The Catholic Mass is the same all over the world. This means that the order of the Mass and prayers are all identical, apart from the language in which they are said. It has been the main act of worship in the Catholic Church for 2000 years. It has also been said that the Mass is the holiest thing that we have here on earth. The Mass is a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Jesus Christ offers himself as the sacrificial Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. We thank God for his sacrifice.
The Mass is split into four main parts:
– includes the Opening Prayer, Penitential Rite and the Gloria.
We begin the Mass by making the sign of the cross; ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.’
This is to remind everyone that the One God is in three persons, and that our actions are done in God’s name.
Then the congregation are asked to reflect upon the things they have done or not done and are invited to repent of their sins and say sorry to God. God is the fountain of mercy and wants to forgive us. We then praise God in the words of the Gloria. A very ancient prayer.