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Ross Helmick wrote:

Hi, guys —

I attend Sunday Mass, and would attend weekday Mass, but I am somewhat stumped by the dialog at weekday Mass. The opening prayers and responses differ from Sunday Mass, and the differences leave me somewhat confused.

  • Can you please explain the differences?

Thank you,


  { Can you explain the differences between the Sunday and weekday prayers and responses? }

Mike replied:

Hi Ross,

Thanks for the question.

The opening prayers and responses are intended to be different than those at Sunday Mass.

  • Why?

Because most of the time, each weekday Mass is celebrated in honor of one of many saints in our Church as well as for various devotions the Church has. Like I have said in the past, one of the reasons I enjoy being Catholic is because we are party animals; we are always celebrating something, In Christ, of course!

This is all pre-planned and approved by the Vatican in three 2-year cycle of opening prayers, responses, and readings: Cycle A, B, and C. The Sunday liturgy is also a pre-planned and approved in three 3-year cycle of opening prayers, responses and readings: Cycle A, B, and C.

This means that the Catholic who attends daily Mass faithfully will hear most of the entire Bible within a 2-year period and the Catholic who attends Sunday Mass faithfully will hear the entire Bible within a 3-year period.

Weekday Mass may be shorter, seeing the celebrant is conscientious that attendees have to get to their work place on time.

If you have a pastor that is faithful to the Church, I wouldn't worry, but figure a way, if possible, that you can get to weekday Mass on a regular basis. Not all workers can do this, but if you ask around — there may be a way you hadn't previously thought of. This is what all the saints down through history have encouraged the faithful to do.

I hope this helps,


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