Saint Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church
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Order of Mass
The Eucharist
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God - see Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion

This order of Mass does not include the "inaudible” prayers that the priest or bishop say just before and after proclaiming the Gospel; while mixing the water and wine; while washing his fingers; and after the Breaking of the Bread; and just before and after receiving communion. Also excluded are the texts of the Opening Prayer; the Prayer over the Gifts; and the Prayer after Communion and the readings used during the “Liturgy of the Word” because they are different at every Mass.

Please note that standing, sitting, or kneeling during certain parts of the Mass may be different in other countries.

(all stand)
Entrance Procession - song or antiphon:
(the priest and ministers and all the celebrants enter the church in procession to the altar – the people have already assembled and they sing or recite a song or entrance antiphon – the priest and the celebrants will gather around the altar and after reverencing the altar, sometimes with incense, they will go to their chairs.)

Some people think IHS means "In His Service," or that it comes from the Latin Iesus Hominum Salvator ("Jesus the Savior of Humankind") or In hoc signo ("By this sign you shall conquer"; spoken to Emperor Constantine before the Battle at the Milvian Bridge, 312 AD). Yet it originally comes from the first three letters in the Greek spelling of Jesus' name (Iota-Eta-Sigma).  Thus, IHS (sometimes combined with a cross or other symbols) functions as a "monogram" (a symbolic abbreviation) for the name of Jesus.Greeting:
(after the entrance procession, all make the sign of the cross)
Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (While at the same time everybody makes the sign of the cross)
All: Amen.
Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
(There are other variations of this prayer).
All: And with your spirit.
(At this time the priest or another celebrant minister may then briefly introduce the Mass of the day, saying something about the readings, the feast, and/or the special occasion being celebrated.)

Rite for the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water:  On Sundays, there may be a blessing and sprinkling of holy water to recall baptism.  In that case, the penitential act is omitted.  During the sprinkling, a suitable antiphon is sung.  Afterwards, Mass continues with the "Gloria".

Penitential Act:
All: I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God.
: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
(There are other variations of this prayer).
All: Amen.

Priest: Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: Christ, have mercy. All: Christ, have mercy.
Priest: Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy.

: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.  We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.  For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

(After a time of silent prayer, the priest sings or says the Collect, which is different for each Mass.
At the end, the people proclaim their consent.)
All: Amen.

(all sit)
The Word of God
First Reading:
: A reading from the Book of ... or, A reading from the Letter of… or, A reading from the Acts of…
(Different readings are scheduled for each day).
(At the end of the reading, the lector proclaims):
Lector: The Word of the Lord.
(and the people respond):
All: Thanks be to God!

Responsorial Psalm:

(The lector sings or recites the responsorial psalm and the people will repeat it after each prayer)
(There are several variations of the Responsorial Psalm)

Second Reading:
Lector: A reading from the Book of ...
(Different readings are scheduled for each day)
(At the end of the reading, the lector proclaims):
Lector: The Word of the Lord.
(and the people respond):
All: Thanks be to God!

(all stand)
Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation:
Choir or Cantor: Alleluia! All repeat: Alleluia!

(The "Alleluia" may be repeated two or more times, especially during the Easter Season. If it is not sung, it should be omitted. During the Season of Lent, a different "Gospel Acclamation" is used, such as "Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!" or "Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ!" or "Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!" or something similar.)

Alpha & Omega;  First & Last - The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Both God and Jesus are called "the Alpha and the Omega," with the same meaning as "the first and the last" and/or "the beginning and the end" (Rev 1:8, 17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13).
The Gospel:
Before the Gospel Proclamation:
Deacon (or Priest): The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit.
Deacon (or Priest): A reading from the Holy Gospel according to... Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John
All: Glory to you, Lord! (
While at the same time making three signs of the cross: one over the forehead; one over the mouth; and one over the chest)

(The Gospel is read)……

(After the Gospel Proclamation):
Deacon (or Priest): The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

(all sit)
The Homily:
(The bishop, priest, or deacon then speaks to the people, usually focusing on that day's scriptures and/or on the feast or special occasion being celebrated at that Mass; but the homily may also be based on any liturgical text from the Mass.)

(all stand)
Profession of Faith:

The Tablets of the LawTHE CREED:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.  I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.  God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
(bow during the next line):
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son he is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets.  I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.  I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Universal Prayer / Prayer of the Faithful:
(The lector will read every petition, which usually ends with) ...“We pray to the Lord”.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
or a similar response, repeated after each petition

(all sit)
The Divine MealPresentation and Preparation of the GIFTS:
(In a variation of this the people will sing a song in which case the Priest will recite the following prayers inaudibly and the people's response is omitted.)
: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you:  fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God for ever.
: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
All: Blessed be God for ever.
(If there is no singing during the presentation of the gifts, the priest may say the preceding prayers aloud, and the people may respond.)
(Then, after the priest has washed his hands and the music is finished, he invites the people to join in prayer):

(all stand)
Priest: Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and the glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his holy Church.

Prayer over the Offerings:
(The priest sings or says this prayer, which is different for each Mass. At the end, the people respond):
All: Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer:
(The priest may choose from among four regular Eucharistic Prayers, or two other Eucharistic Prayers for Masses of Reconciliation. On appropriate occasions, the priest may also choose from among three Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children, or four recently approved Eucharistic Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions. Each prayer has a similar structure, including some responses and acclamations by all the people. There are also many choices for the "Preface," depending on the liturgical season, the feast of the day, and the ritual or occasion being celebrated at that Mass. Click here for the full texts of the various Eucharistic Prayers.)
(The posture of the people during the Eucharistic Prayer is different in various countries and regions; in the United States, the people normally stand until the "Holy, Holy", and then kneel until after the "Great Amen.")
Preface Dialogue:
Priest: The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. All: It is right and just.

Holy, Holy (Sanctus):
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

(all kneel)
Memorial Acclamation:
Priest:  The mystery of faith:
All: When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death , O Lord, until you come again.
or other forms.

The Eucharistic Prayer culminates and concludes when the Priest sings or says:
Priest: Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever.
All: Amen!
(may be sung more than once)

(all stand)
Lord's Prayer:
Priest: The Priest invites all to join in the Lord's Prayer:
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we wait the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Sign of Peace:
Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles:  Peace I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.  Who live and reign for ever and ever.
All: Amen.
: The Peace of the Lord be with you always.
All: And with your spirit.
Deacon or Priest: Let us offer each other a sign of peace.
(The ministers and all the people exchange an embrace, handshake, or other appropriate gesture of peace with those near them, according to local custom.)

The Last Supper
Breaking of the Bread: LAMB OF GOD
All: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.  Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

(all kneel)
Priest: 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.
In 1 Cor 5:7, Paul calls Jesus "our Passover" (Gk. pascha) which is rendered "Paschal Lamb" in some English translations. The expression "Lamb of God" (amnos tou theou) is used only in John 1:29, 36, as John the Baptist points to Jesus (cf. Acts 8:32; 1 Pet 1:19). This image became much more popular in later Christian art and in the celebration of the Eucharist. In John it is related to the detail that Jesus' death occurs at the very same time that the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the Jerusalem Temple (John 19:28-42 - on the "Day of Preparation"), so Jesus himself replaces the sacrificial lambs, whose blood was necessary for the forgiveness of sins in the Jewish sacrificial system.  The "lamb (arnion) standing as if it had been slain" is also prominent in the Book of Revelation (5:6, and 30 times total).All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
(The manner of receiving communion differs significantly between various countries, dioceses, and even individual parishes. In the United States, the people normally process to the front in lines, receive communion standing, and then return to their places in the congregation. In some cases, the ministers may go to other locations within the church to distribute communion, or may even approach individuals at their places (esp. the elderly or infirm). Communion is now usually offered "under both species", i.e., both the consecrated bread and the consecrated wine. It may be distributed by priests, deacons, or designated lay persons, called "Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist." Communicants are encouraged to receive the consecrated bread in their hands, but may also receive communion on the tongue. After returning to their places, the people are encouraged to remain standing until everyone has received communion, but in many parishes the people immediately sit down or kneel for silent prayer.)
Communion Minister:
The body of Christ. Communicant: Amen.
Communion Minister: The blood of Christ. Communicant: Amen.

Communion Song: (During the reception of Communion, an appropriate song is sung, or at least a short "Communion Antiphon" is recited.)

(all sit or kneel)
Period of Silence or Song of Praise:
(When the distribution of Communion is completed, there may be a period of silence for individual prayer, or a psalm or song of praise may be sung. The people either stand, sit, or kneel during this time, although the posture of the congregation should be unified.)

(all stand)
Prayer after Communion:
Priest: Let us pray.
(All pray in silence for a while, unless a period of silence has already been observed. Then the priest sings or says the Prayer after Communion, which is different for each Mass. At the end, the people proclaim their consent)
All: Amen.

Announcements, etc.:
(If there are any announcements, acknowledgements, reflections, eulogies, or similar actions, these are best included here, after the Prayer after Communion and before the Concluding Rite.)
(The people may remain standing, or may be invited to sit, depending on the length of the announcements or activity.)

(all stand)
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

Final Blessing:
Priest: May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Everyone accepts the blessing by making the sign of the cross - Amen.

Chi Rho  (Monogram of Christ)
Deacon or Priest: Go forth, the Mass is ended.
or The Mass is ended, go in peace.
or Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God!

Recessional and Closing Song:
The people can sing a song as they follow the Priest and celebrants as they exit the church.

How to Report Abuse:  The Archdiocese of Newark takes very seriously any and all complaints of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, Religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese.  We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform the Archdiocese immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse.  Although we will report all allegations of abuse immediately to the appropriate County Prosecutor, we encourage anyone with an allegation of abuse also to reach out to the prosecutor.
Individuals who report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Victim's Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at (201) 407-3256.
The phone numbers for the County Prosecutors within the Archdiocese are:
Bergen - (201) 226-5689
Essex - (973) 753-1121
Hudson - (201) 795-6400
Union - (908) 965-3879
For more information on the Archdiocese's Policies dealing with sexual misconduct by clergy, Religious and lay staff and volunteers, and for information on sexual abuse awareness training for both adults and children/youth, click here.

Mass Schedule:  (Weekday 7:AM and 8:AM) - (Saturday 8:00AM) - (Saturday evening 5:PM)
(Sunday 8:AM, 10:AM, 12:PM and [7:PM
Spanish]) - (Holyday of obligation 7:AM, 8:30AM, 12:PM, [6:PM Spanish], and 7:30PM) (Federal/Civic secular Holiday 9:AM)
Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Saturday 4:PM to 4:45PM

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