Parents – these lessons are designed to initiate discussion. Please sit with your child and complete them together.
Lesson Five – The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The first part of the Mass was the Preparation. We prepared our hearts to receive Jesus. Then we shared the good news of God through the Liturgy of the Word. Now we go to the next part of the Mass, which is the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The word “Eucharist” means “thanks giving”. When we go to Mass we offer up our praise and thanks to God.
Q1: What is something you are thankful for that you can offer up to God next time you go to Mass?
At every Catholic Sunday Mass, anywhere in the world, the following things will happen during the liturgy of the Eucharist:
- Preparation of the offerings – our gifts of bread and wine
- Eucharistic prayer
- Preface (giving praise and thanks to God)
- Institution Narrative
- Lord’s Prayer
- Sign of peace
- Fraction rite (Lamb of God)
- Prayer after Communion
This week we will just look at the first 4 parts of the liturgy of the Eucharist.
Preparation of the offerings – our gifts of bread and wine
Before we share the meal, we prepare the food we will eat. Just like in our celebration at home, everyone brings something to share. In the mass, we offer the bread and wine by bringing them to the altar.
Q2: If you were going to a party this weekend and were asked to bring a gift of a food you prepared yourself, what would you bring?
Please watch the following video:
Q3: The priest takes our gifts of bread and wine and offers them to God in prayer. What do we in the congregation say?
Preface (giving praise and thanks to God)
We then say together the following prayer:
Q4: What does the word “holy” mean? Watch the following video to help you answer this question:
Please watch the following video of The Last Supper:
Q5: What did Jesus give to his disciples to eat and drink?
Q6: Why is this called “The Last Supper”?
At the next part of the Mass, we all kneel in reverence and the priest will say the same words Jesus spoke at the last supper.
At this moment, Jesus himself is present with us in the Mass.
Q7: Why do you think we all kneel during this part of the Mass?
We will learn about the next part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist next week.