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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Part 5 of the Mass: Finally Ready to Start

Greetings everyone!

Well it has been 4 weeks since we last talked about the Mass, so we thought we should get back to it. Here is a quick summary of what we have covered so far.

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Remember that in Part 4 (August 30/13), we talked about how everyone stands to sing at the start of Mass. One of the reasons we all sing is to come together as a community, rather than as a bunch of individuals.

Gee Cloë, I thought everybody was singing so that the priest and altar servers had music to accompany them down the aisle on their way to the altar.

No Tallulah, the people are singing to and for God.

Once the music has finished, everyone makes the sign of the cross,
while the priest says: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
And everyone says loudly: Amen! This is called the Introductory Rite.

How come they don't also say awomen?!

No Tallulah - AMEN. It is a Hebrew word (more or less) that means what is being said is true. So when the people say AMEN they are saying we agree and believe what has been said.

Ok, I get it. So the people are saying that they believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Next, the priests officially greats everyone and says: The Lord be with you.

The people then say: And with your spirit.

You know Cloë, sometimes Mass gets kind of boring, especially once the singing is finished.

Mass is not boring Tallulah if you understand what is happening and even more importantly if you participate during Mass. Participating means, saying the prayers and responses, singing and listening.

Seems to me I've tried responding a few times, and all that seems to do is bring our master outside to tell me to be quiet.

I think our master prefers that we participate a bit more quietly, so as not to drown out the people inside the church.

Well that's it for part 5. Next time, we'll talk about the Penitential Act.

Hey Cloë don't forget to tell everyone about our newest business card. Show them, show them.

Ok Tallulah, calm down. Here it is.


That's it for today - woof!

Cloë and Tallulah Belle

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