Then, while saying Aufer a
nobis, etc., the Celebrant, with hands joined, ascends the
Altar at the middle:
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
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:
te, Domine, per merita Sanctorum tuorum
And kissing the Altar in the middle, with his
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,
anything else, the sign of the cross is not formed with the thumbs,
rather, the hands are placed on that to be kissed).
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
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
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.
S. Kyrie, eleison.
S. Kyrie, eleison.
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 te, Gratias agimus tibi, Jesu Christe, Suscipe 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.).
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.
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
Ab illo bene dicaris, in cujus honore
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.
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
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.