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The Holy Eucharist
Preparation for Mass
The following are traditional Prayers said before Mass. Worshipers
V. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O Almighty God, who pourest out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and of supplication: Deliver us, when we draw near to thee, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Be present, be present, O Jesus, our great High Priest, as thou wast present with thy disciples, and be known to us in the breaking of bread; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
The following devotions, mementos of baptism, may be used preceding the principal Mass on Sundays.
Asperges (except during Eastertide)
Thou shalt purge me, * O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be clean: thou shalt wash me,
and I shall be whiter than snow. Ps. Have mercy upon me, O God: after thy great
goodness. V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son; and to the Holy Ghost; R.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Thou shalt
Vidi Aquam (from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost)
I saw water, * proceeding out of the temple, on the right side thereof, alleluia: and all they to whom that water came were healed every one; and they say, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious: and his mercy endureth for ever. V. Glory be... I saw water...
V. O Lord, show thy mercy upon us; [alleluia]
Let us pray.
Graciously hear us, O Lord, Holy Father Almighty, Everlasting God; and may it please
Thee to send thy holy Angel from heaven to guard and cherish, to protect and visit, and to
defend all who dwell in this thy holy habitation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
This Exhortation may be used, in whole or in part, either during the Liturgy or at other times. It may also be used in place of an invitation to confession. It is customary that the Exhortation be said on the First Sunday in Advent, the First Sunday in Lent, and on Trinity Sunday.
Beloved in the Lord: Our Savior Christ, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood as a sign and pledge of his love, for the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, and for a spiritual sharing in his risen life. For in these holy Mysteries we are made one with Christ, and Christ with us; we are made one body in him, and members one of another.
Having in mind, therefore, his great love for us, and in obedience to his command, his Church renders to Almighty God our heavenly Father never-ending thanks for the creation of the world, for his continual providence over us, for his love for all mankind, and for the redemption of the world by our Savior Christ, who took upon himself our flesh, and humbled himself even to death on the cross, that he might make us the children of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, and exalt us to everlasting life.
But if we are to share rightly in the celebration of those holy Mysteries, and be nourished by that spiritual Food, we must remember the dignity of that holy Sacrament. I therefore call upon you to consider how Saint Paul exhorts all persons to prepare themselves carefully before eating of that Bread and drinking of that Cup.
For, as the benefit is great, if with penitent hearts and living faith we receive the holy Sacrament, so is the danger great, if we receive it improperly, not recognizing the Lord's Body.
Judge yourselves, therefore, lest you be judged by the Lord. Examine your lives and conduct by the rule of God's commandments, that you may perceive wherein you have offended in what you have done or left undone, whether in thought, word, or deed; and acknowledge your sins before Almighty God, with full purpose of amendment of life, being ready to make restitution for all injuries and wrongs done by you to others; and also being ready to forgive those who have offended you, in order that you yourselves may be forgiven. And then, being reconciled with one another, come to the banquet of that most heavenly Food.
And if, in your preparation, you need help and counsel, then go and open your grief to a discreet and understanding priest, and confess your sins, that you may receive the benefit of absolution, and spiritual counsel and advice; to the removal of scruple and doubt, the assurance of pardon, and the strengthening of your faith.
To Christ our Lord who loves us, and washed us in his own blood, and made us a kingdom
of priests to serve his God and Father, to him be glory in the Church evermore. Through
him let us offer continually the sacrifice of praise, which is our bounden duty and
service, and, with faith in him, come boldly before the throne of grace (and humbly
confess our sins to Almighty God).
God spake these words, and said:
After each commandment, the people respond
Lord, have mercy upon us,
Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them.
Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Honor thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt do no murder.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet.
A Penitential Order
The following may be used at the beginning of the Liturgy, if desired.
A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.
The people standing, the Celebrant says
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost
Celebrant Alleluia. Christ is risen.
In Lent and on other penitential occasions
Celebrant Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins;
The Decalogue, page 244, may be said, the people kneeling.
The Celebrant may read one of the following sentences
Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8, 9
Seeing that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14,16
The Deacon or Celebrant then says
Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, [and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort] and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.
Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.
Silence may be kept.
Minister and People
Most merciful God,
Almighty and most merciful Father,
The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
A. deacon or lay person using the preceding form substitutes "us" for "you" and "our" for "your".
When this Order is used at the beginning of the Liturgy, the service continues with the Kyrie eleison.
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