The Gospel Mass

The Bible makes it clear that the Mass was never meant to be a re-offering, re-sacrificing or even a re-presentation of Christ's one sacrifice to God the Father. Christ plainly tells us to do this in memory (memorial) of him. Therefore it is a sacrifice (or offering) of thanksgiving or "Eucharistia" (Greek for thanksgiving) to God for the one, complete sacrifice of Christ, which he made once and for all times for all those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior, as God in the flesh. During the Mass we receive exactly what Christ promised us at his Last Supper, his body and blood and we thank him for choosing us for everlasting life and bringing us together to be part of his earthly body, the church until he comes in glory. The following is intended to provide for worship that shows forth the biblical Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you will find it a familiar yet fully orthodox liturgical way to worship in spirit and truth. Click here to find out why this Gospel Mass is so desperately needed if we are to worship in spirit and truth in a way familiar to us. (Updated 1-12-08)




















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For a preface to why the Gospel Mass is needed go to the following link:Why the "Gospel Mass" is so necessary if we are to worship in spirit and truth!

Why Neither Mass is Acceptable

Analyzing the Canon of the Mass

A Very Brief History of the Roman Rite 

Holy Communion


The Gospel Mass

P = pastor/elder/presbyter

R =  response -  in italics

A = congregation and elder

italics alone = rubrics


(Hymn or Psalm may be sung)


P:  All glory be to the (+) Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit!

R: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, His Kingdom without end. Amen.

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.

R: And with your spirit.  

P: And the Lord said: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:44)

R: For by grace we are saved through faith and this is not from us it is a gift from God. It is not from works, so no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

P: And Jesus said: “He who believes in Me has everlasting life.” (John 6:47)

A: We believe O’Lord that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16), our Lord and Savior, God in the flesh. We thank you O'Lord for your gift of faith.

P: And yet, we have sinned against You.. There is none righteous Lord--no not one. (Romans 3:10)

A: For we have all sinned and fallen short of your glory. (Romans 3:32) 

P: Beloved brothers and sisters, let us consider now in silence our many sins and transgressions against our Lord and Savior and his wonderful grace and mercy toward us and all who believe in Him.

( pause for a moment of silence to re-call any unconfessed sins…)

(the following can be sung or said)


P: Lord have mercy. (Kyria eleison)

R: Lord have mercy (Kyria eleison)

P: Christ have mercy (Christe eleison)

R: Christ have mercy (Christe eleison)

P: Lord have mercy (Kyria eleison)

R: Lord have mercy (Kyria eleison)


The Confession

P: In the words of our Lord and Savior: "I desire mercy and not sacrifice for I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." (Matthew 9:13)  Teach our hearts your mercy Lord to do as you command and to forgive those who have sinned against us. (Matthew 6:14-15)

A: That we may worship you in spirit and in truth, and love one another as you first loved us. (John 4:23, John 15:12) 

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

R: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   (1 John 1:9)

P: and so we pray:

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. I have not loved You Lord with my whole heart, I have not loved my neighbor as myself. I ask you my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God. Most merciful God, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, forgive, renew and lead me; that I may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P: What works must we do to do the works God requires?

R: The work of God is this: That we believe in the One he has sent. (John 6:28)

P: What must we do to be saved?

R: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved—you and your household.  (Acts 16:30-31)

P: All who believe, trust in your words O’ Lord:  “My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me.  I give them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (John 10:28-30)

P: All you who have confessed your sins to almighty God; do you trust in Christ alone for the salvation of your body and soul?


P: All you who have confessed your sins to almighty God; do you believe that Jesus Christ by his perfect life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, has fully atoned for your sins and satisfied the wrath of God toward you?]

A: We do.

P: The almighty and merciful God grants us pardon (+) remission and absolution of all our sins, through the shed blood of his only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

R: Amen.

P: All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. (John 6:37)

R: "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous." –(Romans 5:19).

P: And their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)

A: For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice. (Isaiah 61:10)

P: Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered...

A: Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him. (Romans 4:7-8)

P: There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

A: He who hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, he has passed from death to life. (John 5:23)

Gloria in Excelsis

 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 our sins:

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

(remain standing)


The Collect

P: (Reads aloud the prayer of the day) ...Through Christ our Lord,

R: Amen.

(Please be seated)




P: Lord, your word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Give us a desire for your word that we may seek your will daily and live only to honor and glorify you. Through Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.

[The people now sit for the first reading and the reader says:]

  A reading from the Book of ________, chapter _____

  [When the reading is finished, the reader says:]

This is the word of the Lord.

R: Thanks be to God.

[Then follows the Psalm for the day. On Sundays, a second reading follows the Psalm.]

A reading from the Book of ________, chapter _____

This is the Word of the Lord.

R: Thanks be to God.



(The presbyter goes to the right side of the sanctuary or to the available lectern.)

P: The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may boldly proclaim His Gospel:

R: Amen

P: The Lord be with you.

R: And with your spirit.

P: The following is from the Holy Gospel according to St._______

[The faithful may choose to make the sign of the cross on their forehead, lips and heart as they say:]

R: Glory to you, O' Lord.

[At the end of the Gospel:]

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

R: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.  


(following the sermon…)

P: Let us celebrate the unity we have in Christ as we reaffirm the basic doctrines of our Christian faith.  


 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, of one Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men, and for our salvation He came down from heaven: 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 accordance with 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 and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father. 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

Rite of Peace

(What follows in brackets is optional but a very good way for catechumens to begin to feel their kinship with the Body of Christ.)

[[P: Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles; I leave you peace, My peace I give you.  Thank You for the peace that comes with Your love and forgiveness. Grant that through Your Holy Spirit we may live our lives in this peace and always seek the unity of Your kingdom where You live forever and ever.

R:  Amen.

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

R:  And also with you.

P: Let us offer each other a sign of peace.

(shake hands, etc. saying “Peace be with you” or “Peace of the Lord be with You.” Replying: “And also with you.”)]]


The Offertory

[A hymn or the following Doxology is sung as the community of believers bring their sacrifices of thanksgiving before the Lord asking Him to bless and multiple them, that they may be of service to Him and His work on earth.]  


(can be said or sung)

A: Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise him all creatures here below

Praise him above you heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

(the presbyter stands behind the Lord’s table, facing the people, with hands lifted in prayer)

P: We offer you Lord our thanksgiving and praise to express our gratefulness for your many blessings.  To you Lord, who offered Yourself for us on the cross, we offer now ourselves and our possessions both at work and at play, in our going to sleep and in our rising again. Use all to your service, use all to your glory that we may live in your Gospel forgiveness and love one another as you have loved us.  

R: All glory to you O’ Lord.

(lifting the paten with unleavened bread on it, the presbyter says:)

P: Blessed are you Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread through which you sustain us. May it be for all who believe in your Son, just as He promised us, the Body of Christ.

R: Blessed be God forever.

(lifting the cup of wine, the presbyter says:)

P: Blessed are you Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine, fruit of the vine and work of the hands you have given us. May it be for all who believe on your Son, just as He promised us, the Blood of Christ.

R: Blessed be God forever.

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.

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

Prelude to Eucharistic Prayer

P: The Lord be with you.

R: And with your spirit.

P:  Lift up your hearts.

R: We lift them up to the Lord.

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

R: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

(Please, kneel in prayer)

Eucharistic (Thanksgiving) Prayer (Canon)

P: Father, all powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise. Time and again we broke your covenant, but you did not abandon us. Instead you sent your only Son, Jesus to redeem us on the cross.

By his one perfect, complete and sufficient sacrifice, offered once and for all times, he turned back your just wrath for our sins and won salvation for all believe on him. He, who lived his life without sin, bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that freed from sin, we would live in His righteousness. By His wounds, we have been healed.

For our sake, He opened his arms on the cross and through His obedience, sinners are justified by faith, forgiven of their sins, covered in his righteousness and made bold by the Holy Spirit to become for you a holy people, a nation set apart.

We remember His glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, His constant intercession, His blessed assurance of our salvation and his promise to come again in glory. We join our voices with the choirs of heaven as they proclaim your glory with an unending hymn of praise:


A: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord

God of power and might.

heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

hosanna (help! save!) in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest.

 P: We come to you Father with praise and thanksgiving through Jesus Christ your Son. Through Him, we ask you to bless us and these gifts to your glory; to spread the Gospel of Christ and serve the needy. Bless too your catholic Church, watch over it Lord and guide it into all truth.

Bless your ministers, parents and all who hold and teach the catholic faith that comes to us from Christ and the apostles, through your most holy word.  

Bless those who serve at all levels of government Lord, may their decisions reflect your holy will.

The commemoration of the living

P: Lord, bless your people, those gathered here and those dear to us, especially those who are sick or sorrowful and all those in need of physical, mental or spiritual healing, (especially N. and N). Heal us Lord that we may reach out our humble hands to serve and glorify You as we share Your love with others. We thank you Lord for our well-being but most of all for Your gift of faith through which we have received the blessed redemption and salvation that You alone have won for us.

The commemoration of the dead

P: We remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest with your gift of faith, (especially N. and N). Thank you for the joy and peace they have in your presence. We join them in watchfulness for your Second Coming and the bodily resurrection of all Your chosen into the full glory of Your kingdom.

A: Amen.

The communicants

P: In union with your whole Church, we remember Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God. We remember the apostles and martyrs. May their prayers join with ours in the communion of all believers in praise and thanksgiving, through Christ our Lord.

A: Amen.

P: Father, as You promised through your Holy Spirit, Who spoke through the prophets: Your word never returns to You void but fully accomplishes what You please. (Isaiah 55:11)

And so, we remember the words of Your most holy Son, Jesus our Lord and God…

(the presbyter takes the bread in his hands, holds it in front of himself, facing the congregation, and says:)

P: …Who, on the night He was betrayed, on the night He surrendered Himself for us, took bread in his sacred hands and gave You thanks and praise. He broke the bread (presbyter breaks the bread), gave it to His disciples and said:

"Take this, all of you and eat it:


Do this in remembrance of me.”

(Returning the bread to the table, he takes hold of the cup of wine, holds it in front of himself, and says:)

P: 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:


“Do this in remembrance of me.”

(Returning the wine to the table, the presbyter prays:)

P: May all who share in the Body and Blood of Christ be brought together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, as one body, seeking to glorify our Savior in all we say and do, through Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.


(can be said or sung.)

A: Through Him, with Him, in Him,

In the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory and honor is Yours,

almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer  (“Our Father” or “Pater Noster”)

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. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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

The Lamb of God (Agnes Dei)

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 the sins of all who believe in him, happy are they who are called to His Supper.

A: Lord, we are not worthy to receive you, but by your wounds we have been healed.

(All stand.)

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

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.

(Before consuming the bread, the presbyter says aloud:)

P: The body of Christ, given to me and all who believe in the Son of God, His forgiveness of our sins and His promise of everlasting life with Him.

(Before consuming the wine, the presbyter says aloud:)

P: The blood of Christ, given to me and all who believe in the Son of God, His forgiveness of our sins and His promise of everlasting life with Him. 

P: All baptized Christians, saved by the grace of Christ alone, approach now with grateful hearts to celebrate his Gospel Covenant of forgiveness and everlasting life with him.

(The Communion hymn follows)

Communion of the Faithful

(The presbyter offers the bread and wine saying:)

P: The body of Christ.

R: Amen

P: The blood of Christ

R: Amen.

(After they receive Christ’s body and blood, the faithful may return to their pews and kneel for a time in quiet reflection on the goodness of the Lord.)

The Post-Communion Prayer

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.

R: And His mercy is everlasting.

The Blessing or Benediction

P: The Lord be with you.

R: And with your spirit.  

(Presbyter 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.


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

R: Amen

(The presbyter or deacon dismisses the people with:)

P: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

R: Thanks be to God.

(Recessional hymn may be sung)


See the following links for more information on the Mass:

Why Neither Mass is Acceptable

Analyzing the Canon of the Mass

A Very Brief History of the Roman Rite 

Why the "Gospel Mass" is so necessary if we are to worship in spirit and truth!

Holy Communion

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