Sancta Missa

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

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

C. THE FEAST OF THE PURIFICATION - CANDLEMAS DAY

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On the feast of the Purification (Candlemas Day), preparations must be made for the "Blessing of the Candles" and the "Procession," wherever the latter is held, as well as for the Mass which follows the ceremonies.

I. FOR THE "BLESSING OF THE CANDLES" AND THE "PROCESSION."

1. IN THE SACRISTY

(1) For the celebrant: Violet cope, stole, amice, alb and cincture.
(2) For the deacon: Folded violet chasuble, stole, amice, alb and cincture.
(3) For the subdeacon: Folded violet chasuble, amice, alb and cincture. NOTE: The sacred ministers do not wear maniples. If the folded chasubles are not available the deacon and subdeacon do not wear the dalmatic.

Diagram showing the divisions of the Ecclesiastical year, the Sundays and Principal Feasts.

Liturgical Year
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The outermost numbered circle indicates consecutively all the Sundays of the year (including leap year), starting with the First Sunday of Advent. The inner figures indicate the number of Sundays in each particular section. By starting with No. 1 of the outer circle and going from left to right the Ecclesiastical year can be followed from Sunday to Sunday. The principal feasts occurring are shown in their proper order, with the period of preparation and continuance of the celebration (octave) of the great feasts. The Sundays after Epiphany and after Pentecost vary, of course, according to the date of Easter.

(4) Holy waterpotand sprinkler.
(5) Thurible with lighted charcoal and incense boat.
(6) Acolytes' candlesticks with lighted candles.
(7) Processional cross, if procession is held.

2. ON THE ALTAR.

(1) Six lighted high candles.
(2) Violet tabernacle veil and antependium.NOTE: If the color of the Mass that follows this ceremony is white, then a white tabernacle veil and antependium should replace the violet ones before the beginning of Mass.
(3) No adornments.
(4) Missal on stand opened at proper place.

3. IN THE SANCTUARY AT A CONVENIENT PLACE.

(1) To the epistle side of the altar the candles to be blessed will be placed, possibly upon a table, covered with a white cloth, the latter to be removed before the blessing.
(2) The three altar cards and the vases of flowers should be accessible easily so that they may be readily placed on the altar before the beginning of Mass.
(3) Basin of water and towel for the washing of the celebrant's hands.

II. FOR THE MASS

1. ON THE SEDILIA.

(1) The vestments for the celebrant, deacon and subdeacon in the color required are arranged in their proper places.
(a) For the celebrant: Chasuble, stole, maniple.
(b) For the deacon: Dalmatic, stole, maniple.
(c) For the subdeacon: Tunicle, maniple.

NOTE: The color of the vestments for the Blessing of the Candles and the Procession is always violet.

Table of Moveable Feasts

Year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Epiphany

6
Jan.

4
Jan.

3
Jan.

2
Jan.

8
Jan.

6
Jan.

5
Jan.

4
Jan.

3
Jan.

8
Jan.

7
Jan.

Septuagesima

20
Jan.

8
Feb.

31 Jan.

20 Feb.

5 Feb.

27
Jan.

16 Feb.

1 Feb.

24
Jan.

12 Feb.

28 Jan.

Ash Wednesday

6
Feb.

25 Feb.

17 Feb.

9 Mar.

22 Feb.

13 Feb.

5 Mar.

18 Feb.

10 Feb.

1 Mar.

14 Feb.

Easter

23 March

12 April

4 April

24 April

8 April

31 March

20 April

5 April

27 March

16 April

1 April

Ascension

4
May

24 May

16 May

5
June

20 May

12 May

1
June

17 May

8
May

28 May

13 May

Pentecost

11 May

31 May

23 May

12 June

27 May

19 May

8
June

24 May

15 May

4
June

20 May

Corpus Christi

25 May

14 June

6
June

26 June

10 June

2
June

22 June

7
June

29 May

18 June

3 June

Assumption

15 Aug.

16 Aug.

15 Aug.

14 Aug.

15 Aug.

15 Aug.

15 Aug.

16 Aug.

14 Aug.

15 Aug.

15 Aug.

All Saints

2
Nov.

1 Nov.

31 Oct.

1 Nov.

1 Nov.

1
Nov.

2 Nov.

1 Nov.

1
Nov.

1 Nov.

1 Nov.

Advent 1

30 Nov.

29 Nov.

28 Nov.

27 Nov.

2 Dec.

1
Dec.

30 Nov.

29 Nov.

27 Nov.

3 Dec.

2 Dec.


For the Mass, however, it is white, unless the feast of the Purification falls on a privileged Sunday, e.g., Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima, or on a feast of the first class, in which case, the feast of the Purification is transferred to the following day. But the "Blessing of Candles" and the "Procession" take place and for the Mass, violet vestments are worn.

2. ON THE ALTAR.

(1) Tabernacle veil and antependium, same color as vestments.
(2) The altar cards. (Flowers may be placed upon the altar).
(3) Other arrangements in keeping whether it be a "Low Mass," a "Missa Cantata" or a "Solemn Mass."

3. ON THE CREDENCE TABLE.

(1) The veiled chalice, the veil being of the same color as the vestments of the Mass. If it is a "Solemn Mass," a white humeral veil is draped over the veiled chalice, which again is covered by a violet humeral veil, the latter being removed before the beginning of Mass.
(2) Water and wine cruets filled, and towel. NOTE: If one Priest performs the ceremony of the "Blessing of the Candles" and says the Mass. In this case a "Low or High Mass" being said, the preparations are the same as above, except that the vestments are arranged for one priest, and only two or six candles are lighted upon the altar.

D. FOR SAINT BLASE'S DAY.

B. CHRISTMAS, CIRCUMCISION AND EPIPHANY.

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