The priest goes to the right side of the altar and reads from the book.
Let us pray: Let Your grace and pity guide our hearts, we beg You, O Lord. For without You we cannot please You. Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle is a letter. Most of these letters were written by Saint Paul. The priest now reads one of these. You may read the following:
Dear children: Be happy, be good, be brave; agree with one another, and be at peace. The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s love, and the wisdom of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.
Thanks be to God.
The altar-boy carries the book to the left side of the altar. The priest bows at the middle of the altar and says a prayer.
The priest goes to the left and reads from the book.
While Jesus was speaking to the people, mothers brought their children to Him, that He might bless them. The disciples told them not to bother Jesus. But Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come to Me and forbid them not. For of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And Jesus blessed the children.
Praise be to You, O Christ.
The priest now turns back to the middle of the altar
and says the Creed.
You also say it (see page 2).
THE OFFERING OF THE HOST
The priest takes the cloth off the chalice. Then he holds up a small gold plate on which is the bread, called the host.
Take, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this spotless host which I, Your unworthy servant, offer to You for my many sins and for all who serve You, living and dead. May it help them and me to gain eternal life.
The priest goes to the right side of the altar. He pours wine and water into the chalice. Then the priest goes back to the middle of the altar and raises the chalice.
We offer You, O Lord, this chalice. May it help us and all the world to gain eternal life. Amen.
The priest goes to the right side of the altar to wash his hands.
Returning to the middle of the altar, the priest bows down and says some prayers. Then he turns to the people and says the Orate Fratres.
Now the priest prays in a low voice and then in a louder voice he says the Preface:
Truly, it is right and just that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O holy Lord, Father almighty, Who, with Your only Son and the Holy Ghost are one God, one Lord. All the angels daily praise You, singing with one voice: