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Mr. Ron Prebe
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Mrs. Sylvia Righi (PIC)
 

 
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EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES
Monday-Friday
7:00 and 8:45 a.m.
 
Weekend
4:30 p.m. Saturday
7:30 a.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. Sunday
11:30 a.m. Sunday
5:30 p.m. Sunday  
 

 

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Sunday Celebration - NO DEACON

 

1. Those who function at the liturgy in any capacity as a liturgical minister (i.e. lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, ushers, musicians, etc.) must be present for the full and entire liturgy, even when attending more than one liturgy.

 

2. The opening procession will be just like it has always been. However, you will not be carrying in the lectionary from which the readings are proclaimed. Rather, you will be carrying in the Book of the Gospels. The book contains only the Gospel readings for Sunday Mass and other solemnities. The book should be held "slightly elevated." This means that it should not be held above your head, but should be held at about eye-level.

 

3. The procession will form in the narthex of the church. The order will be: cross, servers, lector with the Book of the Gospels, and finally the celebrant.

 

4. Upon approaching the foot of the altar (the steps), you will line up in front of the sanctuary. The order will be (from left to right): cross, lector, celebrant, servers.

 

5. When everyone is in position at the foot of the altar, a reverential bow is made. The lector and crucifer (cross bearer) will not bow the same way as the celebrant and the servers. The lector, holding the Book of the Gospels, will make a bow of the head only toward the altar. The Book of the Gospels should not move, only the head should move.

 

6. Once the sign of reverence has been made, the lector will proceed up the steps of the sanctuary in front of the altar and stand the Book of the Gospels up towards the front center of the altar. The book should stand far enough back so that if it should collapse, it will not fall off the altar.

 

7. Once the Book of the Gospels has been placed on the altar, the lector should proceed to his/her seat.

 

8. When it comes time for the readings, the lector should move directly to the ambo. No sign of reverence should be made to either the lectionary (which has already been placed on the ambo) or to the processional cross. If the lector passes in front of the altar, then a profound bow should be made. Otherwise, no bow or any other form of reverence is made.

 

9. The lector may pick up the lectionary while he/she is reading, but it should not be elevated in a manner which would confuse the lectionary with the Book of the Gospels.

 

10. After the first reading, the lector should remain at the ambo until the psalm has begun, and then return to his/her seat. If the lector is reciting the psalm, a period of silence (about 15 to 20 seconds) should be observed before beginning the psalm.

 

11. After the second reading, the lector should close the lectionary and place it on the shelf under the top of the ambo. This is done in order to make room for the Book of the Gospels which the celebrant will process from the altar to the ambo during the Gospel Acclamation. If there is no second reading, the lectionary is moved to the shelf immediately after the lector has proclaimed the psalm, or if the cantor is chanting the psalm, immediately after the first reading.

 

12. The second lector will be responsible for leading the General Intercessions from the ambo. (a) Before Mass begins, review the General Intercessions in the folder, which will be placed on the shelf in the ambo. If there are any questions regarding the intercessions, pronunciation of names, etc., see the priest before Mass starts. (b) After the Creed, immediately go to the ambo. The celebrant will begin the introduction to the General Intercessions. You begin when he is finished with this introductory prayer. [Note: If there is a Baptism, the Creed will not be prayed. You will therefore go to the ambo when the celebrant returns to his chair from the baptismal font.] (c) Begin the intercessions by announcing what the response will be for each intercession (example: "Our response is: 'Lord, hear our prayer.") (d) After the last intercession, wait at the ambo until the celebrant finishes the concluding prayer and the people have responded "Amen." After this, you may return to your seat.

 

13. The only other change in the Mass is that the Book of the Gospels is never processed out of the sanctuary once it has been placed there. Rather, it is the idea that the "Gospel is carried out in the hearts of the faithful." Therefore, the lectors will not process out at the end of Mass.

 

 

Sunday Celebration - WITH A DEACON

 

1. When a deacon is present to assist the celebrant at the Mass, the deacon will process in with the Book of the Gospels. Therefore, the lector will not be in the opening procession. Rather, the lector(s) should be seated in his/her (their) seat(s) at the beginning of Mass.

 

2. At the appropriate time, the lector will approach the ambo to do the readings. Keep in mind: no sign of reverence should be made to either the lectionary (which has already been placed on the ambo), or to the processional cross. If the lector passes in front of the altar, then a profound bow should be made. Otherwise, no bow or any other form of reverence is made.

 

3. The lector may pick up the lectionary while he/she is reading, but it should not be elevated in a manner which would confuse the lectionary with the Book of the Gospels.

 

4. After the first reading, the lector should remain at the ambo until the psalm has begun, and then return to his/her seat. If the lector is reciting the psalm, a period of silence (about 15 to 20 seconds) should be observed before beginning the psalm.

 

5. After the second reading, the lector should close the lectionary and place it on the shelf under the top of the ambo. This is done in order to make room for the Book of the Gospels which the deacon will process from the altar to the ambo. Like the first reading, the lector should stand at the ambo silently until the singing of the Gospel Acclamation has begun. If there is no second reading, the lectionary is moved to the shelf immediately after the lector has proclaimed the psalm, or, if the cantor chants the psalm, immediately after the first reading.

 

6. As in Masses without a deacon, the Book of the Gospels is not processed out at the end of the Mass. Since the lector was not in the opening procession, he/she (they) will not be in the recessional procession.



Miscellaneous Considerations

 

1. Those who are going to read at Mass should be appropriately dressed. In our culture, how you dress is a reflection of how seriously you view the occasion you are attending. Therefore, one who proclaims Christ's Word to the community of believers should be attired in a manner consistent with the dignity of a Baptized Catholic presenting themselves before God. Your clothing should be neat and simple.

 

2. When you proclaim the Word of God, your voice should be clear, your pronunciation distinct, your tone moderate, and your speed temperate. It is highly recommended that you review the readings at least one day before you are to read them at Mass. If there are words which you find difficult to pronounce, please consult the lector workbook or the pronunciation key found at the sign-in table. Care should also be taken to respect the punctuation of the passage you are reading. This can have a dramatic effect on how the congregation understands what you are saying.

 

3. The Sunday lectionary book will be used for the RCIA Rite of Dismissal.

 

Effective the First Sunday of Advent 2003