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Rubrics of the Tridentine Latin Mass 1962

The Rubrics of the Missale Romanum 1962

Translated into English by Rev. Dennis M. Duvelius

  III. The Beginning of Mass

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1. When the priest has descended to the lowest level of the Altar, he turns toward the Altar, and standing in the middle, with his hands joined before his breast with fingers extended and together, and with his right thumb over his left in the form of a cross (which form is always to be observed when joining the hands until after the Consecration), and with his head uncovered, having first reverenced the Crucifix or Altar, or if a Tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar, having genuflected, standing erect, he begins the Mass.

2. If he is about to celebrate in the presence of the Supreme Pontiff, he stands before the lowest level of the Altar at the Gospel side before the Pontiff, where, genuflecting, he waits. Having received the blessing, he rises, and standing facing the Altar, begins the Mass. If, however, he is about to celebrate in the presence of a Cardinal, Legate of the Apostolic See, or a Patriarch, Archbishop, or Bishop in his residence or place of jurisdiction, he stands before the lowest level at the Gospel side, as above, and waits; after the sign has been given, he makes a profound reverence to the Prelate, and facing the Altar, begins the Mass.

3. If however he is celebrating solemnly in the presence of the Supreme Pontiff or another of the aforementioned Prelates in churches within their jurisdiction, he stands to the left of the Prelate, makes the Confession with him, and does everything else as prescribed in the Roman Pontifical and Ceremonial.

4. Standing thus before the lowest step of the Altar, as described above, he signs himself with his right hand from forehead to breast with the sign of the cross, saying in an intelligible voice:

In nomine Patris, et Filii,  et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

After he has said this, he should pay no attention to any Celebrant at any other Altar, even if he elevates the Blessed Sacrament, but continuing, he attends to his own Mass until the end. This is to be observed even in solemn Masses, and also by the ministers.

5. When he crosses himself, the Priest always holds his left hand on his breast. In other blessings at the Altar, and in blessing the oblation or anything else, he places it upon the Altar, unless otherwise indicated. In blessing himself, he turns the palm of his right hand toward himself, and with all his fingers together and extended, makes the sign of the cross from forehead to breast, and from left shoulder to right. If, however, another person or thing is to be blessed, the little finger is turned toward that which (or whom) is to be blessed, and he extends his entire hand toward that to be blessed, with his fingers together and extended, which is to be observed in all blessings.

6. After he has said In nomine Patris, etc. as above, he again joins his hands before his breast and pronounces in a clear voice the Antiphon:

Introibo ad altare Dei.

The minister kneeling behind him and to his left replies: (In Solemn Masses, the minister stands henceforth)

Ad Deum, qui laetificat juventutem meam.

Then the Priest, in the same manner, begins, alternating with the minister or ministers, to say the psalm, continuing to the end with the Gloria Patri, and bowing his head to the Cross at the Gloria Patri:

S. Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.    

M. Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea: quare me repulisti, et quare tristis incedo, dum affligit me inimicus?

S. Emitte lucem tuam et veritatem tuam: ipsa me deduxerunt et adduxerunt in montem sanctum tuum, et in tabernacula tua.

M. Et introibo ad altare Dei: ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

S. Confitebor tibi in cithara, Deus, Deus meus quare tristis es anima mea, et quare conturbas me?

M. Spera in Deo, quoniam adhuc confitebor illi: salutare vultus mei, et Deus meus.

S. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

M. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper: et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

When finished, he repeats the antiphon with the ministers:

S. Introibo ad altare Dei.

M. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

(The psalm is never omitted, except in Masses for the dead, and in Masses during the time lasting from Passion Sunday up to Holy Thursday inclusive, during which time however the antiphon Introibo is said with the ministers, as described above, with the Priest adding immediately V. Adjutorium nostrum, etc., as below)

7. After the Introibo antiphon has been repeated, making the sign of the cross with his right hand from forehead to breast, he says:

V. Adjutorium  nostrum in nomine Domini.

R. Qui fecit coelum et terram.    

Then, bowing profoundly before the Altar, with his hands joined, he says the Confiteor, striking his breast thrice with his right hand at the mea culpa, with his left hand on his breast:

S. Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatae Mariae semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Joanni Baptistae, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, et vobis fratres: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione verbo, et opere: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Ideo precor beatam Mariam semper Virginem, beatum Michaelem Archangelum, beatum Joannem Baptistam, sanctos Apostolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et vos fratres, orare pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

The minister or ministers say:

Misereatur tui omnipotens Deus, et dimissis peccatis tuis, perducat te ad vitam aeternam.

The Priest stands erect after replying: 

Amen.

8. If he is in the presence of the Pontiff, a Cardinal, a Legate of the Apostolic See, or a Patriarch, Archbishop, or Bishop, in their established Province, City, or Diocese, when is otherwise said vobis, fratres, he says, tibi, Pater; similarly at the end where otherwise vos, fratres is said, he says te, Pater. When saying this he genuflects to the Supreme Pontiff, or bows profoundly to the other Prelates.


9. The ministers then say the confession in the same manner. When the minister, and whoever is present (even if it were the Supreme Pontiff) responds Confiteor, etc., he says tibi, Pater, and te, Pater, turning somewhat toward the Celebrant:

Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatae Mariae semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Joanni Baptistae, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, et tibi Pater: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione verbo, et opere: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Ideo precor beatam Mariam semper Virginem, beatum Michaelem Archangelum, beatum Joannem Baptistam, sanctos Apostolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et te Pater, orare pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

10. When the Confession has been made by those standing around him, the Celebrant replies, standing:

Misereatur vestri omnipotens Deus, et dimissis peccatis vestris, perducat vos ad vitam aeternam.

The ministers stand erect after replying: Amen.

Then the Priest makes the sign of the cross with his right hand from forehead to breast, saying:

Indulgentiam, absolutionem, et remissionem peccatorum nostrorum, tribuat nobis omnipotens et misericors Dominus.

And if he is a Bishop, or Abbot, as above, he puts on the Maniple, having kissed it in the middle. The ministers reply: 

Amen.

Then, bowing with his hands joined, he proceeds with Deus, tu conversus, and with what follows in the Order of Mass, up to Aufer a nobis, etc., in a clear voice:

V. Deus, tu conversus vivificabis nos.

R. Et plebs tua laetabitur in te.

V. Ostende nobis, Domine, misericordiam tuam.

R. Et salutare tuum da nobis.

V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam.

R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

V. Dominus vobiscum.

R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Then, extending and then joining his hands, he says in a clear voice: 

Oremus.

11. And if celebrating in the presence of the Supreme Pontiff, or other Prelates, as above, having made a genuflection to the Supreme Pontiff, or a deep reverence to the other prelates, he goes to the middle of the Altar below the lowest step, and there begins secretly Aufer a nobis, as in the Order of Mass.


12. Sometimes the psalm Judica me, Deus with its antiphon, the confession with the absolution, the following verses and the prayers Aufer a nobis and Oramus te, Domine are to be omitted, according to the norm of rubric 424. In these cases the Celebrant, having made due reverence to the Altar, ascends it saying nothing, and having put down the Chalice, kisses the Altar, again saying nothing. Then, unless the Altar is to be incensed, he begins the Introit antiphon at the Epistle side, as below.

 The Introit, the Kyrie, and the Gloria

The Procession of the Priest to the Altar 

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