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
• 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
• 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