Sancta Missa

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

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

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

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The preparation to be made in the sacristy and in the sanctuary when a Requiem or Funeral Mass is said, the body being present, are the same as and identical in character with those made for "Low Mass for the Dead," "Missa Cantata for the Dead" with one priest, or "Solemn Mass for the Dead" with three priests, according to whichever form takes place. However, there are some additional items to be gotten ready and these are as follows:

1. IN THE SACRISTY.

(1) Black cope.
(2) Processional cross.
(3) Holy water pot and sprinkler.
(4) Acolytes' candlesticks.
(5) Thurible with charcoal lighted and incense boat.
(6) The "Rituale Romanum" (or whatever other Manual is used for the "Absolution" after Mass).

Catafalque covered with pall.


2. IN THE CENTER AISLE OUTSIDE OF SANCTUARY.

Six funeral candlesticks with lighted candles (unbleached if possible). These are placed, three on each side of coffin. In some churches, especially when the aisle is narrow, provisions are made to place these candles on holders attached to the inside of the pews, instead of locating them in the aisle.

NOTE: If Absolution takes place after a Requiem Mass when the body is not present: If for some good reason the body is not taken to the church, a catafalque, which takes the place of the coffin, is placed in the center aisle before the sanctuary. If a catafalque is not available, a black cloth, spread flat on the floor, may replace it. The catafalque or black cloth is also required when Masses for the dead said on other occasions are followed by the Absolution. Otherwise the same arrangements are made as if the body were present.

V. SERVICES IN THE CEMETERY.

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

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