tibi, sancta Trinitas, obsequium servitutis meae: et praesta, ut
sacrificium quod oculis tuae majestatis indignus obtuli, tibi sit
acceptabile, mihique, et omnibus pro quibus illud obtuli, sit te
miserante propitiabile. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
After saying this, with his hands extended and
upon the altar, he kisses it in the middle. When he arises, he stands
facing it, elevates his eyes and hands, which he extends and joins, to
heaven, and with his head inclined to the Cross, says in an
vos omnipotens Deus
And with his hands joined, and his eyes cast down
the ground, turning toward the people from his left to his right,
extending his right hand, with the fingers joined, and with his left
placed upon his breast, he blesses the people once, saying:
Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus.
And completing a circle, he goes to the Gospel
side, where he says:
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Then, with his right thumb, he signs with the sign
the Cross first the Altar (or, as the case may be, the book at the beginning of the
Gospel), and then his forehead, mouth and breast, saying:
Initium sancti Evangelii secundum Joannem.
Or, as specified in the Rubricae Generales:
sancti Evangelii secundum N.
Gloria tibi, Domine.
Then, with his hands joined, he reads the
Gospel: In principio,
or however it begins:
erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. Hoc erat in
principio apud Deum. Omnia per ipsum facta sunt, et sine ipso factum
est nihil quod factum est; in ipso vita erat, et vita erat lux hominum;
et lux in tenebris lucet, et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt. Fuit
homo missus a Deo cui nomen erat Joannes. Hic venit in testimonium, ut
testimonium perhiberet de lumine, ut omnes crederent per illum. Non
erat ille lux, sed ut testimonium perhiberet de lumine. Erat lux vera
quae illuminat omnem hominem venientem in hunc mundum. In mundo erat,
et mundus per ipsum factus est et mundus eum non cognovit. In propria
venit, et sui eum non receperunt. Quotquot autem receperunt eum, dedit
eis potestatem filios Dei fieri; his qui credunt in nomine ejus: qui
non ex sanguinibus, neque ex voluntate viri, sed ex Deo nati sunt
He genuflects, facing the Gospel:
Verbum caro factum est,
He rises, and continues as before:
et habitavit in nobis; et vidimus gloriam
ejus gloriam quasi Unigeniti a Patre, plenum gratiae et veritatis.
When he has finished, the minister, standing at
the Epistle side, says:
If the Celebrant is at
an Altar facing the people, he does not turn around, but standing as he
was, blesses the people, as above, at the middle of the
Then he goes to the Gospel side, and reads the Gospel of St. John.
If he is celebrating in
the presence of the Supreme Pontiff, a Cardinal, a Legate of the
Apostolic See, or a Patriarch, Archbishop, or Bishop in his province,
city, or diocese, the Celebrant, having said Placeat tibi, sancta Trinitas,
etc., says Benedicat vos
and having genuflected toward the Supreme Pontiff, Cardinal, or Legate,
or having bowed his head to any other of the aforementioned Prelates,
just as if beseeching license to bless, proceeds with Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus,
blessing those nearby from the direction where the Pontiff, Cardinal,
Legate, or aforementioned Prelate is not standing. If, however, he is
celebrating in the presence of a Patriarch, Archbishop, or Bishop,
outside of his designated province, city, or diocese, without this form
of respect, as would be paid to others, he says the Blessing in the
Masses in which Benedicamus
Domino or Requiescant
in pace is said, the Celebrant does not give the Blessing,
but having said Placeat
tibi, sancta Trinitas,
as above, he kisses the Altar, and if the last Gospel is to be read, he
goes to the Gospel side, where he reads the beginning of the Gospel of
St. John, beginning In
If the last Gospel is to
be omitted, according to the rubrics, the Celebrant, having given the
Blessing, or if the Blessing is to be omitted, having kissed the Altar,
leaves. After finishing the Gospel at the end of Mass, if celebrating
in the presence of the Supreme Pontiff, a Cardinal, Legate of the
Apostolic See, or Patriarch, Archbishop, or Bishop, he turns toward him
in whose presence he is celebrating, and makes the appropriate
reverence. If he is not celebrating in the presence of one of the
aforementioned, he omits this form of reverence.
When all this has been
finished, the Priest takes the Chalice in his left hand, and holding
the Burse over it with his right, lest anything fall, descends before
the lowest step of the Altar, and there turning toward it in the
middle, bows profoundly (or, if there is a Tabernacle with the Most
Blessed Sacrament, he genuflects), and, having made the reverence,
accepts the Biretta from the minister, covers his head, and with the
same minister preceding him, in the same way as they came, they return
to the Sacristy, saying in the meantime the antiphon Trium puerorum the Benedicite,
or other prayers which he prefers. After he has removed his vestments,
he continues the period of thanksgiving for a convenient amount of
time, offering the prayers below, or others according to his own
devotion. (See "Praeparatio ad Missam.").
In solemn Masses the
Celebrant, in the same voice and manner as in read Masses, blesses all
the people once, unless he is a Bishop or another one of those stated
above. And having said the Gospel of John, he departs with the
ministers in the same order and manner as they came.
Bishop however, or Cardinal, or Abbot having the use of pontificals,
blesses the people thrice even in read Masses.
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