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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. Funeral Mass
3. Mass Intentions
4. Rosary
5. Adoration & Exposition
6. Stations of the Cross
7. Liturgical Calendar
8. Liturgical Colours


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. FUNERAL MASS

Having to contemplate arranging a funeral is never something we look forward to. But the hope is that a funeral liturgy, whether a Requiem Mass or a simpler service at a cemetery or crematorium, will in some way express our Christian belief that 'in death, life is changed not ended’.

A well-planned funeral may be an occasion at which the departed person’s life is celebrated and at which our grief is expressed, yet tempered with consolation from the support of family, friends, our parish and the wider community, with hope in God who does not abandon us even in death. 

Funerals for loved ones who have passed away can be held in this beautiful church, followed by burial or cremation off site. Funeral Directors normally liaise with the Church to book and arrange a mass for the deceased. 

Fr Richard will always meet with the close relatives or friends of the one who has died to try to help with the choice of readings and music, and to get to know a little of his or her life and character, so that the funeral Mass or service will be as personal and comforting as possible.

When a parishioner passes away you can make a request for Fr Richard to make a home visit to bless the body. Please also inform the presbytery (parish office) when a family member or friend passes away so that the deceased can be prayed for by Fr Richard and fellow parishioners. Funeral masses normally take place at the same time as our weekday parish masses, Monday-Friday 9.15am.

We also hold an annual All Souls Service in November when we remember all those who have passed away and we light candles in remembrance.
"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them;
May they rest in peace. Amen."


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



3. 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).



4. ROSARY

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.



5. ADORATION & EXPOSITION

Adoration and Exposition is a centuries old Eucharistic devotion of prayer in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Church has scheduled time with the Lord on a weekly basis, on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on the first Friday of the month. See our Mass Times section for actual times.



6. STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The Stations of the Cross (The Way of the Cross/The Way of Sorrows) is a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and the path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary in Jerusalem.

The stations help Christians make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ, in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during his passion.

It has become one of the most popular devotions - pilgrims stop at each station to say prayers and reflections during Lent, especially on Good Friday.

You will find our 14 beautifully carved stations hung around our interior church walls.



7. LITURGICAL CALENDAR

The Catholic Church follows a Liturgical Calendar which is as follows:

 
SEASONS

Advent
Christmas
Lent
Triduum
Easter
Ordinary Time

 
CYCLE OF PRAYER

Advent - Christmas
Ordinary Time: Winter
Lent
Easter
Ordinary Time: Summer
Ordinary Time: Autumn


8. LITURGICAL COLOURS

There are 4 principal liturgical colours:


WHITE                

Is used in the the seasons of Easter and Christmas.

It may also be worn for Funerals.

RED

Is used on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and Good Friday,
on Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, on “birthday” feasts of the Apostles and Evangelists, and on celebrations of martyred Saints.

 GREEN 

Is used in Ordinary Time.   

 VOILET

Is used in the seasons of Advent and Lent. Rose may be used, where it is the practice, on Gaudete Sunday (Third Sunday of Advent) and on Laetare Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent).

It may also be worn for Funerals.

Source:- Liturgy Office, Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.