Module 5: The Concluding Rites
The mass is concluded in comparable manner as it was started: with the words “The Lord be with you”, the Sign of the Cross and a procession.
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Thanks be to God
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Jn 20:21).
This was followed by a gift and a mission as recorded in Jn 20:22-23;
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Concluding Rite is too brief – or is it?
Although not entirely related to Concluding Rite but you may ask out of interest: “Why compare humans with water?” Well, water is one of the first elements mentioned in Genesis at the beginning of time. We are also conceived through the union of water and we are nourished by our mother in water (amniotic fluid). It flows in us because blood is made up mostly of water. Water is a symbol of cleanliness and when we go to mass, Holy water is usually the first essential element that we use to pray at the Holy Trinity. There is so much more I can say about water but I don’t want to drown you out with too much details.
The Water Cycle
1) The sun’s heat evaporates water from the oceans and seas into water vapour.
2) This water vapour rises into the atmosphere.
3) The water vapour condenses into clouds.
4) Water then precipitates and falls as snow or rain earth where it remains to nourish the earth until the sun’s heat comes again.
The Catholic Cycle
1) Think of the mass as heaven on earth where the grace of God shines upon us who are attending and it changes us into a different perhaps holier being.
2) Our different self evaporates and drawn up closer to God in heaven through the Eucharist.
3) In the solemn period that we receive the Body of Christ, we all condense together under the grace of God in heaven.
4) We then precipitate and go back to earth when we are sent to carry out God’s work and we remain, until the Grace of God shines upon us again in the mass.
God sent us off at the Concluding Rite, together with wonderful gift of the Eucharist, that we may share with the world. When we see each other again on the next mass, we can then share with him how we honoured his sacrifice and we can give account on how we followed his commandments.
For Christ already gave up his life for us and offered us the wonderful gift of the Eucharist. And now we may ask ourselves after the mass, “What can I give back in the honour of his name?” And when we see Christ again on the next mass, we can give him an account of what we have done in the past few days in the honour of his name.
Now, the Concluding Rite is not so short anymore.
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from the English translation of Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation, (ICEL); excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL; the English translation of Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children © 1975, ICEL. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2017 by Bernardo Verdin.