Liturgy: A Celebration of Thanksgiving Online Lesson

The goal of this lesson is to come to a greater understanding of what happens during the Mass through Petition, Contrition, Adoration and Thanksgiving.

Pray it!

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against  us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

Learn it!

Petition:   Prayers of the Faithful: When we ask God for something,  we are connecting with Him on a very personal level. Petition is a form of prayer where we state our needs and ask for God’s help. We ask for those things we need spiritually (grace, forgiveness) and physically (healing in sickness, food when hungry). An important aspect of petitioning the Lord for our needs is being open to His will in our lives. God desires to give us good things, but we must trust that God knows what is best for us.

Contrition:  The Confiteor”  is Latin for “I confess,” and comes from the first line of this prayer recited during the Mass.  By saying this prayer,  one admits having made a mistake. The “Striking” or tapping of the chest with a clenched fist over ones heart is symbolic and signifies remorse when we say “Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.”  The conclusion invokes God’s mercy when recite, ” Lord, have mercy….Christ, have mercy….Lord, have mercy.”

Adoration: The Gloria is a prayer we sing that come straight from scripture. The Gloria is the most ancient of the Church’s liturgical hymns and was what the angels sung at the birth of Jesus. This prayer reveals the reality that when we celebrate Mass we participate in heavenly worship, that we are worshiping alongside the angels.  For more information…

Let’s take a look at these prayers and recite them.

More Prayers

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving during the  Mass has traditionally been greatly esteemed in the Church for both the priest and the lay faithful.   This is expressed during the celebration with a period of silence, with a hymn, psalm or other song of praise, or also after the celebration to  “Go forth” to love and serve the Lord.   At the end of every Mass we are sent forth to bring Christ into the world in our everyday lives, living out the mission He has given to us.

Live it!

When attending Mass this week,  focus on what you’ve learned today.  Focus on each word and pray from your heart!

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Ending prayer and reflection!

Here’s a few versus from the book of Psalms.

Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah! (Psalm 150:6)

                I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live. (Psalm 104:33 NAB)