Sancta Missa

SACRISTAN’S MANUAL
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
"IN SACRISTY AND SANCTUARY"

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

I. General Preparations.

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1. IN THE SACRISTY.

a) The Arrangement of the Vestments for Holy Mass.

The sacristan should make sure of the color of the vestments to be used for Holy Mass. They are then so arranged upon the vesting table that the last one the priest puts on (the chasuble) is the first one laid upon the table, with the others arranged in order. Thus, the sacristan places the chasuble back up, folded, upon the table, then over it arranges the stole so that the priest may grasp it in the middle. The maniple, cincture and alb follow in order. Lastly the veil and burse are placed on top of all (See illustration).

One Method of laying out vestments, progressively as follows:
1. Chasuble. 2. Maniple. 3. Stole. 4. Cincture. 5. Alb. 6. Amice.

NOTE: Each priest has his own purificator and amice, which he personally cares for. The sacristan regularly replaces soiled amices and purificators with clean ones.

b) The Preparation of the Chalice

In many instances, the priest himself prepares the chalice and the missal. But whenever this duty is assigned and permitted to the sacristan, the procedure is as follows: First see that the chalice is free of dust or any foreign particles. Then place the purificator folded, over the top of the chalice; upon this place the paten with the host to be used at Mass. Place the pall over these and then cover all with the veil. Lastly the burse, containing the corporal, is set upon the veil.

The Dressing of the Chalice

2. ON THE ALTAR.

    a) The Preparation of the Altar for Low Mass. The following items comprise all the preparations necessary for Low Mass.

(1) Crucifix.
(2) Three white linen cloths-top one, touching floor on either side.
(3) Two lighted candles-one on either side of the tabernacle. (In some churches a third candle is lighted during the Canon of the Mass.)
(4) Tabernacle veil-same color as the vestments used at Mass. However, a black tabernacle veil is never permitted where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. In that case, it must be violet.
(5) Antependium. Same color as the vestments used at Mass.
(6) The Missal upon the missal stand on epistle side of altar. Front of stand parallel with altar. The side edge of the closed missal is turned toward the tabernacle.
(7) Altar Cards.
(8) Card or book "Altar Prayers," for Prayers after Low Mass.
(9) Bell on lower step; sometimes on Credence Table until "Lavabo."

3. ON THE CREDENCE TABLE.

The following articles are placed on the Credence Table:

(1) Wine and Water Cruets, filled.
(2) Finger Bowl and Towel.
(3) Communion Paten.


How the priest vests.

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

CHAPTER III THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY MASS

Index

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