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The Order of Mass

This is the official English text of the Order of Mass. It has been approved by the Hierarchies of England and
Wales, of Scotland, and of Ireland.

C. = Celebrant
P. = People
+ = People make the sign of the Cross

The Introductory Rite

C. In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P. Amen.

The Greeting

One of the following formulas is used:

1. C. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you
all.
P. And also with you.

2. C. The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P. Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Or: And also with you.

3. C. The Lord be with you.
P. And also with you.

The Act of Penance

One of the following formulas is used:

1. C. My brothers or sisters (or similar wording), to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us
call to mind our sins. (Pause.)
P. I confess to almighty God,
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault (all strike their breast)
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done,
and in what I have failed to do;
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.

2. C. My brothers or sisters (or similar wording), to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us
call to mind our sins.
After a pause the Celebrant continues:
Lord, we have sinned against you:
Lord, have mercy.
P. Lord, have mercy.
C. Lord, show us your mercy and love.
P. And grant us your salvation.

3. C. My brothers or sisters (or similar wording), to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us
call to mind our sins.
After a pause the Celebrant continues:
You were sent to heal the contrite:
Lord, have mercy.
P. Lord, have mercy.
C. You came to call sinners:
Christ, have mercy.
P. Christ, have mercy.
C. You plead for us at the right hand of the Father:
Lord, have mercy.
P. Lord, have mercy.

The Act of Penance is followed by the Absolution.

C. May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
P. Amen.

The Kyrie follows if it has not already been included in one of the Acts of Penance.

C. Lord, have mercy.
P. Lord, have mercy.
C. Christ, have mercy.
P. Christ, have mercy.
C. Lord, have mercy.
P. Lord, have mercy.

If it is to be said, the Gloria now follows:

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
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.

C. Let us pray.
At the end of the Opening Prayer:

P. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

At the conclusion of the Readings the Lector says:

This is the word of the Lord.
P. Thanks be to God.

After the first Reading the Responsorial Psalm is recited or sung. The people join in the repeated response.

If it is to be said, the Alleluia precedes the Gospel.

At the beginning of the Gospel:

C. The Lord be with you.
P. And also with you.
C. A reading + from the holy Gospel according to (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).
P. Glory to you, Lord.

At the conclusion of the Gospel:

C. This is the Gospel of the Lord.
P. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The celebrant may now say the Homily.

If it is to be said, the Creed now follows:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven: (all bow)
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
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.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Bidding Prayers now follow. At the end of each intercession one of the following formulas is used:

1. C. Lord, in your mercy,
P. Hear our prayer.

2. C. Lord, hear us.
P. Lord, graciously hear us.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Offertory Antiphon may be sung as the gifts are brought to the altar.

C. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth
has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
P. Blessed be God forever. (Omitted if singing is in progress.)
C. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the
vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.
P. Blessed be God forever. (Omitted if singing is in progress.)

After washing his hands the Celebrant says:

Pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father (or
similar wording).

P. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good, and the good of all his Church.

The Celebrant then reads the Prayer over the Gifts, at the end of which:

P. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

C. The Lord be with you.
P. And also with you.
C. Lift up your hearts.
P. We lift them up to the Lord.
C. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
P. It is right to give him thanks and praise.
The Celebrant then reads the Preface, at the end of which the people join with him saying the Sanctus:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

After the Consecration:

C. Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.

The people proclaim in one of the following formulas:

1. Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

2. Dying you destroyed our death
rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

3. When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

4. Lord, by your cross and resurrection,
you have set us free.
You are the Savior of the world.

At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer the Celebrant says the Doxology:

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.
P. Amen.

The Communion Rite

C. Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Saviour gave us (or similar wording):
P. 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,
but deliver us from evil.
C. Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from sin
and protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
P. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.
C. Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
I leave you peace, my peace I give you.
Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.
P. Amen.
C. The peace of the Lord be with you always.
P. And also with you.

The people may now exchange a sign of peace, according to local custom.

While the Host is broken, the people say:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:
grant us peace.

The Celebrant turns to the communicants and holding up the sacred Host says:

This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.
P. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Communion Minister: The Body of Christ.
Communicant: Amen.
Communion Minister: The Blood of Christ.
Communicant: Amen.

The distribution of the sacred Blood to the people may be omitted, according to local custom.

C. Let us pray.

At the end of the Postcommunion Prayer:

P. Amen.

The Concluding Rite

C. The Lord be with you.
P. And also with you.
C. May almighty God bless you, the Father, + and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
P. Amen.

The Celebrant dismisses the people with one of the following formulas:

1. Go in the peace of Christ.

2. The Mass is ended, go in peace.

3. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

P. Thanks be to God.