Gregorian Rite Missal
according to the Holy Orthodox Church American Jurisdiction
Part 2 - The Liturgy of the Catechumens
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Table of Contents - Liturgy of the Catechumens

  1. The Mass of the Catechumens
    1. Psalm 43 (Septuagint Psalm 42)
    2. General Confession
    3. General Sacramental Absolution
    4. Introit
    5. Kyrie Eleison
    6. Trisagion
    7. Gloria in Excelsis
    8. The Collect and Epistle
    9. The Gradual
    10. Announcements and Sermon
    11. The Nicene Creed
    12. The Doxology

The Divine Liturgy

MASS OF CATECHUMENS

  • The congregation stands during the processional hymn. The Divine Liturgy begins as the celebrant chants or recites:
Blessed is the kingdom of the + Father, and of the, + Son and the + Holy Spirit, now and unto all ages of ages.
R. Amen.
  • Here the congregation kneels.
V. I will go unto the altar of God.
R. Even unto the God of my joy and gladness. 

PSALM 43

Septuagint Psalm 42
  • (Omitted during Advent, Lent and at Requiems)
V. Give sentence with me O God, and defend my cause against the ungodly people, O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
R. For Thou art the God of my strength; why hast Thou put me from Thee, and why go I so heavily while the enemy oppresseth me?

V. O send out Thy light and Thy truth: that they may lead me and bring me unto Thy holy hill and to Thy dwelling.
R. And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto Thee, O God, my God.

V. Why art thou so heavy, O my soul? and why are thou so disquieted within me?
R. O put thy trust in God: for I will yet give Him thanks, which is the help of my countenance and my God.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, throughout all ages of ages. Amen. 

V. Our help is in the + name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.

V. I confess to God, to Blessed Mary, ever virgin, to all the Saints, and to, you, my brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed, by my own fault. I beg Holy Mary the Blessed Theotokos, all the Saints of God, and you, my brethren, to pray for me.
R. Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you all your sins, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen.

  • The congregation makes their confession:
I confess to God, to Blessed Mary, ever virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, by my own fault. I beg Holy Mary, the Blessed Theotokos, all the Saints of God, and you, Father, to pray for me. 

THE GENERAL SACRAMENTAL ABSOLUTION

V. Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins, and bring you to everlasting life. Amen.

May the Almighty and Merciful Lord grant you pardon, + absolution and remission of all your sins.
R. Amen.

V. Turn us again, O Lord, and quicken us;
R. That Thy people may rejoice in thee.

V. O Lord, show Thy mercy upon us;
R. And grant us Thy salvation.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer;
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. The Lord be with you;
R. And with thy Spirit.

Let us pray. 

THE PRIEST ASCENDS THE ALTAR

Take away from us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, all our iniquities, that we may enter into the holy of holies with pure minds, through Christ our Lord.

THE INTROIT

(To be read by Celebrant From the Altar Missal)

THE KYRIE ELEISON

  • The English version, as follows, may be substituted for the Greek version.
 
V. Kyrie Eleison 
R. Kyrie Eleison 
V. Kyrie Eleison 

R. Christi Eleison 
V. Christi Eleison 
R. Christi Eleison 

V. Kyrie Eleison 
R. Kyrie Eleison 
V. Kyrie Eleison 

V. Lord have mercy upon us 
R. Lord have mercy upon us 
V. Lord have mercy upon us 

R. Christ have mercy upon us 
V. Christ have mercy upon us 
R. Christ have mercy upon us 

V. Lord have mercy upon us 
R. Lord have mercy upon us 
V. Lord have mercy upon us 

 
  • Then may be said the following

THE TRISAGION

V. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One;
R. Have mercy upon us.

V. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One;
R. Have mercy upon us.

V. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One;
R. Have mercy upon us.

THE GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

  • The Gloria In Excelsis is said or sung, the congregation standing.
  • The Gloria in Excelsis is omitted during Lent, Advent and Requiems.
V. GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH,

R. and on earth, peace good will towards men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee. We glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord, God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten son, Jesus Christ, O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer, Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord: Thou only O Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, art most high in the glory + of God the Father, Amen.

V. The Lord be with you,
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. 

  • The congregation is seated for the reading of:

THE COLLECT AND THE EPISTLE

R. Thanks be to God 

THE GRADUAL PROPER FOR THE DAY

  • The congregation stands when the missal is moved to the Gospel side of the altar.
  • Here the priest or deacon recites:
Cleanse my heart and my lips, O Almighty God, who didst cleanse the lips of the prophet Isaiah with a burning coal, and in thy gracious mercy so purify me that I may worthily proclaim Thy Holy Gospel, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • The Reader of the Gospel says (Omitted at Requiems):
May the Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily attend to his Holy Gospel.

V. The Lord be with you

R. And with thy spirit

  • The Byzantine introduction may used as follows. At the Reader's option, he may say:
"Wisdom!"
"Let us attend!"
The continuation (or beginning) of the Holy Gospel according to: ____.
R. Glory be to thee, O Lord.

THE GOSPEL

V. Here endeth the reading of the Holy Gospel +
R. Praise be to thee, O Christ.
  • Here a sermon hymn then may be sung.
  • The congregation is then seated for:

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE SERMON

  • Then follows the Nicene Creed, all standing.
  • All genuflect at the underscored phrase in the Creed.

THE NICENE CREED

PRIEST: I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD

ALL: The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ , the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of light, very God of very God; begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made, Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge 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.

  • Here may be sung an Offertory Hymn. The congregation is seated for the Offertory Hymn.
  • Then the celebrant shall receive the alms basin from the server and say the following:
Receive, O Lord, the material gifts of Thy people for the welfare of Thy Church, accept them in honor of Thy glory. Amen. 

THE DOXOLOGY

  • Here may be sung:
Praise God, from Whom all Blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

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