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Rubrics of the Tridentine Latin Mass 1962

The Rubrics of the Missale Romanum 1962

Translated into English by Rev. Dennis M. Duvelius

  IV. The Introit, the Kyrie, and the Gloria

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1. Then, while saying Aufer a nobis, etc., the Celebrant, with hands joined, ascends the Altar at the middle:

Aufer a nobis, quaesumus, Domine, iniquitates nostras ut ad Sancta sanctorum puris mereamur mentibus introire. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Then, bowing with his hands joined over the Altar so that only the little fingers touch the front part of the mensa of the Altar, and so that the remaining portions of the hands are between himself and the Altar, with his right thumb over his left in the form of a cross (which form is always to be observed when placing the joined hands upon the Altar), he says quietly:

Oramus te, Domine, per merita Sanctorum tuorum

And kissing the Altar in the middle, with his hands placed on the Altar equidistant from his body to his left and his right (which is always to be observed in kissing the Altar, but with thumbs and forefingers joined after the consecration), he proceeds:

quorum reliquiae hic sunt, et omnium Sanctorum: ut indulgere digneris omnia peccata mea. Amen.

(Whenever else the Altar is kissed, or the book, or anything else, the sign of the cross is not formed with the thumbs, rather, the hands are placed on that to be kissed).

2. After he has kissed the Altar, he goes to the Epistle side. There he stands, facing the altar, and making the sign of the cross from forehead to breast, begins in an intelligible voice the Introit of the Mass, and continues it with his hands joined. When he says the Gloria Patri, he bows his head, with his hands joined. When he repeats the antiphon, he does not cross himself as before. After repeating the antiphon, he goes to the middle of the Altar with his hands joined while saying the Kyrie alternately with the ministers in the same voice: (If the minister or whoever else takes part does not answer the Priest, he says it by himself all nine times).

S. Kyrie, eleison.

M. Kyrie, eleison.

S. Kyrie, eleison.

M. Christe, eleison.

S. Christe, eleison.

M. Christe, eleison.

S. Kyrie, eleison.

M. Kyrie, eleison.

S. Kyrie, eleison.

3. After saying Kyrie, eleison for the last time, the Priest stands at the middle of the Altar, and extending his hands and elevating them to shoulder level (which is to be observed whenever the hands are elevated), he begins the Gloria in excelsis in a proclamatory voice, if it is prescribed: (When he says Deo, he joins his hands and bows his head to the Cross. Then, standing erect with hands joined before his breast, he continues until the end. When he says Adoramus teGratias agimus tibiJesu ChristeSuscipe deprecationem nostram, and again Jesu Christe, he bows his head to the Cross. When he says Cum Sancto Spiritu at the end, he makes the sign of the cross from his forehead to his breast, continuing meanwhile with In gloria Dei Patris. Amen.).

Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te. Benedicimus te. Adoramus te. Glorificamus te. Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris, Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dominus. Tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.

4. In solemn Masses the Priest, after making the Confession, ascends the Altar at the middle with the ministers, where, having said Oramus te, Domine, and having kissed the Altar, he puts incense in the Thurible, the Deacon tending to the boat, and the thurifer, the Thurible. The Deacon, bowing somewhat before the Celebrant, says:

Benedicite, Pater reverende.

The Deacon kisses the Spoon, and the hand of the Celebrant before and afterwards. The Celebrant puts incense in the Thurible thrice, saying meanwhile:

Ab illo bene  dicaris, in cujus honore cremaberis. Amen.

Then, after putting down the Spoon, he makes with his right hand the sign of the cross over the incense in the Thurible, blessing it. Afterward the Deacon, having put down the Boat, takes the Thurible and gives it to the Celebrant, having first kissed the end of the chain, and the right hand of the Celebrant who, having made a profound reverence to the Cross, thrice incenses it, saying nothing. And having again reverenced the Cross, he incenses the Altar, swinging the Thurible thrice with equal distance just as the candlesticks are distributed, from the middle of the Altar out to the Epistle side. There, lowering his hand, he incenses the lower part of the end of the Altar, and then the upper part, with two swings of the Thurible. And facing the Altar, elevating his hand, he incenses the flat part, or mensa, at the anterior part, swinging the Thurible thrice up to the middle of the Altar. There, having reverenced the Cross, he proceeds incensing the other side of the Altar with three swings, out to the Gospel side, where he incenses the lower and upper parts of the Gospel end of the Altar with two swings in like manner. Then standing in the same place, he elevates the Thurible, and thrice incenses the upper part of the Altar surface, facing the Altar, as he did at the Epistle side. Then, with his hand lowered somewhat, he incenses the anterior, or front part, of the Altar, thrice swinging the Thurible, while proceeding from the Gospel side to the middle of the Altar, and after reverencing the Cross, he incenses similarly with three swings the remaining anterior part out to the Epistle side. There he returns the Thurible to the Deacon, where he alone is incensed by the Deacon.

5. If there are Relics on the Altar, or images of the Saints, having first incensed the Cross and reverenced it, he walks away from the middle of the Altar somewhat, and incenses first those which are on the right, i.e. those at the Gospel side near the Cross, twice swinging the Thurible, and again having reverenced the Cross, he incenses the others, which are to the left, i.e. those at the Epistle side. He then proceeds to incense the Altar as above, thrice swinging the Thurible at each side, even if there are more Relics, or images, or even more or less candlesticks.

6. If there is a Tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Altar, having taken the Thurible, having first begun the incensation, he genuflects whenever he passes before the middle of the Altar.

7. The Deacon and Subdeacon from this point henceforth assist the Celebrant when he incenses, and when they pass before the Cross, they always genuflect. Then the Celebrant, with the Deacon standing to his right, and the Subdeacon to the right of the Deacon at the Epistle side, reads the Introit and the Kyrie, eleison. When he intones the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo, the Deacon and Subdeacon, one behind the other, stand in back of the Celebrant. After they ascend the Altar and henceforth, with the Deacon to the right of the Celebrant. and the Subdeacon to the left, they continue the hymn with the Celebrant in a low voice up to the end. This is also done when the Credo is said: and when Dominus vobiscum is said, and the Oration, Preface, and Pater noster, the Deacon and Subdeacon stand similarly one behind the other in back of the Celebrant.

8. In sung Masses, if the incensations are done, the Celebrant acts as above for solemn Masses. At the end, he is incensed by a server.

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