THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
The Opening Procession
1. Why do we stand and sing at the beginning of the Mass?
We stand as a sign of respect.
The music says Hello and Welcome.
2. Who is in the opening procession?
The people in this procession are: the priest, the lector and the Altar servers.
3. What is the Lectionary?
The Lectionary is a book containing the Bible readings to be read during the Liturgy of the Word.
1. What words of greeting does the priest use?
The priest greets us with, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” We respond: “And with your Spirit.”
The Penitential Rite
1. The penitential rite helps us to confess our sorrow for any wrongdoing, knowing that God is there for us, ready to forgive.
2. In the prayer of confession, we want to tell God and our brothers and sisters, that we are sorry for our sins and ask God to help us. We ask for blessings so that we will go out into the world acting as a holy people.
Lord, Have Mercy
1. In this ancient acclamation, we praise the Lord and implore His mercy. Sometimes, this prayer is said in English, sometimes it is said in Greek. (Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison)
Glory to God
1. The Glory to God is a joyous acclamation in which we praise God. In it, we recognize the Father as our heavenly King and Jesus as the Lamb of God, our redeemer. We call on the Holy Spirit to be with us. We offer glory and praise.
2. This prayer is not prayed during Advent and Lent.
The First Reading
This reading comes from the Old Testament. Its theme is in common with the Gospel.
The Responsorial Psalm
This song or prayer comes from the Book of Psalms, some of which were written by King David.
The Second Reading
This reading often comes from letters of the apostles, mostly St. Paul.
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.”
This is a reading from the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Jesus is present to us in the Gospels. This is the culmination of the Liturgy of the Word.
1. What does the word “gospel” mean? The word “gospel” means “good news.”
The Profession of Faith
The Profession of Faith is our declaration of our beliefs. We either pray the Nicene Creed
or the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is usually reserved for children’s Masses.
1. What are the things we say we believe in when we pray the creed?
General Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful) We pray for the needs of all the Church, living and dead.
Our Gifts – As our gifts are carried to the Altar, we enter the Most sacred part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.