The Sacristan's Handbook
Sancta Missa

Handbook for the Sacristan
Sacristan's Manual for the Extraordinary Form
Table of Contents


"In Sacristy and Sanctuary"

A Guide for the Sacristan with Detailed Instructions
Accompanied by Directive Schedules and Diagrams
Showing How and What to Get Ready for the
Proper Carrying Out of Liturgical Functions
Generally According to the Roman Ceremonial

Handbook for the Sacristan

by Rev. William A. O'Brien, M.A.

Table of Contents

I: THE SACRISTY AND ITS CONTENT

A. THE SACRISTY.

B. THE VESTMENTS-THEIR NATURE AND CARE.

C. THE SACRED VESSELS.

D. SACRED VEILS AND COVERINGS.

E. OTHER CEREMONIAL ACCESSORIES.

F. BOOKS AND CARDS USED FOR SACRED CEREMONIES AND THE CHURCH RECORD BOOKS

II: THE SANCTUARY AND ITS FURNISHINGS

A. THE SANCTUARY.

B. THE FURNISHINGS IN THE SANCTUARY.

III: THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY MASS

I. General Preparations.

II. Detailed Schedule of Preparations for the Various Masses and Services.

A. LOW MASS.

B. "MISSA CANTATA" (Sung Mass with One Priest)

C. SOLEMN MASS (Sung Mass with Priest, Deacon and Subdeacon)

D. REQUIEM MASSES AND FUNERAL SERVICES.

I. LOW MASS, BODY NOT PRESENT.

II. "MISSA CANTATA" or, REQUIEM, BODY NOT PRESENT (Sung Mass With One Priest)

III. SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS, BODY NOT PRESENT (Sung Mass with Priest, Deacon and Subdeacon)

IV. REQUIEM MASS FOLLOWED BY ABSOLUTION, THE BODY BEING PRESENT.

V. SERVICES IN THE CEMETERY.

VI. FUNERALS OF ADULTS OUTSIDE OF MASS.

VII. FUNERAL MASS AND BURIAL OF INFANTS.

a) For the Mass followed by the Burial Service.

b) For the Burial Service of Infants Outside of Mass.

E. NUPTIAL MASSES.

I. NUPTIAL LOW MASS.

II. NUPTIAL "MISSA CANTATA" (Sung Mass With One Priest)

III. SOLEMN NUPTIAL MASS (Sung Mass with Three Priests)

F. PRIEST'S FIRST SOLEMN MASS.

IV: THE PREPARATIONS FOR BENEDICTION AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

A. Preparation of the Altar for Benediction.

B. Preparations in the Sacristy.

C. The Color of the Vestments for Benediction.

D. For Benediction with the Ciborium. (Private Benediction)

E. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Before Mass.

F. Forty-Hours' Devotion.

I. HIGH MASS AND PROCESSION ON THE FIRST DAY.

II. MASS "PRO PACE" (FOR PEACE) (On the Second Day)

III. THE MASS OF REPOSITION AND THE PROCESSION (On the Third or Closing Day)

V: PREPARATIONS FOR VARIOUS FEASTS AND DEVOTIONS DURING THE LITURGICAL YEAR

A. ADVENT.

B. CHRISTMAS, CIRCUMCISION AND EPIPHANY.

C. THE FEAST OF THE PURIFICATION-CANDLEMAS DAY.

D. FOR SAINT BLASE'S DAY.

E. SEPTUAGESIMA AND THE SEASON OF LENT.

I. ASH WEDNESDAY.

II. PASSION SUNDAY.

III. PALM SUNDAY.

IV. HOLY WEEK.

F. EASTERTIDE.

G. ST. MARK'S DAY AND THE ROGATION DAYS.

H. ASCENSION THURSDAY.

I. THE EVE OF PENTECOST (Whitsun Eve)

J. PENTECOST AND ITS OCTAVE.

K. CORPUS CHRISTI

L. FROM PENTECOST TO ADVENT.

M. ALL SOULS' DAY (NOVEMBER 2)

VI: PREPARATIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS

A. BAPTISM.

B. PENANCE.

C. THE HOLY EUCHARIST.

D. CONFIRMATION.

E. MATRIMONY.

F. EXTREME UNCTION.

VII: MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES, DEVOTIONS AND BLESSINGS.

A. VESPERS.

1. SIMPLE VESPERS.

2. SOLEMN VESPERS.

B. THE BISHOP'S VISITATION.

C. THE CEREMONY OF THE CHURCHING OF WOMEN.

D. AFTERNOON OR EVENING DEVOTIONS.

E. BLESSINGS.

 



Nihil Obstat: James H. Griffiths Censor Liborium
Imprimatur: Thomas Edmunds Episcopus Brooklyniensis
Brooklyni, die. 1, Augusti, 1932.


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