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What is Mass?

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In the Roman Rite, the Mass is made up of two principal parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It begins with the Introductory Rites and ends with the Concluding Rites.

Another way of dividing a Mass is into its "ordinary" parts—those texts which, with some variations, are part of the Mass on a daily basis—and its "proper" parts—the texts of prayers and selection of Scripture readings proper to the specific feast, feria or other occasion being observed.

Introductory Rites

  • Entrance

  • Greeting

  • Penitential Act

  • Glory to God

  • Collect

Liturgy of the Word

 

  • First Reading

  • Responsorial Psalm

  • Second Reading (on Sundays and solemnities)

  • Gospel Acclamation

  • Gospel

  • Homily

  • Profession of Faith (on Sundays, solemnities, and special occasions)

  • Universal Prayer

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Presentation of the Gifts and Preparation of the Altar

  • Prayer over the Offerings

  • Eucharistic Prayer

    • Preface

    • Holy, Holy, Holy

    • First half of prayer, including Consecration

    • Mystery of Faith

    • Second half of prayer, ending with Doxology

  • The Lord's Prayer

  • Sign of Peace

  • Lamb of God

  • Communion

  • Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites

  • Optional announcements

  • Greeting and Blessing

  • Dismissal

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