March 27, 2007

Preface for the Weekday Masses of the Fifth Week of Lent

[The preface "sets the tone" for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.]
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Father, all powerful and everliving God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

The suffering and death of your Son
brought life to the whole world,
moving our hearts to praise your glory.
The power of the cross reveals your judgment on this world
and the kingship of Christ crucified.

We praise you, Lord,
with all the angels and saints in their song of joy:

           Holy, holy, holy ...


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