Course on Understanding Mass

Go Deeper into Holy Mass – Part 1: The Beginning
Part 2: The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite
Part 3: The Soul-lifting Gloria
Part 4: The Life-Changing Liturgy of the Word
Part 5: The Creed of True Belief
Part 6: The Offertory Miracle of Multiplication
Part 7: The Eucharistic Pregnancy
Part 8: The Eucharistic Experience of Heaven
Part 9: The Way of the Eucharist is Out the Door
THE CATHOLIC EUCHARIST EXPLAINED IN 60 SECONDS
1. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Introductory Rites)
2. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Apostolic Greeting)
3. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Penitential Rite)
4. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (the Gloria)
5. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (the Collect)
6. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Liturgy of the Word)
7. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Biblical Readings)
8. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Creed)
9. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Prayer of the Faithful)
10. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Liturgy of Eucharist)
11. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Gifts)
12. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Eucharist Prayer Part 1)
13. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Eucharist Prayers Part 2)
14. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Lord’s Prayer)
15. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Communion Part 1)
16. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Communion Part 2)
17. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Concluding Rites)

Part 2: The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite

GOING DEEPER INTO HOLY MASS
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Why is the Penitential Rite so important that we cannot celebrate Mass without it?

The Catholic Mass is a celebration of our union with God the Father, God the Son our Savior, and God the Holy Spirit who empowers us to become the saints God designed us to be, the saints Jesus suffered and died for us to become. Because Jesus is present in the community, we need forgiveness for the unloving things that we have done to each other – and “each other” means anyone at all, anywhere – all children of God. Therefore our sins, because they divide us from God and from each other, must first be absolved prior to receiving the Eucharist. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Penitential Rite restore our unity with God and with the Church – with each other – so that we can receive the Eucharist rightly. In other words, so that we can be mystically and fully united to Christ and all that he offers us – all the love of the Father, all the help and all the guidance of the Holy Spirit, all the miracles that Jesus promised when he said in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” 

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The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite

 

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You might also be interested in our video series on this topic, entitled “Take, Eat, and Drink”. This is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes) that is used by catechists but is also good for personal use. Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. See it @ gnm-media.org/take-eat-drink/.

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