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The Catholic Mass is all Bible and all Jesus. We believe the Mass is quite simply the most Biblical way to worship God. We think the Bible and the history of Christianity are a testimony to the fact that it has been that way since the very first Christians and the Apostles. The Mass also has an amazing altar call; we actually meet Him in the Flesh when we go to the front for Holy Communion.

Where's the Bible in a Catholic Mass

Mass has two major parts: 1) Liturgy of the Word 2) Liturgy of the Eucharist

1) Liturgy of the Word
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Three Bible readings. OT, Psalm, NT, and a Gospel reading. Then and a Homily which comments on those readings. If I go to Mass every day, I get a lot of Bible.

2) Liturgy of the Eucharist
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Scripture, prayer, praise and worship - and then the Lord Himself appears and we come forward to meet Him and accept Him. Talk about a "Personal Relationship" with Jesus.

Other parts of the Mass include the Penitential Rite where we repent before the Lord and ask his forgiveness and mercy. (Rev. 2:5,16,21; 3:3; 16:11) The Gloria (on Sundays) which is praise to glorify God. (from Luke 2:14). Alleluia Acclamation (praise to God); prayers of intercessions - standing in the gap (Rev. 5:8, 6:9-11, 8:3-4), and the Lord 's Prayer (Matthew 6:9) are other important elements. The Book of Revelation is full of Scripture used in the liturgy.

The Book of Revelation as a model for the Mass

The Book of Revelation is amazing. As well as containing many prophetic statements, it contains a very accurate vision of the Mass as it's taking place in Heaven. The Catholic Mass is an echo on earth, of this beautiful ceremony.

I'm a recovered alcoholic, and I don't drink the wine even though my church serves it. The basic practical reason why some churches don't serve wine is because some people are afraid of sharing germs and also sometimes there are not enough assistants to serve both. But the bottom line is that the bread is the full deal. It’s the full sacrifice and there is nothing morally or theologically wrong with only having the bread in the congregation, as long as the priest has both. But I'd rather be at a Mass that serves both even though I don't drink the wine.

The ceremony, golden chalices, incense and stuff in Catholic mass

Noah made a burnt offering and the "odour pleased the Lord." (Gen 8:21) The Lord did not come to abolish the law of Moses but rather to fulfill it. (Mat 5:17). The Law had a ton of ceremony and vestments in it. Jesus taught in temples all the time. He didn't go in there just to pull out the faithful. He loved the temple and He called it "my Father's house" (Lk 2:49, Jn 2:16). He's into ceremony. Even in Heaven there is ceremony. "The twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense." (Rev 5:8). "Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the Prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne" (Rev 8:3). These are some of the reasons why Catholics are into ceremony. In fact, large parts of the Book of Revelation give us a description of the Mass.

In the first two centuries the Mass contained the two part formula we still use today. It began with teachings and readings from Scripture followed by the breaking of bread, and wine. The Word of God in writing was followed by the word of God made flesh. Justin Martyr shows us this in 155 AD. And the Bible itself describes a Mass where they had teachings and readings 'til midnight followed by the breaking of bread. (Acts 20:7-12).

Incense: We find incense at the temple in Lk 1:10 and the Magi brought frankincense to Jesus' birth. There is lots of incense at the Mass in Heaven. (Rev 5:8, 8:3, 8:4)Visual art is art for the eyes Music is art for the ears. Perfume and incense are art for the nose. All art forms can be used in service to God! I love a good high mass with beautiful music and incense.

Bells: Bells on the top of steeples are cool; they are simply a reminder that it is time for Mass. Some fundamentalists claim they are of pagan origin. But pagans also sang hymns and we wouldn't rule those out. Zachariah spoke of "bells" on horses being inscribed with the words: Holiness unto the Lord: (Zech 14:20) Even the Lord directed that bells be attached to the hem of the high priest's garment! (Exod. 28:33)

Mostly, the opposition to bells is that they are "Catholic" bells ringing in the neighborhood. But many protestant churches have bells too. In recent years bells have fallen out of fashion because they "bother" neighbors who would rather sleep on Sunday mornings than go to church. It bums me out that churches don't ring bells in the neighborhood much anymore, but people blast their horns through the neighborhood when we win a hockey game.

Priestly Vestments: We see priestly vestments in Scripture (Ex 40:13-14, Lev 8:7-9, Rev 3:5, 3:18, 4:4, 7:13, 14, 22:14) We also see priestly vestments in history, as shown above from the Pre-Constantine Mass documented in 303 AD. Uniforms identify professions such as police, military and nurses. Evangelicals also use "appropriate" attire. On TV they wear suits, and in Churches they wear kakis and golf shirts :-)


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Biblical Foundation

Mt   28:19
I Chron 16:36
II Cor 13:13

My brothers and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us call to mind our sins:
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault in my thoughts and in my words, in what l have done, and in what l have failed to do. And l ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

James 5:16
Rom 12:16; James 3:6
I Thes 5:25
Rev 5:11, 6:9
Rev. 2:5,16,21; 3:3; 16:11
I Jn 1:9

Tobit 8:4; I Tim 1:2;Psm 51

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord Cod, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right
hand of the Father, receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

This prayer, said by the priest, is different in each single mass. Whe he finish we answer: Amen

Lk. 2:14
Rev 19:6
Rev 22:9; Eph 5:20; Rev 7:2
II Jn 3; Phil 2:11; Jn 1:29

Rom 8:34
Lk 4:34; Lk 1:32
Jn 14:26


The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God
The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
A reading from the holy gospel according to...
Glory to you, Lord. ( GOSPEL )
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Text related to the readings of the Day

Old Testament / Acts of the Apostles
New Testament
II Cor 1:2
Gospel- Explanation of Readings
Deut 6:4 Gen 14:19 Gen 1:1
Jn 3:16 Acts 2:36
Lk 1:35
Matt 1:22-23
Jn 19:1-2, 17-19
I Pe 3:18-19
I Cor 15:3-4
Mk 16:19
Acts 10:42. II Tim 4:1
Acts 2:17 Rom 5:5
Mt. 16:18. Rom 12:5
Rev 5:1, 7:9, 22:5, 20
Jn 20:23
Rom 8, 11
I Tim 2:1-2

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. I will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

This prayer, said by the priest, is different in each single mass. Whe he finish we answer: Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It's right to give him thanks and praise.

Father, it is our duty and our salvation ...
... And so we join the angels and the saints in proclaiming your glory as we sing (say):
Holy, holy, holy Lord. God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness.
Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy,
so that they may become for us the body + and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Before he was given up to death, a death he freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my Body which will be given up for you.
When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:
Take this, all of you, and drink from it; this is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the New and Everlasting Covenant. It will be shed for you and for all men so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again .
In memory of his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Father, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. ....

...Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

Acts 4:35 - II Cor 9:12-13
Eccl 3:14 Sirach 17

Jn 6:35
Psm 68, 36
Lk 22:17-18
Psm 68:36

Heb 12:28

Psm 50:23

Text related to the readings of the Day
II Cor 1:2
Lam 3:41
Col 3:17
Col 1:3


Is 6:3 . Rev 4:8

Mk 11:9-10

II Mac 14:36

Phil 2:8 Jn 10:17-18
Mk 14:22-25 Mt 14:22-25 Lk 22:19-20.  I Cor 11:23-25
 Acts 2:23-24 / I Cor 15, 3-4
Rev 22:17 22:20
Jn 6:51
 I Cor 10:17
 Eph 6:18
II Mac 12:45-46
I Cor 15, 20-23. 29-30
 2 Tes 1:4-5.
Rev 7:9-15
Heb 9:15
I Cor 12:12-13
Rev 7:12


Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Saviour gave us:

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: "I leave you peace, my peace I give you", look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.

This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed

At the moment of communion the priest or the minister will say: The body of Christ.
We must answer:Amen.

This prayer, said by the priest, is different in each single mass. Whe he finish we answer: Amen

 The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.

Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

Mt. 6:9-13




Jn 17:15


Rev 5:12-13

Jn 14:27


Jn 20.19


Rom 16:16
Jn 1:29


Rev 19:9
Mat 8:8


Text related to the readings of the Day
II Cor 1:2

Lk 24:51


Lk 7:50
II Cor 9:15



    The Mass can be roughly divided into four sections which can be summed up in one word each:

1. Come - We come together in Mass as one Body, gathering before our Lord

2. Listen - Listening to the Bible readings, the Word of our Lord and Homily

3. Do - Praying and participating in the Eucharist, becoming One with Him

4. Go - The sendoff where we bring this message to all the world


Entrance Procession: Priest, deacon, altar servers and lectors enter the church or designated place for celebration of the liturgy.

Entrance Hymn/Song or Gathering Hymn: The song/music which takes place during the entrance procession.

Veneration of the Altar: The reverencing of the altar with a kiss by the bishop or priest who presides at the service followed by the other bishops, priests and deacons, and the optional use of incense.

Greeting: The celebrant greets all present at the liturgy, announcing the presence of the Lord to the assembled community.

Penitential Rite: A general admission of sinfulness by the entire assembly, accompanied by requests for God's mercy and forgiveness.

Gloria: Ancient hymn of praise to glorify God. It is used on all Sundays (outside of Advent and Lent) and solemn celebrations. The text originates from the Christmas narrative in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2:14).

Opening Prayer: This prayer by the celebrant expresses the general theme of the celebration.


Liturgy of the Word: The Liturgy of the Word consists of Scripture readings that are proclaimed and reflected upon. Usually, there are three readings: an Old Testament selection, a New Testament selection (from the books other than the Gospels), and the Gospel reading. A responsorial psalm occurs between the Old and New Testament readings.

Responsorial Psalm: Between the first and second readings, a psalm is spoken or sung by the entire assembly. The response is repeated after each verse. If sung, a cantor or choir sings the verses of the psalm.

Alleluia Acclamation: This acclamation of praise to God follows the second reading and prepares the assembly for the Gospel.

Homily: The homily (sermon) is a reflection by the celebrant or other minister on the Scripture readings and the application of the texts in the daily lives of the assembled community.


Profession of Faith: The assembly together recalls and proclaims the fundamental teachings of the Roman Catholic faith. The Profession of Faith, also referred to as the Creed, is used on all Sundays and Holy Days. The Profession of Faith may be either the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed.

General Intercessions: Prayers of intercession for the Church, civil authorities, those with various needs and for the needs and salvation of the world. The celebrant invites all to pray, another minister proclaims the prayers of petition and the assembly responds by asking God to hear and to grant their requests.

Liturgy of the Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the section of the celebration when the gifts of bread and wine are prepared and the Eucharistic Prayer is proclaimed by the celebrant, and the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist, Communion) is distributed to the assembly.

Preparation of the Gifts: The bread and wine to be used in the celebration are brought to the celebrant, usually by representatives of the faithful.

Offertory Hymn/Song: Music used during the presentation of gifts to the celebrant and as the altar is prepared for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Washing of Hands: This is an expression of the desire for inward purification. The celebrant washes his hands in symbolic cleansing to prepare himself just as the gifts have been prepared as an offering to the Lord.

Prayer Over the Gifts: The prayer by the celebrant asking that the gifts to be offered be made holy and acceptable in the eyes of the Lord.

Preface Dialogue: The introductory dialogue between the celebrant and assembly in which all are invited to join in prayer and thanksgiving to God called the Sanctus or Holy, Holy, Holy. The community responds to the preface and continues the general theme of praise and thanks.

Eucharistic Prayer: The prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification. It is the center and high point of the celebration. During the Eucharistic Prayer, the Church believes that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Included in the Eucharistic Prayer are the:

Consecration: The prayer and blessing during which the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Memorial Acclamation: The Priest declares the mystery of faith and the congregation responds.

Intercessions: A series of prayers for the Church, the world, the Pope, the clergy and thelaity, and the dead.

Final Doxology: A final prayer of praise of God. Amen: Also called the Great Amen. It is the acclamation by the people expressing their agreement with all that has been said and done in the Eucharistic prayer.

The Lord 's Prayer (Our Father): The prayer of petition for our needs and forgiveness of our sins. Doxology: The response of the people acclaiming the sovereignty of God.

Sign of Peace: Before sharing the Body of Christ the members of the assembly are invited to express their love and peace with one another, usually through shaking hands or a kiss.

Breaking of the Bread: The celebrant carries out the gestures of Christ at the Last Supper when he broke the bread to give to his disciples. The action signifies that in communion the many are made one in the one Bread of Life which is Christ.

Lamb of God (Agnus Dei):An invocation during the breaking of the bread in which the assembly petitions God for mercy and peace.

Holy Communion: After saying a preparatory prayer, the celebrant (or other designated ministers) gives communion (the consecrated bread and wine which has been changed to the Body and Blood of Jesus) to himself and the other ministers at the altar, and then communion is distributed to the congregation.

Communion Song: The music that is sung as the consecrated bread and wine - the Body and Blood of Christ - is distributed to the faithful. Prayer After Communion: The final prayer by the celebrant in which he petitions that the Sacrament be beneficial for all.


Concluding Rite: The brief rite which consists of the celebrant's greeting to all present, final blessing and dismissal; followed by a concluding song and the concluding procession.

Lord Jesus, let your prayer of unity for Christians become a reality, in your way we have absolute confidence that you can bring your people together we give you absolute permission to move.


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