LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
PREPARE THE GIFTS
The Eucharistic prayer is a dialogue between the Priest and the People.
The Priest says: “The Lord be with you.” We say: “and with your spirit”
The Priest says: “Lift up your hearts.” We say: “We lift them up to the Lord.”
The Priest says: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” We say: “It is right and just.”
The Holy, Holy, Holy
This is our cry of belief and adoration. While the Eucharist calls us to recall the sacrifice
Jesus made for us all, it also calls on us to affirm our redemption. This is a time of great
joy and so we praise God’s power, might and glory.
BLESS THE GIFTS
The Consecration is the most important part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It is also where we
must appreciate and understand that this is a quiet time and we must keep our eyes on the
Priest and the Altar. The Priest at this time will repeat the words and actions of Jesus at
the Last Supper.
The Priest blesses the bread and holds it up for all to see. Next, he blesses the cup and
holds it up for all to see. Then he holds up the Body and Blood and says “Do this in
memory of me.”
The Memorial Acclamation reminds us of the mystery of Faith. We call to mind the
Lord’s death, resurrection, and ascension. The Priest or Deacon says: “Let us proclaim
the mystery of Faith. We respond with one of the four prayers listed in the missal.
The Great Amen is when we confirm our agreement for what we have heard and that we
understand its meaning. The Priest holds up The Body and Blood and prays: “Through
him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours,
Almighty Father, for ever and ever.” We call or sing out loudly “Amen!
COME TOGETHER IN COMMUNION
The Lord’s Prayer When we pray this prayer, just before communion, we pray together as a community – to
show that we are one family in Christ.
The Sign of Peace
This is a special time when we show that we are a big family in Jesus. When you shake
hands with those around you, you should remember that you are sharing God’s love and
offering friendship and peace.
The Lamb of God
In the Eucharist, we share Christ’s body, broken that it can become one. Jesus is called
the Lamb of God because he willingly died on the cross for our sins. In this prayer, we
are letting him know we understand and appreciate His Sacrifice and ask for his mercy.
Communion means to share, to come together. At this time, those who have prepared for
and received their First Holy Communion, now come forward to share the Eucharist with
the whole community. Afterward, we return to our seats and kneel for quiet prayer time.
We think about the wonderful gift we just received and thank God for the love we share.
GO FORTH AND SHARE
The Prayer after Communion
After communion, the remaining blessed hosts are placed in the Tabernacle. After
everything is cleaned and cleared away, we sit for a moment in reflection preparing for the Final Prayer and blessing. After the final prayer and blessing we should sing a happy song of glory to God. Out of respect and honor,
WE SHOULD STAY UNTIL AFTER THE PRIEST HAS
LEFT THE ALTAR AND WALKED COMPLETELY DOWN