In this first segment of the series, we will look at the introductory rites of the Mass, how the congregation is called in and prepared to worship. This will include the gathering, penitential rite, gloria, and collect.
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Having been gathered in and prepared through the Introductory Rites, the Mass continues with the proclamation of the Word and the reception of a great gift.
After receiving a great gift in the Word proclaimed, the congregation is now sent out to live what they have become.
In the fourth part of this series, we begin a new part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, with the preparation of the gifts.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist reaches its height with the Eucharistic prayer and communion, the time when we are given the gift of Christ's very body and blood.
Communion may have been received, but the Mass is not over just yet. In the finale of this series, we see how the dismissal gives orients our prayer and gives meaning to the rest of the Mass.