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Full Text of the Catholic Mass

Edited for biblical accuracy, this Mass is our (the Church’s) offering of praise and thanksgiving for the one sacrifice of Christ, who won eternal life for all who believe in Him.

As Mass begins with the entrance song and procession, all stand to offer ourselves to Christ our High Priest who promises that where two or more gather in his name, he will be in their midst. We have been blessed to inherit a wonderful liturgy that allows us to express our thanksgiving or Eucharistia (Eucharist) to Christ our Lord for the one perfect sacrifice he made to win our salvation--securing eternal life for all who believe in Him. Our worship of the Lord involves our whole person, spirit, mind and body--whether standing, kneeling, or sitting—in a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Together we bring to him our sorrows, pains and sickness as well as our triumphs and joys—humbly offering the lives he has given us to his service. The congregation remains standing throughout the Mass's Introductory Rites, to prepare ourselves for the grateful reception of the Liturgy of the Word which follows.

Introductory Rites

Greeting

P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C:Amen

(The priest prays one of the following:)

Form A

Form B

Form C

P. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you

P. The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

C: And also with you

P: The Lord be with you. (or a bishop says "Peace be with you")

C: And also with you.

Penitential Rite with Absolution

Form A

Form B

Form C

P: My brothers and sisters, to prepare ourselves, to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us call to mind our sins.

A: I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. And I ask you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

P.Lord have mercy. (Kyrie Eleison)

C: Lord have mercy (Kyrie Eleison)

P:Christ have mercy. (Christi Eleison)

C: Christ have mercy. (Christi Eleison)

P: Lord have mercy. (Kyrie Eleison)

C: Lord have mercy. (Kyrie Eleison)

P: O God, by the wounds of your only Son, we are made whole. Almighty and merciful Lord, grant us pardon (+) absolution, and remission of all our sins.  

C: Amen.

P: Lord, we have sinned against you. Lord have mercy

C: Lord, have mercy.

P: Lord, we sorrow, show us your mercy and love.

C: Christ have mercy

P: Lord, grant us the forgiveness you won for us on the cross.

C: Lord have mercy

P: O God, by the wounds of your only Son, we are made whole. Almighty and merciful Lord, grant us pardon (+) absolution, and remission of all our sins.   

C: Amen.

P: You were sent to heal those who sorrow for their sin. Lord have mercy.

C: Lord have mercy.

P: You came to call sinners to everlasting life with you: Christ have mercy.

C: Christ have mercy.

P: You intercede for us at the right hand of the Father, until we join you in glory: Lord have mercy.

C: Lord have mercy.

P: O God, by the wounds of your only Son, we are made whole. Almighty and merciful Lord, grant us pardon (+) absolution, and remission of all our sins.  

C: Amen

 

Gloria

(The congregation remains standing)

(Omit during Advent and Lent)

A: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God; you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Opening Prayer

(Comment: The congregation remains standing)

P: Let us pray ... (prayer)

C: Amen.

 

Liturgy of the Word

(The congregation sits for the proclamation of God’s word.)

First Reading - Old Testament, or NT letters

L: The first reading is a reading from the book of ___________, chapter_________,verses________

 

L: (after the reading) This is the word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm - Often sung

Second Reading

The second reading is a reading from the book of ___________, chapter_______, verses________

 

L: (after the reading) This is the word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Alleluia

(The congregation remains standing, the Alleluia is often sung and has a short sentence of the Gospel message interwoven.)

Gospel

P: The Lord cleanse my heart and my lips that I may worthily proclaim his gospel.

C: Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: A reading from the holy gospel according to N. N.

C: Glory to you, Lord.

P: (after the reading) This is the gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Homily - (The priest presents a teaching on the readings)

(The congregation sits to listen to the homily. It remains sitting during the period of silence after the homily as it reflects upon the word of God it has heard.)

Profession of Faith

Comment: The congregation stands to profess its faith and exercise its baptismal priesthood by offering prayers and petitions on behalf of the Church and the world. The Liturgy of the Word concludes with this Prayer of the Faithful.

Apostles Creed

Nicene Creed, (for special occasions)

A: I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Spirit:
the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.

A: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and our salvation, he came down from heaven:

(
All bow during these three lines)
by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life: who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified:
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic, and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

General Intercessions

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts

(All sit as the altar is prepared for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Selected members of the congregation then bring forward the bread and wine that will be consecrated in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Then all stand to join in prayer.)

P: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness, we have this bread to offer, which your earth has given and human hands have made. By Christ’s promise, it will be for us his very body.

C: Blessed be God forever.

P: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, the fruit of your vine and work of the hands you’ve given us. By Christ’s promise, it will be for us his very blood.

C: Blessed be God forever.

P: Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving may be acceptable to God the Father almighty.

C: May the Lord accept our sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

Prayer over the Gifts

P: May we give You thanks and praise daily O’Lord, rejoicing always in the salvation your only Son won for us on the cross and His gracious intercession that gives us access, even now, to your very throne.

A: All glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and forever, Amen.

P: (prayer)

C: Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

(The congregation stands to begin the Eucharistic Prayer.)

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them up to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

 

Preface

(The congregation remains standing, Priest recites one of the following prayers, although there are special occasions when other eucharistic prayers may be used.)

Eucharistic Prayer I

 

(Go straight to

acclamation below.)

Eucharistic Prayer II

Father, it is our duty, always and every-where, to give you thanks for our salvation through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

He is the Word through whom you made the universe, the Savior you sent to redeem us. By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh and was born of the Virgin Mary.

For our sake he opened his arms on the cross; he put an end to death and revealed the resurrection to life he had won for all who believe in him. In this he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people, covered in his own righteousness.

And so we join the angels and saints in proclaiming your glory as we sing (say):  

Eucharistic Prayer III

 

(Go straight to

the acclamation below.)

Eucharistic Prayer IV

Father in heaven, it is right that we should give you thanks and praise: you are the one God, living and true. Through all eternity you live in unapproachable light.

Source of life and goodness, you have created all things, to fill your creatures with every blessing and lead your chosen people to the joyful vision of your light. Countless hosts of angels stand before you to do your will; they look upon your splendor and praise you, night and day.

United with them, we too praise your glory as we say:

 

 

Acclamation

(congregation remains standing)

A: Holy, holy, holy Lord. God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. (This is called the "Sanctus")

(The congregation kneels throughout the Eucharistic Prayer below. Though kneeling sometimes signifies sorrow for sin or praise and adoration, the kneeling during this prayer is also a posture of profound self-offering in which the congregation humbly unites to focus on Christ and his once and forever sacrifice which won salvation for all who believe. Today, true to his promise, he proves he has not left us alone for he gives us his very body and blood to sustain us in this life.)

Epiclesis (calling upon the Holy Spirit):

(Congregation kneels, priest recites one of the following:)

Eucharistic Prayer I

Eucharistic Prayer II

Eucharistic Prayer III

Eucharistic Prayer IV

We come to you, Father, with praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ your Son. Through him we ask you to bless us and the many gifts you have given us for your service, which we offer you now in praise and thanksgiving.  We trust you to watch over us as your holy catholic Church, guide us; grant us peace and unity as we seek to teach the catholic faith that comes to us from Christ and the apostles.

Remember, Lord, your people, especially those for whom we now pray, (names). Remember all of us gathered here before you. You know how firmly we believe in you and dedicate ourselves to you. We offer you this sacrifice of praise for ourselves and those who are dear to us. We pray to you, our living and true God, in thanks for our well-being and redemption.

In union with the whole Church we remember Mary, the blessed mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God. Joseph, her husband, the apostles and martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew,

(James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian)

and all the saints. May their prayers join with ours in constant praise and thanksgiving for your help and protection.  

Father, grant us your peace in this life, and keep us for life eternal as your Son has promised all who believe in Him. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

Bless and make us acceptable to you, that we may worship you in spirit and in truth. By the power of your Holy Spirit, let these elements of bread and water be for us the very body and blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son, our Lord.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness. Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may be for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west all may know the perfect offering you made to the glory of your name.
And so, Father, bless and make us acceptable to you, that we may worship you in spirit and in truth. By the power of your Holy Spirit, let these elements of bread and water be for us the very body and blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son, our Lord at whose command we celebrate his one sacrifice for us.

Father, we acknowledge your greatness: all your actions show your wisdom and love. You formed man in your own likeness and set him over the whole world to serve you, his creator, and to rule over all creatures. Even when he disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon him to the power of death, but helped all men to seek and find you. Again and again you offered a covenant to man, and through the prophets taught him to trust in the salvation you won for us.

Father, you so loved your chosen people that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to save us. He was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, a man who did not sin. To the poor, prisoners and those in sorrow, he proclaimed the good news of salvation, In fulfillment of your will he gave himself up to death; and rising from the dead, he showed us he destroyed death and restored everlasting life for all who believe. And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him, he sent the Holy Spirit from you, Father, as his first gift to those who believe, to bring us the fullness of his grace.

Father, bless and make us acceptable to you, that we may worship you in spirit and in truth. By the power of your Holy Spirit, let these elements of bread and water be for us the very body and blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son, our Lord.

Institution Narrative (remembering what Jesus spoke to the apostles at the Last Supper):
(Congregation remains kneeling, priest recites one of the following:)

Eucharistic Prayer I

Eucharistic Prayer II

Eucharistic Prayer III

Eucharistic Prayer IV

The day before he suffered he took bread in his sacred hands and looking up to heaven, to you, his almighty Father, he gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread (break it), gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.

When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.

Before he was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks, He broke the bread (break it), gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it; this is my body which will be given up for you.

When the supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it; this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in memory of me.

On the night he was betrayed, he took bread and gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread (break it), gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.

When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in memory of me.

He always loved those who were his own in the world. When the time came for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, he showed the depth of his love. While they were at supper, he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread (break it), and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat it:
this is my body which will be given up for you.

In the same way, he took the cup, filled with wine. He gave you thanks, and giving the cup to his disciples, said:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in memory of me.

 

Memorial Acclamation

Comment: Congregations remains kneeling

P: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

A: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

(or) We proclaim your death and profess your resurrection, O Lord, until you come again.

(or) By your death and resurrection, O Lord, you give us eternal life.

 

Anamnesis (a recalling to memory of Christ and his saving work), Offering, and Intercessions:

(Congregation remains kneeling, priest recites one of the following:)

Eucharistic Prayer I

Eucharistic Prayer II

Eucharistic Prayer III

Eucharistic Prayer IV

Father, we celebrate the memory of Christ, your Son. We, your people, recall his passion, his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension into glory; and from the many gifts you have given us we remember and celebrate his one, holy and perfect sacrifice.

We offer all you have given us, our lives and our possessions. Use all to your service, use all to your glory, that we may live in your forgiveness, and love one another as you first loved us.

 As we receive from this altar the sacred body and blood of your Son, let us be filled with every grace and blessing. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

Remember, Lord, those who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray, (names deceased loved ones whom the celebrant or parishioner wishes to offer before God). May these, and all who sleep in Christ, find in your presence light, happiness, and peace. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

For ourselves, too, we ask some share in the fellowship of your apostles and martyrs, with John the Baptist, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, (names of other Saints) and all the saints. Though we are sinners, we trust in your mercy and love. We rely on your promise to keep us in your hands and never let us be parted from you. Through Christ our Lord.

Through him you give us all these gifts. You fill them with life and goodness, you bless them and make them holy.

In memory of his death and resurrection, and his ascension into glory, we thank you for his one, holy and perfect sacrifice.

We offer you all you have given us, our lives and our possessions. Use all to your service, use all to your glory, that we may live in your forgiveness, and love one another as you first loved us.

Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with our leaders, (name of local bishop), our bishop, and all the clergy.

Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the sure hope of rising again; we thank you for bringing them into the light of your presence.

We thank you for your mercy in this life, and the eternal life you have won for us in the next with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, the apostles, and all the saints throughout the ages. May we praise you in union with them, and give you glory through your Son, Jesus Christ.

May all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit. Through Christ our Lord, from whom all good things come.

 

Father, calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salvation, his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, and ready to greet him when he comes again, we offer you our praise and thanksgiving for his one, holy and perfect sacrifice.

We offer you all you have given us, our lives and our possessions. Use all to your service, use all to your glory, that we may live in your forgiveness, and love one another as you first loved us.

Look with favor on your Church and see the Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ.

By his sacrifice, he has made us an everlasting gift to you and won for us a share in the inheritance of your saints in heaven, with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with the apostles, the martyrs, and all who ever relied on him for constant intercession and help.

Lord, may your sacrifice, which has made our peace with you, strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth; your servant, our Bishop (name of local bishop), and all the bishops, with the clergy and your people gathered here before you. In mercy and love we trust you to unite all your children wherever they may be. We thank you for welcoming into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters, and all who have left this world in your friendship to enjoy the vision of your glory, through Christ our Lord, from whom all good things come.

Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. We recall Christ's death, his descent among the dead, his resurrection, and his ascension to your right hand; we offer you our praise and thanksgiving for his one, holy and perfect sacrifice.

We offer all you have given us, our lives and our possessions. Use all to your service, use all to your glory, that we may live in your forgiveness, and love one another as you first loved us.

Lord, look upon this supper you have given to your Church; and by your Holy Spirit, gather all who share this one bread and one cup into the one body of Christ, a living sacrifice of praise.

Lord, we pray for our bishop (name of local bishop), and bishops and clergy everywhere. Remember those here present and all your people. Remember those who have died in the peace of Christ and all those whose faith is known to you alone.

Father, thank you for the assurance that in your mercy, won for us by Christ, you grant to us your children to enter into our inheritance, your heavenly kingdom, where freed from the corruption of sin and death, we shall sing of your glory, through Christ our Lord, through whom you give us everything that is good.

Concluding

(Congregation remains kneeling)

P: Through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, forever and ever.

C: Amen. (This may be sung and is know as the "Great Amen")

Communion Rite

(The congregation stands for the Lord's Prayer and the Rite of Peace. It remains standing until just before the Agnes Dei (Lamb of God) is sung or recited.)

Lord's Prayer

P: Let us pray with confidence to the Father, in the words our Savior gave us:

A: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses; as we forgive those who trespass, against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

Doxology

(Congregation remains standing)

P: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy, keep us free from sin, and protect us from all anxiety, as we wait in joyful hope for coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ:

C: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Sign of Peace

(Comment: Congregation remains standing)

P: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever.

C: Amen.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us offer each other a sign of peace. (note: the priest might omit this and skip directly to the Agnes Dei (Lamb of God).

(If the priest says "Let us offer each other a sign of peace." The congregation turns to those near them and shakes hands or hugs them or some other appropriate gesture.)

(Please kneel)

A: Lamb of God, you take away our sins; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away our sins; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away our sins; grant us peace.

P: Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away our sins. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

A: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

P: Let us approach this meal he left us with the faith that he alone can give us, saying…

A: I believe, O Lord, and I confess that you are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. And I believe, as you promise in your word, that in receiving this bread, I truly receive your immaculate Body and in receiving this wine, I truly receive your own most precious Blood. Allow me to do as you command, knowing that you alone have forgiven my sins and that you alone shed your blood to give me eternal life. Amen.

Communion

(The congregation usually remains kneeling until it is time to come forward to receive Holy Communion. Most receive standing, but kneeling is also acceptable. Communion may be received on the tongue directly from the priest or in the hand. If received in the hand, it should be eaten immediately.)

P: The body of Christ.

C: Amen.

P: The blood of Christ.

C: Amen.

(Communicants return to their pew or chair for some quiet meditation. Some may kneel, others may prefer to sit.

All stand for the Prayer after Communion that concludes the Communion Rite. They may then sit for announcements, but stand again for the final Blessing and Dismissal that conclude the liturgy.)

Prayer After Communion -

(All stand)

P: Let us pray…

(Nunc Dimittis—Now Depart)

A: Lord, now let your servant go in peace, according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared before the face of all people. A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel. (Luke 2:29-32)

P: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

A: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, God’s Kingdom without end. Amen.

P: O give thanks to the Lord, for He alone is good.

C: And His mercy is everlasting.

The Blessing or Benediction

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And with your spirit.  

(Priest raises his hand or both hands in blessing toward the congregation.)

P: The Lord bless and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, (Numbers 6:24-26) in the name of the, (+) the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

[-or-

P: May almighty God bless you in the name of the, (+) the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.]

C: Amen

(The priest or deacon dismisses the people with:)

P: The Mass has ended, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

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