God Acts - We Give Thanks

For all the blessings we receive through Christ

God Acts - We Give Thanks Map


As the friends of Jesus we want to bring all the things that make up our lives to God.

Click on the numbers above to learn more about the ways we give thanks during Mass.

We thank God for the gift of Jesus, his dying to save us,
and the new life he gives us. In bread and wine Jesus becomes real for us. It is special food for the friends of Jesus.

There are seven key moments in this part of the Mass. The following names these moments and provides a brief explanation of each.

Prayer Over the Offerings

The Priest prays a prayer of blessing over the gifts of bread and wine

Eucharistic Prayer

This is the Church’s great prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Communion Rite

The Rite of Communion is the culmination of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

The Lord’s Prayer

This is the prayer that Jesus taught us. We say it together to praise God for all that we have been given

Rite of Peace

The Sign of Peace is a sign of our unity as the Body of Christ

Fraction Rite

The Lamb of God echoes the scriptural image of Christ as the Passover lamb.


At Communion we receive the One who makes us one.




Students work in groups to investigate one of the following parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist; Preparation of the Gifts, Prayer over the Offerings, Preface, Epiclesis, Institution Narrative, Memorial/Anamnesis, Intercessions, Doxology, The Lord’s Prayer, Rite of Peace, Fraction Rite or Communion.


Present the research displaying understanding of the content, words and ritualistic action for this part of the Mass in a graphic format e.g. big book, Photo Story, PowerPoint or Poster. Combine your presentation with the others in the class into one graphic format for class use, reflection and study. 


View or review a particular part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist as a whole class. 


Practise invitations and responses within the Liturgy of the Eucharist with a buddy class of older students.