HOW TO ASSIST HOLY MASS
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered to the Holy Trinity
First of all, we must never forget that the Mass is a Sacrifice, an act by which the Church gives to Almighty God, officially and in the name of all, worship of the highest kind, Adoration or Latris, which is due to Him alone, in virtue of the supreme excellence of His divine Being from which everything comes and which everything must return. Therefore the Mass is being offered only to the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.
What the priest offers to God is an acknowledgment of His sovereign dominion over all creatures, is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ, who, by His sacrifice on the cross has rendered to His Father an infinite act of worship, consisting of adoration, thanksgiving , expiation and impetration. The sacrifice of the Mass, by placing on the altar the Victim of Calvary, enables us through Him to adore God in a suitable manner, to thank Him worthily for all His favours, to render Him full satisfaction by the offering of the Blood of Jesus, and to address to Him requests which are always hard because they are made in His name, who by the very act of showing His glorious wounds to His Father, intercedes unceasingly for us in heaven and in the Eucharist on earth. Moreover, since all the mysteries of Our Saviour's life have helped, in union with Calvary, to bring about our salvation, the Church commemorates them in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by the different feast o the Temporal Cycle or the Cycle of Christ. At Christmas, she offer's to God the divine Child of the manger, with all that stage in our Lord's life that has specially contributed to the Father's glory; and by that means ensures to us the application, quite special also, of the graces which Christ merited for us, and which will enable us to practice each year more and more the virtues of which the Son of God and Mary then gave us an example.
HOW THE FAITHFUL CAN TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THIS SACRIFICE
Assisting at Mass, we should do four things
Reconstruct the historic setting in which took place the event in our Lord's life, or in that of one of His saints which is being commemorated on the appointed day. In doing this much help may be grind from the Mass of the Catechumens with its different features: the vestments, the chant, the Introit, Epistle, Gospel. Gloria, Creed, etc.
Offer to God, for His greater glory, the mystery of our Redeemer's life which is being commemorated, or the acts of virtue which have been practiced by the saint whose feast it is. This is done the Cannon of the Mass; it is not fitting to communicate before having made this offering which appeases the most High and brings us to divine grace.
Ask of God (this is done in the Pater noster) and receive from Him by the merits and intercession of our Lord and His saints, the graces which they themselves received when they were living on earth. (This is the fruit of the Communion and Postcommunion
I CONFESS to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to fall the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word and deed: (here strike breast three times) through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord Our God for me.
Gloria In Excelsis Deo
GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH, and on earth Peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We Bless Thee. We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty . Lord Jesus Christ, only-begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Thou Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Thou Who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For thou alone art holy. Thou alone art the Lord Thou alone, O Jesus Christ, art most high. With the Holy Ghost + in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
P. Dominus vobiscum. P. The Lord be with you.
S. Et cum spiritu tuo. S. And with thy spirit
P. Oremus. S. Let us pray.
|Epistle:2, Timothy 5.18
Dearly beloved, I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the Dead, by His coming and His kingdom: preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall come a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to them selves teachers, having itching ears, and will indeed turn away their hear-ing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigil ad, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelists, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober. For I am even now ready to be sacrificed, and the time of my dissolution is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in that day; and not only to me, but to them also that love His coming
Thanks be to God.
|THEGOSPEL (Matthew 7. 15 -21)
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Not every one that saith to me Lord. Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of My Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom heaven .
S. Praise be to thee, O Christ, P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blottted out.
I Believe In One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invis-ible. And in on Lord Jesus Christ, the Only begotten Son of God and born of the Father before all ages. God of God light of light, God of true God Begotten not made; consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven.
AND WAS INCARNATE BY THE HOLYGHOST OF THE VIRGIN MARY: AND WAS MADE MAN. (RISE)
He was crucified also for us, suffer under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scripture. An He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead: of Whose kingdom there shall be no end.
And in the Holy Ghost the Lord and Giver of life Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son Who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified: Who spoke through the Prophets. And One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life + of world to come. Amen
The Offertory (TheProper)
Blessed be God, the Father, and the Only-Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit: because He hath shown His mercy towards us
Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, this unspotted Host, which I Thine unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, to
atone for my countless sins, offences, and negligen-ces: on behalf of all here present and likewise for all faithful Christians, living and dead, that it may avail both me and them as a means of salvation, unto life everlasting. Amen
O God, + who in creating man dist exalt his mature very wonderfully didst establish it anew; by the Mys-tery signified in the mingling of this water and wine, grant us to have part in the Godhead of Him Who hath deigned to become a partaker of our humanity, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, World without end. Amen.
THE PREFACE Everlasting God; Who together with Thine Only-be gotten Son and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord; not in oneness of a single Person, but in The Trinity of one substance. For what we believe the revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or inequal-ity. So that in confessing the True and Everlasting God-head, distinction in Persons unity in Essence, and equal-ity in Majesty may be adored. Which Archangels, the Cherubim also and the Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry our, with one voice saying: SANCTUS HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of Hosts Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory Hosanna in the highest. + Blessed is He Who Cometh in the name of the Lord Hosanna in the highest.
The Preface It Is Truly Meet and Just, right and profitable for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father Almighty
Everlasting God; Who together with Thine Only-be gotten Son and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord; not in oneness of a single Person, but in The Trinity of one substance. For what we believe the revelation
of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or inequal-ity. So that in confessing the True and Everlasting God-head, distinction in Persons unity in Essence, and equal-ity in Majesty may be adored. Which Archangels, the Cherubim also and the Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry our, with one voice saying:
SANCTUS HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of Hosts Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory Hosanna in the highest. + Blessed is He Who Cometh in the name of the Lord Hosanna in the highest.
|Lavabo (Palm 25: 6-12) I will wash my hands among the innocent and I will encompass Thine Altar, O Lord. That I may hear the Voice of praise, and tell of all Thy wondrous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked, nor my life with men of blood. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts.
But as for me, I have walked in my innocence; redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the right way; in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord
Gloria Patri, et Fillio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.ORATE FRATRES PRAY, BRETHREN, that my Sacrifice and yours may be accepted to God the Father Almighty. S. May the lord accept the Sacrifice from thy hands, to The praise and glory of His Name, for our benefit and That of all His holy Church. P. Amen
Consecration of the Host
Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His Holy and venerable hands, and having lifted up His eyes to heaven, to Thee, God, His Almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, blessed it +, broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:
FOR THIS MY BODY
Consecration of the Wine
In like manner, after He had supped, taking also into His holy and venerable hands this goodly chalice, again giving thanks to Thee, He blessed it, + and gave it to His disciples, saying : Take and drink ye all of this:
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD , OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT; THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS
S. Let us pray. Admonished by Thy saving precepts and following Thy divine instruction, we make bold to say.
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. S. But deliver us from evil. P. Amen.
LAMB of GOD
|Agnus Dei Mixture Of The Body and Blood
May this mingling and hallowing of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ be for us who receive it a source of eternal life. Amen.
LAMB OF GOD, Who takest away the sins of theworld, have mercy on us. LAMB OF GOD, Who takest away the sins of theworld, Have mercy on us. LAMB OF GOD , Who takest away the sins of theworld, grant us peace.Prayers for Holy Communion Prayer For Peace and Fidelity
O Lord, Jesus Christ, Who didst say to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: look not upon my sins, but upon the faith of Thy Church; and deign to give her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: God who livest and reignest without end. Amen.
COMMUNION of the PRIEST
|Communion of the Priest
I will take the Bread of Heaven, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
LORD, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, an my soul hall be healed. (Said three times)
May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen
What return shall I make to the Lord for all the things that He hath given unto me ? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. I will call upon the
Lord and give praise: and I shall be saved from mine enemies. May the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen
THE LAST BLESSING
P. Dominus voice. P. The Lord be with you.
O most Holy Trinity. Grant that the Sacrifice which I unworthy as I am, have offered in the presence of Thy Majesty, may be accept- able to Thee. Through Thy mercy may it being forgivness to me and all for whom I have ofered it . Through Christ Our Lord Amen.
P. BENEDICAT VOS OMNITOTENS DEUS PATER, ET Filius, + et Spiritus Sanctus S Amen
P. MAY ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU: the Father The Son, + and the Holy Ghost S. Amen
THE LAST GOSPEL
P: The Lord be with you.
P: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the begin- ning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men: and the light shineth in darkness, and the did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness to give testimony of the light, that all men might be- lieve through him. He was not the light, but was to give test- imony of the light. That was the true light which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them He gave great power to become the sons of God: to them that believe in His name: who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ( here all genuflect) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
R: Thanks be to God.