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Reflections

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Reflections

The Holy Mass

The various parts of the Mass that we celebrate every Sunday call us into a special and deep relationship with Jesus and God the Father. We are called to open our hearts in prayer, our minds in reflection on the Word of God and our body to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. We begin by:

- Gathering as a community: The priest greets the people. Together we reflect on our lives and our journey and ask God for forgiveness and healing.

- Liturgy of the Word: Selection of readings from the Old and New Testament and one of the four Gospels are read. The readings are rotated in a three year cycle. Here we are reminded that we are listening to the Word of God. This is followed by the Homily, the Creed and Prayers of the Faithful.

- Liturgy of the Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the Presentation of the Gifts, followed by the Preface which introduces the Eucharist Prayer, leading into the invocation of the Holy Spirit to change the Gifts of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Eucharistic Prayer embraces many aspects of our Church and our faith journey. Next, we journey into the Communion Rite, calling on God our Father and finally preparing to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

- Concluding Rite: The final section of the Mass concludes with the final prayer, offered in thanksgiving and asking us to bring the message and face of Jesus into our world.

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