Sancta Missa

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

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

B. THE BISHOP'S VISITATION.

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The general order of ceremonies for the "Bishop's Visitation" is always the same, thus:

1) Reception of the Bishop at the church door. (In many places the Bishop is escorted from the rectory to the church).
2) The procession to the altar.
3) The Bishop at the high altar solemnly blesses the people.
4) Mass now follows, if it be celebrated.
5) Sermonand proclamation of indulgences. (If Massis said, this takes place after the Gospel.)
6) The absolution of the dead.
7) Confirmation(Details for preparations for the administration of the sacrament of Confirmation are given here).
8) The visitation of the tabernacle and altar.
9) The visitation of the church and its furniture; of the sacristy; the vessels; the holy oils; the vestments, etc.
10) Visit of the faithful to the Bishop.
11) Examination of parish registers, books, etc.
12) Final instructions to the Reverend Clergy.
13) Last visit to the Blessed Sacrament. The preparations for the various phases of this ceremony are given in the following schedules. However, certain variations may occur depending on circumstances, e.g., whether Masswill be celebrated and the degree of its solemnity, etc. For such instances, the Reverend Pastor will instruct the sacristan.

1. IN THE SACRISTY.

(1) Surpliceand white cope (or stole) for the Reverend Pastor.
(2) Surplices for the assisting clergy.
(3) Processional cross.
(4) Small crucifix on a tray covered with white veil.
(5) Acolytes’ candlesticks with lighted candles.
(6) Thuriblewith lighted charcoal and incense boat.
(7) Holy water po tand sprinkler.

NOTE: If Mass is to be said, the vestments will have to be prepared according to the instructions of the Reverend Pastor.

2. AT THE CHURCH DOOR:

(1) A Rug.
(2) A Prie-Dieu with cushions (the color of covering of cushions is green for a Bishop and red for a Cardinal).
(3) Processional canopy (if the Bishop is escorted from the rectory to the church door, the canopy will be at the rectory).

3. AT THE FOOT OF THE HIGH ALTAR:

(1) Prie-Dieu with cushions (the color of coverings of cushion is green for a Bishop and red for a Cardinal). This prie-dieu is placed in the sanctuary on floor before center of altar.
(2) A cushion at the altar.

4. ON THE HIGH ALTAR:

The color of all hangings and decorations on altar is white.

(1) Six high lighted candles.
(2) White antependium.
(3) White tabernacle veil.
(4) Other decorations as for a feast.
(5) The "Pontifical" (The Bishop's book of ceremonies) opened on the missal stand at the epistle corner of altar.
(6) The "Canon Missae Pontificalis" (another special book used by the Bishop) at the center of altar open at the "Bishop's blessing."
(7) On the predella (platform) of altar, on gospel side, a Faldstool (or other suitable chair) the hangings of which are in the color of the day,
(8) The Bishop's crosier (pastoral staff) near at hand.
(9) A corporal on altar table before the tabernacle.
(10) The tabernacle key.
(11) Ablution cup and purificator on altar table.

NOTE: If Mass is to be said, the color of the hangings and decorations on altar will be the color of the day. The sacristan will also in that case carry out the special directions of the Reverend Pastor regarding the variations of the above given directions.

5. ON THE CREDENCE TABLE:

a) For the Bishop:

(1) Amice.
(2) Stole, black or violet.
(3) Cope, black or violet.
(4) White mitre.
(5) Bugia (Bishop's candlestick) with lighted candle.
(6) A Pontifical (Bishop's book of ceremonies).
(7) Formula of Absolution.
(8) Stole, white.
(9) Cope, white.
(10) Humeral veil, white.

b) For the Parish Priest:

(1) Stole, white, if cope is not worn.
(2) Formula for Indulgence.

NOTE: If Mass is to be said by the Bishop, or if a priest is to celebrate Holy Mass, i.e., a Low or Solemn Mass in the presence of the Bishop, the sacristan will follow the special directions to be given by the Reverend Pastor.

6. IN THE SANCTUARY:

(1) Black antependium. However, if the Blessed Sacrament is reserved on altar, the color of antependium is to be purple (to replace the white or other colored one for the Absolution).
(2) The Book with the Absolution for the Dead.

7. IN THE CEMETERY OR IN THE MIDDLE AISLE OF CHURCH.

If there be a cemetery near the church, lighted candles are arranged at the graves. If there be no cemetery, a catafalque is placed in the middle aisle (outside of the sanctuary) of the church, or if there be no catafalque, a black cloth (pall) is spread on the floor, for the ceremony of the absolution. Four candlesticks (funeral candlesticks) with lighted candles, unbleached if possible, are placed around catafalque or the black pall.


C. THE CEREMONY OF THE CHURCHING OF WOMEN.

2. SOLEMN VESPERS.

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