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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After each reading, whoever reads gives the acclamation, to which the gathered people reply, honoring the word of God that they have received in faith and with grateful hearts. It is not permitted for the faithful to take the consecrated Bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand gir on from one to another among themselves. When the Prayer of the Faithful is completed, all sit, and the Offertory chant begins cf.

He may also carry out the preparation of the chalice at the credence table. Then, standing at the chair or at the altar, and facing the people with hands joined, the Priest says, Let ggirm pray; then, with hands extended, he recites the Prayer after Communion. The cross adorned with a figure of Christ crucified, and carried in procession, may be uscb next to the altar to serve as the altar cross, in which case it must be the only cross used; otherwise it is put away in a dignified place.

Next, he hands the priest gidm paten with the bread to be consecrated, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly, Per huius aquae By the mystery of this waterand after this presents the chalice to the priest.

At the altar the priest accepts the paten with the bread. In a difficult period when the Catholic faith on the sacrificial uscxb of the Mass, the ministerial priesthood, and the real and permanent presence of Christ under the Eucharistic species were placed at risk, St. Furthermore, they should teach that the Church, in her administration of the Sacraments, has the power to lay down or alter whatever provisions, apart from the substance of the Sacraments, that she judges to be more readily conducive to reverence usccv the Sacraments and the good of the recipients, in view of changing conditions, times, and places.

However, should a just cause arise e. It is desirable that the participation of the faithful hsccb expressed by an offering, whether of bread and wine for the celebration uscvb the Eucharist or gitm other gifts to relieve the needs of the Church and of the poor. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever ; If it is directed to the Father, but the Son is mentioned at the end: Two swings of the thurible are used to incense relics and images of the Saints exposed for public veneration; this should be done, however, only at the beginning of the celebration, following the incensation of the altar.


In the absence 22011 of other ministers, their proper parts may be entrusted to other suitable members of the faithful; otherwise, they are carried out by some of the concelebrants.

Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it takes place under both kinds. The cross adorned with a figure of Christ crucified and perhaps carried in procession may be placed next to the altar to serve as the altar cross, in which case it ought to be the only cross used; otherwise it is put away in a dignified place. In the absence of a psalmist, the reader may also proclaim the Responsorial Psalm after the First Reading.

Thus it is appropriate that, in so far as possible, the acolyte should occupy a place from which he can easily carry out his ministry either at the chair or at the altar. What the Council thus teaches is expressed constantly in the formulas of the Mass. A brief period of silence may precede the prayer, unless this has been already observed immediately after Communion.

Hence, it is desirable that these duties be suitably distributed among several acolytes. In the parts from Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you to the end of Look, we pray upon the oblation, all the concelebrants pronounce everything together as follows:. The people, for their part, should associate themselves with the Priest in faith and in silence, as well as by means of their interventions as prescribed in the course of the Eucharistic Prayer: On certain days and occasions this blessing, in accordance with the rubrics, is expanded and expressed by a prayer over the People or another more solemn formula.

In the Dioceses of the United States of America, for a good reason, on special occasions for example, in the case of a funeral, a wedding, or when civic leaders are presentthe Priest may offer the Sign of Peace to a small number of the faithful near the sanctuary.

The minister says, The Blood of Christ, the communicant replies, Amen, and the minister hands over the chalice, which the communicant raises to his or her mouth. If, however, the Bishop is celebrating outside his own diocese, after the words Papa nostro N.

Chapter IV: The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass

By tradition, the function of proclaiming the readings is ministerial, not presidential. Acta Apostolicae Sedis 59p. The Liturgy of the Word is to be celebrated in such a way as to promote meditation, and so any sort of haste that hinders recollection must clearly be avoided. The thurifer carrying a thurible with burning incense, if incense is used; The ministers who carry lighted candles, and between them an acolyte or other minister with the cross; The acolytes and the other ministers; A lector, who may carry the Book of the Gospels though not the Lectionarywhich should be slightly elevated; The priest who is to celebrate the Mass.


When the Entrance Chant is concluded, with everybody standing, the Priest and faithful sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross. The concelebrants approach the middle of the altar one by one, genuflect, and communicate from the 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.

They then return to their places as at the beginning of Mass. A little before the consecration, when appropriate, a server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful.

Whenever the Bishop is present at a Mass where the people are gathered, it is most fitting that he himself celebrate the Eucharist and associate priests with himself as concelebrants in the sacred action.

Chapter IV: The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass

Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it is distributed under both kinds. The homily is usually given by the principal celebrant or by one of the concelebrants. The Rite of Peace follows, by which the Church asks for peace and unity for herself and for the whole human family, and the faithful express to each other their ecclesial communion and mutual charity before communicating in the Sacrament. Songs or hymns may not be used in place of the responsorial Psalm.

After the first reading comes the responsorial Psalm, which is an integral part of the Liturgy of the Word and holds great liturgical and pastoral importance, because it fosters meditation on the word of God. If no deacon is present, after the Prayer of the Faithful is concluded and while the priest remains at the chair, the acolyte places the corporal, the purificator, the chalice, the pall, and the Missal on the altar.

In the procession to the altar, the acolyte may carry the cross, walking between two ministers with lighted candles. Otherwise, all who pass before the Most Blessed Sacrament genuflect, unless they are moving in procession.

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