Third Sunday of Advent Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Phil. 4:4-6
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men: for the Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in everything, by prayer let your petitions be made known to God.
Ps 84:2
You have favored, O Lord, Your land; You have restored the well-being of Jacob.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men: for the Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in everything, by prayer let your petitions be made known to God.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Lend Your ear to our prayers, O Lord, we beseech You; and brighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Your coming.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
Phil 4:4-7
Brethren: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety, but in every prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. And may the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 79:2-3, 2
From Your throne, O Lord, upon the Cherubim, rouse Your power, and come.
V. O Shepherd of Israel, hearken, O Guide of the flock of Joseph! Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Rouse, O Lord, Your power, and come to save us. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to John
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
John 1:19-28
At that time, the Jews sent to John from Jerusalem priests and Levites to ask him, Who are you? And he acknowledged and did not deny; and he acknowledged, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Are you Elias? And he said, I am not. Are you the Prophet? And he answered, No. They therefore said to him, Who are you? that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say of yourself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as said Isaias the prophet. And they who had been sent were from among the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said to him, Why, then, do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, nor Elias, nor the Prophet? John said to them in answer, I baptize with water; but in the midst of you there has stood One Whom you do not know. He it is Who is to come after me, Who has been set above me, the strap of Whose sandal I am not worthy to loose. These things took place at Bethany, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Ps 84:2
You have favored, O Lord, Your land; You have restored the well-being of Jacob. You have forgiven the guilt of Your people.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

We beseech You, O Lord, that the gift we dedicate to You, may be sacrificed continually, so that the sacramental rite You have ordained may be fully observed, and the work of Your salvation may be wonderfully effective within us.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Isa 35:4
Say to those who are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is our God, He comes to save us.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

We entreat You, merciful Lord, that these divine helps may cleanse us from our sins and prepare us for the coming festal season.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

Second Sunday of Advent Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Isa 30:30
People of Sion, behold the Lord shall come to save the nations; and the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard, in the joy of your heart.
Ps 79:2
O Shepherd of Israel, hearken, O Guide of the flock of Joseph!
People of Sion, behold the Lord shall come to save the nations; and the Lord shall make the glory of His voice to be heard, in the joy of your heart.s for You shall be put to shame.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Your only-begotten Son, so that through His coming we may be able to serve You with purified minds.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Rom 15:4-13
Brethren: Whatever things have been written have been written for our instruction, that through the patience and the consolation afforded by the Scriptures we may have hope. May then the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind towards one another according to Jesus Christ; that, one in spirit, you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive one another, even as Christ has received you to the honor of God. For I say that Christ Jesus has been a minister of the circumcision in order to show God’s fidelity in confirming the promises made to our fathers, but that the Gentiles glorify God because of His mercy, as it is written, Therefore will I praise You among the Gentiles, and will sing to Your name. And again He says, Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people. And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; and sing His praises, all you peoples. And again Isaias says, There shall be the root of Jesse, and He Who shall arise to rule the Gentiles… in Him the Gentiles shall hope. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 49:2-3, 5
From Sion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.
V. Gather His faithful ones before Him, those who have made a covenant with Him by sacrifice. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 121:1
I rejoiced because they said to me: We will go up to the house of the Lord. Alleluia.rd, Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 11:2-10
At that time, when John had heard in prison of the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples to say to Him, Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another? And Jesus answering said to them, Go and report to John what you have heard and seen: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not scandalized in Me. Then, as they went away, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear soft garments are in the houses of kings. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before Your face, who shall make ready Your way before You.’

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Ps 84:7-8
Will You not, O God, give us life; and shall not Your people rejoice in You? Show us, O Lord, Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

Be appeased, we beseech You, O Lord, by the prayers and offerings of our human frailty, and where the support of our own merits is lacking, come to our assistance with Your protection.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Bar 5:5; 4:36
Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights; and behold the joy that comes to you from your God.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

We who have been refreshed by the food of spiritual nourishment, humbly beseech You, O Lord, that through partaking of this sacrament You will teach us to disdain the things of earth and love those of heaven.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

First Sunday of Advent Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Introitus
Ps 24:1-3
To You I lift up my soul: in You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. No one who waits for You shall be put to shame.
Ps 24:4
Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me Your paths.
To You I lift up my soul: in You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. No one who waits for You shall be put to shame.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Put forth Your power, O Lord, we beseech You, and come, that with You as our protector we may be rescued from the impending danger of our sins; and with You as our deliverer, may we obtain our salvation.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Rom 13:11-14
Brethren: Understand, for it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we came to believe. The night is far advanced; the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Let us walk becomingly as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in debauchery and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 24:3-4
No one who waits for You shall be put to shame.
V. Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me Your paths. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 84:8
V. Show us, O Lord, Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 21:25-33
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations bewildered by the roaring of sea and waves; men fainting for fear and for expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the son of Man coming upon a cloud with great power and majesty. but when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand. And He spoke to them a parable. Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. When they now put forth their buds, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things coming to pass, know that the kingdom of God is near. Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all things have been accomplished. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Ps 24:1-3
To You I lift up my soul: in You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. No one who waits for You shall be put to shame.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

May these offerings, O Lord, cleanse us by their mighty power and thus make us come purer before You Who are their author.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Ps 84:13
The Lord will give His benefits: and our land shall yield its increase.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

May we receive Your mercy, O Lord, in the midst of Your temple, and thus prepare with due observance for the coming festal season of our redemption.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Low Mass (Comm. 12th Sunday after Pentecost)

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Apoc 12:1
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
Ps 97:1
Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wondrous deeds.
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.he ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full. cries of gladness.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Almighty, everlasting God, Who took up, body and soul, the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son, into heavenly glory, grant, we beseech You, that, always devoting ourselves to heavenly things, we may be found worthy to share in her glory.hurch, and grant that what we seek in faith we may obtain in fact.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Let us pray.
Commemoratio Dominica XII Post Pentecosten III. Augusti
Almighty and merciful God, by Whose grace Your faithful people serve You worthily and righteously, grant, we beseech You, that we may hasten without stumbling to those things You have promised us.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the book of Judith
Judith 13:22-25; 15:10
The Lord has blessed you by His power, because by you He has brought our enemies to nought. Blessed are you, O daughter, by the Lord the Most High God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed be the Lord Who made heaven and earth, Who has directed you to the cutting off the head of the prince of our enemies, because He has so magnified your name this day, that your praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men, who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord forever; for you have not spared your life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of your people, but have prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you are the honor of our people.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 44:11-12, 14
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear; for the King shall desire your beauty.
V. All glorious is the King’s daughter as she enters; her raiment is threaded with spun gold. Alleluia, alleluia.
V. Mary is taken up into heaven: the choirs of the angels rejoice. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 1:41-50
At that time, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how have I deserved that the Mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished. And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; because He Who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; and His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Gen 3:15
I will put enmity between you and the Woman, between your seed and her seed.u cannot be put to shame, O Lord.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

May the offering of our devotion rise unto You, O Lord, and by the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, who was taken up into heaven, may our hearts, on fire with love, strive ever upward to You.that works against us.f our present life, and lead us to everlasting joy.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Commemoratio Dominica XII Post Pentecosten III. Augusti
O Lord, we beseech You, graciously look upon the offerings which we lay upon Your sacred altar; so that they may bring us plentiful forgiveness while they give honor to Your name.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

Blessed Virgin
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, in the Assumptione of the Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Luke 1:48-49
All generations shall call me blessed; because He Who is mighty has done great things for me.ppy the man who takes refuge in Him.e haste to deliver me.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

Having partaken, O Lord, of the sacrament of salvation, grant, we beseech You, that through the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was taken up into heaven, we may be delivered from all the evils that threaten us. taught us to do in commemoration of You, may profit and help us in our weakness.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Let us pray.
Commemoratio Dominica XII Post Pentecosten III. Augusti
May the holy reception of this sacrament, we beseech You, O Lord, restore us to life, and bestow upon us forgiveness and protection.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

22nd Sunday after Pentecost Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Ps 129:3-4
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, O God of Israel.
Ps 129:1-2
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with You is forgiveness, O God of Israel.o the ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full. cries of gladness.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

O God, our refuge and our strength, the very source of holiness, heed the devout prayers of Your Church, and grant that what we seek in faith we may obtain in fact.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
Phil 1:6-11
Brethren: We are confident in the Lord Jesus that He Who has begun a good work in you will bring it to perfection until the day of Christ Jesus. And I have the right to feel so about you all, because I have you in my heart, all of you, alike in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, as sharers in my joy. For God is my witness how I long for you all in the heart of Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the better things, that you may be upright and without offense unto the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 132:1-2
Behold how good it is, and how pleasant where brethren dwell as one!
V. It is as when the precious ointment upon the head runs down over the beard, the beard of Aaron.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 22:15-21
At that time, the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might trap Jesus in His talk. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that You are truthful, and that You teach the way of God in truth, and that You care naught for any man; for You do not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what do You think: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said, Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the coin of the tribute. So they offered Him a denarius. Then Jesus said to them, Whose are this image and the inscription? They said to Him, Caesar’s. Then He said to them, Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Esther 14:12-13
Remember me, O Lord, You Who rule above all power: and give a well-ordered speech in my mouth, that my words may be pleasing in the sight of the prince.ease You; for those who trust in You cannot be put to shame, O Lord.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

Grant, O merciful God, that this saving sacrifice may always free us from sin, and protect us from all that works against us.f our present life, and lead us to everlasting joy.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Ps 16:6
I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me; hear my word.how good the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in Him.e haste to deliver me.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

We who have received the gift of Your blessed sacrament, O Lord, humbly pray that what You have taught us to do in commemoration of You, may profit and help us in our weakness.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

Christ the King Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Apoc 5:12; 1:6
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honor. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. 
Ps 71:1
O God, with Your judgment endow the King and with Your justice, the King’s son.
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honor. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. 

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, Who willed to restore all things in Your beloved Son, the King of the Universe, graciously grant that the peoples of the earth torn asunder by the wound of sin, may submit to His most gentle rule.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Colossians
Col 1:12-20.
Brethren: We give thanks to God the Father Who has made us worthy to share the lot of the saints in light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness, and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, the remission of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For in Him were created all things in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities, or Powers. All things have been created through and unto Him, and He is before all creatures, and in Him all things hold together. Again, He is the head of the body, the Church; He, Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the first place. For it has pleased God the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell and that through Him He should reconcile to Himself all things, whether on the earth or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of His Cross, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 71:8, 11
He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. 
V. All kings shall pay Him homage, all nations shall serve Him. Alleluia, alleluia. 
Dan. 7:14 
V. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away: and His kingdom shall not be destroyed. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to John
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
John 18:33-37
At that time, Pilate said to Jesus, Are You the King of the Jews? Jesus answered, Do you say this of yourself, or have others told you of Me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your own people and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My followers would certainly have fought that I might not be delivered to the Hebrews. But, as it is, My kingdom is not from here. Pilate therefore said to Him, You are then a King? Jesus answered, You say it: I am a King. This is why I was born, and why I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Ps 2:8
Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

O Lord, we offer You this sacrificial Victim of mankind’s reconciliation with You; grant, we beseech You, that our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Whom we offer in this sacrifice, may bestow upon all peoples the gifts of unity and peace.g joy.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

Christ the King
It is meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: Who didst anoint, with the oil of gladness, Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be the eternal Priest and King of the universe; that by offering Himself a spotless Victim and peace-offering on the altar of the Cross, He might accomplish the mysteries of man’s redemption, and that having subjected all creatures to His dominion, He might present to Thine infinite Majesty an everlasting and universal Kingdom; a kingdom of truth and life; and kingdom of holiness and grace; a kingdom of justice, love, and peace. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations and with all the hosts of the 

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Ps 28:10-11
The Lord is enthroned as King forever; may the Lord bless His people with peace!

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

We have received the food of eternal life, and we beseech You, O Lord, that we who are proud to serve under the flag of Christ the King may forever reign with Him in the Kingdom of heaven.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

Resumed 5th Sunday after Epiphany Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Jer 29:11-12; 29:14
The Lord says: “I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction. You shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places.”
Ps 84:2
You have favored, O Lord, Your land; You have restored the well-being of Jacob.
The Lord says: “I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction. You shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places.” the ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full. cries of gladness.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

O Lord, we beseech You to keep Your household continually under Your mercy: that as it leans only upon the hope of Your heavenly grace, so it may always be protected by Your mighty power.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Colossians
Col 3:12-17
Brethren: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience. Bear with one another and forgive one another, if anyone has a grievance against any other; even as the Lord has forgiven you, so also do you forgive. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts; unto that peace, indeed, you were called in one body. Show yourselves thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly: in all wisdom teach and admonish one another by psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing in your hearts to God by His grace. Whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 43:8-9
You saved us, O Lord, from our foes, and those who hated us You put to shame.
V. In God we gloried day by day; Your name we praised always. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 129:1-2
Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer.
Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 13:24-30
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. And when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the weeds appeared as well. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ And the servants said to him, ‘Will you have us go and gather them up?’ ‘No,’ he said, ‘lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first, and bind them in bundles to burn; but gather the wheat into my barns.’

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Ps 129:1-2
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my prayer! Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord.You; for those who trust in You cannot be put to shame, O Lord.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

We offer You, O Lord, this sacrifice of atonement, that You would mercifully absolve our sins and direct our faltering hearts.ur present life, and lead us to everlasting joy.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Mark 11:24
Amen I say to you, all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

We pray You, almighty God, that we may obtain that salvation whose pledge we have received in this divine sacrament.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

21st Sunday after Pentecost Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Esth 13:9-11
In Your will are all things, O Lord, and there is none that can resist Your will; for You have made all things, heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven. Your are Lord of all.
Ps 118:1
Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
In Your will are all things, O Lord, and there is none that can resist Your will; for You have made all things, heaven and earth, and all things that are under the cope of heaven. Your are Lord of all.th. Of justice Your right hand is full. cries of gladness.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Guard Your household, we beseech You, O Lord, with unceasing care, that under Your protection it may be free from all harm and serve You by good deeds.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
Eph 6:10-17
Brethren: Be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of His power. Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high. Therefore, take up the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and stand in all things perfect. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breast-plate of justice, and having your feet shod with the readiness of the Gospel of peace, in all things taking up the shield of faith, with which you may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, that is, the word of God.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 89:1-2
O Lord, You have been our refuge through all generations.
V. Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 113:1
When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a barbarous people. Alleluia.
wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 18:23-35
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king who desired to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun the settlement, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And as he had no means of paying, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. But the servant fell down and besought him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will pay you all!’ And moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him, and forgave him the debt. But as that servant went out, he met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a hundred denarii and he laid hold of him, and throttled him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ His fellow-servant therefore fell down and began to entreat him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will pay you all.’ But he would not; but went away and cast him into prison until he should pay what was due. His fellow-servants therefore, seeing what had happened, were very much saddened, and they went and informed their master of what had taken place. Then his master called him, and said to him, ‘Wicked servant! I forgave you all the debt, because you entreated me. Should not you also have had pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?’ And his master, being angry, handed him over to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So also My heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts.on of wickedness, so that when you fail they may receive you into the everlasting dwellings.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Job 1.1
There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, simple, and upright, and fearing God, whom Satan besought that he might tempt: and power was given him from the Lord over his possessions and his flesh; and he destroyed all his substance and his children, and wounded his flesh also with a grievous ulcer.o trust in You cannot be put to shame, O Lord.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

Graciously accept these sacrificial gifts, O Lord, with which You have willed us to find favor with You, and, by Your mighty love, restore salvation to us.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Ps 118:81; 118:84; 118:86
My soul pines for Your salvation; I hope in Your word. When will You do judgment on my persecutors? The wicked persecuted me wrongfully; help me, O Lord my God!d the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in Him.e haste to deliver me.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

We who have eaten the food of eternal life beseech You, O Lord, that what we take by mouth, we may strive after with pure minds.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

8th Sunday after Pentecost Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Ps 47:10-11
O God, we ponder Your kindness within Your temple. As Your name, O God, so also Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full.
Ps 47:2
Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain.
O God, we ponder Your kindness within Your temple. As Your name, O God, so also Your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Of justice Your right hand is full. cries of gladness.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

Ever graciously bestow upon us, we beseech You, O Lord, the spirit of thinking and doing what is right, so that we, who cannot exist without You, may have the strength to live in accordance with Your law.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Rom 8:12-17
Brethren: We are debtors, not to the flesh, that we should live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the flesh, you will live. For whoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Now you have not received a spirit of bondage so as to be again in fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons, by virtue of which we cry, Abba! Father! The Spirit Himself gives testimony to our spirit that we are sons of God. But if we are sons, we are heirs also: heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ.of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 30:3
Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety.
Ps 70:1
V. In You, O God, I take refuge; O Lord, let me never be put to shame. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 47:2
V. Great is the Lord and wholly to be praised in the city of our God, His holy mountain. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 16:1-9
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: There was a certain rich man who had a steward, who was reported to him as squandering his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear of you? Make an accounting of your stewardship, for you can be steward no longer.’ And the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do, seeing that my master is taking away the stewardship from me? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed. I know what I shall do, that when I am removed from my stewardship they may receive me into their houses.’ And he summoned each of his master’s debtors and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ And he said, ‘A hundred jars of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bond and sit down at once and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘How much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred kors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bond and write eighty.’ And the master commended the unjust steward, in that he had acted prudently; for the children of this world, in relation to their own generation, are more prudent than the children of the light. And I say to you, make friends for yourselves with the mammon of wickedness, so that when you fail they may receive you into the everlasting dwellings.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Ps 17:28, 32
Lowly people You save, O Lord, but haughty eyes You bring low; for who is God except You, O Lord?lease You; for those who trust in You cannot be put to shame, O Lord.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

Accept, we beseech You, O Lord, the gifts which we bring to You out of Your own bounty, so that these most holy sacramental rites may, by the power of Your grace, sanctify us in the conduct of our present life, and lead us to everlasting joy.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Ps 33:9
Taste and see how good the Lord is; happy the man who takes refuge in Him.e haste to deliver me.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

May the heavenly sacrament, O Lord, renew our minds and bodies, so that we may feel the benefit of the worship we perform.May Your healing action, O Lord, mercifully rid us of our evil inclinations and lead us to do good.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.

7th Sunday after Pentecost Low Mass

Explanations as to what the priest and servers or doing and where they are standing are provided to help you follow along. The instructions in red text are generally based on local customs at our local parish in the Arlington Diocese. But they are just suggestions as there are no hard and fast rules for the congregation. The church where you attend Mass may have slightly different customs. You should follow those.

Note: The altar boys make all of the responses on your behalf in the Extraordinary Form. The congregation is largely silent at a Low Mass. You are free to simply pray. (With the caveat about local customs noted above.)

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Prayers at the Foot of the Altar

Father is in the center

The priest, after processing in and placing the veiled Chalice on the altar and opening the Missal in preparation for Mass, meets the servers at the foot of the altar. Bowing down, he makes the Sign of the Cross while the servers and faithful kneel, and says in Latin: 
KNEEL

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then joining his hands before his breast, he begins the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God.

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth.

The priest alternates with the server in reciting this psalm to express his desire, joy and confidence in going to the altar of the Sacrifice.

Ps. 42, 1-5. 

P. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation which is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

S. For Thou, O God, art my strength: why hast Thou cast me off? and why go I sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

P. Send forth Thy light and Thy truth: they have conducted me and brought me unto Thy holy mount, and into Thy tabernacles. 

S. And I will go into the altar of God: to God who giveth joy to my youth. 

P. To Thee, O God, my God, I will give praise upon the harp; why art thou sad, O my soul, and why dost thou disquiet me? 

S. Hope in God, for I will still give praise to Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 

S. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

The priest repeats the Anthem in Latin:

P. I will go in unto the altar of God. 

S. To God who giveth joy to my youth. 

The priest, signing himself with the Sign of the Cross, says in Latin:

P. Our help  is in the Name of the Lord. 

S. Who made heaven and earth. 

Then, joining his hands, and humbly bowing down, he says the Confiteor in Latin:

P. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Here he strikes his breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, brothers, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

S. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

The priest answers: 

P. Amen.

The servers say the Confiteor in Latin. You may wish to pray these words silently to yourself in either Latin or English. It would be appropriate to bow your head slightly as you pray this since it is a penitential prayer.

S. Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

S. I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 

Then the priest, with his hands joined, says in Latin:

P. May almighty God be merciful to thee, and forgiving thy sins, bring thee to everlasting life. 

S. Amen.

The servers (and you if you wish) make the Sign of the Cross, with the priest saying in Latin:

P. May the  almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution, and remission of our sins.

S. Amen. 

Bowing down, the priest proceeds in Latin:

P. O God, Thou wilt turn again and quicken us. 

S. And thy people shall rejoice in Thee. 

P. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy. 

S. And grant us Thy salvation. 

P. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

S. And let my cry come before Thee. 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

The priest extends then joins his hands and, after audibly saying “Oremus” (“Let us pray”), he ascends to the altar while saying the following prayer silently in Latin.

Let us pray. 

Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

His hands joined, and bowing down over the middle of the altar, the priest says:

We beseech Thee, O Lord, by the merits of Thy Saints, whose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Introit 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

Moving to the Epistle-side (the right side) of the altar, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross and reads the Introit in Latin. The Introit is the first of the variable texts, often called “the propers,” that change depending on the Mass of the day.

Ps 46:2
All you peoples clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness.
Ps 46:3
For the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great King over all the earth.
All you peoples clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness.

Kyrie 

Father is in the center

The priest moves to the middle and alternates with the servers saying the only Greek words in the Mass:

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Christe, eléison. 
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

S. Christe, eléison.
(Christ, have mercy)

P. Kýrie, eléison. 
(Lord, have mercy.)

S. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

P. Kýrie, eléison.
(Lord, have mercy.)

Gloria 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the altar, extending and then joining his hands, and bowing slightly, the priest says the Gloria. (The Gloria is omitted during Lent, Advent and in Requiem Masses.)

Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax homínibus bonæ voluntátis. Laudámus te. Benedícimus te. Bow head Adorámus te. Glorificámus te. Bow head Grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam. Dómine Deus, Rex coeléstis, Deus Pater omnípotens. Dómine Fili unigénite, Bow head Jesu Christe. Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis. Qui tollis peccáta mundi, Bow head súscipe deprecatiónem nostram. Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis. Quóniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dóminus. Tu solus Altíssimus, Bow head Jesu Christe. Cum Sancto Spíritu  in glória Dei Patris. Amen.

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. Bow head We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. Bow head We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, Bow head receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only are holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Bow head Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost  in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

Then the priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spiritu tuo.

P. The Lord be with you.

S. And with thy spirit.

 Collect 

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Collect is the collected prayers of all the faithful assisting at the Holy Sacrifice. It changes with each Mass. Raising his voice, his hands, and his sentiments to God, the priest excites the faithful to unite their prayers with his. The priest returns to the Epistle-side of the altar and says in Latin:

P. Oremus.

P. Let us pray.

O God of the heavenly powers, creator of all good things, implant in our hearts the love of Your Name, and bestow upon us an increase of godliness, fostering what is good, and, by Your loving care, guarding what You have fostered.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

The Epistle, Gradual and Alleluia

The Epistle, or lesson, is like the second reading in the Ordinary Form in that it is frequently (though certainly not always) from St. Paul. Along with the Gradual and Alleluia, the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Rom 6:19-23
Brethren: I speak in a human way because of the weakness of your flesh; for as you yielded your members as slaves of uncleanness and iniquity unto iniquity, so now yield your members as slaves of justice unto sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free as regards justice. But what fruit had you then from those things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of these things is death. But now set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and as your end, life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.

S. Thanks be to God.

After the Epistle is finished, Father will place his left hand on the altar and the servers respond “Deo gratias.” One server moves to stand to the right of the priest at the corner of the altar. After Father finishes the Gradual and Alleluia (or the Tract which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the server moves the Missal to the left side, where Father will proclaim the Gospel.
Gradual and Alleluia

Ps 33:12, 6
Come, children, hear me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
V. Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 46:2
V. All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness. Alleluia.

Munda Cor Meum

Father is in the center

As the server transfers the Missal to the Gospel-side of the altar, the priest moves to the middle of the altar and bowing down says in Latin:

Cleanse my heart and my lips, O almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaias with a burning coal, and vouchsafe, through Thy gracious mercy, so to purify me, that I may worthily announce Thy holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Give me Thy blessing, O Lord. The Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and in a becoming manner, proclaim His holy Gospel. Amen. 

Gospel 

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Except for Solemn Mass, when he will remain in the middle, the priest moves from the middle to the left side of the altar, and begins in Latin:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 7:15-21
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

At the conclusion of the Gospel…

S. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

P. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Sermon

SIT
After the Gospel, if there is to be a sermon, the priest will return to the middle of the altar and remove his maniple, which signifies that there is a pause in the celebration of the Mass. The servers will also move to the middle, genuflect and then take a seat at the sedilia (chairs) in the sanctuary. After the sermon, the priest will return and put the maniple back on his arm and then continue as below.

Creed 

Father is in the center

On Sundays and certain Feasts the priest recites the Creed, a summary of the Catholic Doctrine. This profession of faith was drawn up in the General Councils of Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381 to condemn heretics who denied that Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost  are God.
STAND

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem coeli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et in visibílium. Et in unum Dóminum Bow head Jesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saecula. Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de coelis. 

Here kneel down. Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine: Et homo factus est. Rise. 

Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis: sub Póntio Piláto passus, et sepúltus est. Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras. Et ascéndit in coelum: sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória judicáre vivos et mórtuos: cujus regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio Bow head simul adorátur et conglorificátur: qui locútus est per Prophétas. Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatórum. Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum. Et vitam ventúri saeculi. Amen.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Bow head Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. 

Here kneel down. And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. Rise.

He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is Bow head adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life  of the world to come. Amen. 

Offertory 

The priest kisses the altar, and turning to the people says:

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

SIT
Then the priest reads the Offertory verse, a short quotation from Holy Scripture which varies with the Mass of each day. 

Offertorium
Dan 3:40
As though it were holocausts of rams and bullocks, or thousands of fat lambs, so let our sacrifice be in Your presence today, that it may please You; for those who trust in You cannot be put to shame, O Lord.

This being finished, he offers the bread and wine, which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. He takes the paten with the host and offering it up, says in Latin:

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and eternal God, this unspotted host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail both me and them for salvation unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Making the Sign of the Cross with the paten, he places the host upon the corporal. He pours wine and water into the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed. He pours a few drops of water into the chalice containing wine, in remembrance of the water and blood which flowed from the side of Jesus when pierced by the soldier’s lance.

O God, who, in creating human nature, didst wonderfully dignify it, and still more wonderfully restore it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, who vouchsafed to be made partaker of our human nature, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, who with Thee, liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: world without end. Amen. 

 We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet savor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen. 

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God. 

Raising his eyes towards heaven, extending and then joining his hands, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the host and the chalice, while he invokes the Holy Spirit.

Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and bless  this Sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name. 

Lavabo

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The priest washes his fingers to symbolize the great purity and inner cleanliness of those who offer or participate in this great Sacrifice, and then says in Latin:

Ps. 25. 6-12

I will wash my hands among the innocent: and I will compass Thine altar, O Lord That I may hear the voice of praise: and tell of all Thy wonderous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with blood-thirsty men. In whose hands are iniquities, their right hand is filled with gifts. But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way, in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

“This majestic prayer of offering to the Most Holy Trinity states in detail the particular purpose for which the holy Sacrifice is offered.”1

Father is in the center

Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee, in memory of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honor of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, that it may avail unto their honor and our salvation, and may they vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Orate Fratres

The priest kisses the altar and turns towards the people, extending, then joining his hands, and say audibly “Orate, fratres.” He then turns back to the altar and continues silently in Latin:

P. Brethren, pray that my Sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father almighty. 

The server answers in Latin:

S. May the Lord receive the Sacrifice from thy hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit and that of all His holy Church.  

The priest answers in a low voice:

P. Amen. 

Secret 

This prayer is one of the variable parts of the Mass, called the propers, which changes based on the Mass being celebrated and is prayed silently. It is “the completion of the Offertory and introduces the actual oblation of the Sacrifice in the great prayer of the Canon”1 of the Mass.

O God, You Who have given us in one perfect sacrifice the fulfillment of the various sacrifices made under the Old Law, accept these sacrificial gifts offered You by Your devoted servants, and make them holy as You did the gifts of Abel, so that what each one of us has offered in praise of Your majesty may profit for the salvation of all.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Preface 

The priest begins the Preface, a call to render thanks to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with all the heavenly spirits. The prayer of thanksgiving and praise varies with important Feasts. The priest begins the Preface, holding his hands over the altar, and says audibly in Latin:

P. Dóminus vobíscum.

S. Et cum spíritu tuo.

P. Sursum corda.

S. Habémus ad Dóminum.

P. Grátias agámus Dómino, Deo nostro.

S. Dignum et justum est.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Lift up your hearts. 

S. We have lifted them up to the Lord. 

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

S. It is right and just. 

The particular Preface changes for certain Masses, with the Preface of the Holy Trinity used on most Sundays. 

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God; Who, together with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost, art one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance. For what we believe by Thy revelation of Thy glory, the same do we believe of Thy Son, the same of the Holy Ghost, without difference or separation. So that in confessing the true and everlasting Godhead, distinction in persons, unity in essence, and equality in majesty may be adored. Which the Angels and Archangels, the Cherubim also and Seraphim do praise: who cease not daily to cry out, with one voice saying:

Sanctus

Immediately at the conclusion of the Preface the priest begins the Sanctus and the bells are rung three times. It is customary to Cross yourself at the Benedictus.
KNEEL

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 

Canon 

The Canon of the Mass is made up of the fixed forms of the prayers from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster. It is said silently by the priest.

Prayers for the Church

We therefore, humbly pray and beseech Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, our Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless. these  gifts, these  presents, these  holy unspotted Sacrifices, which in the first place we offer Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it throughout the world, together with Thy servant N. our Pope, and N. our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. 

Commemoration of the Living

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaidens, N. et N. and of all here present, whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer up to Thee, this sacrifice of praise for themselves, their families and friends, for the redemption of their souls, for the health and salvation they hope for; and who now pay their vows to Thee, the everlasting, living and true God. 

We pray in union with and honor the memory, especially of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of the blessed Joseph, her Spouse, and of the blessed Apostles and Martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon, and Thaddeus; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Prayers at the Consecration

Spreading his hands over the oblation, the bells are rung one time to signal that the Consecration is approaching and the priest says in Latin:

We therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family; and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation, and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which oblation do Thou, O God, vouchsafe in all respects, to bless,  approve,  ratify,  make worthy and acceptable; that it may be made for us the Body  and Blood  of Thy most beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Consecration of the Host

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven unto Thee, God, His almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed  it, broke it and gave it to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, 

The words of the Consecration of the Host:

FOR THIS IS MY BODY.

After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising, he elevates It, then placing It on the corporal, again adores It. After this he never disjoins his fingers and thumbs, except when he is to take the Host, until after the washing of his fingers during the ablutions.
You may wish to look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety, and love, saying to yourself: MY LORD and MY GOD!

Consecration of the Wine

In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands He blessed  , and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take and drink ye all of this,  

The words of Consecration of the Chalice:

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.

The priest kneels and adores the Precious Blood; rising, he elevates the Chalice, and setting it down he covers it and adores it again. 
You may wish to look up at the Chalice and say to yourself something such as: BE MINDFUL O LORD, OF THY CREATURE, WHOM THOU HAST REDEEMED BY THY PRECIOUS BLOOD!
After the elevation of the Chalice, the priest says in a low voice in Latin:

As often as ye do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.

Prayers After Consecration

The priest continues silently in Latin:

Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, and also His Resurrection from the dead and His glorious Ascension into heaven: do offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thine own gifts, bestowed upon us, a pure  Victim, a holy  Victim, an unspotted  Victim, the holy  Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice ☩ of everlasting salvation. 

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of Thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest Melchisedech offered to Thee, a holy Sacrifice, and unspotted Victim.

We most humbly beseech Thee, almighty God, command these offerings to be borne by the hands of Thy holy Angels to Thine altar on high, in the sight of Thy divine majesty, that as many as shall partake of the most holy Body  and Blood  of Thy Son at this altar, may be filled with every heavenly grace and blessing. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commemoration of the Dead

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants and handmaids N. and N., who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace; Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The priest says the first words, “Nobis quoque peccatoribus” in a somewhat elevated tone of voice, to symbolize an act of public self-humiliation; at the same time he strikes his breast in a token of contrition.

To us also, Thy sinful servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, vouchsafe to grant some part and fellowship with Thy holy Apostles and Martyrs, with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia, and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we beseech Thee to admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offenses. Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify,  quicken,  bless,  and give unto us all these good things. 

He uncovers the Chalice, and genuflects: then taking the Host in his right hand, and holding the Chalice in his left, he signs with the Sign of the Cross five times across the Chalice, saying:

By Him,  and with Him,  and in Him  is to Thee, God the Father  almighty, in the unity of the Holy  Ghost, all honor and glory. 

Replacing the Host, and covering the Chalice, he kneels down, and rising again, he says in Latin:

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

Pater Noster 

In the Extraordinary Form, the priest alone says the Our Father. The faithful are invited to silently pray along with him.

Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we are bold to say: 

Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: 

S. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. 

S. But deliver us from evil.

P. Amen.   

The priest continues silently in Latin: 

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance.

Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. 

Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God,

P. World without end. 

S. Amen. 

P. The peace  of the Lord be  always with  you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a Particle of the Sacred Host into the Chalice, saying in Latin:

May this mixture and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be to us who receive it effectual unto eternal life. Amen. 

Agnus Dei

He covers the Chalice, genuflects and rises; then bowing down and striking his breast thrice, he says in Latin:

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast miserére nobis.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: Strike breast dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,  Strike breast grant us peace. 

Prayers for Holy Communion

With his hands joined and resting on the altar, standing inclined, he says the three following prayers in Latin:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who saidst to Thine Apostles: Peace I leave you, My peace I give you: regard not my sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and vouchsafe to grant her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will: Who livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, according to the will of Thy Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world; deliver me by this Thy most sacred Body and Blood, from all my iniquities and from all evils; and make me always cleave to Thy commandments, and suffer me never to be separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest, with the same God the Father and the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. 

Let not the partaking of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but let it, through Thy mercy, become a safeguard and remedy, both for soul and body; Who with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen. 

Communion of the Priest

The priest genuflects, rises and says in Latin:

I will take the Bread of heaven, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. 

Slightly inclining, he takes both halves of the Host between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand; then striking his breast with his right hand, and raising his voice a little, he says in Latin “Domine, non sum dignus…” three times devoutly and humbly while the bells are rung:

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

V. Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

Then with his right hand, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host over the paten, he says:

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

He then reverently receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and meditates a short time. Then he uncovers the Chalice, genuflects, collects whatever fragments may remain on the corporal, and purifies the paten over the Chalice, saying:

What return shall I make to the Lord for all He has given to me? I will take the chalice of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising I will call upon the Lord, and I shall be saved from my enemies. 

After the priest consumes the Host, the servers move to the credence table to put away the bells and retrieve the patens they will use during the distribution of Communion.
The priest takes the Chalice and making the Sign of the Cross with it, says:

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen. 

Then he receives all the Precious Blood, together with the Particle.

Holy Communion

In many places there is often no longer a second Confiteor, however it is still a pious custom of many of the faithful to pray it quietly on their own even if the altar boys or sacred ministers do not recite it.

Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Joánni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et opere: Strike breast thrice mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Joánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, orare pro me ad Dóminum, Deum nostrum.

I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, Strike breast thrice through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. May almighty God have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, and bring me unto life everlasting. Amen. May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament and turning towards the people, he says:

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccáta mundi. 

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. 

And then he says three times in Latin the following. 
In some places it is a custom for the congregation, even at a Low Mass, to quietly pray these words in Latin outloud:

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

Strike breast  Dómine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanábitur ánima mea. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

P. Strike breast  Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.  

If you will be receiving Communion, now is typically an appropriate time to get up and go to the altar rail.
Note: In the Extraordinary Form, Communion is received on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail (if there are no physical impediments).

You do not say “Amen”, the priest says it at the end of the prayer. 
The priest, making the Sign of the Cross with the Host, says the following prayer as he administers Holy Communion to you: 

P. The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Ablutions

Father is in the center

After Communion, the priest returns to the altar and says silently:

Grant, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind; and from a temporal gift may it become to us an eternal remedy. 

Then he holds out the Chalice to the server who pours wine into it for the first ablution, then the priest proceeds:

May Thy Body, O Lord, which I have received, and Thy Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my bowels; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me, who have been fed with this pure and holy Sacrament; Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

The priest then washes his fingers and receives the second ablution at the right side of the altar. Then he covers the chalice and folding the corporal, places it on the chalice, as at the beginning of Mass.

Communion and Post Communion Verses

Father is on the right (Epistle side)

The Communion and Post Communion verses are the final two propers, or variable parts, of the Mass. The priest goes to the Missal on the epistle side and says the Communion verse.

Ps 30:3
Incline Your ear to me, make haste to deliver me.

Father returns to the middle, kisses the altar and the returns to the epistle side where he says the Post Communion.

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

Let us pray.

May Your healing action, O Lord, mercifully rid us of our evil inclinations and lead us to do good.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

S. Amen.

Conclusion 

Father is in the center

The priest turns to the people and says: 

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

P. Go, the Mass is ended.

S. Thanks be to God.

The priest turns back to the altar and says silently in Latin:

May the performance of my homage be pleasing to Thee, O holy Trinity: and grant that the Sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered up in the sight of Thy Majesty, may be acceptable to Thee, and through Thy mercy, be a propitiation for me, and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

He kisses the altar, turns to the people and raising his eyes, extending, raising and joining his hands, he bows down his head and says:

May almighty God the Father, Son,  and Holy Ghost, bless you. 

S. Amen. 

Last Gospel

Father is on the left (Gospel side)

Then turning to the gospel-side of the altar, the priest says:
STAND

P. The Lord be with you. 

S. And with thy spirit. 

This Gospel is recited at the end of most Masses. In it “St. John declares that Christ, the Word made Flesh, is the source of life on earth, the light in the darkness, and the love that will last forever.”1 The priest traces the Sign of the Cross, first upon the altar, and then upon his forehead, lips, and breast, and says:

The beginning  of the holy Gospel according to John. 

S. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

John. 1, 1-14. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made: in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men; and the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to testify concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not the Light, but he was to testify concerning the Light. 

That was the true Light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them He gave power to become sons of God, to them that believe in His Name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Here all kneel. And the Word was made flesh, Rise  

and dwelt among us: and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God.

Leonine Prayers

KNEEL

Father is in the center

If a Low Mass was celebrated, Father will return to the middle of the altar, kneel with the altar boys and lead the people in the Leonine prayers in English after Mass. These prayers include three Hail Marys, the Hail Holy Queen, and the Saint Michael prayer.

Recessional

STAND
After Mass, and after the conclusion of the recessional hymn, it is customary for the faithful to kneel for a moment in thanksgiving for the Holy Mass just offered. You may wish to add prayers of thanksgiving for the priest who celebrated the Mass; your parish and bishop; holy priests, religious and faithful persecuted for their fidelity; and for the great gift of Summorum Pontificum, which Pope Benedict XVI gave us in 2007.

1 “Latin-English Booklet Missal,” Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, Fourth Edition, 2008.