We gather to celebrate the Eucharist in response to God’s love; the English word ‘Eucharist comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to be grateful’. We have in our hearts deep gratitude for the good news of the Blessed Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The celebration of the Eucharist, which we also sometimes refer to as ‘The Mass’, unfolds in two great parts which form one single act of worship; the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The Second Vatican Council asked that ‘all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is called for by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people … Is their right and duty by reason of their baptism ‘
The faithful partake in full conscious and active participation firstly by coming to the liturgy with an open and humble attitude, open to listening for God’s voice, so as to help us be ready to receive the grace of God in the Sacrament. We also participate in the Eucharist by joining in the responses, songs, silences, and gestures. This kind of participation is really not optional. By jointly responding in these ways we show and strengthen the unity of the Christian community. Finally we participate by going forth from the Eucharistic celebration and being Christ’s presence in the world – truly becoming what we have received, the Body of Christ.
The Eucharistic celebration, the Mass, ‘is the source and summit of the whole Christian life’ All those present celebrate in unity with the priest, the priest representing the whole Church and speaking in the name of the whole Church and thus in the name of Christ.
Preparation for First Eucharist for children takes place through the With You Always Programme. Details can be found by clicking here