William A. O'Brien, M.A.
FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
"IN SACRISTY AND SANCTUARY"
B. THE BISHOP'S VISITATION.
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
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,
10) Visit of the faithful to the
11) Examination of parish
registers, books, etc.
12) Final instructions to the
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
1. IN THE SACRISTY.
(1) Surpliceand white cope (or stole) for the Reverend
(2) Surplices for the assisting
(3) Processional cross.
(4) Small crucifix on a tray
covered with white veil.
(5) Acolytes’ candlesticks with
(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
(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
(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:
(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
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.
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