Understanding the Mass

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Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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2000-01-01
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Text from "Understanding the Mass"|This is a simple outline of what is going on with each part of the Mass. It can be a great help in reflecting on what we are doing together at the Eucharist. It can help us pray individually and as a community.|THE INTRODUCTORY RITES|What is going on, even before the Eucharist begins, even before we arrive at Church, is that we are being drawn there by the Holy Spirit. Church = those called together or gathered: ecclesia|The Entrance|We all stand together. The entrance rite is usually accompanied by a procession and a song. It represents our community's entrance into the liturgy, including the reverence given to the altar.|The Greeting|Our liturgy begins with the Sign of the Cross together, followed by the greeting of the priest: The Lord be with you! And with your spirit!|The Act of Penitence|We begin the liturgy, acknowledging our sinfulness and God's mercy. This rite is always led by a deacon, if he is present. It concludes with the Lord, Have Mercy.|The Gloria|The Gloria, which echoes the song of the angels in the Nativity account in Luke's gospel.|It is part of the Sunday liturgy and is most appropriately sung.
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Creighton University, Online Ministries
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