Msgr. James Patrick Moroney Executive Director, Secretariat for the Liturgy United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The English. Latin GIRM (Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani) — Roman Missal, 3rd Edition in GIRM (in English) • Preferred Version from MR3. Ed.) (Liturgy Documentary) [Usccb] on The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), from the Roman Missal, Third December 9,

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In the local Church, first place should certainly be given, because of its significance, to the Mass at which the Bishop presides, surrounded by his Presbyterate, Deacons, and lay ministers, [90] and in which the holy People of God participate fully and usccg, for it is there that the principal manifestation of the Church is found.

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In addition, the priest bows slightly as he speaks the words of the Lord at the consecration.

If the altar is freestanding with respect to the wall, the priest incenses walking around it; If the altar is not freestanding, the priest incenses it while walking first to the righthand side, then to the left. When usvcb Kyrie is sung as a part of the Act of Penitence, a trope may precede each acclamation.

The priest may, very briefly, introduce the faithful to the Liturgy of the Word.

Chapter IV: The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass

When the Entrance takes place with a procession, the following are also to be prepared: Pius X and his successors. Afterwards, all rise, and the Alleluia or other chant is sung as required by the liturgical season cf.

While the Sign of Peace is being given, it is permissible to say, The peace of the Lord be with you always, to which the reply is Amen. While the Agnus Dei is sung or said, the deacons or some of the concelebrants may help the principal celebrant break the hosts for Communion, both of the 20011 and of the people. Facing the minister, he greets him, choosing one of the formulas provided. Qui vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum Who lives and reigns forever and ever ; Birm it is directed to the Son: All the concelebrants, together with the people, sing or say the final acclamation Quia tuum est regnum For the kingdom.


The Gloria is intoned by the priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone. There are two kinds of bows: All other things being equal, Gregorian chant holds pride of place because it is proper to the Roman Liturgy.

The Per quem haec omnia Through him you give us all these gifts is said by the principal celebrant alone. If not sung, it is to be recited by all together or by two parts of the assembly responding one to the other. An acclamation of this kind constitutes a rite or act in itself, by which the assembly of the faithful welcomes and greets the Lord who is about to speak to it in the Gospel and professes its faith by means of the chant. Then, while he says the Agnus Dei Lamb of God with the minister, the priest breaks the host over the paten.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Those present turn towards the ambo as a sign of special reverence for the Gospel of Christ. They genuflect, partake of the Blood of Christ, wipe the rim of the chalice, and return to their seats. Then he genuflects, takes the host, and, if the minister is uusccb receive Communion, turns to the minister and, holding the host a little above the paten or the chalice, says the Ecce Agnus Dei Behold the Lamb of Godadding with the minister, Lord, I am not worthy.

When the distribution of Communion is over, the Deacon returns to the altar with the Priest, collects the fragments, should any remain, and then carries the chalice and other sacred vessels to the credence table, where he purifies them and arranges them as usual, while the Priest returns to the chair.

The Eucharistic Prayer demands, by giirm very nature, that only the priest say it in virtue of his ordination. On Holy Thursday, however, and for Mass of the Easter Vigil, it is not permitted to celebrate individually. If, however, the tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament is present in the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon, and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the altar and when they depart from it, but not during the celebration of Mass itself.


While standing at the side of the altar, a minister incenses the Priest and then the people. Then the priest invites those present to take part in the Act of Penitence, which, after a brief pause for silence, the entire community carries out through a formula of general confession.

If there is no singing at the Entrance or at Communion and the antiphons in the Missal are not recited by the faithful, the lector may read them at the appropriate time cf. The offerings of the faithful are received by the Priest, assisted by the acolyte or other minister.

Chapter IV: The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass

If he wishes, the Priest may remain at the altar; in which case, the Missal is also prepared there. This acclamation, which is part of the Eucharistic Prayer itself, is sung or said by all the people with the priest. The lector reads from the ambo the readings that precede the Gospel. The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. A priest also, who possesses within the Church the power of Holy Orders to offer sacrifice in the person of Christ, [81] stands for this reason at the head of the faithful people gathered together here and now, presides over their prayer, proclaims the message of salvation to them, associates the people with himself in the offering of sacrifice through Christ in the Holy Spirit to God the Father, gives his brothers and sisters the Bread of eternal life, and partakes of it with them.

Then, together with the Priest, the Deacon venerates the altar with a kiss, makes a profound bow, and withdraws in a manner similar to the Entrance Procession. The readings should, in so far as possible, be proclaimed from the ambo or a lectern. Mass should not be celebrated without a minister, or at least one of the faithful, except for a just and reasonable cause.