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LOW MASS WITH ONE SERVER

P. signifies Priest
S. signifies Server

Preparation for Mass

Before Mass, place the water and wine cruets, the finger towel and bowl on the credence table, which is on the Epistle side. Place the bells and the prayer card for the prayers after Mass on the second altar step on the Epistle side. Place the closed Missal on the Epistle corner of the altar with the ribbons to the left. 



Procession

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To signal the beginning of Mass, ring the bell in the sacristy. Once you reach the Center of Altar, take Priest’s biretta, genuflect as the Priest genuflects. (If the Blessed Sacrament is not reserved at the altar, the priest bows while the server genuflects). Take the biretta from the priest and place it on the Priest’s bench. Return to the altar, genuflect as you pass the center of the Altar, turn left and stand about two feet left of center. After the priest places the veiled paten and chalice at center of the Altar, he opens the Missal, returns to center of the Altar, bows, returns to lowest step at center of the Altar, with the altar server to his left.

When the priest descends the altar steps he genuflects (or else the priest bows if saying Mass at an altar where the Blessed Sacrament is not reserved) and the server kneels and the Mass begins.



Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

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S. Make the Sign of the Cross with the Priest as he says:
P: In Nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

P: Introibo ad Altare Dei.
S: Ad Deum qui lætíficat iuventútem meam.

P: Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.
S: Quia tu es, Deus, fortitúdo mea: quare me repulísti, et quare tristis incédo, dum afflígit me inimícus?

P: Emitte lucem tuam … et in tabernacula tua.
S: Et introíbo ad altáre Dei: ad Deum qui lætíficat iuventútem meam.

P: Confitebor tibi in cithara Deus … quare conturbas me?
S: Spera in Deo, quóniam adhuc confitébor illi: salutáre vultus mei, et Deus meus.
    Bow head with Priest as he says:

P: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
S: Kneel erect at once and answer:
    Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper: et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.

P: Introibo ad Altare Dei.
S: Ad Deum qui lætíficat iuventútem meam.

   Make the Sign of the Cross with the Priest as he says:
P: Adjutorium nostrum + in nomine Domini.
S: Qui fecit coelum et terram.
    Kneel erect while the Priest bows low and says his Confiteor:

P: Confiteor Deo omnipotenti … ad Dominum Deum nostrum.
S: Turn head slightly and bow moderately towards Priest saying:
    Misereátur tui omnípotens Deus, et dimissis peccátis tuis, perdúcat te ad vitam ætérnam.

P: Amen.
S: Deeply bow your head and shoulders low towards the Altar and say:

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Ioánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Páulo, ómnibus Sanctis, with head and body deeply bowed, turn towards the Priest and say: et tibi, Pater, turning again toward the Altar, continue: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo, et ópere: lightly strike your breast three times and say: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Virginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Ioánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Páulum, omnes Sanctos, with head and body deeply bowed, turn towards the Priest and say: et te, Pater,  turning again toward the Altar, continue: oráre pro me ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.
    Remain with head and shoulders deeply bowed while the Priest says:

P: Misereatur vestri omnipotens Deus, … ad vitam aeternam.
S: Kneeling erect, answer: Amen
    Make the Sign of the Cross with the Priest as he says:

P: Indulgentiam, + absolutionem et remissionem …Dominus.
S: Amen.
    Moderately bow head:

P: Deus, tu conversus vivificabis nos.
S: Et plebs tua lætábitur in te.

P: Ostende nobis, Domine, misericordiam tuam.
S: Et salutáre tuum da nobis.

P: Domine exaudi orationem.
S: Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

Introit

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S: If the priest wishes, slightly lift the front of his Alb as he ascends up to the Altar. Stand, turn left, move towards the edge of the Gospel Side, turn right and kneel on the bottomstep. Make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest begins the Introit:

P: Benedicta + sit sancta Trinitas...

S: Make a simple bow near the end of the Introit when the Priest says the words "Gloria Patri…"

At the middle of the Altar after the reading of the Introit, say the Kyrie with the priest as follows:

Kyrie

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P: Kyrie eleison.
S: Kýrie eléison.
P: Kyrie eleison.
S: Christe eléison.
P: Christe eleison.
S: Christe eléison.
P: Kyrie eleison.
S: Kýrie eléison.
P: Kyrie eleison.

Gloria

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P: Gloria in excelsis Deo...
S: During the "Gloria", make a simple bow when the priest does and make the Sign of the Cross at "...cum Sancto Spiritu + in Gloria Dei Patris. Amen."

Collect

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P: Dominus vobiscum.
S: Et cum spíritu tuo.
    Make a simple bow when the priest says:
P: Oremus.

P: Per Dominum Nostrum, make a simple bow when the priest says: Jesum Christum... Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

S: Amen.

Epistle

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P: Lectio Epistolae…

S: When the left hand of the priest touches the Altar to signal end of Epistle say
Deo Gratias.

Holy Gospel

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S: Rise, turn right and go to the Missal on the Epistle corner, genuflecting when passing the center of Altar. When the Priest moves, ascend the steps on the Epistle side, pick up the Missal, bow to the priest and transfer the Missal to Gospel side, genuflecting in the center.

P: Dominus vobiscum.
S: Et cum spíritu tuo.

P: Sequéntia sancti Evangélii secúndum Mattaeum.
S: Glória tibi, Dómine
   Trace a cross + on your forehead, lips and breast, with the priest.
   Make a moderate bow at beginning of Gospel.

P. In illo tempore: Dixit Jesus...
S: Turn left, descend steps on the Gospel side, return to the Epistle side, genuflecting when passing the center of the Altar, and stand facing direction of the Priest.

P. ...usque ad consummationem saculi.
S: After the Gospel: Laus tibi, Christe.

If there is a homily the priest descends the altar. Genuflect and go to your place. If there is no homily, immediately kneel on Epistle Side.    

Credo

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P: Credo in unum Deum...

S: Make the simple bows when the priest does during the Credo. Make a deep bow when the priest genuflects at: ...ET INCARNATUS EST... and make the sign of the cross with the priest at the end of the Credo.

P: ...et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum. + Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.


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