The Mass Broken Open: Part II

A four-week reflection

By Michael Morison, Jonathan Lewis, Fr. Patrick Michaels

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish

3 Oakdale Avenue

Mill Valley, CA 94941

“The Mass Broken Open,” Week 2

Before the Liturgy of the Word, read the following:

The Mass is made up of two parts, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, with an introduction and a conclusion. Today we will be reflecting on the Liturgy of the Word which includes the scriptural readings up to the preparation of the gifts. The Liturgy of the Word helps us recognize that we too are participating in Salvation History, God’s ongoing activity in our world, as we encounter God’s love in the stories of generations that have experienced that love before us. We encourage you to look up the scripture readings found in the missalette under the date for the current Sunday.

The First Reading:

…is taken from the Old Testament, except during the Easter Season when it is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. In this reading we see God’s plan for salvation unfolding, where it finds its fulfillment in the gospels.

Let us reflect:

– How is God continuing to work in my life, in our lives, today?

The first reading is read.

After the first reading, read the following:

The Responsorial Psalm

… is our response to the first reading. Using scripture we echo the people who have gone before us in praising God for all he has done for us. As they were written to be sung, we continue the tradition by singing them.

Let us reflect:

-Am I ready to say “YES” to God’s activity, by joining my brothers and sisters in song?

The cantor leads the congregation in the psalm.

After the psalm, read the following:

The Second Reading

… is a reading taken from one of the letters in the New Testament, to teach us about living Christianity. Largely, the letter is read from beginning to end over a number of weeks. Although, not chosen to align with themes from the other readings, it often does, because each of the letters is about God’s love and call.

Let us reflect:

-How do these letters help me to respond to God’s love and call?

The second reading is read.

Then read the following:

The Gospel Acclamation

…gives praise to God for the good news we are about to hear. Except during Lent, we sing “alleluia” at the beginning and end of the acclamation which means “praise the Lord.”

The acclamation is sung.


After the gospel acclamation is sung, read the following:

The Gospel

…is the “Good News” about who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for us. His message continues to speak to us of God’s love and plan for us, inviting us to be his disciples today.


Let us reflect:

– As Jesus speaks, how will I respond to what he says?

The gospel is read.

After the gospel, read the following:

The Homily

…is meant to open up the readings of the day so that they speak to the lives of God’s people gathered in his presence. At the end of the homily we participate in a period of silent reflection:

Let us reflect:

-How does the homily encourage and challenge me to live my faith this week?

The homily is preached.

After the homily read the following:

The Creed

The Nicene Creed (found on page 12 in our missalettes) is the primary expression of our belief as a Church. When we proclaim this ancient creed, we re-affirm our own belief, and we are united in our faith as a Church with all who have proclaimed it through the ages.

The Nicene Creed is proclaimed.

After the Creed, read the following:

The Prayers of the Faithful, or General Intercessions,

…express the general needs we share with all the world. This prayer helps to expand our vision from our personal life experience to the world’s life experience that is ours as well.

Let us reflect:

-Do I believe that our prayers for the world help to transform the world?

-Do my prayers for the larger world help to connect me to others in their needs?

The Prayers of the Faithful are prayed.

After the Prayers end, read the following:

Next week we will look at the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Intellectual property and written text 2011: Michael Morison, Jonathan Lewis, Fr. Patrick Michaels, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Mill Valley, CA.



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