SOLEMN MASS IN ORDINARY TIME


PREPARATION:

All servers should be present and vested 15 minutes before Mass. Any server not accounted for by this time will be replaced.

To credence: twin chalices, Aqua & Vino cruets, lavabo bowl & towel; veiled chalice with priest’s host and 3 purificators. Make sure Aqua contains water and Vino contains wine!

All Saints, High Altar, and footpace candles should already be lit from 9am Mass.

Fresh water glasses in pulpit and on retable (in front of innermost Epistle-side candle).

Holy water pot and Asperges card at bottom altar step.

Lectionary open to appointed lesson on lectern.

Gospel Book and Altar Book in priests’ sacristy to be reviewed by clergy.

Intercessions book in bookstand [not needed for Sundays when the Great Litany begins the Mass]. Once CEL has set Altar Book, it goes on Missal Stand and Book and Stand are placed on table under High Altar credence.

Mass leaflets on servers’ chairs, including Crucifer’s stall; preacher’s stall; verger’s stall; any other stalls not occupied by choristers.

If necessary, MC will assign Communion stations.

Silence should be maintained both in sacristy and in hallway prior to Mass.


ENTRANCE PROCESSION IN ORDINARY TIME:
After a prayer by CEL in the hallway, ALL enter in procession in the following order, keeping between one and two pews’ distance between individuals or pairs (give the TH a little more room):

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CEL
D
SD
MC
Choir cleric(s)
Verger
Choir
A CR A
TH
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The procession enters via the North door during the hymn play-through and proceeds across the transept and turns left into the chancel.

TH proceeds to altar steps (see schematic below).

CR enters CR stall, places cross in holder, and faces East (the High Altar).

AA proceed to altar steps (see schematic below).

Choir [and CM(s)] go into choir stalls and face East.

MC goes to left of Epistle-side A.

SD goes to TH’s right.

D proceeds to Altar, places Gospel Book in center, and returns to foot of steps at MC’s left.

CEL takes place between SD and D.

Opening lineup at altar steps:

|ALTAR|
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A   TH   SD   CEL   D   MC   A 
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When all are lined up and D has returned from placing Gospel Book, ALL remain in place until conclusion of the hymn, at which time MC cues ALL to genuflect. Following genuflection, choir, CMs, Verger, and CR face across chancel. MC hands aspersorium to D, who passes it to Celebrant.

The Choir begins the Asperges chant. Celebrant sprinkles altar party, then, accompanied by D and SD, walks up center aisle and sprinkles congregation. The Sacred Ministers stop and face the altar during the Gloria Patri. This will usually be at the West Door of the church. When the Sacred Ministers return from sprinkling the congregation, D receives aspersorium and aspergillum and hands text card to Celebrant for the versicles and responses. At conclusion of versicles and responses, Celebrant returns card to D who gives up card and hardware to MC, who removes them to credence.

SMs ascend altar steps to footpace, and AA, TH, and MC file to sedilia/credence.

INTROIT:
The altar is customarily censed during the Introit. MC cues TH to bring thurible to CEL on footpace. TH then retires to sedilia and waits until D returns thurible after censing CEL. TH exits to smoke sacristy.

MC puts Altar Book on Epistle horn of altar immediately following censing of CEL.

OPENING ACCLAMATION, COLLECT FOR PURITY, SUMMARY OF THE LAW:
SMs line up in slanted “I” formation at Epistle horn for Opening Acclamation (ALL make the Sign of the Cross), Collect for Purity, and Summary of the Law.

MC and AA stand in place near credence.

WHEN THE MASS BEGINS WITH THE GREAT LITANY:

At the entrance, MC carries book with text of the Litany. Deacon carries Gospel Book. Th carries thurible with lighted coals in left hand. Cr carries the Lenten cross. All enter the short way in usual processional order. ACrA wheel to the side to allow the sacred ministers to pass, and then wheel out into the center of the choir. Th stands to the deacon’s right. When D places Gospel Book on the altar and returns to the foot of the altar steps, MC cues ALL to genuflect (except ACrA). Cel lays on incense, Th goes to stand west of ACrA on choir floor. MC cues all to kneel and hands Litany book to CEL. CEL allows time for the people to get to their knees and begins chanting the Litany.

At conclusion of Litany, the Choir begins the Kyrie and the altar is censed. The Asperges are omitted.

KYRIE ELEISON and GLORIA IN EXCELSIS:
After the Summary of the Law, SMs proceed across respective steps to closed “I” formation in center. Choir sings Kyrie.

MC signals SD and D to go up to footpace on the words, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo/Glory be to God on High.” SMs remain standing at Altar until “Quoniam/For Thou only art holy …” at which time SD and D bow and return to places in closed “I” at center. ALL make the Sign of the Cross during the words “in gloria Dei Patris/in the glory of God the Father”.

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY:
Following conclusion of Gloria in Excelsis, CEL turns to face the people. D and SD split to left and right (“open I”) for the salutation and response, then proceed to closed “I” at Epistle horn for chanting of Collect. MC ascends to top side step to point Collect while CEL chants it.

LESSON & GRADUAL:
SD begins walking to lectern during the concluding clause of the Collect. [Note that there are two Collects in Lent; SD should not move until last phrase of second Collect.] D and CEL come off steps to sedilia. ALL sit. MC sits next to D. AA sit on either side of credence table.

SD reads the First Lesson.

GOSPEL PROCESSION:
After First Lesson, several things happen at once:

  • The Choir begins the Gradual.
  • ALL stand. MC directs AA to pick up candles and TH to enter from smoke sacristy.
  • As TH enters from smoke sacristy, AA meet TH at center for genuflection. AA then split to places in front of both horns of the Altar.
  • TH goes to CEL and has incense laid on, then proceeds to lineup between Gospel-side A and SD (see schematic below).
  • SD proceeds to High Altar, goes to Epistle Horn, picks up Missal Stand and moves it to left of center (under the innermost Gospel-side angel). SD then walks down steps and takes place near Gospel-side A, leaving room for TH who most likely isn’t there yet.

Once CEL has laid on incense, D goes up side steps to Altar, collects Gospel Book, returns via same path to CEL and genuflects for a blessing.

D and MC join lineup (MC leading D) and MC cues genuflection.

Lineup for Gospel Procession

|ALTAR|
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A TH SD D MC A

The order of the Gospel Procession is as follows:

D
SD
TH
AA
MC
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MC leads procession approximately halfway down center aisle, turns and faces East. AA take places facing each other across aisle on either side of MC. MC steps out of the way alongside the right-hand A. Th stands beside left-hand A. SD stands between AA facing East.

D places Gospel Book in SD’s hands, introduces the Gospel and censes the Book.

Following the chanting, D returns Gospel Book to SD’s hands. SD leads returning procession, taking Gospel Book back to CEL (usually at sedilia). Because SD is carrying the Evangel, SD does not genuflect upon returning to chancel but goes directly to CEL.

MC follows SD, leading procession back to altar steps in the following order:

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SD
MC
AA
TH
D

Since the procession is one person smaller, servers should line up more tightly at steps so as not to be spread out like a necklace with beads missing. MC cues ALL to genuflect. MC, D, and AA retire to sedilia/credence. TH goes out to smoke sacristy.

SERMON:
ALL sit.

NICENE CREED:
MC gives Intercessions book to D and cues ALL to stand. SMs go to foot of steps (do NOT genuflect). AA, MC stand at bottom steps near credence. Creed is intoned by Choir member or CEL and sung by ALL. Following the words “came down from heaven,” ALL genuflect through the words “and was made Man.” ALL rise. ALL make the Sign of the Cross at the words “the life everlasting.”

The following are omitted when the Mass begins with the Great Litany.
[PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and EXHORTATION:
ALL remain standing.

GENERAL CONFESSION and ABSOLUTION:
ALL kneel. Do not fuss with cushions unless knees are papier-mâché; the Confession is short.]

ALL stand. D and SD face CEL as he intones “The Lord be with you.” MC receives Intercessions book from D.

OFFERTORY:
Choir begins Offertory anthem.

C retires to Gospel horn. D retrieves stack from MC, and prepares the altar.

SD remains on bottom step, aligned with Gospel horn.

Preparation of the Gifts: AA go up to Epistle horn, bringing cruets and ciborium. Once they receive cruets back from D, they retire to credence.

When SMs are ready to cense, CEL goes to center of footpace and SD and D ascend to join him. TH ascends to CEL while MC goes behind reredos to remove Altar Book. MC goes down to stand on pavement near Sacrament House during censing.

MC returns Altar Book to Altar as D begins to cense CEL. After the CEL has been censed, AA approach CEL with water (upstage A) and bowl & towel (downstage A) for the lavabo. MC remains on Gospel side on pavement until sanctuary censing has been completed and TH goes down to choir.

MC returns to Epistle side, going behind reredos as before, arranges cushions on bottom step for AA and TH, and bids AA to their places. Order (from left to right): A A TH MC.

CEL turns and begins Sursum Corda as soon as the anthem/hymn is over, no matter where the Thurifer is.

SALUTATION and SURSUM CORDA:
ALL remain standing.

SANCTUS and BENEDICTUS:
ALL remain standing. MC, TH and AA bow with SMs for the first few phrases of the Sanctus (watch SMs for cues). ALL make the Sign of the Cross at the words “Benedictus qui venit/Blessed is He who comes …”.

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION:
After the Benedictus, MC signals ALL to kneel. D ascends to footpace and kneels beside CEL. SD remains on bottom step and kneels when D does. As CEL elevates the Host and Chalice, D lifts the edge of the chasuble. TH censes the Elements with three doubles centered on the elevations, not choreographed with bells or genuflections.

Following the Dominical Words, D returns to his step and SD rises. Both remain standing in closed I formation at center.

LORD’S PRAYER, FRACTION, and PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS:
ALL remain kneeling, except SMs who are standing. The Fraction anthem will continue to be “The Peace of the Lord…”.

AGNUS DEI:
As choir begins Agnus Dei, MC signals ALL to stand. AA retire to places at credence. TH goes to centre, genuflects, and exits to smoke sacristy. D and SD join CEL at the footpace. SD retrieves reservation ciborium from aumbry and places it on the corporal.

The A closest to the reredos places all chalices on the Altar.

The MC and those who will be distributing Communion at the All Saints chapel go to the side steps at the Gospel horn to receive Communion. Either the Celebrant or the Deacon may communicate them. The Celebrant communicates the Deacon, Subdeacon, MC, and All Saints ministers during the singing of the Agnus Dei.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION and COMMUNION:
ALL remain standing in places for Invitation and Communion.

Distribution of Communion: Normally, CEL will distribute Hosts at Epistle side of High Altar, assisted by SD with chalice. D will distribute Hosts at Gospel side, assisted by MC with chalice. A choir cleric will distribute Hosts at the All Saints chapel, assisted by CR or an Acolyte with chalice. If there are only two priests available, CEL administers the length of the rail and D goes to All Saints, taking over on Gospel side after returning therefrom.

TH comes out to altar rail to receive Communion, then may retire to an empty choir stall for the rest of the Mass.

During Communion, AA are watchful and prepared to give any kind of assistance needed.

ABLUTIONS:
MC brings water cruet up to Altar and signals AA to stand at Epistle horn and receive cleansed vessels (ciborium, flagon, and extra chalices).

SD assists at ablutions as directed by CEL and passes vessels to MC to be removed.

At end of ablutions, SD takes up veil while D takes Missal. SD goes down to pavement, bows, and goes up to CEL’s left.

SD veils chalice: place pall over chalice (if not already there). Place veil over pall and set aside. Fold corporal, beginning with bottom edge.

Fold in from bottom, then from top, then from left, then from right. Place folded corporal inside burse.

Place burse on top of veiled chalice.

Take veiled chalice down to A, who is waiting at foot of steps on Epistle side.

The A closest to the congregation receives veiled Mass chalice from SD at bottom of steps. SD takes place in closed “I” at Epistle horn.

POSTCOMMUNION PRAYER:
MC and AA kneel on bottom step by credence. Do not fuss with cushions unless absolutely necessary.

MC ascends to top side step while CEL reads Post-Communion Prayer. As CEL moves to center for blessing, MC takes missal stand down to credence table, then kneels for the Blessing and Dismissal.

BLESSING and DISMISSAL:
ALL remain kneeling. SMs go to center and as CEL turns, spread into open “I” and kneel on steps. CEL blesses people and bids dismissal. D rises and sings Dismissal. ALL respond, then rise.

SMs go to Gospel Horn for Last Gospel, on their respective steps.

At conclusion of Last Gospel, MC cues AA to pick up candles and join CR at bottom of steps. SMs and MC line up at bottom of steps.

AA exit gate without genuflecting and face East on either side of CR. Choir, CMs and Verger face East in their stalls.

MC cues ALL to genuflect at end of hymn play-through. A CR A do not genuflect. Altar party then turns and faces West.

RETIRING PROCESSION:
The order of the retiring Procession is as follows:

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CEL
D
SD
MC
CM(s)
TH
Verger
Choir
A CR A
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Exeunt omnes down center aisle. Choir assembles at rear of nave on Gospel side. Servers and clergy retire to Baptistry and gather around font: CR in front of the John the Baptist statue flanked by AA.

IN BAPTISTRY:
CEL leads the Angelus or, during Eastertide, the Regina Coeli. SD departs via Lady Chapel aisle to retrieve veiled chalice from High Altar.

Servers with nothing else to carry receive vestments from clergy.

AFTER MASS CLEANUP:
MC supervises cleanup including lectern, pulpit, All Saints, Lady Chapel, and High Altar. Sermon text goes to priests’ sacristy desk; all vessels and water glasses go to work sacristy; all candles extinguished; credence table cleared; blue cover cloths placed on all altars; sanctuary left in perfect order.

Ite, missa est!

 

Original web publication on Nov 12, 1999 @ 01:49pm by Julianne Ture.
Updated June 13, 2022 @ 9:04am by Julianne Ture.

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