I am a Mexican girl
who was asked to prepare a Liturgy. I have to prepare the kind of Liturgy (In
Spanish: "Celebracion de la palabra") that someone who is not a priest should
celebrate. Any ideas?
The basic form of a
liturgy without a priest is as follows:
1.An introductory prayer is read followed by the penitential rite.
2.The readings are read. If there is a deacon, he may read the Gospel and give a
homily. If there is not a deacon, the Gospel may be read but only a brief instruction about the readings may be given.
The readings may be followed by the Creed and the Prayers of the Faithful.
3.The Our Father is said and may be followed by the Sign of Peace.
4.Holy Communion is distributed. If there is a deacon he must distribute Holy
Communion. If there is not a deacon, the selection of extraordinary ministers follows this
order: Acolytes, Religious, lay ministers.
5.The prayer after Holy Communion is read and the dismissal is given.
While it is a blessing that it is still possible to receive Holy Communion when a
priest is not available (provided there are consecrated hosts available, of course), it is
a sorrow that such a situation exists. Pray for more vocations so that such situations may
For more detailed instructions please refer to the Book of Rites, Vol. 1 & 2. These
books contain all the rites of the Church that are not part of the Mass.