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The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass


HOLY MASS is the highest act of Divine Worship.

It is the renewal  of the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary
which merited the infinite grace of Redemption.

In measure as you unite with the Victim Jesus
in offering this Sacrifice to God
and nourish your soul with His Sacred Body and Blood
in Holy Communion,
to that extent you apply to yourself the graces
of the Redemption.

The fruit of the Sacrifice of Holy Mass
is applied best to your soul in Holy Communion.

Unite yourself with Our Lady in offering Holy Mass
and especially in receiving her Son into your heart.
No greater honor could be given to Mary
than to offer Holy Mass to thank God
for the privileges He has bestowed upon her.
Her greatest joy is to aid you in loving Jesus in your heart
at Holy Communion. 





We will examine the elements of the Catholic Mass.


The Lord has left us the Holy Liturgy to make sure that we can remain in contact with Him. It has been the aim of the Church to bring as many people to the liturgical celebration of the Sacrifice of the Lord as possible. As a matter of fact, we could say that it is the only aim of the Church to bring people in contact with the Lord through the celebration of the Sacraments and especially through the Holy Mass. It is the center of the Church, and at the same time, Her nourishment, Her protection, and Her goal because here is the Lord.

What could we do more than to strive with all our forces to make it clear to every single person that without the assistance to this holy celebration it remains very difficult, if not impossible, to stay with the Lord. The Mass is the source of everything else when it comes to the Faith. Liturgical matters are not minor details, but they are and they have always been one of the main preoccupations of Holy Mother Church. If not for the Liturgy, many people would not know about the doctrine, and if not for the Liturgy many people would never have met the Lord.

It is a worthy task and a highly important aim to maintain the fullness of the liturgical tradition to safeguard the meaning of its mystical gestures and to defend the right to do today what the Church has always done.

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The Benefits of Attending Mass

Every Mass will go with you to your Judgment and will plead pardon for you.

By devoutly assisting at Holy Mass, you render the greatest homage possible
to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.

God forgives you all the venial sins which you are determined to avoid
and all of your unknown sins which you have not confessed.

The power of Satan over you is diminished.

Through Holy Mass you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes
which would otherwise have befallen you.

You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.


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Mass of the Catechumens



I will go to the Altar of God. To God Who giveth joy to my youth.

Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who made heaven and earth.


I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael
the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned exceedingly
in thought, word and deed.(He strikes his breast 3 times)
through my fault, through my fault, through my most grevious fault.
Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul,
to all the saints, and you Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

May Almighty God be merciful unto you, and forgiving your sins, bring you to everlasting life.
Signing himself with the sign of the Cross, the priest says,
May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins. Amen.


The Confiteor creates an interior silence from the beginning of the Mass, as Priest and faithful turn away from their temporal concerns to face the reality of Calvary, for which their sins are responsible. It is the first expression of that Humility which will accompany us throughout the Sacrifice of the Mass.

At the Confiteor:

The Priest
1. Goes to the altar.
2. Commences Mass.
3. Says the Confiteor.
4. Goes up and kisses the altar.
5. Goes to the Epistle side.
6. Reads the Introit

1. Goes to Mount Olivet.
2. Begins to pray.
3. Falls down and sweats blood.
4. Is betrayed by Judas with a kiss.
5. Is captured, bound, taken to Annas.
6. Is falsely accused by Annas and



Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.
Jesus is 3 times denied by Peter
This is the only part of Mass said in Greek

At The Kyrie

The Priest
7. Goes to the middle of the altar and
says the Kyrie Eleison.
8. Says the Dominus vobiscum.

7. Is brought to Caiphas and there
three times denied by Peter.
8. Looks at Peter and converts him.


The Gloria is the Church's highest hymn of praise.

It gives honor and glory to the Blessed Trinity

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise You. We bless You. We adore You. We glorify You. We give You thanks for Your great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord Jesus Christ, the Only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father: You Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. You Who take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. You Who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For You alone are holy. You alone are the Lord. You alone, O Jesus Christ, are most high, Together with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen

The Gloria is followed by the COLLECT, or collected prayers of the faithful;
then by the reading of the EPISTLE, the GRADUAL, and the HOLY GOSPEL.
All are taken directly from Holy Scripture, and readings change during
the various seasons of the Church Calendar
After the GRADUAL, the MISSAL is carried to the Gospel side of the Altar, symbolizing the passing of the faith from the Jews to the Gentiles.


At The Epistle and Gospel

The Priest
9. Reads the Epistle.
10. Says the Munda cor meum at the
middle of the altar.
11. Reads the Gospel.

9. Is brought to Pilate.
10. Is taken to Herod and mocked.
11. Is taken back to Pilate and again

Following the Reading of the Gospel

We make a Profession of Faith
by reciting one of the most ancient expressions of the Catholic Faith:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God;
begotten, not made, of one being of with the Father,
by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven,
( here all genuflect) and was made flesh
by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, AND WAS MADE MAN.
He was also crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; and was buried;
And on the third day He rose again, according to the
Scriptures; and ascending into heaven,
He sits at the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead;
and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life;
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
Who together with the Father and the Son
is no less adored and glorified; Who spoke by the Prophets.
And I believe One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for
the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the world to come.



Mass of The Faithful


Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God,
this spotless host, which I, your unworthy servant,
offer to You, my living and true God,
to atone for my numberless sins, offenses, and negligences;
on behalf of all here present and likewise
for all faithful Christians living and dead,
that it may profit me and them as a means of salvation
to life everlasting. Amen

The priest then prays as he washes his hands, especially his consecrated fingers which will touch the Body and Blood of Our Lord at Consecration

The Priest
12. Uncovers the chalice.
13. Offers bread and wine.
14. Covers the chalice.
15. Washes his hands.
16. Says the Orate Fratres.

12. Is shamefully exposed.
13. Is cruelly scourged.
14. Is crowned with thorns.
15. Is declared innocent by Pilate.
16. Is shown by Pilate to the people
with the words, Ecce homo.

The Priest kisses the Altar and turns toward the people and says:


PRAY BRETHREN, that my sacrifice and yours
may become acceptable to God the Father Almighty.
May the Lord accept this Sacrifice from your hands
to the praise and glory of His name,
for our good, and that of all His holy Church.
Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God, this spotless host,
which I, your unworthy servant, offer to You, my living and true God,
to atone for my numberless sins, offenses, and negligences;
on behalf of all here present
and likewise for all faithful Christians living and dead,
that it may profit me and them
as a means of salvation to life everlasting. Amen



Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts.
Heaven and Earth are filled with Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.



The Canon of The Mass is so called because
of the fixity of its content; it is unchanging.
The great moment is fast approaching when the High Priest, Jesus Christ,
by an unbloody immolation will offer Himself a most acceptable Victim
to the Etrernal Father, as He did on the Cross.
A commemoration of all the Living and an Invocation to The Saints is made.

The Priest
17. Prays in a low voice.
18. Says the Preface and the Sanctus.
19. Makes the Memento for the living
20. Continues to pray in a low voice.

17. Is mocked and spit upon.
18. Has Barabbas preferred to Him,
and is condemned to crucifixion.
19. Carries the cross to Mount Calvary.
20. Meets His Mother and other pious

As the Priest offers the Words of Consecration, under the appearance of bread and wine, Our Lord will become present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

O God, deign to bless + what we offer, and make it approved,
+ effective, + right, and wholly pleasing in every way,
that it may become for our good,
the Body + and Blood + of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and having raised His eyes to heaven, to You, O God, His Almighty Father, giving thanks to You, He blessed it + broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying:

For this is My Body

In like manner, when the supper was done, taking also this goodly chalice into His holy and venerable hands, again giving thanks to You, + He blessed it
and gave it to His disciples, saying: All of you take and drink of this:

For this is the chalice of My Blood of the new and eternal covenant: the mystery of faith: which shall be shed for you and for many unto the forgiveness of sins.
As often as you shall do these things,
in memory of Me shall you do them.


The Priest
21. Blesses the bread and wine with
the Sign of the Cross.
22. Elevates the Sacred Host.
23. Elevates the Chalice.
24. Prays in a low voice.
25. Prays for our eternal happiness.
26. Says aloud the Our Father.
27. Breaks and separates the Host.
28. Lets a small portion of the Sacred
Host fall into the chalice.
29. Says the Agnus Dei.

21. Is nailed to the cross.
22. Is raised on the cross.
23. Sheds blood from the five wounds.
24. Sees His afflicted Mother at the foot
of the cross.
25. Prays on the cross for men.
26. Says the seven words on the cross.
27: Gives up His spirit and dies.
28. His soul descends into Limbo.
29. Is acknowledged on the cross as the
Son of God by many bystanders.


Remember also O Lord, your servants and handmaids (name them) who have gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these O Lord and to all who rest in Christ, we beseech You to grant of your goodness, a place of comfort, light and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Through + Him, and with + Him, and in + Him, is to You,
God the Father + Almighty, in the unity of the Holy + Spirit,
all honor and glory. World without end. Amen


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. Amen


Deliver us, we beseech You, O Lord, from all evils, past, present and to come:
by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious Mary, ever Virgin Mother of God, together with Your Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and Andrew,
and all the Saints, grant of Your goodness, peave in our days,
that aided by the riches of Your mercy, we may be always free from sin
and safe from all disturbance.
Through the same Christ, our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God.
World without end. Amen.
May the peace + of the Lord + always with + you.
May this mingling and consecration
of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
help us receive it to life everlasting. Amen

Lamb of God, You Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You Who take away the sins of the world grant us peace.


Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof;
but only say the word, and my soul will be healed.

May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul to life everlasting.
May the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul to life everlasting.

What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what is given to us in time, be our healing for eternity.

Having said the Communion Verse the Priest kisses the Altar and says:
The Lord be with you. v. And with your spirit.
P. Go, you are dismissed v. Thanks be to God.

May the tribute of my worship be pleasing to You, most Holy Trinity,
and grant that the sacrifice, which I, all unworthy,
have offered in the presence of Your Majesty, may be acceptable to You,
and through Your mercy, obtain forgiveness for me
and all for whom I have offered it.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May Almighty God bless you: + the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.




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