Having said the
Orations, the Celebrant, with his hands placed on the book or on the
Altar, so that the palms touch the book, or (if he prefers) holding the
book, reads the Epistle in an intelligible voice, to which the minister
responds Deo gratias.
the same way, he reads the Gradual, the Alleluja, the Tract, and the
Sequence, if one is prescribed. Then the Priest himself in read Masses,
or else the minister, carries the Missal to the Gospel side of the
Altar, bowing to the Cross as he passes in front of the Altar. He
places the Missal so that the back part of the book faces the corner of
the Altar, and not the back or the side.
2. With the
Missal thus in
place on the Altar, the Celebrant returns to the middle of the Altar,
where he stands with his hands joined before his breast, and having
lifted his eyes toward God, and then having cast them down, bowing
profoundly, he says quietly:
cor meum ac labia mea, omnipotens Deus, qui labia Isaiae Prophetae
calculo mundasti ignito: ita me tua grata miseratione dignare mundare,
ut sanctum Evangelium tuum digne valeam nuntiare. Per Christum Dominum
Jube, Domine benedicere.
Dominus sit in corde meo et in labiis meis,
ut digne et competenter annuntiem evangelium suum. Amen.
Having said this, he goes to the Missal, and
facing it with hands joined before his breast, he says in an
The minister responds:
Et cum spiritu tuo.
Then, with the thumb of his right hand, he makes
sign of the cross first on the book at the beginning of the Gospel to
be read, and then on himself on the forehead, mouth, and breast, saying:
Sequentia (or Initium) sancti Evangelii
The minister replies:
Gloria tibi, Domine.
Then, standing with his hands joined at his
above, he reads the Gospel until the end. When he has finished, the
minister standing at the Epistle side below the lowest step of the
Laus tibi, Christe.
The Celebrant, elevating the book somewhat, kisses
the beginning of the Gospel, saying:
Per evangelica dicta deleantur nostra
In Masses for the dead, this is not said, nor is
book kissed. When celebrating in the presence of the Supreme Pontiff, a
Cardinal, a Legate of the Apostolic See, or a Patriarch, Archbishop or
Bishop in his own territory, the book is brought to him to be kissed,
and the Celebrant does not kiss it, nor does he say Per evangelica, etc.
When the name of Jesus is mentioned, the head is bowed to the book; or
in the same manner he genuflects to the book, when a genuflection must
be made during the Gospel.
3. When the
Gospel has been
read, the Priest stands in the middle of the Altar, faces the Cross,
and, elevating and extending his hands, begins the Credo, if prescribed: (When he
says in unum Deum
he joins his hands, and bows his head to the Cross. Then he stands
erect with his hands joined before his breast until the end. When he
says Jesum Christum,
he bows his head to the Cross. When he says Et incarnatus est up
to Et homo factus est
inclusive, he kneels. When he says simul
adoratur, he bows his head to the Cross. And when he
says Et vitam venturi
saeculi. Amen., he makes the sign of the cross upon
himself from forehead to breast).
Credo in unum Deum,
omnipotentem, factorem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et
invisibilium. Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum.
Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Deum verum de Deo vero. Genitum, non factum,consubstantialem Patri: per
quem omnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostram
salutem descendit de coelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex
Maria Virgine: ET HOMO FACTUS EST. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis; sub
Pontio Pilato passus, et sepultus est. Et resurrexit tertia die,
secundum Scripturas. Et ascendit in coelum: sedet ad dexteram Patris.
Et iterum venturus est cum gloria judicare vivos et mortuos. cujus
regni non erit finis. Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem:
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. Qui cum Patre, et Filio simul adoratur
et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per Prophetas. Et unam, sanctam,
catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum baptisma in
remissionem peccatorum. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum. Et vitam venturi
solemn Masses the
Subdeacon, around the end of the last Oration, takes the Epistolarium
in both hands, carrying it upon his breast, and having genuflected
before the Altar in the middle, goes to the Epistle side and, there
facing the Altar, sings the Epistle, to which the Celebrant, sitting,
listens. After the Epistle has been sung, the Celebrant goes to the
book, and the Subdeacon makes again a genuflection in the middle, and
goes to the Celebrant, and genuflecting, kisses his hand, and is
blessed by him, except in Masses for the dead. Then the Celebrant
reads, in a low voice, the Gradual, etc., up to the Munda cor meum exclusive.
Afterward the Celebrant
waits at the middle of the Altar until the Subdeacon carries the Missal
to the Gospel side and the Deacon places the Evangeliarium in the
middle of the Altar. Then he places incense in the Thurible and blesses
it in the usual manner. Afterward the Deacon, kneeling on the highest
step and bowing says the Munda
and taking the Evangeliarium from the Altar, asks the blessing of the
Celebrant, while kneeling similarly on the highest step of the Altar.
Having kissed the hand of the Celebrant, and preceded by the thurifer
and two acolytes with candlesticks, taken from the Credence, where they
had been placed, the Deacon goes with the Subdeacon at his left to the
Gospel side where, facing the people, with the Subdeacon holding the
book in the middle between two acolytes holding candlesticks, he
says Dominus vobiscum,
with his hands joined. When he says Sequentia,
etc., he signs the book at the beginning of the Gospel, and then his
forehead; mouth, and breast. Then, while the ministers
respond, Gloria tibi,
he thrice incenses the book, i.e. in the middle, at the right, and at
the left, and continues the Gospel with hands joined. Meanwhile the
Celebrant, after giving the Deacon the blessing, goes to the Epistle
side where he stands with his hands joined. And when the Deacon
says Sequentia sancti
Priest likewise signs himself, and when the name of JESUS is mentioned,
he bows his head. After the Gospel has been finished, the Priest kisses
the book, brought to him by the Subdeacon, saying Per Evangelica dicta,
etc., and is thrice incensed by the Deacon. If he is in the presence of
a Prelate in his residence, the book is brought to the Prelate, as
above, and he is incensed, as described in the Ceremonial. Afterward,
standing at the middle of the Altar facing the Cross, he begins, if it
is to be said, the Credo, with the Deacon and Subdeacon standing behind
him, and then ascending the Altar and continuing with him, as was done
at the Gloria in excelsis.
however, someone is to
preach, the Homilist, after the Gospel has been finished, preaches, and
when the sermon or moral address has been completed, the Credo is said,
or if it is not to be said, the Offertory is sung.
during the Credo Et
is sung, the Deacon takes the Burse from the Credence, and holding it
in both hands, carries it with the customary reverence to the middle of
the Altar, upon which he unfolds the Corporal, and returns to the
Celebrant. When the Credo is not said, the Subdeacon carries the Burse
together with the Chalice, as described below.
8. In sung
Masses the Epistle
may be sung by a minister; otherwise, it suffices that it be read by
the Celebrant, who however, may sing it in the usual manner. If the
incensations are done, the Celebrant, before he says Munda cor meum, places the
incense on the middle of the Altar and blesses it, and after the
or Initium sancti Evangelii,
etc., incenses the Missal three times. After he sings the Gospel
however, the Celebrant is not incensed.
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