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Unformatted text preview: 81, 1552) 7. There are two main parts of the Mass in which we come together to pray as one family
(CCC 1348; 1408)
Liturgy of the Word (CCC 1349)
• the readings through which we listen to God’s Word from the Bible (CCC 1349)
• these readings include: a first reading (usually)from the Old Testament; a second reading
mainly from the letters of St. Paul; and the Gospel from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
We stand for the Gospel reading out of reverence because we are hearing the life and
words of Jesus. (At Mass during the weekday, there are only two readings.)
• the Gospel is proclaimed by either the priest or deacon
• Liturgy of the Eucharist
the presentation and preparation of the gifts in which we get ready to thank God and
offer ourselves with Jesus to the Father (CCC 1350)
the Eucharistic Prayer which the priest prays the words of Jesus, through the power of
the Holy Spirit, and the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus
(CCC 1352-1354, 1408)
the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father) is “the most perfect of prayers” of the Church given to us
by the Lord Jesus (CCC 2774, 2765, 275 )
the words to prepare to receive Jesus: “Lord, I am not worthy to receive You, but only
say the word and I shall be healed.” (CCC 1386)
the reception of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist (CCC 1331, 1355, 1388)
we become tabernacles of the living God (CCC 1179)
prayer of thanksgiving to Jesus after receiving Him in Holy Communion
the dismissal in which we are blessed and sent forth in peace to love and serve the Lord
and one another (CCC 1332, 1397) 8. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross is commemorated and mysteriously made present in the
Eucharistic sacrifice of the Church. The Mass is both a sacrifice and a Sacred Banquet of
communion in which we are united with Christ by receiving His Body and His Blood.
(CCC 1357, 1382, 1362-1367) 9. Only a priest, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can consecrate bread and wine so that it
becomes the Body and the Blood of Jesus. (CCC 1120, 1411) 10. Jesus addresses an invitation to us, urging us to receive Him in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment.
Before Mass when we kneel down in the pew, it is good to
• close our eyes and remember that Jesus is truly present in the tabernacle.
• ask the Holy Spirit to help us to pray, letting go of all distractions and plans. August 6th, 2005
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• pray, slowly, an Our Father or another prayer to prepare for Mass.
(CCC 1385, 2670) 11. Students are to know what is necessary to receive the Eucharist
• We must believe in Jesus and that He is truly present in the Holy Eucharist
• We must be free from grave (mortal) sin (CCC 1385)
A person in the state of mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion until he/she is
able to receive forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession / R...
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