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The Tridentine or Gregorian Mass

 

SO CLEAN, SO PRECISE--REALLY NICE? Must be what Jesus wants?
Remember, none of this Mass was said in English as you read it here, it was all Latin—apparently the language that God prefers – oh boy. In any case, those who consider themselves to be traditional Catholics insist on it being said in Latin (so no one can understand unless they have a missal--just adds to the mystery--nothing like mysterious worship, I guess). You know, if we're going to get mysterious--why not in Aramaic--the language we are told that Christ spoke? Makes as much sense these days since English long ago replaced Latin as the language commonly found in the global marketplace--the apparent reason that Latin was eventually  preferred (after they switched from Greek of course). In any case, this is the English translation of the Tridentine Mass as promulgated by Pope Pius XII. Traditionalist Roman Catholics claim that this version better reflects the Latin than the version found in the 1962 Missal promulgated by Pope (anti-pope) John XXIII. This is what is called the "Holy Sacrifice" of the Mass.

 

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Short commentary:

Using the Roman Catholic mind I developed for over 40 years, I can tell you that, from a practical standpoint, the following Mass was popular especially because it was long. Yes, because of its sheer length, it took more of an individual sacrifice to endure and therefore "watching it" did more to help get you to heaven. That is the sacrificial mindset you are called to develop as a Roman Catholic. Add to that the mysterious sounding Latin and you've got quite a show. It's sooo ancient, it must be holy, right?

Of course the topper is that this Mass is considered a true sacrifice by Roman Catholics, not because of it's sheer length but because it's the sacrifice of Christ replayed before your very eyes in an unbloody manner as St. John Chysostom apparently first explained it. Today's Roman Catholic apologists scurry to intone that the Mass is the re-presentation of the "one sacrifice" of Christ on Calvary. But that's not what the Council of Trent taught, it taught it was the actual sacrifice of Calvary and the only difference was that there was no blood. They called it, as it is still called today, an "unbloody sacrifice." The bible tells us there is no such thing. (Hebrews 9:22) In addition, while the Mass repeats Christ's words of institution for the "remission of sins" the church teaches the Mass only has the "power" to forgive venial sins (that doesn't sound like the same sacrifice now, does it?). As for your serious sins, usually involving sex, it supposedly takes oral confession to a priest, though the apostle bids us go to God (1 John 1:9). The priest also faces the wall as he prays. You think Christ led his Last Supper with his back turned to the apostles? I don't think so either.

Please click here to get a comparison and contrast between the Lord's Supper of the bible and the Roman Catholic sacrifice--to see how they are two very different things. The sad thing is that it is apparent from the structure of the Mass itself that Roman Catholics are taught to believe you must actually sacrifice Christ again in order to partake of his body and blood. You will see why Protestants are so leery of the vestments (as pictured above). It's not because they're not okay with "pretty clothes" but because they relate it to the pagan priests of old Rome and their animal and human sacrifices. This is why adorned vestments are often frowned upon by the majority of Protestants. For many, they represent the "robes" that would be worn by a sacrificing pagan priest and they shutter to think that Roman Catholics truly believe they are sacrificing Christ yet again. 

If you read the commentary I have prepared (by clicking here) you can see the old and new Masses and the obvious attempt to make them seem to be sacrificial. I'm not just being critical. I have prepared, to the best of my limited abilities, an alternative that I call the "Gospel Mass" which you can view by clicking  here

But many, especially the few older traditional priests that may still be around, see themselves as they were taught, as both the "victim", representing Christ on the altar, and the executioner, since they "fracture" or break the consecrated host (bread), they believe they literally break the body of Christ. I can clearly recall that the bishop who ordained me used to quietly uttered an apology to Christ during the "fracturing" at Mass that was in the form of a plea to Jesus to forgive him for "slaying him anew."

If you try for a moment to take all of this in and contemplate the sheer gravity that those who believe it must have felt, you can see why some Roman Catholics live their lives in the constant fear of going to hell. If they failed to attend Mass without good reason and didn't get to a priest to confess this grave sin before they died, hell was there's for eternity. (Which is still taught today among those who still really teach the catechism. However, it is largely ignored among parishioners. I think basically, so they can maintain their sanity.)

And the fact that the Mass was said in Latin, just made it all the more ancient, mysterious and thus definitely more apt to help save you than something in English. As much as you might be laughing right now, I tell you that this was legitimate reasoning and still is today among some. I've rarely met a Roman Catholic who wasn't a bit superstitious. And why not? It paid to be. Say a few extra prayers after Mass, get years off your time in Purgatory! What a deal, provided you died with only small or venial sins on your soul so you could go to Purgatory instead of hell. --Bro. Jim

Some history...

 

Back in the days of this Gregorian Mass, the congregation pretty much just listened as the priest and the server at the altar prayed the Mass. Remember, this was all in Latin, except for the biblical readings from the Epistle, the Gospel and the homily or sermon. Otherwise, the only English was found in the small books called “missals” that everyone was given before Mass (some people brought their own). So, as the Mass was being prayed in Latin (by the priest and server), the congregation listened and silently read along in their missals which had the Mass in Latin in one column and the Mass in English in the other column, so they could try to follow along. The priest spoke the Mass in Latin and the server spoke the responses in Latin. The congregation was there to be able to say they attended and to receive the host or bread (body of Christ) during Holy Communion. Only the priest received the wine (blood of Christ) back then. Sometimes he is still the only one who receives the wine (watch EWTN’s daily Masses) as the cup continues to be withheld from the laity on occassion--No matter that Christ's command was drink this ALL of you..

 

 

Tridentine Mass STARTS HERE

 

(On Sundays, usually considered a day for “High or Solemn” Mass, the Mass began with the Solemn Sprinkling with Holy Water, known as “The Asperges.”)

 

The Asperges

 

(The Asperges or sprinkling with holy water may be performed every Sunday, immediately before High Mass. This water is blessed before the ceremony.

     The priest, who is about to celebrate High Mass, enters the sanctuary vested in alb and stole (and sometimes in a cope also) of the color appropriate for the Mass, accompanied on his left by an acolyte bearing the vessel of holy water. Arriving at the foot of the altar the priest, while intoning the following anthem, sprinkles the altar three times, then himself, and afterward his assistants. Then he sprinkles the congregation. On Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday the Gloria Patri after the psalm-verse is omitted. In Paschal-time the Asperges is replaced by Vidi Aquam.)

 

Antiphon

 

P: Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be cleansed; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

 

Psalm 50

 

P: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

 

R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Antiphon

 

P: Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be cleansed; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

      Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.

 

R: And grant is Thy salvation.

 

P: O Lord, hear my prayer.

 

R: And let my cry come unto Thee.

 

P: The Lord be with you

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

Let us pray (Oremus)

 

P: Graciously hear us, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God; and vouchsafe to send down from heaven Thy holy angel, that he may watch over, foster, safeguard abide with and defend all who dwell in this house. Through Christ Our Lord.

 

R: Amen.

 

 (The congregation sits while the celebrant vests for Mass)

 

(Again, during Paschal Time, Easter Sunday until Pentecost, the Vidi Aquam, which follows, is prayed in place of the above.)

 

 

The Vidi Aquam (In Paschal Time)

 

Antiphon

 

P: I saw water coming forth from the temple on the right side, alleluia; and all those to whom this water came were saved, and shall say, alleluia.

(Psalm 117) Give praise to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.

 

P: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

 

R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiiphon (repeated)

 

P: I saw water coming forth from the temple on the right side, alleluia:  and all those to whom this water came, were saved, and shall say, alleluia.

 

P: Show us, O Lord, thy mercy, alleluia.

 

R: And grant us they salvation.

 

P: O Lord, hear my prayer.

 

R: And let my cry come unto thee.

 

P: The Lord be with you.

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

Let us pray (Oremus)

 

P: Graciously hear us, O Holy Lord, Father Almightry, Eternal God; and vouchsafe to send down from heaven Thy holy angel, that he may watch over, foster, safeguard, abide with and defend all who dwell in this house. Through Christ Our Lord.

 

R: Amen.

 

The Ordinary of the Mass   

(This is where the Mass usually starts when it is a low Mass that is said on a weekday.)

 (As the Mass begins, the priest enters the sanctuary, the congregation stands until he begins the prayers at the foot of the altar. Then they kneel.

Bowing before the altar, the priest makes the sign of the cross, then he says:)

 

P: In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen. I will go to the altar of God.

 

R: To God, Who giveth joy to my youth.

 

(Next is the recital of Psalm 42. In Passion-tide and in Masses for the Dead, this Psalm is virtually omitted and instead the priest begins at the * “Our help is in the name of the Lord.”)

 

P: Judge me, O God and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy; deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

 

R: For thou art, God, my strength, why has Thou cast me off? And why do I go sorrowful whilst the enemy afficteth me?

 

P: Send forth Thy light and Thy truth; they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy hill and into Thy tabernacles.

 

R: And I will go in to the altar of God: to God Who giveth joy to my youth.

 

P: To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me?  

 

R: Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him, the salvation of my countenance and my God.

 

P: Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

 

R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

 

P: I will go to the altar of God.

 

R: To God, Who giveth joy to my youth.

 

*P: Our help + is in the name of the Lord.

 

R: Who made heaven and earth.

 

(Bowing down low, the priest says:)

 

P: I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin, to blessed Michael the archangel, to blessed John the Baptist to the holy aspostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints and to you, brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly in though, word and deed; (The priest strikes his breast three times, saying:) through my fault, through my falt, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary ever virgin, blessed Michael the archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints, and you, brethren to pray to the Lord our God for me.

 

R: May almighty God have mercy on three and having forgiven thee thy sins, bring thee to life everlasting.

 

P: Amen.

 

(Now the altar server prayed the “Confiteor” or the prayer of confession in Latin for the people in attendance.)

 

R: I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin, to blessed Michael the archangel, to blessed John the Baptist to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints and to you, brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly in though, word and deed; (The priest strikes his breast three times, saying:) through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary ever virgin, blessed Michael the archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, all the saints, and you, brethren to pray to the Lord our God for me.

 

P: May almighty God have mercy on you and having forgiven your sins, bring you to life everlasting.

 

R: Amen.

(The priest signs himself, saying:)

P: May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, + absolution, and remission of our sins.

(Again bowing slightly, the priest goes on:)

P: Thou wilt turn again O God and quicken us.

R: And Thy people will rejoice in Thee.

P: Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.

R: And grant us Thy salvation.

P: O Lord, hear my prayer.

R: And let my cry come unto Thee

P: The Lord be with you.

R: And with thy spirit.

P: Let us pray.

(Going up to the altar, the priest prays silently in Latin:)

P: Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord; that, being made pure in heart we may be worthy to enter into the Holy of Holies, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Priest bows down over the altar, which he kisses, saying:)

P: We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of those of Thy saints whose relics are here, and of all the saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to pardon me all my sins. Amen.

 

THE INTROIT

(Standing at the Epistle side of the altar, priest reads the Introit (Psalm prayer), which varies according to the Mass being celebrated and which will be found in the large missal put on the altar before each Mass. At the Solemn High Mass, the priest before reading the Introit, blesses incense, saying: Mayest though be blessed + by Him in Whose honor thou art to be burnt. Amen. He then incenses the altar and is himself incensed by his deacon. After this the celebrant reads the Introit. The following is a sample:) 

 

Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. Ps. 83:2, 3. How lovely are Thy tabernacle3s, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. One God, world without end. Amen.

 

THE KYRIE ELEISON

(The priest returns to the middle of the altar and says, alternately with the server:)

 

Kyrie Eleison

P: Lord, have mercy on us. (or) Kyrie eleison.

R: Lord, have mercy on us. (or) Kyrie eleison.

P: Lord, have mercy on us (or) Kyrie eleison.

R: Christ, have mercy on us. (or) Christe eleison.

P: Christ, have mercy on us. (or) Christe eleison.

R: Christ, have mercy on us. (or) Christe eleison.

P: Lord, have mercy on us. (or) Kyrie eleison.

R: Lord, have mercy on us. (or) Kyrie eleison.

P: Lord, have mercy on us. (or) Kyrie eleison.

 

(When the Gloria is to be said or sung, the priest standing at the middle of the altar, extends and joins his hands, making a slight bow, and prays with others:)

 

Gloria in Excelsis

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee, we bless Thee; we adore Thee; we glorify Thee. We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly king, God the Father almighty, O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer, Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou alone art holy; Thou alone art the Lord; Thou alone O Jesus Christ, together with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 (Turning to the people, the priest says:)

 

P: The Lord be with you

R: And with thy spirit.

 

THE PRAYER

(Then, the priest turns back toward the altar and reads the prayer appointed for the day, which will be found in their proper places in each Mass. Here’s a sample:)

P: O God, who in the glorious transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son didst strengthen the sacraments of faith by the testimony of the fathers, and Who didst wonderfully foreshow the perfect adoption of Thy children by a voice coming down in a shining cloud, mercifully grant that we be made co-heirs of the King of glory Himself, and grant us to be sharers in that very glory. Through the same.

 

THE EPISTLE

(The priest next moves to the Epistle or right side of the altar—which faces the wall—and reads the Epistle, or Lesson, (2 Peter 1:16-19) from the Mass he is celebrating, after which the server says:)

R: Thanks be to God.

(Then follows another prayer known as the Gradual, or Tract or Sequence. At Solemn High Mass the Epistle is sung by the sub-deacon, the choir afterwards singing the Gradual. Here’s an example of the Gradual, starting with Ps 44:3,2:)

 

P: Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Thy lips. My heart hath uttered a good word. I speak my works to the King

     Alleluia, alleluia. (Wisdom 7:26) He is the brightness of eternal light, the unspotted mirror, and the image of His goodness. Alleluia.

 

(After saying this prayer, the priest returns to the middle of the altar, bows down, his hands joined, and says the following prayer before the Gospel:)

 

P: Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, Who dist cleanse with a burning coal the lips of the prophet Isaias; and vouchsafe in They loving kindness so to purify me that I may be enabled worthily to announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

     Vouchsafe, O Lord, to bless me.

     The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and becomingly announce His gospel. Amen.

 

(Everybody stand)

 

THE GOSPEL

 

(The priest turns momentarily to face the people and says: )

 

P: The Lord be with you

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

P: (The priest then turns back to face the wall and moves to the left side of the altar to prepare to read the Gospel, he makes the sign of the cross +) The following is taken from the Holy Gospel according to (example:) St. Matthew.     

 

(Matt. 17:1-9)

 

(when the Epistle reading is finished...)

 

R: Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

 

(At the end of the Gospel reading, the server says:)

 

R: Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

 

(The priest kisses the Gospel book, saying:)

 

P: May our sins be blotted out by the words of the Gospel.

 

(The priest returns to the middle of the altar and recites the Creed)

 

THE NICENE CREED
 

P: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages; God of God, light of light, true God of true God; begotten, not made; consubstantial with the Father, by Whom all things were made. Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, AND WAS MADE MAN. (here genuflect) He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven. He sitteth at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory , to judge the living and the dead: and His kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who, together with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. And one holy catholic, and apostolic church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I expect the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. 

 

(The priest kisses the altar and turning to the people, says:)

 

P: The Lord be with you.

R: And with they spirit.

P: Let us pray.

 

THE OFFERTORY

(All sit)

 

(The priest, still standing before the altar, says the offertory, then uncovers the chalice.  The offertory changes from one mass to the next but the following is an example:)

 

P: Glory and wealth are in His house: and His justice remaineth forever and ever. Alleluia.

 

Offering of the host

 

P: Receive, O Holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this spotless host, which I Thine unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my countless sins, trespasses, and omissions: likewise for all here present, and for all faithful Christians, whether living or dead, that it may avail both me and them to salvation, utno life everlasting. Amen.

 

(The priest goes to the Epistle side (right side facing the wall) and pours wine and water into the chalice.)

 

P: O God who creating man didst exalt his nature very wonderfully and yet more wonderfully didst establish it anew; by the mystery signified in the mingling of this water and wine, grant us to have part in the Godhead of Him Who hath vouchsafed to share our manhood, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God; world without end. Amen.

 

Offering of the Chalice

 

(At the middle of the altar the priest says)

 

P: We offer unto Thee O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency that it may ascend as a sweet odor before Thy divine majesty for our own salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen.

 

P: Humbled in mind, and contrite in heart, may we find favor with Thee, O Lord; and may the sacrifice we this day offer up be well pleasing to Three, Who art our Lord and our God.

 

P: Come thou, the Santifier, God, almighty and everlasting; bless + this sacrifice which is prepared for the glory of Thy holy name.

 

(Going to the Epistle (right) side of the altar, the priest washes his fingers with assistance from the server and says:)

 

P: I will wash my hands among the innocent and will compass Thine altar, O Lord.

     That I may hear the voice of praise, and tell of all Thy wondrous works.
     I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.

     Take not away may soul, O God, with the wicked nor my life with men of blood.

     In whose hands are iniquties; their right hand is filled with gifts.

     But as for me, I have walked in my innocence; redeem me, and have mercy on me.

     My foot hath stood in the right way; in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen. (No Gloria Patri, during Masses for the dead or Passion-tide.)

 

(The priest returns to the middle of the altar and bowing slightly says:)

 

P: Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation offered up by us to Thee in memory of the passion, resurrection, and ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of blessed Mary ever a virgin, of blessed John the Baptist, of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, of these, and all of the saints, that it may be available to their honor and to our salvation; and may they whose memory we celebrate on earth vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

(The priest kisses the altar and turning to the people, says:)

 

The Orate Fratres

 

P: Brethren, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be well pleasing to God the Father almighty.

 

R: May the Lord receive this sacrifice at they hands, to the praise and glory of His name, to our own benefit, and to that of all His Holy Church.

 

The Secret Prayer

 

(Turning back toward the altar, with his hands extended, the priest says the Secret prayer. What follows is an example of a secret prayer:) 

 

P: Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts offered on the glorious transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son, and by the splendors of that very illumination cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through the same Christ our Lord., who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost,

 

The Preface

(The priest now says in a louder voice or sings)

 

P: …world without end.

 

R: Amen.

 

P: The Lord be with you.

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

P: Lift up your hearts.

 

R: We have lifted them up unto the Lord

 

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

 

R: It is meet and just.

 

The Preface for Sundays

 

(The following Preface is appointed for Trinity Sunday and all Sundays tro which no special one is assigned.)

 

P: It is truly meet and just, right and profitable, for us, at all times, and in all places, to give thanks to Thee, O Lord, the holy One, the Father almighty, the everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only begotten Son and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord, not in the singleness of one Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For that which, according to Thy revelation, we believe of Thy glory, the same we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or distinction; so that in the confession of one true and eternal Godhead we adore distinctness in persons, oneness in essence, and equality in majesty; Which the angels praise, and the archangels, the cherubim also and the seraphim, who cease not, day by day crying out with one voice, to repeat:

(the bell is now rung three times)

 

(all kneel, except priest)

 

The Sanctus

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. The heavens and the earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

(everyone, except the priest, kneels until after communion)

 

 

THE CANON OF THE MASS

 

(The priest now prays silently. The + indicates that he makes the sign of the cross over the offerings.)

 

P: Wherefore, we humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, to receive and to bless these + gifts, these + presents, these + holy unspotted sacrifices, which we offer up to Thee, in the first place for Thy holy Catholic Church, that it may please Thee to grant her peace, to guard, unite, and guide her through out the world; as also for They servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop and for all who are orthodox in belief and who profess the Catholic and apostolic faith.)

 

Commemoration of the Living

 

P: Be mindful, O Lord, Thy servants, N. and N. and all here present, whose faith and devotion are known to Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families, and their friends, for the salvation of their souls and the heath and welfare they hope for and who now pay their vows to Thee, God eternal, living, and true.

 

The Communicantes

 

P: Having communion with and venerating the memory, first, of the ever a virgin, mother of Jesus Christ, our God and our Lord: likewise of Thy blessed apostles and martyrs, Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Thaddeus; of Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyperian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paull, Cosmas and Damian; and all of thy saints; for the sake of whose merits and prayers do Thou grant that in all things we may be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

(The priest extends his hands over the oblation.)  

 

DURING THE CONSECRATION, The Hanc igitur

 

P: Wherefore, we beseech Thee, O Lord graciously to receive this oblation which we Thy servants , and with us Thy whole family, offer up to Thee; dispose our days in Thy peace; command that we be saved from eternal damnation and numbered among the flock of Thine elect. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A prayer over the oblation (sacrifice) Quam Oblationem

 

P: And do thou O God, vouchsafe in all respects to bless +, consecrate +, and approve + this our oblation, to perfect it and to render it well-pleasing to Thyself, so that it may become for us the body +  and blood + of Thy most beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and vernerable hands, and having lifted up His eyes to heaven, to Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, blessed it +, broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying:

 

The Consecration of the Host

 

(the priest bends over to the host and says:)

P: Take ye and eat ye all of this; for this is My Body.

 

(Then the priest adores and elevates the Sacred Host – the bell is rung)

 

(When the priest elevates the Sacred Host, look at it and say devoutly:)

 

“My Lord and My God.”

 

(If you say this, you will receive an indulgence of seven years, and seven quarantines. Thanks to Pope Pius X, May 18, 1907)

 

(The priest uncovers the chalice and says:)

 

P: In like manner, after He had supped, taking also into His holy and venerable hands this goodly chalice again giving thanks to Thee, He blessed + it and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take ye, and drink ye all of this:

 

The Consecration of the wine

 

(The priest bends over the chalice and says:)

 

P: For this is the Chalice of My Blood, of the new and everlasting testament, the mystery of faith, which for you and for many shall be shed unto the remission of sins.

 

P: As often as ye shall do these things, ye shall do them in memory of me.

 

(The priest adores and elevates the chalice. The bell is rung.)

 

P: Wherefore, O Lord, we also, thy servants and thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, His resurrection from the grave, and His glorious ascension into heaven offer up to Thy most excellent majesty of Thine own gifts bestowed upon us, a victim + which is pure, a victim + which is holy, a victim which is stainless, the holy bread + of life everlasting, and the chalice + of eternal salvation.

 

P: Vouchsafe to look upon them with a gracious and tranquil countenance, and to accept them, even as Thou wast pleased to accept the offerings of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of Abraham, our patriarch, and that which Melchisedech, Thy high priest, offered up to Thee, a holy sacrifice, a victim without blemish.

 

P: We humbly beseech thee, almighty God, to command that these our offerings be borne by the hands of Thy holy angel to Thine altar on high in the presence of Thy divine Majesty; that as many of us as shall receive the most sacred + Body and + Blood of Thy Son by partaking thereof from this altar may be filled with every heavenly blessing and grace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Commemoration of the Dead

 

P: Be mindful also, O Lord, of They servants N. and N., who have gone before us with the sign of faith and who sleep the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all who rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

(Striking the breast the priest says:)

 

P: To us sinners, also, Thy servants, who put our trust in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy apostles and martyrs; with John Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, ....Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy saints. Into their company do Thou, we beseech Thee, admit us, not weighing our merits, but freely pardoning our offenses, through Christ our Lord.”)

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost always created, sanctify +, quicken +, bless +, and bestow upon us all these good things.. 

 

P: Through him +, and with him +, and in him +, is to Thee, God the Father + almighty, in the unity of the Holy + Ghost, all honor and glory.

 

(raising his voice, the priest says or sings:)

 

P: World without end.

 

R: Amen.

 

 (Next is prayed the Lord’s prayer)

 

The Pater Noster

 

P: Admonished by salutary precepts, and following divine directions, we presume to say:

 

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 dialy bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation.

 

R: But deliver us from evil.

 

P: Amen

 

P: Deliver us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present and to come and by the intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever a virgin, Mother of God, and of Thy holy apostles Peter and Paul, of Andrew, and of all the saints, graciously grant peace in our days, that through the help of Thy bountiful mercy we may always be free from sin and secure from all disturbance. 

 

(The priest breaks the Sacred Host, saying:)

 

P: Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God. World without end.

 

R: Amen.

 

P: May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

(The priest drops a particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice)

 

P: May this commingling and consecrating of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ avail us who receive it unto life everlasting. Amen.

 

(Bowing down, the priest says:)


The Agnus Dei

 

P: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

     Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

     Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.”

 

(Except in Masses for the dead, the priest, bowing and with joined hands, says:)

 

P: O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst say to Thine apostles: Peace I leave you. My peace I give you:  look not up on my sins but upon the faith of Thy Church, and vouchsafe to grant her peace and unity according to Thy will. Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.

 

(In Masses for the dead, the kiss of peace, ordinarily given here, is omitted; the priest continues as follows:)

 

P: O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who, according to the will of the Father, through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost hast by Thy death given life to the world: deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood from all my iniquities and from every evil; make me always cleave to Thy commandments and never suffer me to be separated from Thee, Who with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.

 

P: Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord Jesus Christ, which I, all unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation: but through Thy loving kindness may it be to me a safeguard and remedy for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, God, world without end. Amen.

 

At the Communion

 

(The priest genuflects, rises and says:)

 

P: I will take the bread of heaven and will call upon the name of the Lord. 

 

(Taking the Sacred Host with his left hand, the priest strikes his breast three times, saying: )   (Here the bell is rung.)

 

P: Lord I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the world and my soul shall be healed.

 

(Holding the Sacred Host in his right hand the priest makes the sign of the Cross with it and says:)

 

P: May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ keep my soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

 

(The priest gives himself Holy Communion and after a brief meditation continues:)

 

P: What shall I render unto the Lord for all the things that He hath rendered unto me? I will take the chalice of salvation and will call upon the name of the Lord. With high praises will I call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from all mine enemies.

 

(The priest takes the chalice in his right hand and makes the sign of the Cross, saying:)

 

P: May the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ keep my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

 

(The priest gives himself the wine of Holy Communion and while this is happening, the acolytes recite the Confiteor as found on page 758 on behalf of those who are about to receive Holy Communion. “I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin…

At the end of the latest Confiteor, the priest gives the Absolution. This is a sacramental which wipes out venial sins.)

 

P: May almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to life everlasting.

 

R: Amen.

 

(All present join with the priest in making the sign of the Cross.)

 

P: May the almighty and merciful Lord grant you pardon, + absolution, and remission of your sins.

 

R: Amen.

 

P: May almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to life everlasting.

 

R: Amen

 

(Facing the people with the Ciborium and holding up one of the Sacred Paticles before the communicants the priest says:)

 

P: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world.

 

(Then he says three times.)

 

P: Lord I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the world and my soul shall be healed.

 

(The priest goes to the communion rail and gives Holy Communion to each communicant saying:)

 

P: May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ keep your soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

 

(When all have communicated the priest returns to the altar and replaces the ciborium in the tabernacle. The priest receives wine in the chalince and says:)

 

P: Into a pure heart, O Lord, may we receive the heavenly food which has passed our lips; bestowed upon us in time, may it be the healing of our souls for eternity.

 

(The priest goes to the Epistle side of the altar and while the server pours wine and water over his fingers, he says:)

 

P: May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received and Thy Blood which I have drunk cleave to mine inmost parts; and do, Thou grant that no stain of sin remain in me, whom pure and holy mysteries have refreshed. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

 

 (The priest cleanses the vessels at the altar saying inaudibly:)

 

P: Lord, may I receive these gifts in purity of heart. May they bring me healing and strength, now and forever. (This line was not found in the ’45 Missal, apparently added later.)

 

(At Solemn High Mass, the subdeacon takes the chalice from the celebrant for cleansing. Then he arranges the coverings and removes the chalice to the credence table.)

 

(after period of silence the priest at the Epistle side of the altar recites the Communion, which will be found in the Missal.)

 

The Communion (prayer)

 

P: (An example:) Tell the vision you have seen to no ma, till the Son of man be risen from the dead. (Matthew 17:9)

 

(Then, the priest, returning to the middle of the altar, faces the people and says:)

 

P: The Lord be with you.

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

P: Let us pray.

 

The Postcommunion

 

(Going to the Epistle side of the altar, he says the prayers called Postcommunions found in the Missal. An example follows:)

 

P: Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that with the understanding of a purified mind we may follow those sacred mysteries of Thy Son’s transfiguration which we celebrate with out solemn office. Through the same Christ our Lord. (On this particular day, a prayer could be added commemorating the holy martyrs.)

 

(Then the priest goes back to the middle of the altar, kisses the altar, and turning toward the people, says:)

 

P: The Lord be with you

 

R: And with thy spirit.

 

(Should the Mass be one in which the Gloria in excelsis is omitted, then in place of “Ite, missa est or Go the Mass is ended,” the priest says or sings Benedicamus Domino (Let us bless the Lord). But in Masses for the dead is substituted the prayer, Requiescant in pace (May they rest in peace), to which is answered: Amen.)

 

(Kneel)

P: Go, the Mass is ended.

 

R: Thanks be to God.

 

(Bowing down over the altar, the priest prays:)

 

P: May the lowly homage of my service be pleasing to Thee, O most holy Trinity: and do Thou grant that the sacrifice which I, all unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and because of They loving kindness, may avail to atone to Thee for myself and for all those for whom I have offered it up. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Blessing

 

(The priest kisses the altar, and at the word “Pater” (Father) turns toward the people, and blesses them, saying:)

 

P: May almighty God, the Father, and the Son +, and the Holy Ghost, bless you.

 

R: Amen. 

(The priest now goes to the Gospel side of the altar; he makes the sign of the cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and heart, and reads a passage from the Gospel—as a rule, the first verses of that according to St. John, as below. But if because of the occurrence of a festival day, the Gospel proper to a Sunday has not been read in the proper place, it must be read here. In this case, he signs (makes the sign of the cross) the book, not the altar.)

 

(Stand)

 

P: The Lord be with you.

 

R: And with your spirit


P: The beginning of the holy Gosepl, according to ST. John.

 

R: Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

 

The Last Gospel

 

In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men: and the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light. That was the true light which lighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew him not. He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God; to them that believe in His name: who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

(Here all genuflect.)

 

P: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

R: Thanks be to God.

 

(Now, the Mass has ended, however…)

 

Prayers after Low Mass

 

(Kneel)

(After Low Mass, the priest kneeling at the altar steps, says with the people the prayers which follow. They are worth an indulgence of 10 years—S.C. Penit. May 30, 1934)

 

(Start with three “Hail Marys” :)


Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art though among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

(Then:)

 

Salve Regina

 

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our h ope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, morning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of they womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

 

P: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

 

R: That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray (Oremus)

 

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with favor upon Thy people who cry to Thee; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God of her spouse, blessed Joseph, of Thy holy apostles, Peter and Pau, and all the saints mercifully and graciously hear the prayers which we pour fourth to Thee for the conversion of sinners and for the liberty and exaltation of holy mother Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer to St. Michael – by Pope Leo XIII

 

St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. We humbly beseech God to command him, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

Ejaculation after Mass

 

(Say the following three times, alternately with the priest for an indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines—Pius X, June 17, 1904.)

 

Most sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

 

(Stand and remain in the pew until the priest has entered the sacristy.)