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Chapter 27. Third Commandment: Love the Lord’s Day • 371

unite ourselves with him in his self-gift, we truly fulfill what is at the

heart of being a priestly people.

• Read and pray over the Scripture texts for the Sunday liturgy in

order to prepare for the Mass. Pray for light from God’s Word on

your needs.

• Spend time learning about the Mass: its structure, intentions, and

the meanings within the prayers and its rituals.

• Come toMass with a community-minded attitude. Keep in mind that

liturgy is a communal act of worship in which faith is strengthened

by contact with other believers in a context where the Holy Spirit

is forming the worshipers into the unity of the Church, the Body

of Christ.

• Always remember the sacrifice of the Mass is the Church’s greatest

prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God the Father in which the

Lord Jesus is truly present as Savior of the world and is received in

the Sacrament of the Eucharist as food for eternal life.


Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord;

cry out to the rock of our salvation.

Let us greet him with a song of praise,

joyfully sing out our psalms.

For the Lord is the great God,

the great king over all gods,

Whose hand holds the depths of the earth;

who owns the tops of the mountains. . . .

Enter, let us bow down in worship;

let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

—Ps 95:1-4, 6

Give to the Lord the glory due his name!

Bring gifts and enter his court.

—Ps 96: 8