The Liturgy of the Word Study Guide
WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE MASS, WE ARE SHARING IN JESUS’ LAST SUPPER!
The First Reading
This reading comes from the Old Testament.
The Responsorial Psalm
This prayer/song comes from the Book of Psalms, some of which were written by
The Second Reading
This reading often comes from the New Testament.
Preparing for the Gospel
This is a happy song of praise to God that we sing to welcome the Gospel.
This song reminds us that Jesus won for us our salvation. We do not say this word during Lent.
The Three Crosses
With our hand held closed, like we are holding a Precious stone, and our thumb up like
a piece of chalk, we make three crosses. We pray, “May these words be in our thoughts,
on our lips, and in our hearts.” (Jesus be in my thoughts, my words and my heart!)
This is a reading from the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.
Jesus is present to us in the Gospels.
The word “Gospel” means “good news.”
All the readings from the Mass are from “The Scriptures”
This is the time during the Mass where the readings are explained to us!
The Profession of Faith
The Profession of Faith is where we say we believe in!
We either pray the Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed.
(The Apostles’ Creed is usually reserved for children’s Masses.)
General Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful)
We pray for the needs of all the Church, living and dead.
Presentation of the Gifts
As our gifts of bread and wine are carried to the Altar, we enter
the Most sacred part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.