St. Casimir Catholic Parish

Lansing, Michigan

The Catholic Mass

Courtesy the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website:

The Order of Mass


Introductory Rites

    • Entrance
    • Greeting/Sign of the Cross
  • Penitential Act
  • Glory to God
  • Collect/Opening Prayer


The Very Heart of Catholic Worship!

Liturgy of the Word

  • First Reading (usually from the Old Testament)
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Second Reading (on Sundays and solemnities)
  • Gospel Acclamation (usually from the New Testament)
  • Gospel
  • Homily
  • Profession of Faith/Nicene Creed (on Sundays, solemnities, and special occasions)
  • Universal Prayer/Prayers of the Faithful


Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Presentation of the Gifts (Offerings) and Preparation of the Altar
  • Prayer over the Offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer
    • Preface
    • Holy, Holy, Holy
    • First half of prayer, including Consecration
    • Mystery of Faith
    • Second half of prayer, ending with Doxology
  • The Lord’s Prayer/Our Father
  • Sign of Peace
  • Lamb of God
  • Communion/Eucharist
  • Prayer after Communion/Eucharist


Concluding Rites

  • Optional announcements
  • Greeting and Blessing
  • Dismissal