Friday, March 11, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Greeting

(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.

(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)

When the opening hymn has concluded the priest and the people, who are still standing, sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, while the Priest, facing the people, says:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The people reply: Amen.

Then the priest, extending his hands, greets the people, saying;

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

In this first greeting a Bishop, instead of The Lord be with you, says:

Peace be with you.

The Priest, or a Deacon, or another minister, may very briefly introduce the faithful to the Mass of the day.


Are we standing or sitting during the Greeting? (Standing)

When the priest says, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” what do we do? (We make the Sign of the Cross.)

How do we respond to the priest’s greeting? (And with your spirit.)

Activities: Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Greeting- lesson with Decoder Puzzle (page 2), Church Greeting Card Craft (page 3 & 4) “And with your Spirit” lesson plan with activities

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Younger Students: Greeting Handwriting Activity- Have the students trace the letters. Then have students cut out a heart from red construction paper and glue in the center of the paper.

Older Students: Have students write on a colored piece of construction paper at the top, “The Lord be with you”. Then have students cut out heart from red construction paper and glue in the center of the paper. Underneath the heart have the students write, “And with your spirit.”


The Mass Begins- The following sentences are in the wrong order. Number them so they are in the right order.

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