Sunday is the day on which we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. We gather for Mass, rest from work, and perform works of mercy. People all over the world gather at God’s Eucharistic table as brothers and sisters.
The Mass is the most important sacramental celebration of the Church, and it always follows a set order.
We gather as a community and praise God in song.
We pray the Sign of the Cross. The priest welcomes us.
We remember our sins and ask God for mercy.
We praise God in song.
We ask God to hear our prayers.
We listen to God’s Word, usually from the Old Testament.
We respond to God’s Word in song.
We listen to God’s Word from the New Testament.
We sing “Alleluia!” to praise God for the Good News. During Lent, we use a different acclamation.
We stand and listen to the Gospel of the Lord.
The priest or the deacon explains God’s Word.
We proclaim our faith through the Creed.
We pray for our needs and the needs of others.
We bring gifts of bread and wine to the altar.
The priest prays that God will accept our sacrifice.
This prayer of thanksgiving is the center and high point of the entire celebration.
Preface—We give thanks and praise to God.
Holy, Holy, Holy—We sing an acclamation of praise.
Consecration—The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The Mystery of Faith—We proclaim the mystery of our faith.
Amen—We affirm the words and actions of the Eucharistic Prayer.
Lord’s Prayer—We pray the Our Father.
Sign of Peace—We offer one another Christ’s peace.
Lamb of God—We pray for forgiveness, mercy, and peace.
Communion—We receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Prayer After Communion—We pray that the Eucharist will strengthen us to live as Jesus did.
We receive God’s blessing.
We go in peace, glorifying the Lord by our lives.