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Order of the Catholic Mass: Liturgy of the Word

By Diane Ursu
First Reading

Lector: A reading from the Book of …
The reading is given.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

Responsorial Psalm

The Responsorial Psalm may be spoken or sung.

Second Reading

There is generally no second reading for weekday masses or minor feasts.

Lector: A reading from the Book of …
The reading is given.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!


The Alleluia is spoken or sung and may vary.

If the Deacon reads the Gospel, the he will go to the priest and say: Father, give me your blessing.
Priest: The lord be in your heart and on your lips that you may worthily proclaim the gospel. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
Deacon: Amen.

If there is no deacon, the priest says inaudibly: Almighty God, cleanse my heart and my lips that I may worthily proclaim your gospel.


Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Priest: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to ..
People: Glory to you, O Lord!
The Gospel is given.
Priest: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

The priest or deacon then kisses the book and says inaudibly: May the words of the gospel wipe away our sins.


This is the sermon. The priest reflects on the day’s readings and applies them to everyday life.


I believe in one God, the Father, the 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 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 following may be said in place of the Nicene Creed in celebrations of Masses with Children.


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;
    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.

General Intercessions

We pray for the needs of the Church and the World. After each intercession, the lector says: Let us pray to the Lord.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

The priest then says the concluding prayer and the people respond: Amen.

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