There are two main parts of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the liturgy of the Word and liturgy of the Eucharist. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that these two main parts “together form ‘one single act of worship… (CCC 1346).’” Let’s explore the four main subdivisions of the Roman Rite Mass: the Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the Concluding Rites. All of these, taken together, are the Mass, the one perfect prayer of Christ from beginning to end.
Question for thought:
- What three things have I learned about the Mass from Will’s article?