The Importance Of The Sunday Mass

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Miller Williams once said, “Ritual is important to us human beings. It ties us to our traditions and our histories.” People in different religions generally participate in rituals that enforce their beliefs; as a Catholic, one of the most important religious ritual is the Sunday Mass. This practice is the foundation of Catholicism because it represents the Lord 's Supper. Traditionally, Mass is celebrated Sundays, but you can attend it on Saturday nights.There is also daily Mass but you should not miss the Sunday Mass. The process takes around an hour, but the duration may vary. Five out of the seven sacraments are performed during Sunday Mass: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, and Holy Matrimony. Catholics must follow certain …show more content…
When you look around in the church, most churches have stained windows of representations or saints. There are also statues; they are usually in the corners of the church and some have a place where you can light a candle. Lighting a candle in front of a statute is very common when you are praying or asking them for something, as well as thanking them. The altar is centered in the front of the church and is usually covered with an altar cloth of a certain color; the colors represent different seasons in the church: green represents ordinary time, purple represents preparation, white is used during the church holy days, blue is used during Christmas time, and red is used during the Holy Week. Candles adorn the altar, and they are representations of the Holy Spirit. The priest wears vestments, which are colored robes, during the Mass; the color of his vestment is the same color as the altar …show more content…
After the Introductory Rites, the congregation sits and a lector walks to the podium, which is located next to the altar. The lector reads the First Reading that comes from the Old Testament. Next comes the Responsorial Psalm, which consists of small quotes or excerpts from the Bible that are sung by another lector and the congregation, or by the chorus. Afterwards, the Second Reading is read by a third lector; this reading comes from the New Testament; at the end of this part, the congregation stands up and sings the Alleluia. The Alleluia announces the commence of the Gospel, which is the word of Christ; it is read by the priest. After the reading of the Gospel, everyone sits to listen to the Homily; this is when the priest explains the Gospel in a way that it connects to your life. Then the Creed is said by the entire congregation, as part of the Profession of Faith. The General Intercessions come next, which are petitions from the community; they are read by a lector and responded by the

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