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  1. 1. Praying the Mass
  2. 2. What is Praying the Mass? The Last Supper by Sassetta
  3. 3. What is Praying the Mass? Praying the Mass is the fully conscious and active participation in the Eucharist. This participation is prayerful engagement in the Mass, aided by proper understanding, good preparation and the application of its power and blessings to our lives. KEY DEFINITION
  4. 4. Jesus raises the host which has become his body and points to himself, indicating the Real Presence with the words, “This is my body.” Judas is the only apostle without a halo. Although present he is not truly participating in mind and heart. The one cup and one bread emphasise the communion that participation in the Mass should bring about. The tree stands for the wood of the cross, where the Last Supper will culminate. It also underlines the link of the Mass with Calvary.
  5. 5. Preparation for Mass Christ Washing the Feet of his Disciples by Duccio di Buoninsegna This reminds us of the need for Christ to purify us of sin in preparation for Mass.
  6. 6. Preparation for Mass The Mass nourishes the Christian life, conforming us to Christ. Growth in the Christian life in turn gives us a deeper insight and love for the Mass.
  7. 7. Preparation for Mass We can also prepare well for Mass in specific ways by: • Meditating on the Scripture readings. • Studying the prayers and structure of the Mass. It is also helpful to make the Sign of the Cross on entering the church, to genuflect to the tabernacle and to devote a period to personal prayer before Mass.
  8. 8. Preparation for Mass To prepare for Communion, we must: • First go to Confession if we have committed any mortal sins. • Abstain for at least one hour before Communion from all food and drink except water and medicine.
  9. 9. During the Mass The Institution of the Eucharist by Joos van Wassenhover The disciples show us how to be reverent in the Mass.
  10. 10. During the Mass We can participate well in general by being attentive, and by uniting our own interior prayers to the words, actions and gestures of the priest.
  11. 11. During the Mass During the Mass it is also important to: • Respond and sing clearly, listen carefully, and try to understand what is happening. • Maintain prayerful silence, receive the Eucharist with the greatest reverence and genuflect with respect.
  12. 12. After the Mass The Virgin in Prayer by Sassoferrato Just as Mary “pondered these things in her heart”, so we are called to thank God for his great gifts in the Mass.
  13. 13. After the Mass It is good to spend a few minutes of prayer in church after Mass. This is a way of thanking God for the blessings we have received and being mindful of the resolutions we have made.
  14. 14. Difficulties with praying the Mass Detail from The Agony in the Garden by Giovanni Bellini “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
  15. 15. Difficulties with praying the Mass  Makes no sense The Mass is rich in meaning and is unlikely to make immediate sense. Patience, prayer and study help us to appreciate its greatness.
  16. 16. Difficulties with praying the Mass  Boredom The Mass is a prayer and something we need for our souls. It is not mere entertainment. However, in practice it will engage us deeply if we attend to the words and think and pray about what they mean.
  17. 17. Difficulties with praying the Mass  Inability to receive Communion The Mass is primarily a sacrifice, and to attend Mass devoutly has great value even when we cannot receive Communion. We may still make a ‘spiritual communion’.
  18. 18. The Mass and heaven The Mystic Lamb by Jan van Eyck
  19. 19. The Mass and heaven The most important help in praying the Mass is to realise the supernatural and miraculous dimension of the Eucharistic sacrifice and the presence of heaven.
  20. 20. The Mass and heaven You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel. Heb 12:22-24
  21. 21. Summary Questions to reinforce key points Discussion questions Practical activities Presentation Part II Summary Activities I Please select an activity or go immediately to part II of the presentation
  22. 22. Summary Activities Menu Presentation Part II • Praying the Mass is the fully conscious and active participation in the Eucharist. This is prayerful engagement in the Mass, aided by proper understanding and the application of its power and blessings to our lives. • We pray the Mass well by good preparation, especially by going to Confession and arriving early, by being attentive to the Mass, and by uniting our own interior prayers to the words, actions and gestures of the priest. • We should always be reverent towards the Eucharist, including keeping a fast of at least an hour before receiving Communion.
  23. 23. Questions to reinforce key points Prayerful engagement Proper understanding Good preparation Application to our lives What is meant by full, conscious and active participation in the Mass? Activities Menu Presentation Part II 1 2 3 4 Click on a box to reveal one of the answers
  24. 24. Discussion questions Activities Menu Presentation Part II Select one or more of the following: • Discuss how we can prepare well for the celebration of the Mass. • Discuss some personal experiences of what can help us to pray the Mass.
  25. 25. • Look through the common prayers at the back of the Compendium of the Catechism. Note which of these may be of particular value in preparing for Mass or giving thanks after Mass. • Look at a small Lectionary or Missal containing the Sunday readings. Practise locating the readings for the following Sunday. Practical activities Activities Menu Presentation Part II Select one or more of the following:
  26. 26. The Structure of the Mass INTRODUCTORY RITE LITURGY OF THE WORD LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST COMMUNION RITE CONCLUDING RITE
  27. 27. Introductory Rite
  28. 28. Introductory Rite Greeting In the name of the Father ... The Sign of the Cross commends the whole action of the Mass to the two central mysteries of the faith: the cross of Christ and the Holy Trinity. Penitential Rite I Confess ... An opportunity to repent of our sins before listening to the Word of God and participating in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass. Gloria Glory to God ... An ancient hymn of thanks, praise and triumph for our redemption. Opening prayer Let us pray … With the whole Church, the priest offers this set prayer: a request of God the Father, in the name of Jesus and in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
  29. 29. Liturgy of the Word Saint Matthew writing his Gospel by Caravaggio
  30. 30. Liturgy of the Word Readings The proclamation of the Old and New Testament Scriptures penetrates our minds and hearts, so that we can know God, his works and how we are to be saved. Responsorial psalm The prayers of ancient Israel that Jesus himself prayed. Gospel In the gospel we hear the words of Jesus Christ himself and what he did for us. Homily The homily explains some point of the biblical readings or teaching of the faith. Creed The Creed is both a public profession of faith and a prayer. Intercessions The intercessions bring the needs of the Church and world before God.
  31. 31. Liturgy of the Eucharist Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament by Bouts
  32. 32. Liturgy of the Eucharist Offertory Blessed are you, Lord ... The faithful offer bread and wine, the elements Christ took in his hands at the Last Supper. These are the tokens of our sacrifice, which the priest offers on our behalf. Preface and Sanctus Lift up your hearts...; Holy, holy, holy ... These prayers give thanks (the meaning of the word ‘eucharist’) to God the Father for his work of salvation. They also remind us of the reasons for our gratitude. The Sanctus unites this thanksgiving to the eternal worship of the angels and saints in heaven. Epiclesis The priest extends his hands over the gifts, calling the Holy Spirit to sanctify these gifts, so that they may become the body and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.
  33. 33. Liturgy of the Eucharist Consecration The priest speaks the words of Jesus over the gifts, by which they become the body and blood of Jesus Christ (‘This is my body ... This is the cup of my blood’). He elevates the host and the precious blood for adoration by the faithful. Anamnesis, offering, intercessions The anamnesis brings to mind the Paschal mystery present in the Mass. The priest asks God to accept this offering of Christ himself and makes intercessions on behalf of the living and the dead, especially those for whom the Mass is specifically offered. Doxology and Amen Lifting the host and the precious blood, the priest praises God. The acclamation of the faithful, Amen, is a triumphal assent and a conclusion.
  34. 34. Communion Rite The Communion of the Apostles by Fra Angelico
  35. 35. Communion Rite The Lord’s Prayer Our Father ... As well as being the model of all prayer, the Lord’s Prayer expresses all the dispositions needed for the worthy reception of Communion. The Rite of Peace Peace be with you ... In the rite of peace the Church asks God for peace and unity, and the faithful offer the sign of this peace to one another. The Fraction and Agnus Dei The priest breaks the host as a sign that the faithful receive the one bread of life. The Agnus Dei (‘Lamb of God’) implores the mercy of Jesus, sacrificed for our sins. Communion The faithful are fed with the body and blood of Christ.
  36. 36. Concluding Rite The Transfiguration by Fra Angelico
  37. 37. Concluding Rite Final blessing The priest blesses the faithful and sends them out on Christian mission in the world.
  38. 38. Summary Questions to reinforce key points Discussion questions Practical activities Summary Activities II Please select an activity or go immediately to the final summary and prayer Concluding Prayer
  39. 39. Summary Activities Menu • The Introductory Rite is the communal preparation for the rest of the Mass. • The Liturgy of the Word is the reading of Scriptures culminating in the gospel. • The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the re- presentation of the sacrifice of Calvary and the making present of Jesus Christ on the altar. • The Communion Rite is the time of reception of Holy Communion. • The Concluding Rite is the blessing and sending out of the faithful. Concluding Prayer
  40. 40. Questions to reinforce key points Introductory Rite Liturgy of the Word Liturgy of the Eucharist Communion Rite Concluding Rite What is the basic five-part structure of the Mass? Activities Menu Concluding Prayer 1 2 3 4 Click on a box to reveal one of the answers 5
  41. 41. Discussion questions Activities Menu Select one or more of the following: • Discuss, based on Luke 24:13-33, how the story of the encounter with Christ on the road to Emmaus links to the structure of the Mass. • Discuss why each part of the Mass is important. Concluding Prayer
  42. 42. Practical activities Activities Menu Select one or more of the following: • Look at a Missal, find the five parts of the Mass, and choose one or more parts to read through. • Visit a church and locate where the main action of each part of the Mass takes place. Concluding Prayer
  43. 43. Final Prayer O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is received as food, the memory of His Passion renewed, the soul is filled with grace and a pledge of the life to come is given us. Amen.

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