First Eucharist – Lesson 6

Parents – these lessons are designed to initiate discussion.  Please sit with your child and complete them together.

Lesson Six – The Liturgy of the Eucharist (Communion Rite)

At every Catholic Sunday Mass, anywhere in the world, the following things will happen during the liturgy of the Eucharist:

  1. Preparation of the offerings – our gifts of bread and wine
  2. Eucharistic prayer
  3. Preface (giving praise and thanks to God)
  4. Institution Narrative
  5. Lord’s Prayer
  6. Sign of peace
  7. Fraction rite (Lamb of God)
  8. Communion
  9. Prayer after Communion

Last week we looked at the first 4 parts. This week we will continue with the final 5 parts which make up the Communion Rite.


The Lord’s Prayer

 After Jesus becomes present with us in the form of bread and wine, we all rise and say “The Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father”.  You have been practicing this prayer every week in class:

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Q1:  What is your favourite part of the prayer and why?


Sign of peace

 Next the priest will invite us to make the sign of peace with those around us.

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Q2: What is your favourite way to offer the sign of peace?


Fraction Rite (Lamb of God)

We then say the Lamb of God prayer. This is taken from the words that John the Baptist said in the bible.

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Q3:  Why do you think Jesus is called “Lamb of God”?  Talk to your parent if you are not sure.


Holy Communion

 Now it is time for everyone to receive the Holy Communion or Eucharist.

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Q4:  When the Priest or Eucharistic Minister say “The Body of Christ”, what do you say in response?


Prayer after Communion

After receiving Communion, it is your time to be with Jesus.  At your seat you can kneel or sit quietly and pray or think about Jesus.  There will probably be some music playing so you could also listen to the words of the song.  After the priest has cleared the alter, he will ask us to stand.  He will say a prayer and we respond “Amen”.

Q5:  What is something you would like to pray about after you receive the Eucharist for the first time?