How-To Catholic Mass

How-To “Catholic Mass”

After I couldn’t find a complete guide for the order of a Catholic Mass that lists all the prayers and replies we say during service, I created one.

The following tutorial is intended for kids or new catholics, to better follow the order of mass or simply to familiarize oneself with the prayers during a Catholic service. If you want to celebrate mass abroad, I’ve also created this how-to in French and German.

Of course not every Eucharistic celebration is exactly the same. There could be some variations, e.g. when a song replaces a certain prayer. The base frame is, thank God, always the same tough – anywhere in the world. One of the advantages of the Catholic Church. 😉

The daily readings you can find e.g. here (catholic.org).

If you want to take this guide to mass (service with subtitles, so to say), please find it here as a PDF file for a better view on your phone or to download and print it.

The Order of Mass

A. THE INTODUCTORY RITES

1. Entrance

[all stand]

2. Entrance Chant / Opening Hymn

3. Greeting

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [sign of the cross]
Amen.

The Lord be with you.
or
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
or
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And with your spirit.

4. Penitential Act

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters,

that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words,

in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;

therefore 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.

or
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
For we have sinned against You.
Show us, O Lord, Your mercy.
And grant us your salvation.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

5. Kyrie

Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
or
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

6. Gloria / Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise You, we bless You, we adore You, we glorify You,

we give you thanks for Your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;
You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

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 God the Father. Amen.

7. Opening Prayer / Collect

Let us pray.

Amen.

[all sit]

B. THE LITURGY OF THE WORD (WORTGOTTESDIENST)

8. First Reading (Old Testament)

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

9. Responsorial Psalm

10. Second Reading (New Testament)

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

[all stand]

11. Gospel Acclamation / Alleluia (different acclamation during lent)

12. Gospel Reading

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew / Mark / Luke / John.
Glory to you, O Lord. [small sign of the cross on our forehead, lips, and heart]

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

[all sit]

13. Homily

14. Profession of Faith / The Apostels’ Creed

[all stand]

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;

on the third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there He will come 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 life everlasting.
Amen.

15. Universal Prayer / Prayer of the Faithful

We pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.
or
Lord, in Your mercy.
Hear our prayer.

Amen.

[all sit]

C. THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

16. Offertory and Offertory Chant

or
Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation,
for through Your goodness we have received the bread we offer You:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands:
it will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed be God forever.
Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation,
for through Your goodness we have received the wine we offer You:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands:
it will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God forever.

17. Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts and Prayer over the Offerings

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours

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 holy Church.

Amen.

[all stand]

18. The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

19. The Preface and Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.

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.

[all kneel]

20. Consecration and Mystery of Faith

The mystery of faith.
We proclaim Your Death, O Lord,
and profess Your Resurrection until You come again.

or
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
we proclaim Your Death, O Lord, until You come again.

or
Save us, Saviour of the world,

for by Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free.

or
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Through Him, and with Him, and in Him, O God, almighty Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is Yours,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

[all stand]

21. The Lord’s Prayer / Our Father

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.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy,

we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress,

as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours, now and for ever. Amen.

22. Sign of Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you;
look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with Your will.
Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

Peace be with you. [all exchange the sign of peace]

23. Lamb of God

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.

[all kneel]

24. Communion Prayer

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

[all stand]

25. Distribution of Communion and Communion Chant

[people receive communion]

The Body of Christ.
Amen.
(The Blood of Christ.
Amen.)

[all kneel / sit]

26. Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Amen.

D. THE CONCLUDING RITES

27. Announcements

28. Final Blessing and Dismissal

[all stand]

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
(Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Now and forever.
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Who made heaven and earth.)
May almighty God bless you:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit [sign of the cross]
Amen.

Go forth, the Mass is ended.
or
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
or
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
or
Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

29. Final Hymn

or

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee;
Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

The Order of Mass as PDF file

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