Msgr. James Patrick Moroney Executive Director, Secretariat for the Liturgy United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The English. Latin GIRM (Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani) — Roman Missal, 3rd Edition in GIRM (in English) • Preferred Version from MR3. Ed.) (Liturgy Documentary) [Usccb] on The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), from the Roman Missal, Third December 9,

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When this prayer before Communion is finished, the principal celebrant genuflects and steps back a little. Immediately after the blessing, with hands joined, the priest adds, Ite, missa est The Mass is ended, go in peaceand all answer, Deo gratias Thanks be to God.

The Priest venerates the altar as usual with a kiss and, after making a profound bow with the minister, withdraws. Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel.

Among the faithful, the schola cantorum or choir exercises its own liturgical function, ensuring that the parts proper to it, in keeping with the different types of chants, are properly carried out and fostering the active participation of the faithful through the singing.

The Blood of the Lord may be received either by drinking from the chalice directly, or by glrm, or by means of a tube or a spoon. Whenever a fragment of the host adheres to his fingers, especially after the fraction or after the Communion of giem faithful, the Priest should wipe his fingers over the paten or, if necessary, wash them.

For his part the principal celebrant, along with the Deacon, venerates the altar as usual with a kiss.

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In these instances the sign of the unity of the priesthood and also of the Church inherent in every concelebration is made more clearly manifest. Then, together with the priest, the deacon venerates the altar with a kiss, makes a profound bow, and departs in a hsccb similar to the procession beforehand. With both hands he holds it slightly raised above the altar and says quietly, Benedictus es, Domine Blessed are you, Lord. If, however, the tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament is present in the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon, and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the altar and when they depart from it, but not during the celebration of Mass itself.

It is appropriate, at least in cathedrals and in larger churches, to have some competent usxcb, that is to say a master of ceremonies, to oversee the proper planning of sacred actions and their being carried out by the sacred ministers and the lay faithful with decorum, order, and devotion.

The concelebrants approach the middle of the altar one by one, genuflect, and communicate from gorm Body of the Lord; then they move to the side of the altar and partake of the Blood of the Lord, following the rite chosen for Communion from the chalice, as has been remarked above. In the local Church, first place should certainly be given, because of its significance, to the Mass at which the Bishop presides, surrounded by his presbyterate, deacons, and lay ministers, [91] and in which the holy people of God participate fully and actively, for it is there that the preeminent expression of the Church is found.

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The people respond, Habemus ad Dominum We lift them up to the Lord. Once the Prayer after Communion has been said, the Deacon makes brief announcements to the people, if indeed any need to be made, unless the Priest prefers to do this himself. After the Act of Penitence, the Kyrie is always begun, unless it has already been included as part of the Act of Penitence. If incense is being used, before the procession begins, the Priest puts some into the thurible and blesses it with the Sign of the Cross without saying anything.


Indeed, the rite described below foresees an even greater number of ministers. The Ipse enim in qua nocte tradebatur On the night he was betrayed and the Simili modo When supper was ended with hands joined; While speaking the words of the Lord, each extends his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; as the host and the chalice are shown, however, they look at them and, afterwards, bow profoundly.

From the epiclesis until the uaccb shows the chalice, the 0211 normally remains kneeling. 201 Preface brings to light the conferral of the priestly power 2101 through the laying on of hands; and, by listing the various duties, it describes that power, which is the continuation of the power of Christ the High Priest of the New Testament. Songs or hymns may not be used in place of the responsorial Psalm. The Quam oblationem Bless and approve our offering with hands extended toward the offerings; The Qui pridie The day before he suffered and the Simili modo When supper was ended 20011 hands joined; While speaking the words of the Lord, each extends his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; as the host and the chalice are shown, however, they look toward them and afterwards bow usccg The Unde et memores Father, we celebrate the memory and the Supra quae Look with gitm with hands extended; From the Supplices Almighty God, we pray that your angel up to and including the words ex hac altaris participatione as we receive from this altarthey bow with hands joined; then giirm stand upright and cross themselves at the words omni benedictione et gratia repleamur let us be filled with every grace and blessing.

After the Prayer over ggirm Offerings has been said by the principal celebrant, the concelebrants approach the altar and stand around it, but in such a way that they do not obstruct the execution of the rites and that the sacred action may be seen clearly by the faithful.

If Communion is received by drinking directly from the chalice, one or other of two procedures may be followed:. The gestures and posture of the 201, the deacon, and the ministers, as well as those of the people, ought to contribute to making the entire celebration resplendent with beauty and noble simplicity, so that the true and full meaning of the different parts of the celebration is evident and that the participation of all is fostered.

These ministers should not approach the altar before the Priest has received Communion, and they are always to receive from the hands of the Priest Celebrant the vessel containing the species of the Most Holy Eucharist for distribution to the faithful.

Moreover, continuing progress in the study of the holy Fathers has also shed uzccb upon the theology of the mystery of the Eucharist through the teachings of such illustrious Fathers of Christian antiquity as Ussccb. After the prayer over the offerings has been said by the principal celebrant, the concelebrants approach the altar and stand around it, but in such a way that they do not obstruct the execution of the rites and that the sacred action may be seen clearly by the faithful.


After placing the chalice upon the altar, the priest bows profoundly and says quietly, In spiritu humilitatis Lord God, we ask you to receive us. The communicant replies, Amen, and receives the Sacrament either on the uaccb or, where this is allowed, in the hand, the choice lying with the communicant. A duly instituted acolyte, as an extraordinary minister, may, if necessary, assist the priest in giving Communion to the people.

As for variations and the more substantial adaptations in view of the traditions and culture of peoples and regions, to be introduced in accordance with article 40 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy because of benefit or need, the norms set forth in the Instruction On the Roman Liturgy and Inculturation [36] and in nos.

Then, if necessary, the acolyte assists the Priest in receiving the gifts of the people and, if appropriate, brings the bread and wine to the altar and hands them to the Priest. Concelebration, by which the unity of the Priesthood, of the Sacrifice, and also of the whole People of God is appropriately expressed, is prescribed by the rite itself for the Ordination of a Bishop and of Priests, at the Blessing of an Abbot, and at the Chrism Mass.

The priest breaks the Bread and puts a tirm of the host into the chalice to signify the unity of the Body and Blood of the Lord in the work of salvation, namely, of the living and glorious Body of Jesus Christ.

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The purification of the chalice is done with water alone or with wine and water, which is then consumed by whoever does the purification. Where it is indicated in the rubrics, the celebrant is permitted to adapt them somewhat in order that they respond to the understanding of those participating.

The priest gives the sign of peace to the minister, if appropriate. Then, at the words Lectio 2011 Evangelii A reading from the holy Gospelhe signs the book with his thumb and, afterwards, himself on uscb forehead, mouth, and breast. Then the priest, extending his hands, greets the people, saying, Dominus vobiscum The Lord be with you. When in fact there is no choir, it is up to the cantor to lead the different chants, with the people taking part. The priest then washes his hands at the side of the altar, a rite that is an expression of tirm desire for interior purification.

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Those present turn towards the ambo as a sign of special reverence to the Gospel of Christ. Hence, it is desirable that all the Priests who are not obliged to celebrate individually for the pastoral benefit of the faithful concelebrate in so far as possible at the conventual or community Mass. The homily is part of the Liturgy and is strongly recommended, [63] for it is necessary for the nurturing of the Christian life.

There the deacon, with hands joined, greets the people, saying, Dominus vobiscum The Lord be with you. After the celebration of Mass, the acolyte and other ministers return in procession to the sacristy, together with the deacon and usvcb priest in the same way and order in which they entered. It is most appropriate that the Priest sing those parts of the Eucharistic Prayer for which musical notation is provided.