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    Do you like to read? 

    Did you know that in our churches, there are many books that we use?

    The Priest uses a book called The Roman Missal for the prayers of the Mass: the Opening Prayer, the Prayer over the Gifts, the Prayer after Communion, Solemn Blessings, the Prefaces and Eucharistic Prayers for all the Masses.  You may not have noticed this book but it is used for prayers at the Priest’s chair (when it may be held by an altar server) and at the altar.

    Some parishes also have a Book of the Gospels with the Gospel Readings and this may be carried by a Deacon in the opening procession and placed on the altar.  If there is no Deacon one of the Readers may carry it instead.  All parishes will have Lectionaries, the books which have the other Bible Readings for Mass.

    Different parishes have different ways of helping those gathered for Mass to play their part by singing or saying different parts of the Mass.  Some have books or booklets on the benches or chairs; others give them out or let people collect them as they come into church.  It is important that we all play our part in the Mass because it really must be something we all do together.

    See if you can spot any of the books being used by Priest or people the next time that you are at Mass.

 

 

I Wonder …

I wonder which is your favourite story in the Bible?

 

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I wonder what is the most important part of the Bible?

 

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I wonder how many different books you can see in church?

 

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I wonder which is the most important book in the church?

 

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