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Altar Server Responses

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Altar Serving at the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass

Altar Serving guide:




Altar serving at the extraordinary form can seem quite daunting, but with practice a server can serve at Mass with confidence and reverence for the Divine Mysteries. Altar serving is important, as it allows the priest to focus on his duty of offering the sacrifice of the Mass.

Prayers at the Foot of the Altar:

P: In Nomine Patris, et Filii, † et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

P: Introibo ad Altare Dei.

S: Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

P: Judica me Deus … et doloso erue me.

S: Quia tu es Deus fortitudo mea; quare me repulisti? Et quare tristis incedo, dum affligit me inimicus?

P: Emitte lucem tuam … et in tabernacula tua.

S: Et introibo ad Altare Dei: ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

P: Confitebor tibi in cithara Deus … quare conturbas me?

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

S: Bow head with Priest as he says:

P: Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

S: Kneel erect at once and answer:

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

P: Introibo ad Altare Dei.

S: Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

S: Make the Sign of the Cross with the Priest as he says:

P: Adjutorium nostrum † in nomine Domini.

S: Qui fecit coelum et terram.

S: Kneel erect while the Priest Bows low and says his Confiteor:

P: Confiteor Deo omnipotenti … ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

S: Turn head slightly and bow moderately towards Priest saying:

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

P: Amen.

S: Deeply bow your head and shoulders low towards the Altar and say:

S: Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti, beatae Mariae semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Joanni Baptistae, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, S: With head and body deeply bowed, turn towards the Priest and say: et tibi, Pater, S: Turning again toward the Altar, continue: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo, et opere: S: Lightly strike your breast three times and say: 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, S: With head and body deeply bowed, turn towards the Priest and say: et te, Pater, S: Turning again toward the Altar, continue: orare pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

S: Remain with head and shoulders Deeply Bowed while the Priest says:

P: Misereatur vestri omnipotens Deus, … ad vitam aeternam.

S: Kneeling erect, answer: S: Amen.

S: Make the Sign of the Cross with the Priest as he says:

P: Indulgentiam, † absolutionem et remissionem … Dominus.

S: Amen. S: Moderately Bow Head:

P: Deus, tu conversus vivificabis nos.

S: Et plebs tua laetabitur in te.

P: Ostende nobis, Domine, misericordiam tuam.

S: Et salutare tuum da nobis.

P: Domine exaudi orationem meam.

S: Et clamor meus ad te veniat.

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo. P: Oremus.

Intriot

S: Simple bow at the “Gloria patri”

Kyrie

P: Kyrie Eleison.

S: Kyrie Eleison.

P: Kyrie Eleison.

S: Christe Eleison.

P: Christe Eleison.

S: Christe Eleison.

P: Kyrie Eleison.

S: Kyrie Eleison.

P: Kyrie Eleison.

Gloria

After the Gloria the following is said:

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

The Collects

P: Oremus.

S. Simple Bow

P: Per Dominum Nostrum Jesum Christum…

S. Simple Bow

P: Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

S: Amen.

The Epistle

P: Lectio Epistolae… (The left hand of the priest touches the Altar to signal end of Epistle).

S: Deo Gratias.

The Gospel

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

P: Sequentia (or: Initium) Sancti Evangelii secundum N.

S: Gloria tibi, Domine. (Triple sign of the cross)

S: Laus tibi, Christe.

Offertory

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

P: Oremus.

(Offertory is prayed)

P: Oratre, fratres…

S: Suscipiat Dominus sacrificium de manibus tuis, ad laudem et gloriam nominis sui, ad utilitatem quoque nostram, totiusque Ecclesiae suae sanctae.

The Secrets

P: Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

S: Amen.

The Preface

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

P: Sursum corda.

S: Habemus ad Dominum.

P: Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.

S: Dignum et justum est.

Consecration

P: Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

S: Amen.

Pater Noster

P: Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.

S: Sed libera nos a malo.

P: Amen.

P: Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

S: Amen.

Commingling of the Sacred Body and Blood

P: Pax † Domini sit † semper vobi†scum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

Holy Communion

S: Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti, beatae Mariae semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Joanni Baptistae, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, S: With head and body deeply bowed, turn towards the Priest and say: et tibi, Pater, S: Turning again toward the Altar, continue: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo, et opere: S: Lightly strike your breast three times and say: 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, S: With head and body deeply bowed, turn towards the Priest and say: et te, Pater, S: Turning again toward the Altar, continue: orare pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum.

S: Remain with head and shoulders deeply bowed while the Priest says:

P: Misereatur vestri omnipotens Deus, … ad vitam aeternam.

S: Kneeling erect, answer:

S: Amen.

S: Make the Sign of the Cross with the Priest as he says:

P: Indulgentiam, † absolutionem et remissionem … Dominus.

S: Amen

Prayers After Communion

P: Ecce agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi

S: Domine non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum, sed tantum dic verbo, et sanabitur anima mea (Repeat thrice)

Communion Prayer

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

P: Oremus.

S. Simple Bow

P: Per Dominum Nostrum Jesum Christum…

S. Simple Bow

P: Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

S: Amen.

Dismissal

P: Dominus vobiscum.

S: Et cum spiritu tuo.

P: Ite Missa est.

S: Deo Gratias. 

 

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