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Order of the Catholic Mass: Introductory Rites

By Diane Ursu
Updated January 3, 2013. The parts of the congregation are all current, although some of the parts of the priest may still need updating.

We gather together to pray and ask forgiveness in preparation to meet Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist. We also celebrate our unity with him, and our unity with each other in faith, by gathering together as a congregation.

Entrance Antiphon

An introductory song is sung as the priest and ministers proceed to the altar. The purpose of the opening song is to deepen our unity as the Mass is being introduced.

Greeting

Priest: In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.

The priest welcomes us and we demonstrate our unity by responding as a congregation. (One of three greetings may be used.)

Option A:

Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And with your spirit..

Option B:

Priest: The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
People: Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. *or* And with your spirit..

Option C:

Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.

Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water

This can be done in any church or chapel during any Sunday mass, including those celebrated Saturday evening. The Penitential Rite and Kyrie are omitted when the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water is included.

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

Option A:

Priest: 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.

People: Amen.

Option B:

Priest: 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.

People: Amen.

Option C (during the Easter Season):

Priest: Lord God almighty, hear the prayers of your people: we celebrate our creation and redemption. Hear our prayers and bless this water which give fruitfulness to the fields, and refreshment and cleansing to man. You chose water to show your goodness when you led your people to freedom through the Red Sea and satisfied their thirst in the desert with water from the rock. Water was the symbol used by the prophets to foretell your new covenant with us. You made the water of baptism holy by Christ’s baptism in the Jordan: by it you give us a new birth and renew us in holiness. May this water remind us of our baptism, and let us share the joy of all who have been baptized at Easter. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
People: Amen.

The following blessing will be used if salt is added to the water:

Priest: 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 and water are sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

The water is then poured into the water. The priest then sprinkles himself, the ministers, and the people. This may be done while a song is sung. He then returns to the altar, joins his hands.

Priest: 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.
People: Amen.

Penitential Rite

The Penitential Rite is omitted when the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling of the Holy Water takes place.

Option A:

Priest: As we prepare to celebrate the mystery of Christ’s love, let us acknowledge our failures and ask the Lord for pardon and strength.

Option B:

Priest: Coming together as God’s family, with confidence let us ask the Father’s forgiveness, for he is full of gentleness and compassion.

Option C:

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

AND

Option A:

Priest and People: 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; 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.

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

Option B:

Priest: Lord, we have sinned against you: Lord, have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: Lord, show us your mercy and love.
People: And grant us your salvation.
Priest: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
People: Amen.

Option C:

Priest: You raise the dead to life in the Spirit: Lord, have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: You bring pardon and peace to the sinner: Christ, have mercy.
People: Christ, have mercy.
Priest: You bring light to those in darkness: Lord, have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
People: Amen.

Kyrie

The Kyrie is omitted when the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling of the Holy Water takes place.

Priest: Lord, have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: Christ, have mercy.
People: Christ, have mercy.
Priest: Lord, have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy.

Gloria

Priest and People: 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, 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.

Opening Prayer

Priest: Let us pray.
The opening prayer gives the theme of the day’s mass and changes from day to day.
People: Amen.

Order of the Catholic Mass

The Order of the Mass consists of the following parts:

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Comments

8 Responses to "Order of the Catholic Mass: Introductory Rites"

  1. nomad says:

    This is interesting.
    But can i have the steps of entering a church?
    What do you do when you get in etc.

  2. Diane Ursu says:

    Here you, go nomad! Hot off the presses: Catholic Traditions: Entering a Catholic Church. :-)

  3. jean says:

    how does the introductory rites relate to Jesus’ “Do this in memory of me”?

  4. Diane Ursu says:

    Jean, the introductory rights bring us together as one in the congregation in preparation for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the part around which the whole Mass centers. Read The Eucharist: Instituted by Jesus Christ and Carried on by Apostolic Succession for more information regarding the phrase, “Do this in memory of me.”

  5. A. Viloria says:

    When will publish the new version of the order of the Catholic Mass?

  6. Diane Ursu says:

    A. Viloria,

    I haven’t had any time to work on it, but it has been started. Hopefully before Easter.

  7. Hala says:

    I would like to know as to why mary is regarded as virgin? Was she not to know man until she have birth?

  8. In response to Hala No. 7 who questions the perpetual virginity of Mary. Biblical language differs from American language and common usage. Until in Sacred Scripture can have a different meaning then it does to us. Look at Psalm 110. After the enemies of Christ are made His footstool, Christ will still be at the Right Hand of God the Father. You can find numerous other examples of multiple meanings of UNTIL by Googgeling “Strongs Bible Concordance.” ALSO, GET TO KNOW YOUR MOTHER REAL GOOD. SHE APPEARED TO VEN. MARY OF AGREDA WHO WROTE HER CHURCH APPROVED BIOGRAPHY. THE ARCHAIC LANGUAGE EDITION IS PUBLISHED BY TAN BOOKS. THE MODERN LANGUAGE EDITION IS PUBLISHED ON MY WEBSITE: http://LifeoftheMotherofGod.org. Click on a page, scroll down the table of contents for each page and peruse the book UNTIL you feel the desire to read the entire 4 volumes. Then peruse St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s “GLORIES OF MARY” UNTIL you desire to read that web page in its entirety. WILL PRAY THAT YOU DO THIS.

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