Parts of the Mass and Rubrics

The Ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei) is the set of unchanging texts for each Sunday and feast day Mass.

The Propers (Introit, Gradual / Alleluia / occasional Tract, Offertory, Communion) are portions of the Mass whose texts vary according to each Sunday or feast. The Scripture readings (Epistle and Gospel) also vary at each Mass.

During a High Mass, the priest and choir sing the Ordinary and the Propers in Latin.

During a Low Mass, the priest recites the Ordinary and Propers. The choir and congregation may sing Latin and English hymns to accompany the liturgical action at the Entrance, Offertory, Communion and Recessional.

 

Holy Communion
The first row of pews in front of the church will be reserved for distribution of Holy Communion.

Please note, it is customary at a traditional Latin Mass, for Holy Communion to be received kneeling and on the tongue.

The communicant does not say, “Amen,” because it is included when the priest says, “Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen.” (“May the body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your soul unto life everlasting. Amen.“)

 

Rubrics for Low Mass

STAND: When the priest enters sanctuary.

KNEEL: Prayers at the foot of the altar.
SIT: Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia / Tract.
STAND: Gospel.
SIT: Announcements and sermon.
STAND: Credo, genuflect at “Et incarnatus est …”
SIT: After the Oremus before the Offertory antiphon (bells are rung once).
KNEEL: Sanctus (bells are rung three times).
SIT: After Communion as priest begins ablutions (purification of chalice).
KNEEL: Last Blessing, make the Sign of the Cross as the priest blesses the congregation.
STAND: Last Gospel, genuflect at “Et verbum caro factum est …”
KNEEL: For prayers after Mass.
STAND: Until priest exits the sanctuary.

Rubrics for High Mass or Missa Cantata
STAND: At the Asperges, at the sprinkling itself stand, bow and make the Sign of the Cross.
SIT: While priest changes vestments.
KNEEL: Prayers at the foot of the altar.
SIT: When priest sits at the Gloria; stand when the priest stands and for the Collect prayers following.
SIT: Epistle, Gradual / Alleluia / Tract.
STAND: When priest chants “Dominos Vobiscum”, before the Gospel.
SIT: Announcements and sermon.
STAND: Credo, sit when the priest does, kneel at “Et incarnatus est …”, stand when priest rises.
SIT: After the Oremus before the Offertory anitphon; stand momentarily during the incensing of the people; bow after incensing, then sit.
STAND: When priest chants “Per omnia secular saeculorum”, before Preface.
KNEEL: Sanctus (bells are rung three times).
STAND: When priest chants “Per omnia sacral saeculorum”, before Pater Noster.
KNEEL: Agnus Dei.
SIT: After Communion as priest begins ablutions.
STAND: When priest chants “Dominos Vobiscum” before the Postcommunion prayer.
KNEEL: Last blessing, make the Sign of the Cross as the priest blesses the congregation

STAND: Last Gospel, genuflect at “Et verbum caro factum est …”

STAND: Until priest exits the sanctuary.