𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗛𝗢𝗟𝗬 𝗠𝗔𝗦𝗦 𝗜𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗜𝗣𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘𝗦
𝗕𝘆: 𝗥𝗲𝘃. 𝗙𝗿. 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼 𝗔𝗹𝗼𝘆𝘀𝗶𝘂𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿
When people say that the Mass is unscriptural and that Catholics are committing abomination, I simply laugh in Hebrew (don’t ask me how that is done!). I laugh because it is not only a wrong assumption, but even that statement does not anticipate the kind of response any knowledgeable Catholic would give.
The Holy Mass rightly put is the only place where we read more passages of the scripture at a time! Call the best prayer warrior you have ever known, ask him (or her) to pray for 24 hours and quote as many scriptural passages as they can possibly remember and they still would not have quoted more passages than a simple Catholic who “casually” goes for Mass on a weekday.
The following is a simple structure of the Mass and the scriptural references to the words the Priest and the congregation pray with.
The procession is occasioned by the ringing of bells, (Exodus 28:33-35).
𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗦:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Mathew 28:19; John 14:13-14; Acts 2:21).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:2; Ephesians 1:2)
The Lord be with you (2 Timothy 4:22; Mathew 1:3).
And with your Spirit (Galatians 6:18; 2 Timothy 4:22).
Let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (cf. Ps 51:5)
I confess to almighty God… (cf. Lev 5:5; Neh 1:5-9; Dan 9:3-19; James 5:16)
Have mercy on us, O Lord. / For we have sinned against you. / Show us, O Lord, your mercy. / And grant us your salvation. (Ps 41:4)
Lord, Have Mercy (Matt 15:22; 17:15; 20:30-31; cf. Ps 123:3).
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will (Luke 2:14; cf. Rev 4:11; 5:11-14)
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you… (Cf. Ps 148:13)
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son (cf. Ps 2:7; John 1:14)
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world… (cf. John 1:29)
Amen (Neh 8:6; Ps 41:13; Rom 16:27; Heb 13:20-21; Rev 7:16).
𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗬 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗗
A reading from the book/letter of…
The Word of the Lord (1 Peter 1:25) – Thanks be to God (Rom 6:17; 2 Cor 9:15)
Acclamations before the Gospel:
Alleluia (many Psalms, esp. Ps 146-150; Rev 19:1-6)
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory! (cf. Ps 24:7-10; 1 Thess 2:12; 2 Tim 4:18)
Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ! (cf. Dan 4:34, 37; 1 Peter 1:7)
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! (cf. Phil 1:11)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to… – Glory to you, O Lord
The Gospel of the Lord (Rom 16:25; Mark 1:1) – Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Profession of Faith (Credo)
I believe… (Mark 9:24; John 11:27; cf. John 14:1; 1 John 5:10)
“We pray to the Lord” (Exod 8:29-30; 10:17-18; Jer 42:2-4; Acts 8:22-24)
Lord, hear our prayer (2 Kings 20:2-5; Isa 38:2-5)
Hail Mary (Lk 1:28,42).
𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗬 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗘𝗨𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗧
Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation… (cf. 1 Chron 29:10; Ps 72:18-19; 119:10; Luke 1:68)
Blessed be God forever. (cf. Gen 14:20; Ps 66:20; 68:35)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts… (Isa 6:3; Rev 4:8)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. (Ps 118:26; Mark 11:9; Matt 21:9; Luke 19:38; John 12:13)
Hosanna in the highest (Mark 11:10; Matt 21:9; cf. Luke 19:38)
𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: (see Mark 14:22-24; Matt 26:26-28; cf. Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor 11:23-25)
Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you (a combination of Mark 14:22; Matt 26:26; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24)
Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins (a combination of Mark 14:24; Matt 26:27b-28; cf. Luke 22:17, 20; 1 Cor 11:25)
Do this in remembrance of me (only Luke 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24a, 25b)
1st Acclamation: We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again. (cf. 1 Cor 16:22)
2nd Acclamation: When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again. (cf. 1 Cor 11:26)
3rd Acclamation: Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free. (cf. Matt 8:25; Luke 4:42; Rom 8:21).
“Our Father in heaven…” (Matt 6:9-13; cf. Luke 11:2-4; Mark 14:36; Gal 4:6)
Embolism: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil… as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)
Doxology: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours…
(Found only in some biblical manuscripts after Matt 6:13; cf. Rev 4:11; 11:15; 1 Chron 29:11)
Greeting of Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, ‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you (John 14:27)
The peace of the Lord be with you always. (cf. John 16:33; 20:19, 21, 26)
Breaking of the Bread:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world… (cf. John 1:29, 36; Rev 5:6-13; 22:1-3)
Preparation before Communion
Behold the Lamb of God; behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb (John 1:29, 36; Rev 19:9)
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. (Matt 8:8; cf. Luke 7:1-10).
Final Blessing: (cf. Gen 28:3; Deut 14:29; v 6:23-27; Ps 29:11)
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. (cf. Mark 16:15)
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life. (cf. Ps 115:1; 1 Cor 10:31; 2 Thess 1:12)
Go in peace. (cf. Exod 4:18; Deut 10:11-13; Judg 18:6; 1 Sam 1:17; Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50; 8:48).
Many people either take the Mass for granted or condemn it outright from ignorance. If we take greater interest in knowing the truth, promoting it and cherishing it, we will treasure the Mass as God’s greatest gift to humanity.