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Mass Information

Mass Information

There are many types of masses. All masses include at least one of the Sacraments, there are also many other elements associated with a mass. We've listed a few of the elements to help define what is required and help you better understand what makes up a Christian mass.

1. Order of Mass
2. Rosary Group
3. Funeral Mass
4. Mass Intentions


1. ORDER OF MASS


a. The Introductory Rites

All stand. The Priest approaches the altar with the ministers and venerates it while the Entrance song is sung.

Sign of the Cross
All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Greeting
Then the Priest greets the people.
Priest: The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Or: The Lord be with You.
All: And with your spirit.

Penitential Act
All: 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, (striking your breast three times) 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.

The Absolution
Priest: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.
All: Amen.

Kyrie
Priest: Lord, have mercy.
All: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: Christ, have mercy.
All: Christ, have mercy.
Priest: Lord, have mercy.
All: Lord, have mercy.

Gloria
All: 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.


b. The Liturgy of the Word


First Reading
Reader reads the First Reading and to indicate the end acclaims:
Reader: The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Psalms
The Psalms are read or sung.

Second Reading
Same response as First Reading.

Gospel
All stand.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to...
All: Glory to you, O Lord.

After the Gospel:
Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily
All sit for the Homily. After the Homily all stand...

Profession of Faith (The Nicene Creed)
All: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father, through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and became man (all bow) and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with 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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayer of the Faithful
Priest: We pray to the Lord,
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
All: Amen.



c. The Liturgy of the Eucharist


Orate Fratres
The Priest offers a prayer of blessing at the altar.
All: Blessed be God for ever.
Priest: Pray, Brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
All: 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.
The Priest says a Prayer over the Offerings.
All: Amen.

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

The Sanctus
All: 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.

The Mystery of Faith
Priest: The Mystery of faith.
All: We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
Or: Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Death and Resurrection you have set us free.

The Doxology and Great Amen
Priest: 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.
All: Amen.


d. The Communion Rite


The Lord's Prayer
Priest: At the Saviour's command...
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be they name; they kingdom come, they 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.

Priest: Deliver us, Lord, we pray...
All: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Priest: Lord Jesus Christ... for ever and ever.
All: Amen.

The Sign of Peace
Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
All: And with your spirit.
Priest: Let us offer each other the sign of peace. (Handshake)

Breaking of the Bread
All: 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.

Invitation to Communion
Priest: 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.
All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Communion
Receiving Holy Communion (Bread and Wine)
Priest: The Body of Christ.
All: Amen.
Priest: The Blood of Christ.
All: Amen.


e. The Concluding Rites


The Blessing
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
Priest: May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

The Dismissal
Priest: Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or: Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
Or: Go in peace.
All: Thanks be to God.




2. ROSARY GROUP

Following each Weekday and Saturday morning mass, our Rosary Group prays the Holy Rosary. Fellow parishioners lead the group in prayer and everyone is welcome to join. A typical Rosary takes around 20 minutes to complete.

About The Rosary

The Rosary is the story of the New Testament - the prayers follow the life of Mary and Jesus. In 1917 when Our Lady appeared at Fatima, she told the three peasant children to pray the Rosary frequently for world peace. Praying the Rosary is extremely powerful, especially against Satan. In October 2002 Pope John Paul II added an additional Mystery - 'Mysteries of Light' to the Holy Rosary and called for a renewal of devotion, asking for everyone to pray the Rosary daily for families and again for world peace.

The Four Mysteries are prayed on different days of the week as follows:
1. The Joyful Mystery (five in total) - Mondays and Saturdays
2. The Mysteries of Light (five in total) - Thursdays
3. The Sorrowful Mysteries (five in total) - Tuesdays and Fridays
4. The Glorious Mysteries (five in total) - Wednesdays and Sundays

When the Rosary is prayed in a group one person leads the Rosary and the rest of the group responds. The leader will announce the mystery before each decade is prayed.

How to Pray the Rosary:


1. Make the Sign of the Cross 


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

2. Apostles' Creed

Leader: 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 power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

Response: 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.

3. Our Father

Leader: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Response: 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. Amen.

4. Hail Mary (x3)

Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Response: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

5. Glory Be

Leader: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Response: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


6. Fatima Prayer

All: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven especially those in most need of thy mercy.

The Rosary is made up of 'decades'. A decade is one 'Our Father' followed by ten 'Hail Mary's' and a 'Glory Be'. At the start of each decade the Leader will announce the Mystery for that day.

Final Prayers

Hail, Holy Queen

All: Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears; turn, then most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Leader: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

Response: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

All: Let us pray, O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life death and Resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal salvation. Grant we beseech Thee that while meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Michael Prayer

All: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and the snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.




3. FUNERAL MASS

When a parishioner passes away you can make a request for our parish priest to make a home visit to bless the body. Please also inform the presbytery (parish office) when a family member of friend passes away so that the deceased can be prayed for by our priest and fellow parishioners. Funeral Directors normally liaise with the Church to book and arrange a mass for the deceased. Our parish priest will also meet with the family to plan the mass. Funeral masses take place at the same time as our weekday parish masses, Monday-Friday 9.15am.

If you need any further information, please contact the presbytery (parish office).



4. MASS INTENTIONS

Mass intentions are not only booked to remember those who have passed away but are also booked for those who are still in our lives too and in need of prayer. You can dedicate a mass for a loved one or someone who is unwell, for an anniversary of someone's passing, as a memorial or you can have a mass in honour of your family - whatever the reason check the date and mass times in the Sacristy diary to see if the mass you'd like to book is still available. You can make a donation of your choosing but £10 is currently the recommended amount for a mass intention. 

If you need any help in checking and booking a mass intention or further information, please contact the presbytery (parish office).