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Paschal Mystery

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The mass is divided into two halves, and four quarters. The first have begins when the priest says, “The Lord be With You” and we reply, “and also with You.” This is reminiscent of when the angel Gabriel came to tell Mary that the Lord would literally be with her, as she was going to give birth to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The Annunciation is displayed in Luke 1:31, “And, behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. The annunciation makes the rest of the paschal mystery in which Jesus saves us possible. The Annunciation is displayed on the cross of San Damiano by the presence of angels on either side of Christ on the cross. During the introductory rite, we also sing Gloria from, Luke 2:13, “Glory to God in the highest, and heaven, an on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” This has symmetry to the paschal mystery because this was the Angelic song of praise sung by Angels after Jesus’ birth in the manger. This comes after the Penitential Rite, in which we ask for God’s mercy, hoping his favor will rest on us. The 2nd quarter is the Liturgy of the Word. The Liturgy of the word is related to Jesus’ ministry, between his birth and his passion. The priest preaches to us just as Jesus preached to his disciples. John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through the Gospel during the Liturgy of the word we learn about Jesus’ life and how to be more like him in order to christify and the world and convert people. Conversion through Christ is shown by the Roman Centurion that converts on the Cross of San Damiano. The Liturgy of the Word is followed by the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The preparation of the gifts is symbolic that our lives are what is going on to the altar. We then pray that our sacrifice may be accepted as thanks for Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice that saves us. Jesus’ ascension is symbolized when the priest lifts up the consecrated host and the chalice...