1. When the Gloria in excelsis
has been said, or if it is not prescribed, having omitted it, the
Celebrant kisses the Altar with his hands spread upon it as described
above. Then, with his hands joined before his breast, and with his eyes
downcast, he turns toward the people from left to right; and then joins
his hands before his breast as before, and says in a clear voice:
(Or if he is a bishop: Pax vobis, which is said in its place whenever the hymn Gloria in excelsis is said).
The minister responds:
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Then, with hands joined
as before, he turns around the same way to the book, where he extends
his hands, and joining them before his breast, bowing his head toward
the Cross, he says:
Then he extends his hands before his breast, with fingers joined, and says the Oration. When he says Per Dominum nostrum, he joins his hands and holds them that way until the end. If the Oration concludes with Qui tecum or Qui vivis, he joins his hands when he says in unitate.
2. When during the Oration, or
elsewhere in the Mass, the name of JESUS or MARY is mentioned, and also
when the name of a Saint or Blessed is pronounced during a Mass or
commemoration in their honor, or the name of the Supreme Pontiff is
pronounced, the Priest bows his head. If more than one Collect is
to be said, the same norms apply to them: those concerning voice,
extension of the hands, and bowing of the head.
3. If the Altar faces the people, the Celebrant does not turn his back to the Altar when saying Dominus vobiscum, Orate, fratres, Ite, missa est,
or when giving the blessing, but having kissed the Altar in the middle,
there extending and joining his hands, as above, facing the people,
greets them and gives the blessing.
4. Whenever the words Flectamus genua, Levate occur in the Mass to be said, the Priest, having said the Kyrie, eleison
at the middle of the Altar, returns to the Epistle side, where standing
before the book, having extended and then joined his hands before his
breast, with his head inclined, says Oremus, and then Flectamus genua,
and in the same place, with his hands extended upon the Altar in order
to support himself, he kneels and prays for a short period of time in
silence, with his hands joined. Then he says Levate,
rises, and with hands extended, says the Oration. He reads the
following reading in the same manner, as is done with the Epistle,
5. In solemn Masses, when Dominus vobiscum and the Oration are said, the Deacon and Subdeacon stand behind the Celebrant. Flectamus genua and Levate are sung by the Deacon. The Celebrant and all others kneel and pray as described above. The Deacon sings Flectamus genua before he kneels, and Levate before he rises.
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