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Title: About the Mass

About the Mass
What is the Mass?
  • A Sacrifice
  • As part of a Covenant, Jesus provided a new
    understanding of our relationship with God.
  • A Celebration
  • Of the Word of God through reading the Old
    Testament, Letters in the New Testament and the
  • A Meal
  • Bread and Wine becoming Jesus body and blood
    that nourishes our mind, body and souls.
  • A Sacrament
  • The Eucharist is celebrated every day in our
    Church. The Mass also has a penitential and
    baptism components.

Parts of the Mass
  • Entrance Procession Gathering Song
  • As the priest and other ministers enter in
    procession, we stand and sing a gathering song.
  • Greeting
  • We make the Sign of the Cross. The priest
    welcomes us. He says, The Lord be with you.
    We answer, And also with you.
  • Penitential Rite
  • We think about our sinfulness. We ask for Gods
    forgiveness and the prayers of the community.

Parts of the Mass
  • Gloria
  • We sing this hymn of praise to God.
  • First Reading
  • The lector reads a story or a lesson from the Old
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • We sing the responses to a psalm from the Bible.
  • Second Reading
  • The lector reads from one of the letters in the
    New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles, or the
    Book of Revelation.

Parts of the Mass
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • We praise Gods word by singing Alleluia or
    another acclamation as the priest or deacon gets
    ready to read the Gospel.
  • Gospel
  • We stand in reverence while the priest or deacon
    reads the Gospel for that day.
  • Homily
  • The priest or deacon explains the meaning of the
    Gospel and the other readings.
  • Profession of Faith
  • We recite the Nicene Creed to proclaim our belief
    in what the Church teaches.

Parts of the Mass
  • General Intercessions
  • We pray for the Church, the pope and bishops, our
    country, peace in our world, for the needs of all
    Gods people, and for the needs of the members of
    our parish community.
  • Preparation of the Altar and Gifts
  • We bring our gifts of bread and wine as the table
    is prepared. We may also give gifts for the
  • Eucharistic Prayer
  • The priest begins with a prayer of praise and
    thanksgiving. We sing, Holy, holy, holy . . .
    The priest recalls with us the story of the Last
    Supper using Jesus own words, This is my Body
    and This is my Blood. Then we proclaim the
    mystery of faith, Christ has died. Christ is
    risen. Christ will come again. At the end of
    the prayer, we say, Amen.

Parts of the Mass
  • The Lords Prayer
  • We pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us,
    the Lords Prayer or the Our Father.
  • Sign of Peace
  • We share a sign of peace and friendship with
    those around us.
  • Breaking of the Bread
  • We sing the Lamb of God Prayer as the priest or
    deacon and eucharistic ministers prepare the
    bread and wine to become Jesus Body and Blood
    for communion.

Parts of the Mass
  • Communion
  • We receive the Body and Blood of Christ. We say,
  • Blessing
  • We make the Sign of the Cross as the priest
    blesses us.
  • Dismissal
  • The priest or deacon tells us to go in peace to
    serve God and others. We sing a song of thanks
    and praise.
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