First Sunday in Lent
March 10, 2019
Question of the Week:
In what ways do I speak
or act without integrity? What must I say or do at home or in my
community to bear good fruit? Can I make a commitment to doing
EXPLANATION OF THE MASS
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Christ is present in the Scripture passages proclaimed at Mass. The
word of God feeds us and opens us up to acknowledge God’s presence.
God speaks to those assembled through the readings and invites them
to allow the word to transform their hearts and minds and have power
over their lives.
The Liturgy of the Word consists of:
Scripture readings. Three Scripture readings are read on Sundays and
solemn occasions. Usually, the first is taken from the Old
Testament, the second from a New Testament letter and the third from
a Gospel passage. At Easter Time, the first reading is from the Acts
of the Apostles. Two readings are proclaimed on most weekdays, one
from the Old Testament and another from a Gospel passage.
The responsorial psalm follows the first reading. During it, the
faithful respond to what God says to them in the psalm, generally
sung but sometimes recited.
On Sundays and other special occasions, a second reading follows the
After these readings, the faithful prepare to hear the Gospel, when
the Lord speaks to them through his word. They joyfully ready
themselves to listen by acclaiming “Alleluia,” an ancient Hebrew
word meaning “Praise ye
Jah[weh]” or “Praise the Lord.” During Lent, the words “Praise to
you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!” take the place of
Proclaiming the Gospel is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word.
Centering on Jesus’ life and teaching, it receives special respect.
This includes a sung Gospel acclamation, a procession to the ambo
and standing to hear it. If a
deacon is a minister at Mass, he proclaims the Gospel.
At every Mass, Jesus again offers his eternal sacrifice to God in
atonement for our sins and the sins of the world. He is with us in a
unique way wherever Mass is celebrated. At Mass, the People of God
gather in union with Christ to be nourished and transformed by word
and sacrament. It helps us to become more fully the Body of Christ
in the world.
The Mass is an action of Christ and his Church (Constitution on the
Sacred Liturgy, No. 7) and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet (No.
8). It celebrates God’s sanctification of the world and enhances the
building up of the Church (No. 7).
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Mass is at the
same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial
memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the
sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood” (No.
Pastoral Delegate: Deacon Denis Perez
Parish Priests: Fr. Martin J. Leopold