• Introduction
  • Preparing for Mass
  • Introductory Rites
  • Entrance
  • Greeting
  • Penitential Rite
  • Kyrie Eleison
  • Gloria
  • Opening Prayer
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Biblical Readings
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Gospel
  • Homily
  • Profession of Faith
  • Prayer of the Faithful
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • Preparation of the gifts
  • Prayer over the offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Preface
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Acclamation
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Invocation
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Institution Narrative
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Elevation
  • Transubstantiation - Miracle of Miracles
  • Eucharistic Prayer - In Memory of Him
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Offering
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Intercessions
  • Eucharistic Prayer - Great Amen
  • Lord’s Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Breaking of the Bread - Lamb of God
  • Holy Communion
  • Concluding Rites
  • Conclusion


Lord's Prayer

After the Eucharistic Prayer, with Christ’s Real Presence on the Altar, the Mass now focuses on preparing us to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. This part of the Mass – the Lord’s Prayer, the Rite of Peace and the Lamb of God, together with the reception of Holy Communion – all form part of what is called the “Communion Rite.” We enter the climatic moment of this drama. We have heard God’s Word, made our offering with His Son, and joined in the Sacrifice. Now we prepare our souls to receive the Eucharist.1

The most important prayer that Jesus teaches us in Scripture is the Lord’s Prayer. The priest introduces the “Our Father” with great humility. If it were not for Jesus’ express command, we would never address God so confidently, tenderly, and directly. Through Christ, God’s Son and our Brother, the first Person of the Trinity is our Father. As far back as the fourth century, Saint Jerome in his liturgical commentary speaks about the priest’s introductory formula to the Our Father, so we know that praying this prayer in Mass is part of ancient Church tradition.

God came in the flesh to teach us how to live and how to pray. When His disciples requested of Him, “Teach us to pray”(cf. Lk 11: 1), He taught them the “Our Father.” The “Our Father” includes allthe essential elements of the perfect prayer. First, we address God as Father, just as Jesus called Him Abba, or Daddy (cf. Mk 14:36). We then pledge to respect His Holy Name, and extend His Kingdom by doing His will in our lives. This is the purpose for which we were created. But in order to do this we need His help, His love, His sustenance for our bodies and souls. So, we ask for our daily bread, bread for our bodies and the Eucharistic Bread which feeds our souls. We ask His forgiveness and promise to be forgiving. We pray for His grace to avoid falling when tempted to sin and for our ultimate deliverance from all that separates us from His love.

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