’t seen anything like this before today. But now I have.
Wade: She’s walking, and she’s standing. And we’re grateful. It feels wrong, doesn’t it? To interrogate a miracle? Second guess a gift from God?
Father Paul: This isn’t about publicity. I’d turn that down. As Matthew says, you know, “If you give something to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”
Riley Flynn: [referring to Leeza] You had to know. You had to know that she could walk. I mean, you went back up the stairs. You beckoned her. If she hadn’t, what would’ve happened to you? What would this community have thought of you if she hadn’t?
Father Paul: Well, but she did.
Riley Flynn: And you had to know that.
4. Book IV: Lamentations'Sometimes it's okay to just look at the world, and say, “Why? Why? Why? I don't understand. And I will not.”' - Father Paul (Midnight Mass) Click To Tweet
Bev Keane: [referring to the photo of young Pruitt] It’s incredible, isn’t it? I mean, I’d seen old photos for years and years, and still it didn’t even cross my mind the first time I saw him this way. It didn’t even click. I suppose context is everything. It’s amazing how the scales fall from our eyes, isn’t it?
Father Paul: I’m starving. I don’t remember ever being this hungry before.
Bev Keane: It makes sense. Always starving after a long trip, and you had quite the journey. That’s for sure. Precious few have taken the road you took.
Father Paul: I feel everything that is happening here is a matter of faith, not science. So I don’t want to cloud this area with any doubt.
Father Paul: Something is happening, shifting inside of me. I remember when I was younger, I experienced times of great spiritual growth. But that was just, it’s nothing like this. It’s like I can feel God move inside me.
Bev Keane: We can keep this quiet for a moment. But, Monsignor, we should show them. Tell them who you are. Don’t hide your light under a bushel. That’s one of the parables, and it was important enough that Matthew, Mark, and Luke all wrote it down. We’ll do what you ask, of course. And if you don’t think they’re ready, well, that’s okay. Jesus revealed himself slowly after the resurrection, but what a wonderful revelation it will be to know their own dear Monsignor Pruitt was restored by an angel of God. Think about it.
Father Paul: It will be. In God’s time.
Bev Keane: There’s no other kind, is there?
Ed Flynn: [to Riley] I know I should be grateful. I should be grateful that my son is home and free. Lord knows your mother is grateful every day. But children just don’t do what you did on their own, not unless one of their parents has failed them something awful. And your mother’s a saint, so I guess that just leaves me. So I apologize, son. For whatever I did. I love you. I really do. It’s just, somehow it’s hard for me to show that when you’re here. So I apologize. That’s all.
5. Book V: Gospels'All of it. Every god. Every goddess. Every religion. Every holy war. All of it. Started right up there. Just wondering who the hell could've lit those campfires in the sky.' - Riley Flynn (Midnight Mass) Click To Tweet
Joanie: [referring to Bowl] Look, if you and these folks here on the island don’t give two s**ts about a missing boy, well, then, I don’t know why you all keep lining up at church, making a big show of how pious you are, because you sure as s**t ain’t Christians.
Sheriff Hassan: Ma’am, I’m not Christian.
Joanie: [referring to Bowl] These people here really didn’t know him, and if they did, they didn’t give two s**ts! But that’s not supposed to matter! When something like this happens, we are all supposed to be the same.
Sheriff Hassan: [referring to Riley] Death. Was he afraid of it? Intrigued by it? Or…
Erin Greene: He seemed fine. But that’s what they say. People who aren’t okay, people who… They say that about people who kill themselves. That they seemed fine.
Sheriff Hassan: They do say that sometimes, yeah.
Father Paul: “Gospel” means good news! Good news on Good Friday. And yet, it’s a story of such profound suffering. What’s so good about that? Jesus’s suffering in this story, it isn’t simply necessary. It is good. It is the price of eternal life. That suffering, he endures alone. At the Resurrection, he is alone. And then, well, he has a few allies. And then more. A congregation.
Father Paul: God has no country. There is one God for the world. And the lines we draw, and the treaties we draft, and the borders we close mean nothing to Him. No, don’t fight for a country. You fight for God’s kingdom. A kingdom which Jesus tells us has no flags or borders. God’s army.
6. Book VI: Act of The Apostles'Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.' (Midnight Mass) Click To Tweet
Erin Greene: And now you think I’m crazy. Because I just heard that come out of my mouth, and I think I’m crazy.
Dr. Sarah Gunning: Yeah. It sounds crazy.
Dr. Sarah Gunning: He started a mandatory chlorine hand wash. Lo and behold, death rates plummeted. And the scientific community ate him alive. Germ theory was two decades away from acceptance. Ideas in that direction were met with disdain, ridicule, exile. Semmelweis was committed to an asylum. An asylum. By another scientist. In fact, he died there. Oh, and when they replaced him at these clinics, got rid of that crazy, silly hand wash? Mortality rates went right back up again. So, yeah, Erin, your story is crazy.
Dr. Sarah Gunning: [as she demonstrates a blood sample burn under sunlight] He literally combusted in the sun? You’re right, Erin. That’s crazy. That is bats**t, hold the phone, padded room, clozapine insane. F***ing bonkers.
Father Paul: [referring to Riley] He’s gone.
Bev Keane: I’m sorry.
Father Paul: It was a gift. It’s a gift. He spat it out.
Bev Keane: [referring to Riley] Who knows who he talked to all night. Who knows what else he has done to deprive others of God’s graces. Judas was part of God’s plan too. Judas was part of it. The Acts of the Apostles.
7. Book VII: Revelation'There is no time. There is no death. Life is a dream. It's a wish. Made again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and on into eternity. And I am all of it. I am everything. I am all. I am that I am.' Click To Tweet
Sheriff Hassan: Boats, phones, power. They’re cutting us off.
Erin Greene: That’s why they didn’t sink them. That’s why they just pulled some plugs. Because they need the boats. So they can leave, after. Sarah, you said it was a contagion. If just one of them, just one of them makes it to the mainland…
Annie Flynn: [referring to the knives and gun] This isn’t the way. This is never the way.
Erin Greene: Maybe not. Maybe it buys us a few more minutes. A few more minutes alive. And it might come down to just minutes. Maybe seconds.
'Can you think of a miracle more amazing than that? I mean, cure blindness, sure. Or part the seas, alright. But a second chance? That's a real miracle.' - Father Paul (Midnight Mass) Click To Tweet
Annie Flynn: Never made much sense to me. We all say there’s a heaven. And it’s waiting for us. Then we claw, fight, beg for a few more minutes at the end. Minutes.
Erin Greene: It isn’t about us anymore. It’s about everyone else in the world. Dying for people we haven’t even met. No greater love than that. What the Good Book says, isn’t it?
Annie Flynn: Bev, I want you to listen to me. Because your whole life, I think you’ve needed to hear this. You aren’t a good person.
Bev Keane: Well, that was uncalled for.