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					The Mass
       The Mass:
       A Christian
       example of
        the Seven
       Dimensions
       of Religions
  What does “Mass” mean?




          From the Latin word “missa”.
Mass said in Latin, ends in “Ite missa est” meaning
             “Go, it (the Church) is sent”
   The word, “Dismiss” comes from “missa”.
Through the mass, we
  come to know God –
  Jesus invites us to
  Himself, then we are
  dismissed to be Christ
  for the world.
Mass prepares us for the
  mission that God has
  for all of us and then
  we are sent forth with
  that mission.
“Go” was one of Christ’s
  last words to His
  disciples. He was
  sending them out to
  spread His message.
     What is the liturgy?

Liturgy can refer to any public act that the
    Church celebrates.

The Mass is referred to as the “Divine
   Liturgy”, meaning God’s public
   service.
The Liturgy has four parts:
1) Introductory Rites
2) Liturgy of the Word
3) Liturgy of the Eucharist
4) Concluding Rites
  Other Names for the Mass
The Breaking of the Bread: Referring to the Last
  Supper. Multiplying the loaves and fishes for the masses on the
  road to Emmaus.

The Lord’s Supper: Referring to the Last Supper when
  the Mass was instituted

The Eucharist: “Thanksgiving”. Christ gave thanks at the
  Last Supper

The Offering: Christ offered Himself on the cross for our
  salvation.

The Holy Sacrifice: Referring to Christ’s sacrifice for our
  salvation.
“The Eucharist is the heart and the
  summit of the Church’s life, for it is
  Christ associates his Church and all her
  members with his sacrifice of praise and
  thanksgiving offered once and for all on
  the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice
  he pours out the graces of salvation on
  his Body which is the Church.”

- CCC 1407
   The Origins of the Mass
             The Last Supper
Christ celebrated that Passover meal
  with His disciples in an upper room in
  Jerusalem.
At the end of the Passover meal, Jesus
  departs from the usual ritual and says a
  blessing of the bread and then breaks it.
What is the Passover?
     What is the Passover?

The name Passover (Pesakh, meaning
"skipping" or passing over) derives from
 the night of the Tenth Plague, when the
   Angel of Death saw the blood of the
  Passover lamb on the doorposts of the
houses of Israel and "skipped over" them
      and did not kill their firstborn.
   Christ’s Words at the Last
             Supper

     “Take, eat; this is my body” Mt. 26:26

“This cup which is poured out for you is the new
        covenant of my blood.” Lk. 22-24

      “Do this, as often as you drink it, in
        remembrance of me.” Cor. 11:25
    Genuflecting vs Bowing

Genuflecting: The bending of the right knee to
  the floor, while making the sign of the cross.
Bowing: Bending at the waist forward

 Bowing is an act of reverence and respect for
   an object that symbolizes God. Genuflection
  is an act of adoration towards the presence of
                        God.
Objects in the Church
  Altar      Tabernacle
 Objects in the Church, continued




               Chalice, Ciborium, Paten




Ostensorium/Monstrance                    Ambo
Holy water                         Holy
1) Entrance of the Church doors    Water
2) Poured over you or submerged in holy
   water when baptized
3) Sprinkled on the members of the
   Church to remind them of their
   baptism.
Introductory Rites
        Entrance Song/Hymn
         Sign of the Cross
              Greeting
          Rite of Blessing
        Penitential Rite/Kyrie
               Gloria
          Opening Prayer
Introductory Rites:
    Procession
            The procession
              occurs while
              the Opening
              Hymn is being
              sung.
            The hymn –
              brings us
              together
            The Procession –
              cross bearer,
              altar servers,
              lector, priest
  Introductory Rites: Sign of
     the Cross & Greeting
Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the
  Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [All together make
  the sign of the cross.]
All: Amen.
Option A:                 Option B:               Option C:

Priest:The grace of       Priest: The grace and   Priest: The Lord be
our Lord Jesus Christ     peace of God our        with you.
and the love of God       Father and the Lord
and the fellowship of     Jesus Christ be with    All: And also with
the Holy Spirit be with   you.                    you.
you all.
                          All: Blessed be
All: And also with        God, the Father of
you.                      our Lord Jesus
                          Christ.
or
All: And
                          also with you.
 Introductory Rites: Sign of
    the Cross & Greeting
• Sign of the Cross – reminds us of
  Christ’s sacrifice & love; we are no
  longer alone

• Greeting – invokes peace
         Introductory Rites:
           Penitential Rite
Priest: As we prepare to celebrate the mystery of
  Christ's love, let us acknowledge our failures and
  ask the Lord for pardon and strength.
Coming
  together as God's family, with confidence let us
  ask the Father's forgiveness, for he is full of
  gentleness and compassion.
My brothers and
  sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the
  sacred mysteries, let us call to mind our sins.

[Or similar words of introduction, followed by a
  period of silent reflection.]
Option A: (the Confiteor – “I   Option B:                  Option C:
confess”)
                                Priest: Lord, we have      Priest: You raise the dead to life
All: I confess to almighty      sinned against             in the Spirit: Lord, have mercy.

God,
and to you, my             you:
Lord, have mercy.
brothers and sisters,
that                                 All: Lord, have mercy.
I have sinned through my        All: Lord, have mercy.
own fault,
in my thoughts                                  Priest: You bring pardon and
and in my words,
in what I      Priest: Lord, show us      peace to the sinner: Christ,
have done,
and in what I        your mercy and love.       have mercy.

have failed to do;
and I
ask blessed Mary, ever          All: And grant us your     All: Christ, have mercy.
virgin,
all the angels and      salvation.
saints,
and you, my                                        Priest: You bring light to those
brothers and sisters,
to        Priest: May almighty       in darkness: Lord, have mercy.

pray for me to the Lord,        God have mercy on us,
our God.                        forgive us our sins, and   All:Lord, have mercy.
                                bring us to everlasting
Priest: May almighty God        life.                      Priest: May almighty God have
have mercy on us, forgive                                  mercy on us, forgive us our
us our sins, and bring us to    All:Amen.                  sins, and bring us to everlasting
everlasting life.                                          life.


All: Amen.                                                 All: Amen.
       Introductory Rites:
         Penitential Rite
• Sin = anything that “breaks our
  relationship with God”
• Reminds us of our complete need for
  God and for God’s forgiveness
• The Confiteor, Kyrie Eleison…all are
  drawn from scripture and remind that
  Jesus is Lord
         Introductory Rites:
          Gloria in Excelsis
 The text of the song begins with a slight
 variation on the words sung by the angels
  as part of the announcement of the birth
  of Jesus to the shepherds in the field in
                  Luke 2:14.

It is a song of praise to God for sending His
             Son for our salvation.
        Introductory Rites:
         Gloria in Excelsis
Three parts to the Gloria:
1) The song that the shepherds heard sung by
   the choir of angels at the birth of Christ.
2) Praises God by recalling all of His
   attributes.
3) Prays to Jesus, asking Him to save us from
   our sins.
All:Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his
                   people on earth.
  
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and
 Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks, we
             praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, 
Lord
 God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the
 world: have mercy on us;
you are seated at the
 right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For
  you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the
    Lord,
You alone are the Most High, Jesus
   Christ,
with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God
                  the Father. Amen.
 Introductory Rites:
 The Opening Prayer




        Oremus!
“Let us pray, Let us ask”!
         Introductory Rites:
         The Opening Prayer
 Priest: Let us Pray

[After a time of silent
prayer, the priest sings
 or says the Opening
    Prayer, which is
   different for each
  Mass. We open our
 hearts to God. At the
    end, the people
     proclaim their
        consent.]
      All: Amen.
           Introductory Rites:
           The Opening Prayer
We are to pray together as the Body of
   Christ. This is the High Point of
   the Introductory Rites.

We pray to petition God. This is an act
   of faith in three ways – it allows us
   to open our hearts to God.
1) Act of faith - God is listening
2) Act of faith - He is able to fulfill our
   petition
3) Act of faith - He wants to answer
   our petitions
           Introductory Rites:
           The Opening Prayer
              Four parts to this prayer:

1.   Calling upon God.
2.   Recalling of a deed God has done.
3.   A request
4.   The prayer is made through the meditation of
     the Son.

 We respond by saying “Amen”, Hebrew for “so be
             it”, is our seal of approval.
      The Liturgy of the Word
•   The First Reading
•   Responsorial Psalm
•   The Second Reading
•   Alleluia/Gospel
    Acclamation
•   Gospel
•   Homily
•   Profession of                    Lectionary
    Faith/Creed             A sacred Book containing the
                               Readings from the Bible
•   General                   arranged by the days that
    Intercessions/Prayers        they are to be read.
    of the Faithful
    The Liturgy of the Word
 These Readings from the Bible proclaim and
 reveal who God is and what He has done and
           what He continues to do.

We not only hear the Word of God, but we also
hear instructions from the priest in light of these
                    readings.

We listen to the Readings and at the end of the
Readings we have to make a decision: “Will we
accept and follow what God is asking us to do?”
    *Our mission is to do what God asks!*
       The Liturgy of the Word
                The “Word” has several meanings:
                1) Jesus, the Word of God (John 1)
                           2) Scripture


The readings
read during the
Liturgy of the
Word are based
on the Liturgical
calendar
          The Liturgy of the Word:
             The First Reading
A.The First Reading is from the Old Testament,
    (except in the Easter Season)
-   When Christ taught His disciples about what the Scriptures said, it
    was always from the Old Testament (as that was what Scripture
    consisted of at that time.)
                      Catholic Old Testament: 46 books
                Jewish and Protestant Old Testament: 39 books
Each First Reading was chosen because it has some connection to the
       Gospel of that particular day (except in the Easter season).

-   Look at the readings that we read every Friday. Does the First
    Reading have a connection to the Gospel for that week?
    The Liturgy of the Word:
       The First Reading

   Our Response: “Thanks be to God”

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in
  triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the
  knowledge of Him everywhere.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

     “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”
                 (2 Corinthians 9:15)
          The Liturgy of the Word:
          The Responsorial Psalm
                         What is a Psalm?

1) The name comes from the Greek word, psalmos, meaning “a song
   accompanied by music”.

2) The Psalms is a book found in the Bible, which is a collection of
   poems, hymns and prayers that are often attributed to King David.

3) Jesus quoted from the Book of Psalms more than any other book in
   the Bible. They were sung in temples and synagogues in the time of
   Christ and the early Christians continued this tradition.
       The Liturgy of the Word:
       The Responsorial Psalm
The Psalms contain many prophecies that were fulfilled by
                        Christ.

    My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 Why are thou so far from helping, from the words of my
                        groaning?…
         They have pierced my hands and feet-
               I can count all my bones-
             They stare and gloat over me;
 They divide my garments amongst them and from my
        rainment they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:16-18)
         The Liturgy of the Word:
         The Responsorial Psalm
  The Psalm that we sing after the First Reading is called the
  Responsorial Psalm because it helps us to reflect on the First
                            Reading.

                    R. I will praise your Name.

     Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the
    LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever
                     R. I will praise your Name.
   
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his
 glory.
Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
and
              looks upon the heavens and the earth below
                    R. I will praise your Name.

He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the
 poor
to seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.

                     R. I will praise your Name.
       The Liturgy of the Word:
        The Second Reading

The Second Reading is from the New Testament.

 Unlike the First Reading and the Responsorial
  Psalm, the Second Reading is not connected to
 the Gospel of the day. Rather it is a continuation
        of the previous Sunday’s readings.

     Ex. 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Timothy 2: 1-8
         The Liturgy of the Word:
         The Gospel Acclamation
The congregation sings the Alleluia, a Hebrew word
  meaning “Praise the Lord”

 While the priest or deacon holds the Book of the Gospels
              aloft, he processes it to the ambo.

 Why is the Book of the Gospels processed to the ambo
         while the congregation sings the Alleluia?
Again, the procession recalls our spiritual journey, and the
   Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ life and journey. The
  Gospel is important because it is the retelling of Jesus’
                life, death and Resurrection.
         The Liturgy of the Word:
               The Gospel
Before the priest takes the Book of Gospels and begin the
 Procession towards the ambo, he says a prayer asking
God to be in his heart and on his lips so that he may be
            worthy of proclaiming the Gospel.

 If it is a deacon that reads the Gospel, he will receive a
 blessing from the priest or bishop, who will say a similar
                  prayer over the deacon.
             The Liturgy of the Word:
                   The Gospel
Before the priest takes the Book of Gospels and begin the Procession towards the
 ambo, he says a prayer asking God to be in his heart and on his lips so that
                    he may be worthy of proclaiming the Gospel.

             Priest or deacon: The Lord be with you.
                      All: And also with you.
   Priest or deacon: A reading from the Gospel according to
                 [Matthew, Mark, Luke or John]
                      All: Glory to you, Lord!
 [Priest or deacon makes the sign of the cross over the Gospel
and then on his forehead, lips and hearts. The congregation also
 makes the sign of the cross on their forehead, lips and heart.]

 ~ “May the Lord purify my understanding, my speech, and my
     heart so that I may receive the words of the Gospel”
The Liturgy of the Word:
      The Gospel [Proclamation of the
                       Gospel]
                       We stand during the
                     reading of the Gospel to
                       “acknowledge and
                     confess Christ present
                      and speaking” to us.

                      Priest or deacon: [He
                      kisses the Book of the
                     Gospels and holds it aloft
                      as he announces] The
                        Gospel of the Lord

                      All: Praise to you, Lord
                            Jesus Christ!
       The Liturgy of the Word:
              The Homily
      A homily is an
   interpretation of the
 Readings we have just
heard and an application
of what they mean to us
          today.

 What dimension of
  religion does the
homily fit into? Why?
         The Liturgy of the Word:
         The Profession of Faith

Gives us a chance to respond God’s Word that we have
   just heart proclaimed in the readings and Gospel.

We are declaring ourselves members of the Church.
We are saying “What the Lord has said, we will do.”
        We agree to the covenant of Christ.

      We recite the Nicene Creed after the homily.

The Nicene Creed is a elaboration of the Apostle’s Creed,
   which was composed at the Council of Nicea (325)
                    The Liturgy of the Word:
                       The Nicene Creed
         We believe in one God,                    On the third day he rose again
        the Father, the Almighty,               in accordance with the Scriptures;
      maker of heaven and earth,                     he ascended into heaven
    of all that is, seen and unseen.       and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
 We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,     He will come again in glory to judge the living
          the only Son of God,                             and the dead,
   eternally begotten of the Father,            and his kingdom will have no end.
    God from God, light from light,
        true God from true God,             We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the
           begotten, not made,                              giver of life,
     of one Being with the Father;         who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
  through him all things were made.        who with the Father and the Son is worshiped
      For us and for our salvation                         and glorified,
     he came down from heaven,                who has spoken through the prophets.
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the   We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic
                Virgin Mary                                    Church.
       and became truly human.                We acknowledge one baptism for the
 For our sake he was crucified under                    forgiveness of sins.
              Pontius Pilate;                We look for the resurrection of the dead,
  he suffered death and was buried.          and the life of the world to come. Amen
         The Liturgy of the Word:
    General Intercessions/ Prayer of the
                  Faithful
             Lector: … Let us pray to the Lord
                All: Lord, hear our prayer.
             (Sometimes this response varies)

            We pray to God for different intentions.

   Normally the Prayer of the Faithful follows this order:
    1) Prayers for the universal Church, the pope, and the
                             bishops.
2) Prayers for the salvation of the world and those who govern
                                  it.
                 3) Prayers for the afflicted.
        4) Prayers for the needs of the local church.
      Liturgy of the Eucharist
A. Liturgy of the Eucharist
-Preparation of the Altar &
    Gifts
-Prayer over the Gifts
-Eucharistic Prayer
-Acclamation
B. Communion Rite
-Lord’s Prayer/Doxology
-Sign of Peace
-Breaking of the Bread
-Communion
-Prayer after Communion
           Liturgy of the Eucharist:
           Preparation of the Gifts
   The altar is prepared,
   usually by altar servers,
     during the collection.
 This is when the chalice,
  host, ciborium and paten
  are placed on the altar. A
     sacramentary is also
  placed on the altar. This
   is the prayer book used.
A hymn is being sung while
        the altar is being
   prepared and continues
    as the gifts (bread and
         wine) are being
    processed to the priest.
               Liturgy of the Eucharist:
                Preparation of the Gifts
• The blessings that are said over
the bread and wine are from
ancient Jewish prayers used to
celebrate the Sabbath. The priest
is preparing the gifts to be
sacrificed.

•Here the priest is also thanking
God for giving us these gifts to
offer and the priest is cleansing
himself to make the sacrifice.

(Sometimes the priest says these
blessings silently.)
                   Liturgy of the Eucharist:
                    Preparation of the Gifts
Priest: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness
   we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands
   have made. It will become for us the bread of life. 


All: Blessed be God for ever.

[Pours wine and a little water in the chalice while saying:]

Priest: By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the
  divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity

Priest: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness
   we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It
   will become our spiritual drink.


All: Blessed be God for ever.
          Liturgy of the Eucharist:
           Preparation of the Gifts
Priest: [usually quietly prays:] Lord, wash away my
          iniquity; cleanse me from my sins.
                 (From Psalm 51:6)

                      [stand]

  Priest: Pray, my brothers and sisters, that our
 sacrifice
may be acceptable to God, the almighty
                      Father.


All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your
hands,
for the praise and glory of his name,
for
   our good, and the good of all his Church.
Liturgy of the Eucharist:
  Prayer over the Gifts

       • All of our prayers are
         now gathered by the
         priest in a prayer that
         asks God to accept our
         gifts through Jesus
         Christ.
               All: Amen.
             Liturgy of the Eucharist:
                Eucharistic Prayer
•This is the prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification. It is the center
and high point of the celebration. During the Eucharistic Prayer, the
Church believes that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood
of Jesus Christ

There are a number of Eucharistic Prayers that the
    priest uses, but they all have a similar form.

         - The Preface (which includes the Sanctus)
       - The epiclesis (the invocation of the Holy Spirit)
          - The Institutional Narrative (high point of
                       Mass/consecration)
               - The Anamnesis (memorial)
                     - The intercessions
                   - The Great Doxology
      Liturgy of the Eucharist:
     Eucharistic Prayer - Preface
                  The Preface:

           Priest: The Lord be with you.
             All: And also with you.

             Priest: Lift up your hearts.
        All: We lift them up to the Lord.
 
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

• The Preface asks us to set aside all of our earthly
cares and focus on God. We thank God for all that He
                   has given us.
               Liturgy of the Eucharist:
             Eucharistic Prayer - Sanctus
                             The Sanctus:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven
    and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the
    highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the
    Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

                                   [kneel]
• We join the heavenly choir and sing a passage that is found in
    Isaiah and the Book of Revelation, and then we join those who
    welcomed Jesus when He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
    We sing our song of praise.
 “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His
                             glory.” - Isaiah 6:3
   “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty…” - Revelations 4:8
  “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!…
                 Hosanna in the highest!”- Mark 11:9-10
               Liturgy of the Eucharist:
             Eucharistic Prayer - Epiclesis
                              Epiclesis:

•Comes from the Greek word meaning “invoke upon”.


Priest: Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness. Let your
    Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may
      become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

  The priest says this prayer with his hands over the bread and wine
   and then makes a sign of the cross over them with his right hand.
• Here the priest asks the Holy Spirit to come and
  make the bread and wine become the Body and
  Blood of Christ.
        Liturgy of the Eucharist:
Eucharistic Prayer – Institutional Narrative
                The Institutional Narrative:
• It is a retelling of what Jesus did “the night before He
 died” i.e. the Last Supper and is the high point of Mass
                when the consecration occurs.
        Liturgy of the Eucharist:
Eucharistic Prayer – Institutional Narrative
Priest: The day before he suffered he took bread in his sacred
  hands and looking up to heaven, to you, his almighty Father,
   he gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it
                     to his disciples, and said:
Take this, all of you, and eat it: 
this is my body which will be
                          given up for you.
When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you
    thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:
 Take this, all of you, and drink from it: 
this is the cup of my
   blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will
   be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do
                       this in memory of me.
                    Liturgy of the Eucharist:
                       Eucharistic Prayer
                        The Anamnesis (Memorial):
                 Priest: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
      All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.


   Priest: In memory of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Father,
       this life-giving bread, this saving cup. We thank you for counting
       us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. May all of us
       who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in
                             unity by the Holy Spirit.

•When Christ says do this in “memory”, He was speaking of “memory” in the
Jewish sense. Do something in memorial means to make present the event.

•This prayer recalls to the Father the sacrifice of Jesus made for our
salvation.
                Liturgy of the Eucharist:
                   Eucharistic Prayer
                       The Intercessions:

 Priest: Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make
    us grow in love, together with {Benedict} our Pope, {name of
      local bishop}, our bishop, and all the clergy.Remember our
   brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of
     rising again; bring them and all the departed into the light of
   your presence. Have mercy on us all; make us worthy to share
        eternal life with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with the
        apostles, and with all the saints who have done your will
     throughout the ages. May we praise you in union with them,
          and give you glory through your Son, Jesus Christ.

• We remember the whole Church, those living and those that have
died
       Liturgy of the
         Eucharist:
     Eucharistic Prayer
         The Great Doxology:
  •Doxology means “a word of praise”



The priest raises the Body and Blood of Christ and then sings:

 Priest: Through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the
 Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, for
                          ever and ever.
                           All: Amen!
 • St. Augustine said that the “Amen” is the people’s signature.
   Amen means “we believe.” This “amen” is normally sung in a
                            joyous manner.
   Now we stand. (We have been kneeling since the Sanctus)
     Liturgy of the Eucharist:
        B. Communion Rite
-Lord’s Prayer/Doxology
-Sign of Peace
-Breaking of the Bread
-Communion
-Prayer after Communion
Liturgy of the Eucharist: Communion Rite-
                Our Father
Priest: Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words
   our Savior gave us.

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy
   name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as
   it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and
   forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
   trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil.


Priest: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace
   in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect
   us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming
   of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
   now and forever.
Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your
   apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I    Liturgy of the
    give you. Look not on our sins, but on
    the faith of your Church, and grant us
                                                Eucharist:
     the peace and unity of your kingdom      Communion
      where you live for ever and ever.

                                              Rite- Sign of
                 All: Amen.
Priest: The Peace of the Lord be with you         Peace
                    always.

          All: And also with you.
Deacon or Priest: Let us offer each other a
                 sign of peace.

•Reflects on our need to reconcile with
  one another. The Eucharist is a sign
  that we are in “communion with the
 Lord”. This means that we are to be
   in peace with our brothers and
                sisters.
  Liturgy of the     Together we pray the Agnus Dei –
                       the Lamb of God
    Eucharist:        All: Lamb of God, you take away
Communion Rite-            the sins of the world: have
 Breaking of the        mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you
                        take away the sins of the world:
      Bread            have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
                          you take away the sins of the
                             world: grant us peace.
                                    
[kneel]

                      The priest breaks the large host; he
                    breaks the bread (The Body of Christ).
                     The priest breaks a small piece of the
                       Body of Christ and places it in the
                    chalice with the Precious Blood. This is
                            called the “co-mingling”.
                   •We say the Agnus Dei to remember
                   Christ as the sacrificial lamb and we ask
                   for His mercy.
 Liturgy of the Eucharist: Communion Rite-
                 Communion
   The priest raises the Body and the Blood of Christ and says:

 Priest: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the
       world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

 All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the
                     word and I shall be healed.

All those that are Catholic and in a state of grace, proceed forward
       to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Non-Catholic are
               invited to come forth to receive a blessing.

Communion Minister: The body of Christ. Communicant: Amen.

Communion Minister: The blood of Christ. Communicant: Amen.

   You receive the Eucharist on your tongue or in your hands.
 Liturgy of the Eucharist: Communion Rite-
          Prayer after Communion
  Priest: Let us pray.
  
[Everyone stands]

The priest says a prayer
  after communion that
   is different for every
     mass. The prayer
    thanks God for the
  Eucharist that we just
          received.

      All: Amen.
     Concluding Rites
  Greeting

  Blessing

 Dismissal

Closing Hymn
                    Priest: The Lord be with you.

Concluding Rites:      All: And also with you.
   Greeting &
    Blessing         Deacon or Priest: Bow your
                       heads and pray for God's
                                blessing.
                      Priest: May almighty God
                      bless you,
the Father, and
                         the Son, and the Holy
                                   Spirit.
                              All: Amen.

                      • We bow our heads and
                       make the sign of the cross
                        as the priest says “The
                        Father, the Son and the
                              Holy Spirit”.
    Concluding Rites:
Dismissal & Closing Hymn
           Deacon or Priest: The Mass is ended,
                        go in peace.

           or Go in peace to love and serve the
                            Lord.

                 All: Thanks be to God!

              • The Priest is sending us (the
             faithful) forth. The Lord sent out His
               disciples and so He is doing the
                        same thing to us.

            • We have a mission and the mass
              prepares us for that mission to love
              and serve the Lord by being Christ
                           to others.

				
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