Second Sunday of Lent 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 24:6, 3, 22
Remember that Your compassion, O Lord, and Your kindness are from of old; let not our enemies exult over us; deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations.
Ps 24:1-2
To You I lift up my soul, O Lord; in You, O my God, I trust; let me not be put to shame.
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.
Remember that Your compassion, O Lord, and Your kindness are from of old; let not our enemies exult over us; deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations.

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 

The Gloria is omitted on Sundays and ferias of Lent.
Then the priest turns to the people and 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, You Who see how we are deprived of all strength, guard us inwardly and outwardly, that in body we may be protected against all misfortunes, and in mind cleansed of evil thoughts.

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 Tract (which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
1 Thess. 4:1-7
Brethren: Even as you have learned from us how you ought to walk to please God – as indeed you are walking – we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus to make even greater progress. For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you abstain from immorality; that every one of you learn how to possess his vessel in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and overreach his brother in the matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before and have testified. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness, 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 Tract

Ps 24:17-18
Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me out of my distress, O Lord.
V. Put an end to my affliction and my suffering, and take away all my sins.

Tractus
Ps 105:1-4
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His kindness endures forever.
V. Who can tell the mighty deeds of the Lord, or proclaim all His praises?
V. Happy are they who observe what is right, who do always what is just.
V. Remember us, O Lord, as You favor Your people; visit us with Your saving help.

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 17:1-9
At that time, Jesus took Peter, James and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, and was transfigured before them. And His face shone as the sun, and His garments became white as snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking together with Him. Then Peter addressed Jesus, saying, Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You will, let us set up three tents here, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elias. As he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him. And on hearing it the disciplines fell on their faces and were exceedingly afraid. And Jesus came near and touched them, and said to them, Arise, and do not be afraid. But lifting up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus cautioned them, saying, Tell the vision to no one, till the Son of Man has risen from the dead.

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 118:47-48
I will delight in Your commands, which I love exceedingly; and I will lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love.

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.

Look with favor, we beseech You, O Lord, upon the offerings here before You, that they may be beneficial for our devotion and for our salvation.

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. Lent has its own, proper preface.

Lent
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 by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, 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.

Ps 5:2-4
Attend to my sighing; heed my call for help, my King and my God! To You I pray, O Lord.

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.

O almighty God, we humbly beseech You that those whom You refresh with Your sacrament may also worthily serve You in a way pleasing to You.

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 holy offering of Your sacrament renew us, O Lord, and cause us to be purified from our old ways and come to the fellowship of this saving mystery.

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 Lent 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 90:15-16
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him and glorify him; with length of days I will gratify him.
Ps 90:1
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
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.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him and glorify him; with length of days I will gratify him.

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 

The Gloria is omitted on Sundays and ferias of Lent.
Then the priest turns to the people and 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, You Who purify Your Church by the yearly Lenten observance, grant to Your household that what they strive to obtain from You by abstinence, they may achieve by good works.

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 Tract (which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians
2 Cor. 6:1-10
Brethren: We entreat you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation! We give no offense to anyone, that our ministry may not be blamed. On the contrary, let us conduct ourselves in all circumstances as God’s ministers, in much patience; in tribulations, in hardships, in distresses; in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults; in labors, in sleepless nights, in fastings; in innocence, in knowledge, in long-sufferings; in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in unaffected love; in the word of truth, in the power of God; with the armor of justice on the right hand and on the left; in honor and dishonor, in evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet truthful, as unknown and yet well known, as dying, and behold, we live, as chastised but not killed, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet enriching many, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

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 Tract

Ps 90:11-12
To His angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways.
V. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Tractus
Ps 90:1-7, 11-16.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
V. Say to the Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in Whom I trust.
V. For He will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence.
V. With His pinions He will cover you, and under His wings you shall take refuge.
V. His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield; you shall not fear the terror of the night.
V. Nor the arrow that flies by day; nor the pestilence that roams in darkness; nor the devastating plague at noon.
V. Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right side, near you it shall not come.
V. For to His angels He has given command about you, that they may guard you in all your ways.
V. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
V. You shall tread upon the asp and the viper; you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.
V. Because he clings to Me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he acknowledges My name.
V. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in distress.
V. I will deliver him and glorify him; with length of days I will gratify him and will show him My salvation.

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 4:1-11
At that time, Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit, to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread. But He answered and said, It is written, ‘Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He has given His angels charge concerning You; and upon their hands they shall bear You up, lest You dash Your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, It is written further, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. And he said to Him, All these things will I give You, if You will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan, for it is written, ‘The Lord your God shall you worship and Him only shall you serve.’ Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and ministered to 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. 

Ps 90:4-5
With His pinions the Lord will cover you, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.

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 these sacrificial gifts at the beginning of Lent, praying You, O Lord, that while we practice restraint in the use of bodily food, we may also refrain from harmful pleasures.

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. Lent has its own, proper preface.

Lent
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 by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, 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.

Ps 90:4-5
With His pinions the Lord will cover you, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.

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 beseech You, almighty God, that we who have received the Bread of heaven, may by it be protected from all adversity.

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 holy offering of Your sacrament renew us, O Lord, and cause us to be purified from our old ways and come to the fellowship of this saving mystery.

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

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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.

Quinquagesima Sunday 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: 
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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 30:3-4
Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for Your name’s sake You will lead and guide me.
Ps 30:2
In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your justice rescue me and deliver me.
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.
Be my rock of refuge, O God, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for Your name’s sake You will lead and guide me.

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 

The Gloria is omitted on Sundays and ferias during Septuagesima.
Then the priest turns to the people and 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, mercifully hear our prayers; loose us from the chains of our sins and keep us from all adversity.

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 Tract (which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the first letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
1 Cor. 13:1-13
Brethren: If I should speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have charity, I have become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, yet do not have charity, I am nothing. And if I distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, yet do not have charity, it profits me nothing. Charity is patient, is kind; charity does not envy, is not pretentious, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, is not self-seeking, is not provoked; thinks no evil, does not rejoice over wickedness, but rejoices with the truth; bears with all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Charity never fails, whereas prophecies will disappear, and tongues will cease, and knowledge will be destroyed. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect has come, that which is imperfect will be done away with. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away the things of a child. We see now through a mirror in an obscure manner, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as I have been known. So there abide faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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 Tract

Ps 76:15-16
You are the God Who alone works wonders; among the peoples You have made known Your power.
V. With Your strong arm You delivered Your people, the sons of Israel and Joseph.

Tract
Ps 99:1-2
Sing joyfully to God, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness.
V. Come before Him with joyful song; know that the Lord is God.
V. He made us, His we are; His people, the flock He tends.

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 18:31-43
At that time, Jesus taking to Himself the Twelve said to them, Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that have been written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and scourged and spit upon; and after they have scourged Him, they will put Him to death; and on the third day He will rise again. And they understood none of these things and this saying was hidden from them, neither did they get to know the things that were being said. Now it came to pass as He drew near to Jericho, that a certain blind man was sitting by the wayside, begging; but hearing a crowd passing by, he inquired what this might be. And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! And they who went in front angrily tried to silence him. But he cried out all the louder, Son of David, have mercy on me! Then Jesus stopped and commanded that he should be brought to Him. And when he drew near, He asked him, saying, What would you have Me do for you? And he said, Lord, that I may see. And Jesus said to him, Receive your sight, your faith has saved you. And at once he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people upon seeing it gave praise to God.

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 

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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.
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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 118:12-13
Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes. With my lips I declare all the ordinances of Your mouth.

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, we beseech You, wash away our sins; may it sanctify the bodies and souls of Your servants for the celebration of this sacrifice.

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.
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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 77:29-30
They ate and were wholly surfeited; the Lord had brought them what they craved: they were not defrauded of that which they craved.

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 beseech You, almighty God, that we who have received the Bread of heaven, may by it be protected from all adversity.

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.

Sexagesima Sunday 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 43:23-26
Awake! Why are You asleep, O Lord? Arise! Cast us not off forever! Why do You hide Your face, forgetting our oppression? Our bodies are pressed to the earth. Arise, O Lord, help us, and deliver us.
Ps 43:2
O God, our ears have heard, our fathers have declared to us.
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.
Awake! Why are You asleep, O Lord? Arise! Cast us not off forever! Why do You hide Your face, forgetting our oppression? Our bodies are pressed to the earth. Arise, O Lord, help us, and deliver us.

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 

The Gloria is omitted on Sundays and ferias during Septuagesima.
Then the priest turns to the people and 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, You Who see that we put no trust in anything we do, mercifully grant that by the protection of the Doctor of the Gentiles we may be defended against all adversity.

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 Tract (which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the second letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
2 Cor. 11:19-33; 12:1-9
Brethren: You gladly put up with fools, because you are wise yourselves! For you suffer it if a man enslaves you, if a man devours you, if a man takes from you, if a man is arrogant, if a man slaps your face! I speak to my own shame, as though we had been weak. But wherein any man is bold – I am speaking foolishly – I also am bold. Are they Hebrews? So am I! Are they Israelites? So am I! Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I! Are they ministers of Christ? I – to speak as a fool – am more: in many more labors, in prisons more frequently, in lashes above measure, often exposed to death. From the Jews five times I received forty lashes less one. Thrice I was scourged, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I was adrift on the sea; in journeyings often, in perils from floods, in perils from robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false brethren; in labor and hardships, in many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Besides those outer things, there is my daily pressing anxiety, the care of all the churches! Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I am not inflamed? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that concern my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, Who is blessed forevermore, knows that I do not lie. In Damascus the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me, but I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands. If I must boast – it is not indeed expedient to do so – but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows that he was caught up into paradise and heard secret words that man may not repeat. Of such a man I will boast; but of myself I will glory in nothing save in my infirmities. For if I do wish to boast, I shall not be foolish; for I shall be speaking the truth. But I forbear, lest any man should reckon me beyond what he sees in me or hears from me. And lest the greatness of the revelations should puff me up, there was given me a thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me. Concerning this I thrice besought the Lord that it might leave me. And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness. Gladly therefore I will glory in my infirmities, that the strength of Christ may dwell in me.

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 Tract

Ps 82:19; 82:14
Let the nations know that God is Your name; You alone are the Most High over all the earth.
V. O my God, make them like leaves in a whirlwind, like chaff before the wind.

Ps 59:4,6
You have rocked the country, O Lord, and split it open.
V. Repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
V. That they may flee out of bowshot; that Your loved ones may escape.

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 8:4-15
At that time, when a very great crowd was gathering together and men from every town were resorting to Jesus. He said in a parable: The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a hundredfold. As He said these things He cried out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear! But His disciples then began to ask Him what this parable meant, He said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.

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 16:5-7
Make my steps steadfast in Your paths, that my feet may not falter. Incline Your ear to me; hear my word. Show Your wondrous kindness, O Lord, Saviour of those who trust in You.

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 this sacrifice which we offer You, O Lord, ever give us new life and 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.

Ps 42:4
I will go in to the altar of God, the God of my gladness and joy.

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.

O almighty God, grant, we humbly beseech You, that those whom You refresh with Your sacrament may also worthily serve You in a way that is well pleasing to You.

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.

Septuagesima Sunday 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 17:5-7
The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice.
Ps 17:2-3
I love You, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
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.
The terrors of death surged round me, the cords of the nether world enmeshed me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; from His holy temple He heard my voice.

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 

The Gloria is omitted on Sundays and ferias during Septuagesima.
Then the priest turns to the people and 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, graciously hear the prayers of Your people, that we who are justly punished for our sins may be mercifully delivered for the glory of Your name.

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 Tract (which replaces the Alleluia in penitential seasons), the Epistle changes depending on the Mass of the day.
Epistle

Lesson from the first letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
1 Cor. 9:24-27; 10:1-5
Brethren: Do you not know that those who run in a race, all indeed run, but one receives the prize? So run as to obtain it. And everyone in a contest abstains from all things – and they indeed to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable. I, therefore, so run as not without a purpose; I so fight as not beating the air; but I chastise my body and bring it into subjection, lest perhaps after preaching to others I myself should be rejected. For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, all were baptized in Moses, in the cloud and in the sea. And all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink for they drank from the spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ. Yet with most of them God was not well pleased.

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 Tract

Ps 9:10-11; 9:19-20
A helper in due time in tribulation. Let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord.
For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened. 

Tract
Ps 129:1-4
Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!
V. Let Your ears be attentive to the prayer of Your servant.
V. If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand it?
V. But with You is forgiveness, and by reason of Your law I have waited for You, O Lord.

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 20:1-16
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. And having agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And about the third hour, he went out and saw others standing in the market place idle; and he said to them, ‘Go you also into the vineyard, and I will give you whatever is just.’ So they went. And again he went out about the sixth, and about the ninth hour, and did as before. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing about and he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’ They said to him, ‘Because no man has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘Go you also into the vineyard.’ But when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers, and pay them their wages, beginning from the last even to the first.’ Now when they of the eleventh hour came, they received each a denarius. And when the first in their term came, they thought that they would receive more; but they also received each his denarius. And on receiving it, they began to murmur against the householder, saying, ‘These last have worked a single hour, and you have put them on a level with us, who have borne the burden of the day’s heat.’ But answering one of them, he said, ‘Friend, I do you no injustice; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go; I choose to give to this last even as to you. Have I not a right to do what I choose? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ Even so the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen.

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 91:2
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praise to Your name, Most High.

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.

Since You have accepted our gifts and our prayers, we beseech You, O Lord, to cleanse us by this heavenly sacrament and mercifully to hear 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 30:17-18
Let Your face shine upon Your servant; save me in Your kindness. O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon 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.

May Your faithful people, O God, be strengthened by Your gifts; that by receiving them, they may still desire them, and by desiring them, may evermore receive them.

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.

3rd 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.

Ps 96:7-8
Adore God, all you His angels: Sion hears and is glad, and the cities of Juda rejoice.
Ps 96:1
The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; let the many isles be glad.
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.
Adore God, all you His angels: Sion hears and is glad, and the cities of Juda rejoice.

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 everlasting God, look with favor upon our weakness, and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to help and defend us.

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 12:16-21
Brethren: Be not wise in your own conceits. To no man render evil for evil, but provide good things not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as far as in you lies, be at peace with all men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath, for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, says the Lord. But, If your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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 101:16-17
The nations shall revere Your name, O Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory.
V. For the Lord has rebuilt Sion, and He shall appear in His glory. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 96:1
The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; let the many isles be glad. 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 8:1-13
At that time, when Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed Him. And behold, a leper came up and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if You will, You can make me clean. And stretching forth His hand Jesus touched him, saying, I will; be made clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a witness to them. Now when He had entered Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion who entreated Him, saying, Lord, my servant is lying sick in the house, paralyzed, and is grievously afflicted. Jesus said to him, I will come and cure him. But in answer the centurion said, Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, and have soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it. And when Jesus heard this, He marveled, and said to those who were following Him, Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith in Israel. And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom will be put forth into the darkness outside; there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, Go your way; as you have believed, so be it done to you. And the servant was healed in that hour.

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 117:16-17
The right hand of the Lord has struck with power: the right hand of the Lord has exalted me; I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the 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 this offering, O Lord, we beseech You, wipe away our transgressions, and make holy the minds and bodies of Your servants for celebrating this sacrifice.

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.

Luke 4:22
All marvelled at the words that came from the mouth of 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.

O Lord, as You grant us to use this great sacrament, deign, we beseech You, to make us truly worthy of its fruits.

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.

2nd 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.

Ps 65:4
Let all on earth worship You, O God, and sing praise to You, sing praise to Your name, Most High.
Ps 65:1-2
Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth, sing praise to the glory of His name; proclaim His glorious praise.
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.
Let all on earth worship You, O God, and sing praise to You, sing praise to Your name, Most High.

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, You Who govern both the heavens and the earth, graciously hear the humble prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace all the days of our life.

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 Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans
Rom 12:6-16
Brethren: We have gifts differing according to the grace that has been given us, such as prophecy to be used according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, in ministering; or he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhorting; he who gives, in simplicity; he who presides, with carefulness; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without pretense. Hate what is evil, hold to what is good. Love one another with honor. Be not slothful in zeal; be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope. Be patient in tribulation, persevering in prayer. Share the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be of one mind towards one another. Do not set your mind on high things but condescend to the lowly.Lesson from the letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Philippians

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 106:20-21
The Lord sent forth His word to heal them and to snatch them from destruction.
V. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His kindness and His wondrous deeds to the children of men. Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 148:2
Praise the Lord, all you His angels, praise Him, all you His hosts. Alleluia.Ps 43:8-9

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 2:1-11
At that time, a marriage took place at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now Jesus too was invited to the marriage, and also His disciples. And the wine having run short, the mother of Jesus said to Him, They have no wine. And Jesus said to her, What would you have me do, woman? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the attendants, Do whatever He tells you. Now six stone water-jars were placed there, after the Jewish manner of purification, each holding two or three measures. Jesus said to them, Fill the jars with water. And they filled them to the brim. And Jesus said to them, Draw out now, and take to the chief steward. And they took it to him. Now when the chief steward had tasted the water after it had become wine, not knowing whence it was – though the attendants who had drawn the water knew, – the chief steward called the bridegroom, and said to him, Every man at first sets forth the good wine, and when they have drunk freely, then that which is poorer. But you have kept the good wine until now. This first of His signs Jesus worked at Cana of Galilee; and He manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in 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. 

Ps 65:1-2, 16
Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth, sing praise to the glory of His name. Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare what the Lord has done for me. Alleluia.Ps 129:1-2

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.

Hallow our offerings, O Lord, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins.

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.

John 2:7-11
The Lord said, Fill the jars with water and take to the chief steward. When the chief steward had tasted the water after it had become wine, he said to the bridegroom, You have kept the good wine until now. This first miracle Jesus worked in the presence of His disciples.

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.

O Lord, we beseech You that the effects of Your power may ever increase within us; and, strengthened by the divine sacrament, we may be prepared by Your grace to lay hold of what it promises.

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.

Feast of the Holy Family 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.

Prov 23:24-25
The father of the Just will exult with glee; let Your father and mother have joy; let her who bore You exult.
Ps 83:2-3
How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.
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.
The father of the Just will exult with glee; let Your father and mother have joy; let her who bore You exult.

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 Jesus Christ, You Who while subject to Mary and Joseph, hallowed family life with virtues beyond description, grant us by their combined intercession, that, having been taught by the example of the Holy Family, we may attain unto their everlasting companionship.

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.
R. 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 26:4
One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Ps 83:5
V. Happy they who dwell in Your house. O Lord! continually they praise You. Alleluia, alleluia.
Isa 45:15
V. Truly You are a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Saviour. 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. Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 2:42-52
When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. And after they had fulfilled the days, when they were returning, the Boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it. But thinking that He was in the caravan, they had come a day’s journey before it occurred to them to look for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. And not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of Him. And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him, they were astonished. And His Mother said to Him, Son, why have You done so to us? Behold, in sorrow Your father and I have been seeking You. And He said to them, How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? And they did not understand the word that He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and His Mother kept all these things carefully in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.

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. 

Luke 2:22
The parents of Jesus took Him up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the 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.

In appeasement, O Lord, we offer You this sacrifice, humbly praying that through the intercession of the virgin Mother of God, and that of St. Joseph, You will establish our households in Your peace and grace.

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. 

Epiphany
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should in all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty and everlasting God. For when Thine only begotten Son showed Himself in the substance of our mortal nature, He restored us by the new light of His own immortality. And therefore with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

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 2:51
Jesus went down with them, and came to Nazareth and was subject to them.

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.

Grant, Lord Jesus, that those whom You refresh with the heavenly sacrament may ever imitate the example of Your Holy Family, so that at the hour of our death, with the glorious Virgin Mary and St. Joseph welcoming us, we may be found worthy to be received into Your everlasting home.

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.

Epiphany of Our Lord 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.

Mal 3:1; 1 Par. 29:12
Behold, the Lord and Ruler is come; and the kingdom is in His hand, and power, and dominion.
Ps 71:1
V. O God, with Your judgment endow the King, and with Your justice, the King’s Son.
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.
Behold, the Lord and Ruler is come; and the kingdom is in His hand, and power, and dominion.

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, You Who by the guidance of a star this day revealed Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; mercifully grant that we who know You now by faith, may come to behold You in glory. 

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 book of Isaias
Isa 60:1-6
Rise up in splendor, O Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears His glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about; they all gather and come to you: your sons come from afar, and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Madian and Epha; all from Saba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.
R. 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

Isa 60:6, 1
All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.
V. Rise up in splendor, O Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord shines upon you. Alleluia, alleluia.
Matt 2:2
V. We have seen His star in the East: and have come with gifts to worship the Lord. 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 2:1-12
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, Magi came from the East to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him. But when King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and so was all Jerusalem with him. And gathering together all the chief priests and Scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet, ‘And you, Bethlehem, of the land of Juda, are by no means least among the princes of Juda; for from you shall come forth a leader who shall rule My people Israel.’ Then Herod summoned the Magi secretly, and carefully ascertained from them the time when the star had appeared to them. And sending them to Bethlehem, he said, Go and make careful inquiry concerning the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word, that I too may go and worship Him. Now they, having heard the king, went their way. And behold, the star that they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. And when they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly. And entering the house, they found the Child with Mary His Mother, genuflect and falling down they worshipped Him. And opening their treasures they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another way.

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 71:10-11
The kings of Tharsis and the Isles shall offer gifts; the kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring tribute. All kings shall pay Him homage, all nations shall serve Him.

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, look favorably upon the gifts of Your Church, which are no longer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but, as these gifts signify, our offering is Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, Who is now sacrifice and food.

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. 

Epiphany
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should in all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty and everlasting God. For when Thine only begotten Son showed Himself in the substance of our mortal nature, He restored us by the new light of His own immortality. And therefore with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

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.

Matt 2:2
We have seen His star in the East and have come with gifts to worship the Lord.

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.

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that, by the understanding of our minds made pure, we may grasp what we celebrate by these solemn rites.

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.

Feast of the Holy Family 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.

Prov 23:24-25
The father of the Just will exult with glee; let Your father and mother have joy; let her who bore You exult.
Ps 83:2-3
How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Hosts! My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.
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.
The father of the Just will exult with glee; let Your father and mother have joy; let her who bore You exult.

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 Jesus Christ, You Who while subject to Mary and Joseph, hallowed family life with virtues beyond description, grant us by their combined intercession, that, having been taught by the example of the Holy Family, we may attain unto their everlasting companionship.

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.
R. 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 26:4
One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Ps 83:5
V. Happy they who dwell in Your house. O Lord! continually they praise You. Alleluia, alleluia.
Isa 45:15
V. Truly You are a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Saviour. 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. Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 2:42-52
When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. And after they had fulfilled the days, when they were returning, the Boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it. But thinking that He was in the caravan, they had come a day’s journey before it occurred to them to look for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. And not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of Him. And it came to pass after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him, they were astonished. And His Mother said to Him, Son, why have You done so to us? Behold, in sorrow Your father and I have been seeking You. And He said to them, How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? And they did not understand the word that He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and His Mother kept all these things carefully in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men. 

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. 

Luke 2:22
The parents of Jesus took Him up to Jerusalem, to present Him to the 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.

In appeasement, O Lord, we offer You this sacrifice, humbly praying that through the intercession of the virgin Mother of God, and that of St. Joseph, You will establish our households in Your peace and grace.

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. 

Epiphany
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should in all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty and everlasting God. For when Thine only begotten Son showed Himself in the substance of our mortal nature, He restored us by the new light of His own immortality. And therefore with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

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 2:51
Jesus went down with them, and came to Nazareth and was subject to them.

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.

Grant, Lord Jesus, that those whom You refresh with the heavenly sacrament may ever imitate the example of Your Holy Family, so that at the hour of our death, with the glorious Virgin Mary and St. Joseph welcoming us, we may be found worthy to be received into Your everlasting home.

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.