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Describe a mass in a catholic church

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Patrick Galvin Part A of assignment Describe a mass in a catholic church A mass in a catholic church is divided into two topics. These are the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. The liturgy of the word is focused on the lectern where the main vocal parts of mass take place,-the first and second reading's , the gospel etc. And is a time where God is thanked and praised. The mass starts with the potential rite where everyone taking place in the mass say's the prayers "Lord have mercy", and "I confess". These two important prayers are said to ask God for forgiveness, to say sorry for all the things they have done wrong-to cleanse that person from sin. Prayers are used in all aspects of the mass whether it is for forgiveness or to ask of something but a main type of prayer that we must not forget is praise which is to say the "Gloria", and the "Glory to God" to thank ...read more.

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if someone came from a foreign country and was a different colour or race and couldn't speak the language then that person would feel left out so he would say to treat this person as you would your best friend. As the priest does the homily he say's the words "let us stand together to express our faith". So everyone in the church at the time stand and say together the Nicene creed which is the statement of belief-"I believe in one God, the Father the Almighty etc. This will strengthen each person's faith towards God knowing there is people all around sharing the same expressions and belief as one another. After the Creed finishes the same person from the congregation who read the two readings comes out to the lectern again to read the bidding prayers which are said for us to remember the and pray for:- The sick, The homeless, The dying, The dead, The community etc. ...read more.

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This is sacrificial as it is the body and blood of Jesus, it is done to reenact the last supper during the Passover-why the priest say's "do this in memory of me" which is the consecration and is also to remember Christ through the bread and wine as the body and blood of Jesus. The communions the transubstantion which means "our belief" so it is what Roman Catholics believe. The word "mass" itself comes from the Latin phrase "ite mite est" meaning "to be sent out" in English and the word "Eucharist" means "thanksgiving" is also used for the celebration to God and to praise God. At the end of the mass the priest will say either "go in the peace of Christ", "the mass is ended, go in peace" or "go in peace to love and to serve the lord. This is the final blessing from the priest and is his dismissal. From one of these dismissals the priest is telling us to take what we have learned about Jesus through the Gospel and spread his "word" to the rest of the community. ...read more.

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