Welcome to Week One of our At Home Preparation for First Holy Communion. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about the different parts of Mass and practicing the prayers we use at every Mass.

 

INTRODUCTORY RITES

This week, Fr. Paul is talking about how we all gather together at the start of Mass.  We come to the Church and meet together to praise God, to listen to stories from the Bible and to receive Holy Communion.

Here are some videos and activities to help you learn more about the Introductory Rites.

Many churches ring bells to let everyone know that Mass is about to start.

Have a listen to these bells from a place called Taize in France.

There is usually a song, or as we call it in Church - a hymn - at the beginning of Mass.

This hymn is from the Grow in Love program. You can find the words here:

We bless ourselves when we come into the Church and at the start of Mass.

When the priest says, "The Lord be with you", we say back "and with your Spirit". 

This is used four times during Mass, so it's good to practice it and to know it well!

Practice reading this prayer before your First Holy Communion.

Here's an activity sheet that you can use to practice. It's not a test! You can have the prayer beside you to help you.

Kyrie is a very old Greek word which means 'mercy'

Here are the full Introductory Rites of the Mass.

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