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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

  V. The Collects

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1. When the Gloria in excelsis has been said, or if it is not prescribed, having omitted it, the Celebrant kisses the Altar with his hands spread upon it as described above. Then, with his hands joined before his breast, and with his eyes downcast, he turns toward the people from left to right; and then joins his hands before his breast as before, and says in a clear voice:

Dominus vobiscum.

(Or if he is a bishop: Pax vobis, which is said in its place whenever the hymn Gloria in excelsis is said).

The minister responds: 

Et cum spiritu tuo.

Then, with hands joined as before, he turns around the same way to the book, where he extends his hands, and joining them before his breast, bowing his head toward the Cross, he says: 


Then he extends his hands before his breast, with fingers joined, and says the Oration. When he says Per Dominum nostrum, he joins his hands and holds them that way until the end. If the Oration concludes with Qui tecum or Qui vivis, he joins his hands when he says in unitate.

2. When during the Oration, or elsewhere in the Mass, the name of JESUS or MARY is mentioned, and also when the name of a Saint or Blessed is pronounced during a Mass or commemoration in their honor, or the name of the Supreme Pontiff is pronounced, the Priest bows his head. If more than one Collect is to be said, the same norms apply to them: those concerning voice, extension of the hands, and bowing of the head.

3. If the Altar faces the people, the Celebrant does not turn his back to the Altar when saying Dominus vobiscumOrate, fratresIte, missa est, or when giving the blessing, but having kissed the Altar in the middle, there extending and joining his hands, as above, facing the people, greets them and gives the blessing.

4. Whenever the words Flectamus genua, Levate occur in the Mass to be said, the Priest, having said the Kyrie, eleison at the middle of the Altar, returns to the Epistle side, where standing before the book, having extended and then joined his hands before his breast, with his head inclined, says Oremus, and then Flectamus genua, and in the same place, with his hands extended upon the Altar in order to support himself, he kneels and prays for a short period of time in silence, with his hands joined. Then he says Levate, rises, and with hands extended, says the Oration. He reads the following reading in the same manner, as is done with the Epistle, below.

5. In solemn Masses, when Dominus vobiscum and the Oration are said, the Deacon and Subdeacon stand behind the Celebrant. Flectamus genua and Levate are sung by the Deacon. The Celebrant and all others kneel and pray as described above. The Deacon sings Flectamus genua before he kneels, and Levate before he rises.

The Epistle, the Gradual, and everything else up to the Offertory

The Introit, the Kyrie, and the Gloria


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