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Fr. Broderick Explaining the Liturgy of the Word to the Children

Fr. Michael Broderick is explaining the Liturgy of the Word to the children in St. Patrick Church. Most of the Liturgy of the Word is made up of readings from the Scripture. On Sundays, there are three Scripture readings. During most of the year, the first reading is from the Old Testament and the second reading is from one of the New Testament letters. During Easter Time, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles which tells the story of the Church in its earliest days. The last reading is always taken from one of the four Gospels.

The high point of the Liturgy of the Word is the reading of the Gospel. Because the Gospels tell of the life, ministry, and preaching of Christ, it receives several special signs of honor and reverence. The gathered assembly stands to hear the Gospel and it is introduced by an acclamation of praise. Apart from Lent, that acclamation is "Alleluia," derived from a Hebrew phrase meaning "Praise the Lord!" A deacon or the priest reads the Gospel.

After the Scripture readings, the celebrant preaches the homily. In the homily, the preacher focuses on the Scripture texts or some other texts from the liturgy, drawing from them lessons that may help us to live better lives, more faithful to Christ's call to grow in holiness.



Fr. Broderick Welcoming the Children
Fr. Broderick Explaining the Liturgy of the Word
Blessing of Deacon Pierre
Deacon Pierre Proclaiming the Gospel
Fr. Mike Explaining the Readings
Attentive Children to the Word

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