On our main page you will find many parts of Mass, and today we’ll talk a little more about those steps. This can be helpful if you’re unsure of the order or if you’re a new visitor to a Catholic church, or if you’re invited to an event (preferably where we’re performing) and you are expected to understand it. You can read more about the specific steps and order here.
- Entrance: This section falls under the introductory rites, and this step features the entrance of the procession where the clergy goes through the Holy Doors of the church. In some churches and throughout history the liturgical books and sacred vessels were kept in a specific area and required the procession to carry them in. Today the entrance may include incense, and liturgical fans.
- Benediction: Known as the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, this ceremony is devotional and entails the priest or deacon blessing the congregation after adoration and often follows exposition.
- Alleluia: Falling under the section of Liturgy of The Word, an Alleluia is reading, singing, or recitation of the Gospel Acclamation, of which the Alleluia is performed with a verse of scripture. During lent, this is replaced with a different acclamation of praise. Members stand while the Gospel is changed or read and is responded to at the end with “Priase to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Offertory: At this point in the service, bread and wine is placed on the altar. Some services include the collection of alms at this time.
- Sanctus: This is a hymn from the Catholic liturgy, spoken or sung as the final words of the Preface or Eucharistic Prayer before the ceremonious bread and wine.
- Memorial Acclamation: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” This and other related passages are sung or spoken after the narrative of the Eucharis and is often called the Roman Rite.
- Grand Amen before taking of the wine: This relates to the consecration of bread and wine, thanking God and his Son for all that has been given to us.
- Our Father: Members recite the Lord’s Prayer in the Communion Rite section, and either the body and/or blood of Christ (bread and/or wine) is distributed.
- Rite of Peace: This is the point where members are encouraged to briefly speak with those around them, passing on a message of peace and speaking of the Lord staying with them.
- Communion Rite: This is a section of the service many non-catholics are aware of. Members speak or sing the Lord’s Prayer or other related prayers and the bread and wine are consecrated and shared and the sharing of thoughts, feelings, and prayers are exchanged.
- Flowers to the Virgin: Some services require/request members in attendance to give flowers to the Virgin Mary. Certain ceremonies require different flowers and nor all services feature this function.
- Final Blessing and Exit: To end the mass, the priest offers a final blessing and postcommunion prayers, including the sign of the cross, kneeling for prayer, bowing to the processional crucifix, kissing the alter, chanting, vestments, and other motions.
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Related terms: Traditional Mass Readings, Traditional Catholic Mass Locations