Mass is the most important form of worship for Roman Catholics. As a general rule and in accordance to the Third commandment, Catholics must attend the mass at least once a week to celebrate the Sabbath. Most often, these masses are held in churches in Detroit, MI, especially with the parish community.
There are various types of masses that are celebrated with regards to the style of the liturgy and the occasion for which it is heard. There are four types, in general, the Ordinary Mass, Daily Mass, Feast Days and Holy Days Of Obligation, and Tridentine Mass.
Ordinary Masses during Sundays
Catholics attend the Ordinary Mass during Sundays or Saturday evenings. The structure that is being practiced in the mass is known as the “Novus Ordo” that means “new order”. The mass has introductory rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Rite of Communion and a concluding rite.
The Introductory rite is the first part of the mass where the priest processes in accompanied by altar servers. A hymn is sung and this is also the time when the congregation is invited for a few moments of silence to reflect on their sins and repent. The Liturgy of the Word involves listening to readings from the Bible. There are two readings on this part: a story from the Old Testament and a letter, usually from St. Paul.
The third part, Liturgy of Eucharist where giving thanks is done by taking up the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The concluding rite comes last and is the shortest part of the ceremony where the priest blesses everyone.
The Daily Mass
Daily Mass, on the other hand is offered by the church both in the morning and evening for convenience. It also follows the Novus Ordo but without the readings from the Gospel and recitation of the Nicene Creed. This mass is not obligatory, most people who attend often have personal spiritual reasons.
Feast Days and Days of Obligation
Feast Days and Holy Days of Obligation are: All Soul’s Day, Christmas Day, Easter and Holy Thursday. Catholics are required to attend this mass and it has the same structure as the Ordinary Mass with additional elements with regards to the occasion celebrated. Special Masses to celebrate local feast days are also done.
The last type is the Tridentine Mass. It is a highly ceremonial form of Mass celebrated in Latin. Tridentine Mass was the universal form until after Vatican II, and those who are strict to their tradition value this mass. A priest can celebrate Low Mass, while High Mass or “Sung Mass” are performed by a priest and at least two deacons.
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Types of Catholic Masses, www.ehow.com