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THE ORDER OF
THE HOLY MASS
(Prior to 2011)
Go to New Order of the Mass.


Introductory Rites

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Note: The Entrance Antiphon is different every day. The following is a sample of one:

"(Ps. 48) Within your temple, God, we ponder your loving kindness. Your praise, like your name, O God, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hands is filled with justice." [Feb. 2, 2009]

GREETING

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

One of the next three greetings is said...

1. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
2. The grace of peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

3. The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

RITE OF BLESSING AND SPRINKLING HOLY WATER (or PENITENTIAL RITE, see below)

Dear friends, this water will be used to remind us of our baptism. Ask God to bless it, and to keep us faithful to the Spirit he has given us.

One of the following two prayers is used...

1. God our Father, your gift of water brings life and freshness to the earth; it washes away our sins and brings us eternal life.

We ask you now to bless this water, and to give us your protection on this day which you have made your own. Renew the living spring of your life within us and protect us in spirit and body, that we may be free from sin and come into your presence to receive your gift of salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
2. Lord God almighty, creator of all life, of body and soul, we ask you to bless this water: as we use it in faith, forgive our sins and save us from all illness and the power of evil.

Lord, in your mercy give us living water, always springing up as a fountain of salvation: free us, body and soul, from every danger, and admit us to your presence in purity of heart. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Where it is customary to bless salt also, add:

Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt ans water is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

During the sprinkling, an appropriate song may be sung.

May almighty God cleanse us of our sins, and through the eucharist we celebrate make us worthy to sit at his table in his heavenly kingdom.
Amen.

PENITENTIAL RITE

My brothers and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us call to mind our sins.


1. 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; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

2. Lord, we have sinned against you: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your mercy and love. And grant us your salvation.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
3a. You were sent to heal the contrite: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You plead for us at the right hand of the Father: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
3e. Lord Jesus, you healed the sick: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you give us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

GLORY TO GOD

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 the sin of the world:
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 the Father.

Amen.


OPENING PRAYER

Note: The Opening Prayer is different every day. The following is a sample of one:

"All-powerful Father, Christ your Son became man for us and was presented in the temple. May he free our hearts from sin and bring us into your presence. [Feb. 2, 2009]

Liturgy of the Word

READINGS

Note: The Sunday and Holy Days Readings can be found
here.

HOMILY

Note: The Sunday and Holy Days Homilies can be found here.

PROFESSION OF FAITH

1. APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ,
His only Son, our Lord,
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into Heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
2. NICENE CREED

We believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and 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, one in 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 fulfilment of 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, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
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.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

The following intentions are suggestions only.

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church, speaking with God's loving authority, we pray to the Lord. R.

For world leaders, called to exercise their authority wisely, we pray to the Lord. R.

For the oppressed and their oppressors, we pray to the Lord. R.

For ourselves, gathered to hear and put into action God's healing love, we pray to the Lord. R.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God for ever.

The priest or deacon prays quietly:
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God for ever.

The priest prays quietly:
Lord God, we ask you to receive us and be please with the sacrifice we offer you with humble and contrite hearts.

Lord, wash away my iniquity; cleanse me from my sin.

Pray, friends, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Note: The Prayer over the gifts is different every day. The following is a sample of one:

Lord, be pleased with the gifts we bring to your altar, and make them the sacrament of our salvation.

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.


PREFACE

Note: The Preface is different every day. Click here to view the large choice of Prefaces.

HOLY, HOLY

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


The priest continues with one of the four Eucharistic Prayers that follow:

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER I

PRAISE TO THE FATHER

We come to you, Father, with praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ your Son. Through him we ask you to accept and bless these gifts we offer you in sacrifice.

FOR THE CHURCH

We offer them for your holy catholic Church. Watch over it, Lord, and guide it; grant it peace and unity throughout the world.

We offer them for N., our pope, for N., our bishop, and for all who hold and teach the catholic faith that comes to us from the apostles.

FOR THE LIVING

Remember, Lord, your people, especially those for whom we now pray, N. and N.

Remember all of us gathered here before you. You know how firmly we believe in you and dedicate ourselves to you. We offer you this sacrifice of praise for ourselves and those who are dear to us. We pray to you, our living and true God, for our well-being and redemption.

TO HONOUR THE SAINTS

In union with the whole Church, we honour Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God. We honour Joseph, her husband, the apostles and martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew,

James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; we honour Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian

and all the saints. May their merits and prayers gain us your constant help and protection.

INVOCATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Father, accept this offering from your whole family. Grant us your peace in this life, save us from final damnation, and count us among those you have chosen.

Bless and approve our offering; make it acceptable to you, an offering in spirit and in truth. Let it become for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son, our Lord.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

The day before he suffered he took bread in his sacred hands and looking up to heaven, to you, his almighty Father, he gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.

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: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.

It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION

1 Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus, firstborn from the dead! Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3 We are faithful, Lord, to your command: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

4 Christ is Lord of all ages! Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

MEMORIAL PRAYER

Father, we celebrate the memory of Christ, your Son. We, your people and your ministers, recall his passion, his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension into glory; and from the many gifts you have given us we offer to you, God of glory and majesty, this holy and perfect sacrifice: the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.

Look with favour on these offerings and accept them as once you accepted the gifts of your servant Abel, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the bread and wine offered by your priest Melchisedech.

Almighty God, we pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to your altar in heaven. Then, as we receive from this altar the sacred body and blood of your Son, let us be filled with every grace and blessing.

FOR THE DEAD

Remember, Lord, those who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray, N. and N. (pause). May these, and all who sleep in Christ find in your presence light, happiness, and peace.

IN COMMUNION WITH THE SAINTS

For ourselves, too, we ask some share in the fellowhip of your apostles and martyrs, with John the Baptist, Stephen, Matthias, barnabas,

Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia

and all the saints. Though we are sinners, we trust in your mercy and love. Do not consider what we truly deserve, but grant us your forgiveness.

Through Christ our Lord you give us all these gifts, you fill them with life and goodness, you bless them and make them holy.

IN PRAISE OF GOD

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II

INVOCATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness. Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

Before he was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.

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: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.

It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION

1 Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus, firstborn from the dead! Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3 We are faithful, Lord, to your command: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

4 Christ is Lord of all ages! Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

MEMORIAL PRAYER

In memory of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Father, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. May all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit.

FOR THE CHURCH

Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with N., our pope, N., our bishop, and all the clergy.

FOR THE DEAD

Remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again; bring them and all the departed into the light of your presence.

IN COMMUNION WITH THE SAINTS

Have mercy on us all; make us worthy to share eternal life with Mary, the virgin Mother of God, with the apostles, and with all the saints who have done your will throughout the ages. May we praise you in union with them, and give you glory through your Son, Jesus Christ.

IN PRAISE OF GOD

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER III

IN PRAISE TO THE FATHER

Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name.

INVOCATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become the body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate this eucharist.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

On the night he was betrayed, he took bread and gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.

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: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION

1 Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus, firstborn from the dead! Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3 We are faithful, Lord, to your command: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

4 Christ is Lord of all ages! Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

MEMORIAL PRAYER

Father, calling to mind the death you Son endured for our salvation, his glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, and ready to greet him when he comes again, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.

Look with favour on your Church's offering, and see the Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ.

May he make us an everlasting gift to you and enable us to share in the inheritance of your saints, with Mary, the virgin Mother of God; with the apostles, the martyrs, (Saint N.) and all your saints, on whose constant intercession we rely for help.

FOR THE CHURCH

Lord, may this sacrifice, which has made our peace with you, advance the peace and salvation of all the world. Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth; your servant, Pope N., our bishop. N., and all the bishops, with the clergy and the entire people your Son has gained for you. Father hear the prayers of the family you have fathered here before you. In mercy and love unite all your children wherever they may be.

FOR THE DEAD

Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters, and all who have left this world in your friendship. We hope to enjoy forever the vision of your glory, through Christ our Lord, from whom all good things come.

IN PRAISE OF GOD

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy SPirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IV

PRAISE TO THE FATHER

Father, we acknowledge your greatness: all your actions show your wisdom and love. You formed man in your own likeness and set him over the whole world to serve you, his creator, and to rule over all creatures.

Even when he disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon him to the power of death, but helped all men to seek and find you. Again and again you offered a covenant to man, and through the prophets taught him to hope for salvation.

Father, you so loved the world that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Saviour. He was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, a man like us in all things but sin.

To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation, to prisoners, freedom, and to those in sorrow, joy. In fulfillment of your will he gave himself up to death; but by rising from the dead, he destroyed death and restored life.

And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him, he sent the Holy Spirit from you. Father, as his first gift to those who believe, to complete his work on earth and bring us the fullness of grace.

INVOCATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Father, may this Holy Spirit sanctify these offerings. Let them become the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord as we celebrate the great mystery which he left us as an everlasting covenant.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

He always loved those who were his own in the world. When the time came for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, he showed the depth of his love.

While they were at supper, he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you.

In the same way, he took the cup, filled with wine. He gave you thanks, and giving the cup to his disciples, said:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION

1 Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus, firstborn from the dead! Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3 We are faithful, Lord, to your command: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

4 Christ is Lord of all ages! Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

MEMORIAL PRAYER

Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. We recall Christ's death, his descent among the dead, his resurreciton, and his ascension to your right hand; and, looking forward to his coming in glory, we offer you his body and blood, the acceptable sacrifice which brings salvation to the whole world.

FOR THE CHURCH

Lord, look upon this sacrifice which you have given to your Church; and by your Holy Spirit, gather all who share this one bread and one cup into the one body of Christ, a living sacrifice of praise.

Lord, remember those for whom we offer this sacrifice, especially N., our pope, N., our bishop, and bishops and clergy everywhere. Remember those who take part in this offering, those here present, and all your people, and all who seek you with a sincere heart.

FOR THE DEAD

Remember those who have died in the peace of Christ and all the dead whose faith is known to you alone.

IN COMMUNION WITH THE SAINTS

Father, in your mercy grant also to us, your children, to enter into our heavenly inheritance in the company of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and your apostles, and saints. Then, in your kingdom, freed from the corruption of sin and death, we shall sing your glory with every creature through Christ our Lord, through whom you give us everything that is good.

IN PRAISE OF GOD

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

Communion Rite

LORD'S PRAYER

Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Saviour gave us:

Our Father, who are 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.

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

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.



SIGN OF PEACE

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.

Let us offer each other a sign of peace.


BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.


The priest prays quietly:

May the mingling of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.


COMMUNION

The priest prays quietly:

1 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, by the will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit your death brought life to the world. By your holy body and blood free me from all my sins and from every evil. Keep me faithful to your teaching and never let me be parted from you.
2 Lord Jesus Christ, with faith in your love and mercy, I eat your body and drink your blood. Let it not bring me condemnation, but health in mind and body.
This is the Lamb of God who takes way the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

The priest prays quietly:

May the body of Christ bring me to everlasting life.

May the blood of Christ bring me to everlasting life.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON

Each day is different. The following is a sample:

Let your face shine on your servant, and save me by your love. Lord, keep me from shame, for I have called to you.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Each day is different. The following is a sample:

Lord, you invogorate us with this help to our salvation. By this eucharist give the true faith continued growth throughout the world.


BLESSING

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


DISMISSAL

1 Go in the peace of Christ.
2 The Mass is ended, go in peace.
3 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



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