Gospel (liturgy)

The word Gospel in Christian liturgy the short name for the last of the (two or three) Scripture readings within the service, which is taken from one of the four Gospels of the New Testament.

The liturgical Gospel is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word, because in him is heard the voice of Christ. It is greeted with the cry of the Alleluia and the associated Alleluia Verse and honored in the Catholic Mass is celebrated with chandeliers and incense. Often this is done in a formal procession Gospels, in which the most precious concise and decorated Gospel Book is carried from the altar to the ambo and accompanied here by incense and chandeliers.

The presentation of the Gospel in the Mass is the deacon, alternatively reserved to the priest.

On the Sunday Gospel and its interpretation in the homily, the congregation responds with the Credo before prayers and offertory reconciled to the Eucharist.

The selection of the sections of the Gospel to the various Sundays and public holidays, follows in the Protestant Church of the lectionary, in the Catholic lectionary.