[quote=sarcophagus]are there special prayers for mass?
Sarc, since many people have told you to get a missal (and you couldn’t find one), and if the Church doesn’t provide one, here are some of some of the main things you will most likely hear at Mass (posting the whole order of the Mass would be too long and potentially confusing):
- The Penetential Rite. After the Opening Prayer, we have the this “rite” there are several forms, but if you hear people start saying “I confess…”, this is what is said
I confess to you almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault (you should strike your breast here, i.e. tap your first over your heart), in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do; and I ask Blessed Mary, ever-virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God
In the other common form, the priest will say a phrase ending in “Lord have mercy” or “Christ have mercy”…just repeat.
If the first form was used, then the kyrie is said (which is again either “Lord have merfcy” or “Christ have mercy”…just repeat.
After this comes the Gloria:
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on Earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word is next. After the first two readings, the reader will say “the word of the Lord”, reply with “thanks be to God”
Next is the Gospel reading. Two things here, the response to “A reading from the Gospel according to N.”, the response is “Glory to you, Lord” (this is where the 3 crosses are traced on the forehead, lips and heart). After the reading will be said “The Gospel of the Lord”, respond with “Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ”
Next comes the homily. After that the Nicene Creed is recited:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: (bow head here) by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man (end bow). For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulifillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
These are probobly the main things that are recited at Mass. There are also alot of responses to be made, but they’re pretty easy to pick up on (e.g. “the Lord be with you”…“and also with you”).
Hopefully you’ll see this before Mass, and hopefully it’ll be helpful!