The Order of MassThe Introductory RitesThe Introductory Rites help the faithful come together as one, establish communion and prepare themselves tolisten to the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily.All stand. The Priest approaches the altar with the ministers You were sent to heal the contrite ofand venerates it while the Entrance Song is sung. heart:Sign of the Cross Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.In the name of the Father, and of the Son, You came to call sinners:and of the Holy Spirit. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.Amen. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.Greeting You are seated at the right hand of theThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father to intercede for us:and the love of God, Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.and the communion of the Holy Spirit Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.be with you all. Or: The absolution by the Priest follows:Grace to you and peace from God our May almighty God have mercy on us,Father forgive us our sins,and the Lord Jesus Christ. Or: and bring us to everlasting life.The Lord be with you. Amen.And with your spirit. The Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy) may follow.Penitential Act Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.The Priest invites the faithful to the Penitential Act. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.Then one of the Penitential Acts follows: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.I confess to almighty God Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison.and to you, my brothers and sisters, Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.that I have greatly sinned, Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.in my thoughts and in my words,in what I have done and in what I have The Gloriafailed to do, When indicated this hymn is either sung or said:And, striking their breast, they say: Glory to God in the highest,through my fault, through my fault, and on earth peace to peoplethrough my most grievous fault; of good will.therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, We praise you,all the Angels and Saints, we bless you,and you, my brothers and sisters, we adore you,to pray for me to the Lord our God. we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory,Have mercy on us, O Lord. Lord God, heavenly King,For we have sinned against you. O God, almighty Father.Show us, O Lord, your mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,And grant us your salvation. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, with the Holy Spirit,have mercy on us; in the glory of God the Father.you take away the sins of the world, Amen.receive our prayer; The Collectyou are seated at the right hand When this hymn is concluded, the Priest, says:of the Father, Let us pray.have mercy on us. And all pray in silence with the Priest for a while. Then the Priest says the Collect prayer, at the end of whichFor you alone are the Holy One, the people acclaim:you alone are the Lord, Amen.you alone are the Most High,Jesus Christ,The Liturgy of the WordBy hearing the word proclaimed in worship, the faithful again enter into the unending dialogue between Godand the covenant people, a dialogue sealed in the sharing of the Eucharistic food and drink.First Reading all sit The Niceno-Constantinopolitan CreedTo indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims: I believe in one God,The word of the Lord. the Father almighty,Thanks be to God. maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.PsalmAfter the First Reading the psalmist or cantor sings or says I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,the Psalm, with the people making the response. the Only Begotten Son of God,Second Reading born of the Father before all ages.On Sundays and certain other days there is a second God from God, Light from Light,reading. It concludes with the same response as above. true God from true God,Gospel begotten, not made,The assembly stands to sing the Gospel Acclamation to consubstantial with the Father;welcome the Gospel. They remain standing in honour of the through him all things were made.Gospel reading, the high point of the Liturgy of the Word.The Lord be with you. For us men and for our salvationAnd with your spirit. he came down from heaven, At the words that follow, up to and including and becameA reading from the holy Gospel according man, all bow.to N. and by the Holy Spirit was incarnateGlory to you, O Lord. of the Virgin Mary,At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims: and became man.The Gospel of the Lord. For our sake he was crucifiedPraise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. under Pontius Pilate,The Homily all sit he suffered death and was buried,At the end of the Homily it is appropriate for there to be a and rose again on the third daybrief silence for recollection. in accordance with the Scriptures.The Creed all stand He ascended into heavenOn Sundays and Solemnities, the Profession of Faith or Creed and is seated at the right handwill follow. During Lent and Easter Time, especially, theApostles’ Creed may be used. of the Father. He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead I confess one Baptismand his kingdom will have no end. for the forgiveness of sinsI believe in the Holy Spirit, and I look forward to the resurrectionthe Lord, the giver of life, of the deadwho proceeds from the Father and the life of the world to come. Amen.and the Son,who with the Father and the Son The Prayer of the Faithfulis adored and glorified, After each intention there is a pause while the faithful pray.who has spoken through the prophets. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.I believe in one, holy, catholic The Priest concludes the Prayer with a collect.and apostolic Church. When the Liturgy of the Word has been completed, the people sit.The Liturgy of the EucharistFor Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. It is the vital centre of all that theChurch is and does, because at its heart is the real presence of the crucified, risen and glorified Lord, continuingand making available his saving work among us.During the Offertory Song the gifts of bread and wine The Priest concludes the Preface with the people, singingare brought in procession. The Priest offers the prayers of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.blessing quietly at the altar. If the priest says the prayersaloud the assembly’s acclamation each time is: Heaven and earth are full of your glory.Blessed be God for ever. Hosanna in the highest.The Priest completes additional personal preparatory rites, Blessed is he who comes in the nameand the people rise as he says: of the Lord.Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), Hosanna in the highest.that my sacrifice and yours The Priest continues with the Eucharistic Prayer. After the words of Consecration the priest says:may be acceptable to God,the almighty Father. The mystery of faith.May the Lord accept the sacrifice We proclaim your Death, O Lord,at your hands and profess your Resurrectionfor the praise and glory of his name, until you come again. Or:for our good When we eat this Breadand the good of all his holy Church. and drink this Cup,Then the Priest says the Prayer over the Offerings, at the end we proclaim your Death, O Lord,of which the people acclaim: until you come again. Or:Amen. Save us, Saviour of the world,The Eucharistic Prayer for by your Cross and ResurrectionThe Lord be with you. you have set us free.And with your spirit. At the conclusion of the prayer the Priest takes the chalice and the paten with the host and, raising both, he saysLift up your hearts. Through him, and with him, and in him,We lift them up to the Lord. O God, almighty Father,Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. in the unity of the Holy Spirit,It is right and just. all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever. Amen.