The Path to Salvation
What is Mass the Latin word “missa”.
Mass said in Latin, ends in “Ite missa est” meaning “Go, it (the church) is sent”. Through the Mass, we come to know God-Jesus invites us to Himself, then we are dismissed to be Christ for the world. For Catholics, participating and celebrating Mass is a pathway to salvation because it was revealed specifically by Jesus at the Last Supper. What is Liturgy? The Mass is referred to as the “Divine Liturgy”, meaning God’s public service. The Liturgy has four parts-
1) Introductory Rites
2) Liturgy of the Word
3) Liturgy of the Eucharist
4) Concluding Rites
The breaking of the Bread.
The Mass is banquet- we offer our sacrifices and receive His Body and Blood, our spiritual nourishment and grace. V. Origins of Mass
The Last Supper
Christ celebrated a Passover meal with his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. At the end of the Passover meal, Jesus departs from the usual ritual and says a blessing of the bread then breaks it. Holy Water
When we bless ourselves with holy water it claims that we belong to Christ. Water is symbolic of power, purity and cleansing. Showed the significance in baptism. Objects in the Church
Altar- sacred table for the sacrifice
Tabernacle- box shaped like a temple for the sacrament
Ambo- where Scripture Is Proclaimed
Introductory Rites- Procession/Opening Hymn/ Entrance
The goal of the opening hymn is to bring us together
They process towards the altar, a symbol of Christ symbolic of our journey Sign of the Cross and Greeting
Sign of the Cross- reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice and love The Greeting invokes a message of peace upon us
1) We ask God and others in the Church for forgiveness from our sins.
Sin- anything that breaks our relationship with God. Gloria in Excesses
The Gloria gives praise to God in imitation of the angels in heaven (at Christ Birth). The Opening Prayer
We pray to petition God. Prayer allows us to open our hearts to God.
The Liturgy of the Word
1. The First Reading
2. Responsorial Psalm
3. The Second Reading
4. Alleluia/Gospel Acclamation
7. Profession of Faith/ Creed
8. General Intercessions
The “word” has several meanings:
1) Jesus, the Word of , Final Answer
The First Reading
1) The first Reading is from the Old Testament
2) Testament+ mean “covenant”
3) Each First Reading was chosen because it has some connection to the Gospel of that particular day. The Responsorial Psalm
1) We read/sing the psalm after the first reading.
2) The psalm id connected to the message in the 1st reading and helps us reflect it.
The Second Reading
1) The Second Reading is always from the New Testament.
2) These readings deal with:
3) The coming of Jesus and
4) The establishment of God’s New Covenant with humans through Christ 5) Second Reading is not necessarily connected to the Gospel of the Day’ The Gospel Acclamation
1) The congregation sings the Alleluia, (Alleluia= Praise the Lord) just before the reading of the Gospel. The Gospel
1) Gospel means “ Good News”
2) It is a message of Christ- our Lord and Savior
3) This is the High Point of the Liturgy of the Word
1) An interpretation of the readings we have just heard and an application of what they mean to us. The Creed/Profession of Faith
1) We now pray the Creed (statement of faith) to declare that we BELIEVE. General Intercessions/ Prayer of the Faithful
1) We now present our needs to God
2) Our response is “Lord, Hear our Prayer”, because we believe that God cares and wants to answer our prayers. 3) Which reading in the Liturgy of the Word are connected?
Liturgy of Eucharist
(this is where Jesus actually becomes present to us.)
- Preparation of the Altar and Gifts
1) The Altar is the center of the focus in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. 2) The priest prepares the gifts by mixing the water...
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