The Order of Mass: Liturgy of the Word

Written by McDonald, T.  |  Date 4th of December 2021

Are you feeling lost in Catholic Mass?  Are you wondering what is being said?  You don't have to stand there feeling left out; just read this blog as part of a series and all will become clear.  This is a series of blogs aimed at giving you a better understanding of what is said in Mass.  

  1. The Order of Mass: Introductory Rite 
  2. The Order of Mass: Liturgy of the Word
  3. The Order of Mass: Liturgy of the Eucharist
  4. The Order of Mass: Concluding Rites


The Order Of Holy Mass

Holy Mass

First Part

Second Part

Liturgy of the

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Opening Prayer
  • The Act of Penance  
    • Confiteor
  • The Gloria
  • Readings
  • Gospels
  • Homily
  • Nicene Creed
  • Prayer of the Faithful 
  • The Offertory
    • Eucharist Prayer
  • Our Father
  • Holy Communion
  • Concluding Prayer
  • Dismissal

Liturgy of the word

The Readings

The people now sit for the first reading.

After the reading, the reader says: This is the word of the Lord.

You say: Thanks be to God.

Next comes the Psalm .  The people will be given a response to repeat at certain points. If there is a second reading, it ends as before. 

You say: Thanks be to God.


The Gospel

The people stand 

The Alleluia or other chant may follow.

The priest then bows before the alter and says silently: Almighty God cleans my heart and my lips that I may worthily proclaim your gospel. 

Priest says: The Lord be with you.

You say: And also with you. 

The priest says: The reading from the Holy Gospel according to [one of the gospels Matthew, Luke, Mark or John]

You say: Glory to you, Lord.

At the end of the Gospel 

Priest says: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

You say: Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ

The priest kisses the book and says silently: May the words of the Gospel wipe away our sins.


The Homily

The people sit for the homily.

The homily or sermon is a religious discourse, a talk on the bible, which will last for about 15 - 20 minutes. 

When the Homily is over, the people stand.


The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father, the 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 and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:by the power of 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.
With the Father and the Son he is adored and glorified.
He 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.


The Prayer of the Faithful

Still standing 

The bidding prayer which may now follow is presided by a series of petitions ending with the Priest saying Lord hear us.

You answer with: Lord graciously hear us.

After the final petition, recite Hail Mary.

Pause for silent prayer

At the end of the following prayer, the people answer Amen.

This is the end of the second part of Mass. 

Hope you enjoyed this blog.


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