These are the instances of Name of the LORD within the Catholic Mass in the ordinary form.
The first instance of the Name of the LORD at Holy Mass
After the opening procession of the priest and the introductory hymn the priest turns and together with the congregation makes the sign of the cross saying: “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We say Amen. We literally dedicate the Mass to the Name of the LORD.
Many times the readings at Mass during the Liturgy of the Word praise the Name of the LORD.
The second regular praise of the Name of the LORD at Mass is during the Liturgy of the Eucharist when the priest prays over the gifts. He says, “Pray brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father.” And we say, “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of His Name, for our good, and the good of all His holy Church.” My comment on this is: We offer the Mass #1 for the praise and glory of His Name, #2 for our good and #3 the good of all His holy Church… I hadn’t really thought about this offering prayer until a few years ago. I probably would have been a more effective Christian had I thought more carefully about the words of the prayer and the importance of their meaning in praising the Name of the LORD.
The third regular praise of the Name during Mass is the singing of the Sanctus or the Holy, Holy, Holy when we anticipate Jesus as He comes in the Name of the LORD in the Eucharist.
The words are
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
If the priest prays the third Eucharistic Prayer, you will hear these words:
“You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all You have created rightly gives You praise,
for through Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
by the power and working of the Holy Spirit,
You give life to all things and make them holy,
and You never cease to gather a people to Yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure sacrifice may be offered to Your Name.“
+++ I would say that this part of the prayer (so that from the rising of the sun to its setting a pure sacrifice may be offered to Your Name) is very beautiful to contemplate and may it be fulfilled more and more with each passing moment. Amen +++
After the Eucharistic prayer is said and the great AMEN is sung by the congregation, we rise and pray the LORD’s prayer in which we praise His holy Name.
“Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
(the priest says,) “Deliver us, LORD from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In Your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
We conclude, “For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours, now and forever.”
We have concluded the instances of the Holy Name in Mass. Mass is the highest form of worship of God on the earth. The next posts will be about flowers in the Church and mystical expressions of flowers which will conclude sometime in April, 2019.