Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (of 4) eBook

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If it is found desirable to have the children recite prayers aloud and in unison at Mass, certain parts suitable for this purpose are marked with an asterisk (*).]

Remember that the church is the house of God, where the living God dwells.  And where God is, His holy angels too are present.  In church, therefore, be reverent and modest in your behavior, and always be in time.  When you enter, bless yourself with holy water and go quietly to your seat, genuflect on your right knee and enter the pew.


O my God, I am only a child; help me to be attentive, and to pray with all my heart during this holy Mass.

The priest comes out to begin Mass.


The priest carries in his hands the chalice, covered with a cloth.  The priest goes up to the middle of the altar, and sets down the chalice.  Then he goes to the right side and opens the book.

After that he comes down to the foot of the altar, and makes the Sign of the Cross.

THE MASS OF THE CATECHUMENS (From the Beginning to the Offertory)


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. I will go in to the altar of God, to God Who gives joy to my youth. Judge me, O God.  Keep me safe from all evil.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  I will go in to the altar of God.  To God Who gives joy to my youth.

Here the priest makes the Sign of the Cross.

Our help is in the name of the Lord. 
Who made heaven and earth.

The priest, bowing down, says the Confiteor.  Then the altar-boys bow and say it after him.  Read it as on p. 2.

The priest goes up to the altar and says: 

O Lord, we beg You, by the goodness of Your saints whose relics are here, and of all Your saints, to forgive us all our sins.


The priest goes to the right side of the altar and reads from the book.  Then going back to the middle of the altar he says the Kyrie Eleison.


Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will.  We praise You.  We bless You.  We glorify You.  We give You thanks for Your great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty.  O Lord God, Son of the Father, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  You only, O Jesus Christ, with the Holy Ghost, are most high in the Glory of God the Father.  Amen.

The priest turns to the people and says: 

The Lord be with you. 
And with your spirit.


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