40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.

Lesson 25: Preface

Now the great event of the Mass is about to take place: the miracle of the transubstantiation. As the Eucharistic Prayer begins, everyone is standing. The priests invites the people to pray with him and a dialog takes places between the Priest and the People.

“The Lord be with you.” R./ “And with your spirit.”
“Lift up your hearts.” R./ “We have lifted them up to the Lord.”
“Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” R./ “It is right and just.”

If the people respond with energy and enthusiasm, it is a clear signal that they have faith and that they want to be there. If there is a tepid response, one wonders why they are there.

And now begins the Preface to the Eucharistic prayer. It is prayed by the priest alone, and it is the second longest prayer in the Mass after the Eucharistic Prayer, and it changes daily and by the season depending on the theme of the Mass. For instance, there are several different prefaces for Advent season, Christmas season, Lenten season, Easter season, saints, martyrs, virgins, pastors, and etc.

To follow the prayer more closely and derive greater benefit from the prayer, you can follow the prayer in your printed worship resource.

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