The Order of the Catholic Mass

Introductory Rites

  • Entrance
  • Greeting
  • Penitential Act
  • Glory to God
  • Collect

Liturgy of the Word

  • First Reading
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Second Reading (on Sundays and solemnities)
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Gospel
  • Homily
  • Profession of Faith (on Sundays, solemnities, and special occasions)
  • Universal Prayer

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Presentation of the Gifts and Preparation of the Altar
  • Prayer over the Offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer
    • Preface
    • Holy, Holy, Holy
    • First half of prayer, including Consecration
    • Mystery of Faith
    • Second half of prayer, ending with Doxology
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Lamb of God
  • Communion
  • Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites

  • Optional announcements
  • Greeting and Blessing
  • Dismissal

Another way of dividing a Mass is into its “ordinary” parts—those texts which, with some variations, are part of the Mass on a daily basis—and its “proper” parts—the texts of prayers and selection of Scripture readings proper to the specific feast, feria or other occasion being observed.

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