Concluding Rite and Vatican Two Remarks

Concluding rite
a. Brief announcements
b. Greeting and blessing of the priest
c. The dismissal (missa est)
d. The kissing of the altar by the priest and deacon followed by a profound bow to the altar by the priest, deacon and other ministers.

Essential Items at the Sanctuary

Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Seven Sacraments of the Church

Infant Baptism

Brief Announcements
The announcements to the Faithfuls is considered as part of sending people to various works of the mission; for instance:-
i. Meeting in a certain small Christian community
ii. The members of the Catholic Women Association are to visit a children’s home.
iii. The youth are meeting for sports
iv. The catechist will conduct a catechetical instruction to a certain group.

All these are considered as ways in which the faithful participate in the mission work of the Church. From the term “missa est”, is a sending out to go and proclaim what has been celebrated in the whole mass.

Greeting and Blessing of the Priest
The celebrant of the mass gives a greeting and a final blessing through the sign of the cross, usually conducted at the President’s chair.
The dismissal (Missa est)
The dismissal of the Faithful becomes the sacred duty of a deacon. The faithful are sent out to go and fulfil the mission work from the Gospel perspective of the day.
Through here, we are sent out to be prophets. A prophet who goes out on a mission after receiving the Eucharist on that Sunday, then proclaims and inspires the poor right from that Sunday to the following days of the week and comes back the next Sunday to be renewed and strengthened by the Eucharist.

Procession from the Alter
The Priest and the Deacon, show a sign of reverence to the Alter by a kiss and proceed to the sanctuary together with the ministers of the mass, and bow. The procession to the sacristy is in the same order as in the entrance procession.

Essential Items at the Sanctuary

Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Seven Sacraments of the Church

Infant Baptism

The Second Vatican Two
The Council Fathers in the constitution on the sacred liturgy, have the intention of bringing the understanding of the mass to the ordinary person. This is why the mass can be celebrated in any vernacular language, what can be understood by all.

This is why, when you are in your local area of residence, you can find the mass being celebrated in your own vernacular language.
The pre-Vatican period, the mass was celebrated in one language, Latin the official language of the Church, this is why people used to attend mass and follow the liturgy under the guidance of the bell. Others would use the rosary during the liturgy. All this is what the Second Vatican Council, countered and made the liturgy more close to the ordinary person, therefore, we go to participate in the mass and not to attend the mass.

Therefore, according to the universal liturgy, it is not necessary to use the bell even at the consecration, since we are participating and not attending, we do not need a bell to direct us.
Other elements that are not necessarily required but we use, they include things like liturgical dancers (cultural) and the procession of the Bible (reserved for a Deacon).

At the Pre Counciliar, the prayers before communion were said in choruses, but Vatican Two teaches that a proper way to prepare for the reception of the Eucharist, is by participating in the liturgy of the Word, the Lord’s Prayer and exchange of the sign of Peace along with the prayers of consecration that are said by the Priest before the communion.
This is what the Council teaches me and all the faithful believers.

Essential Items at the Sanctuary

Liturgy of the Word

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Seven Sacraments of the Church

Infant Baptism

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