Gregorian Rite Missal
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Part 3 - The Mass of the Faithful
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Table of Contents - Mass of the Faithful

  1. The Mass of the Faithful
    1. The 26th Psalm (Septuagint Psalm 25)
    2. The Secret
    3. The Sursum Corda
    4. The Preface
    5. The Sanctus
    6. The Canon of the Liturgy
    7. The Words of Institution
    8. The Epiklesis
    9. Commemoration of the Dead
    10. The Lord's Prayer
    11. Agnus Dei
    12. The Prayer of Humble Access
    13. Communion of the Clergy
    14. Optional Second General Confession
    15. Communion of the Faithful
    16. Post-Communion Collect
    17. The Dismissal
    18. The Celebrant's Prayer of Thanksgiving

MASS OF THE FAITHFUL

THE GREATER OFFERTORY

  • The preparation the Holy Gifts may take place before the Divine Liturgy begins. The preparation takes place at the altar of prothesis, which is prepared for that purpose.
  • The celebrant censes the Oblations and a procession is made to the back of the church, and up the center aisle.
  • If the altar of prothesis is used, the Divine Liturgy continues with the 26th Psalm.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Accept, O holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, this unspotted host which, I, unworthy servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences, and also for those here present and for all faithful Christians, both living and dead, that it may avail me and them unto life everlasting. Amen.

O God, who in creating human nature hast wonderfully dignified it and still more wonderfully reformed it, grant that by the mystery of this water and wine, we may become partakers of His Divine Nature, Who deigned to partake of our human nature, Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, throughout all ages of ages. Amen.

We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy mercy, that it may ascend before Thy Divine Majesty as a sweet odour for our salvation and that of the whole world. Amen.

Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart; and grant that the Sacrifice we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God.

Come, O almighty and eternal God the Sanctifier, bless this Sacrifice prepared for the glory of Thy Holy Name.

  • The congregation is seated while the clergy perform the ablutions.
  • The celebrant then recites, alone:

THE 26TH PSALM (Verses 6-12)

Septuagint 25th Psalm

I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord, and so will I go to Thine altar.
That I may show the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Thy wondrous works.
Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place wherein Thine honour dwelleth.
O shut not up my soul with the sinners, nor my life with the bloodthirsty,
In whose hands is wickedness, and their right hand is full of gifts.
But as for me, I will walk innocently, O deliver me and be merciful unto me.
My foot standeth right, I will praise the Lord in the congregation.

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

Let us pray.

Receive, O Holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to Thee in memory of the passion, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in honour of the glorious and blessed ever virgin Mary, Theotokos, of blessed John the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and of all Thy saints; that it may be available to their honour and our salvation: and that they may vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we celebrate on earth, through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.

  • The congregation stands.
Brethren, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.

R. May the Lord receive the sacrifice at thy hands to the praise and glory of His Name, to our benefit, and that of all His Holy Church.

  • Here is read the SECRET, proper to the day.

THE SECRET

Throughout all ages of ages.
R. Amen.

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

  • The Sursum Corda is sung here.

THE SURSUM CORDA

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up unto the Lord. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God. It is meet and right so to do. 

THE PREFACE

It is very meet, right, just and availing unto salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty everlasting God (The proper Preface, when one is said, is entered here), through Christ our Lord, by whom the angels praise Thy majesty, the Dominions adore thee, the Powers tremble, the Heavens and the heavenly Host and the blessed Seraphim join with one glad voice in extolling Thee. To their voices we pray Thee, let ours be added, while we say with humble praise: 

THE SANCTUS

  • The Congregation kneels at the Sanctus.
  • The celebrant continues.
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 

CANON

  • The celebrant then reads the Canon of the Liturgy.
Therefore Most Merciful Father, we humbly pray and beseech Thee through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, that Thou wouldst be pleased to accept and bless these gifts, these offerings, these Holy spotless Sacrifices, which we offer Thee in the first place for the Holy Catholic Church, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to keep Her in peace under Thy protection, to bring Her to unity and to guide Her throughout the world; likewise for all Orthodox Patriarchs throughout the world, for (N), our Primate, for (N) our archbishop (or bishop), for the Holy American Synod, for all bishops, priests and deacons, for (N) the President of the United States and for all Orthodox Christian believers who hold the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. Amen.
  • Here are remembered those for whom special intentions are made.
Remember, O Lord, Thy servants and all here present whose faith and devotion are known unto Thee, for whom we offer, or who offer to Thee this Sacrifice of praise for themselves and those belonging to them, for the salvation of their souls, for their health and welfare, and who pay their vows to Thee, the eternal, living and true God. Amen.
  • All join in saying:
In communion with, and venerating first the memory of the glorious and ever virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord God Jesus Christ; and also the Blessed Apostles and Martyrs (here individual saints may be named) and all Thy saints, through whose prayers grant that in all things we may be guarded by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • The celebrant then continues:
We therefore pray Thee, O Lord, mercifully to accept this offering of our service and that of all Thy family; to order our days in Thy peace, to deliver us from eternal damnation, and to number us in the flock of Thine elect. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Which Offering, we beseech Thee, O God, to bless +, consecrate, + approve, make worthy and acceptable in every way, that It may become for us the +Body and +Blood, of Thy most Beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

Who, the day before He suffered, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and having raised His eyes to heaven, unto Thee, O God, His Almighty Father, giving thanks to Thee, He blessed it, broke it, + and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take ye all and eat of this:
For this is my Body.
  • The Celebrant elevates the host to the level of his eyes, returns the host to the altar and makes a slight bow. The Server rings the bell once during the elevation, and once during the bow.
In like manner, when the supper was done, taking also this goodly chalice into His holy and venerable hands, again giving thanks to Thee, He blessed + it, and gave it to His disciples, saying: Take ye all, and drink of this:
For this is the chalice of my Blood of the new and eternal covenant; the mystery of faith, which shall be shed for you and for many unto the forgiveness of sins.
  • The Celebrant elevates the chalice to eye level, returns it to the Altar and then makes a slight bow. The bell rings at the elevation and bow. While elevating the chalice, he says:
As oft as ye shall do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me.
  • The celebrant continues:
Wherefore, O Lord, we Thy servants, as also Thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed Passion of the same Christ Thy Son our Lord, His Resurrection from the dead and glorious Ascension into heaven, offer unto Thy most excellent Majesty of Thy gifts bestowed upon us a pure host, a holy host, a spotless host, the holy bread of eternal life and the chalice of everlasting salvation.

Upon which vouchsafe to look with a favorable and serene countenance, and to accept them as Thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of our patriarch Abraham, and that which Thy high priest, Melchisedech offered unto Thee, a holy Sacrifice, a spotless Victim. 

ACT OF CONSECRATION

THE EPIKLESIS

INVOCATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Raising his eyes, the Priest invokes the Holy Spirit, blesses the offerings, saying:
AND WE BESEECH THEE, O LORD,
TO SEND DOWN THY HOLY SPIRIT UPON THESE OFFERINGS,
THAT HE WOULD MAKE THIS BREAD THE PRECIOUS
+BODY OF THY CHRIST,
AND THAT WHICH IS IN THIS CUP THE PRECIOUS
+BLOOD OF THY SON OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
TRANSMUTING THEM BY THY HOLY SPIRIT.
He elevates the chalice and the Sacred Host
THINE OF THINE OWN WE OFFER UNTO THEE,
ON BEHALF OF ALL AND FOR ALL.
replaces them upon the corporal, covers the chalice, and genuflects. He says aloud:
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!
The celebrant continues, saying:

We humbly beseech Thee, Almighty God, to command that these things be borne by the hands of Thy Holy Angel to Thine Altar on high, into the presence of Thy Divine Majesty, that so many of us as shall partake at this Altar of the most Sacred Body and Blood of Thy Son, may be filled with all heavenly benediction. Thorough the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

THE COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD

Be mindful also, O Lord, of Thy servants who are gone before us with the sign of Faith, who rest in the sleep of peace. (Remember the faithful departed.) To them, O Lord, and to all who rest in Christ, grant we pray Thee a place of refreshment, light and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

To us sinners also, Thy servants, confiding in the multitude of Thy mercies, grant some lot and partnership with Thy Holy Apostles and Martyrs, (Here individual saints may be commemorated) and with all Thy Saints, into whose company we pray Thee of Thy mercy admit us, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences. Through Christ our Lord, by Whom O Lord, Thou dost ever create, sanctify, quicken, bless and bestow upon us all these good things:

For by Him, and with Him, and in Him, is to Thee, God the Father Almighty in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory throughout all ages of ages. Amen.

Instructed by saving precepts and following the Divine institution, we presume to say: 

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Celebrant: OUR FATHER...

ALL: Who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

  • The Celebrant continues:
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and unto all ages of ages. Amen.

Deliver us, we beseech Thee, from all evils past, present and to come, and at the intercession of the holy, glorious and blessed ever virgin Mary, Theotokos; of Thy blessed Apostles Peter, Paul, Andrew, and all Thy Saints, graciously give peace in our time, that aided by the help of Thy loving kindness, we may both be ever free from sin and secure from all disquietude. Through the same Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, throughout all ages of ages. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

May this mixture and Consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ be effectual for us who receive it unto eternal life.

R. Amen.

  • Then is said or sung

THE AGNUS DEI

  • Altogether in unison if sung - Alternately with Priest if said.
V. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy upon us.
V. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy upon us.
V. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
R. Grant us thy peace.
  • Note: Agnus Dei endings for Requiems:
Grant them rest.
Grant them rest.
Grant them eternal rest.
  • The following is omitted in Requiems.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst say to Thine Apostles, peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church; and grant her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy Will. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, throughout all ages of ages. Amen.
  • Here the clergy exchange the symbolic Kiss of Peace.
  • The Kiss of Peace may then be transmitted to the congregation in the form of a blessing.
  • The following two prayers may be omitted if the Prayer of Humble Access (an optional prayer) is recited:
O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who by the Will of the Father and the cooperation of the Holy Spirit has, by Thy death, given life to the world, deliver us, we beseech Thee, by this Thy most Holy Body and Blood from all iniquities and from every evil. Make us ever obedient to Thy Commandments, and suffer us not to be forever separated from Thee, Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the same Spirit, God, throughout all ages of ages. Amen.

Let not the participation of Thy Body, O Lord Jesus Christ, which we albeit unworthy, receive be to us for judgement and condemnation; but by Thy goodness may It be a safeguard and remedy to both soul and body, who with God the Father, in unity with the Holy Spirit, livest and reignest, God, throughout all ages of ages. Amen. 

THE PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS

All: We do not presume to come to this Thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy Table. But Thou art the same Lord, Whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, Gracious Lord, so as to be nourished by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ; so that our sinful lives may be made clean by His Most Precious Body and Blood, and that we may ever more dwell in Him and He in us. Amen. 

THE COMMUNION OF THE CLERGY

  • The celebrant now says:
I will take the Bread of Heaven, and call upon the Name of the Lord.
  • The celebrant now says thrice:
Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof; but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.

May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for me, preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen.

What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits He hath done unto me? I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord, which is worthy to be praised; so shall I be safe from mine enemies.

May the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for me, preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.

  • Here the congregation who arrived after the General Confession makes their confession.

GENERAL 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.

GENERAL SACRAMENTAL ABSOLUTION

Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you all 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. Amen.

  • The celebrant continues:

THE COMMUNION OF THE FAITHFUL

  • The celebrant:
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him that taketh away the sins of the world.
  • The celebrant and the congregation declare thrice:
Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof; but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed.
  • Here shall all chrismated Orthodox Christians advance to the altar rail to receive Holy Communion under the form of both Sacred Species, receiving the Holy Host upon the tongue and partaking of the Precious Blood from the Chalice.

ADMINISTRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen.

The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen.

  • If you are not to receive Holy Communion, make an act of spiritual communion during the Communion of the Priest and People:
I worship thee, Lord Jesus, and kneeling unto thee,
As thou didst come to Mary, I pray thee come to me.
  • The congregation, having received the Holy Communion, return to the pews, and kneeling, give thanks for the precious Gifts which they have received.
  • The congregation should remain kneeling (if not physically disabled) until the doors of the Tabernacle be closed.
  • The congregation is seated.
  • The Celebrant continues:
What we have partaken with our mouth, O Lord, may we receive with a pure heart, and of a temporal gift, may it become to us an eternal remedy. May this Communion cleanse us from sin, O Lord, and make us partakers of a heavenly healing.

May the Body and Blood which we have received, cleave unto our hearts, O Lord; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in us, having been fed with this pure and Holy Sacrament. Who livest and reignest in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, through all ages of Ages. Amen.

THE COMMUNION ANTIPHON

  • The congregation stands.
Lord, let Thy benediction and Thy grace descend upon all who have received Thy holy Body and Blood.
R. We have seen the true light. We have received the heavenly spirit: We have found the true Faith: worshipping the undivided Trinity, that has saved us.

God has gone up with acclaim, the Lord has risen with the sound of the trumpet.
R. Blessed is our God always, now and ever, and unto all ages of ages. Amen. 

THE POST-COMMUNION COLLECT

PROPER TO THE DAY

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

Let us pray.

  • The celebrant then recites the Collects, the congregation devoutly kneeling.

CONCLUSION OF THE MASS

THE DISMISSAL

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

Then follows one of these alternative forms:

    Ite missa est.
    R. Deo gratias.

    Go in peace, the Liturgy is ended.
    R. Thanks be to God.

    Let us bless the Lord. (Lent and Advent)
    R. Thanks be to God

    May they rest in peace. (Requiems)
    R. And let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen

THE CELEBRANT'S PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Let the obedient performance of my bounded duty be pleasing unto Thee, O Holy Trinity, and grant that this sacrifice which I, unworthy that I am, have offered in the sight of Thy Divine Majesty, may be acceptable unto Thee and may through Thy mercy, obtain Thy favour for myself and for all those in whose behalf I have offered it. Who livest and reignest, God, throughout all ages of ages. Amen.

FINAL BLESSING

The Blessing of God Almighty, + The Father, + the Son and + the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you, now and unto all ages of ages. Amen.

THE RECESSIONAL

  • If a recessional hymn be used, the people shall stand during it, and in any event during the retirement of the clergy. They shall then be seated and remain so till the altar candles be extinguished. Then shall the priest give the dismissal, concluding with these words:
Go forth now into the world, loving thy neighbor as thyself and rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit.
R. Thanks be to God.

In the Name of the Father, + and of the Son, + and of the + Holy Spirit. Amen. 



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