Note: In this Missal, parts printed in
are to be recited aloud, those infineblackare to be recited softly and parts in red are instructions.
Obligatory parts of the Mass
The Mass consists of three important and necessary parts, the
Offertory,Consecration and Communion
. A Catholic is obliged to attend Holy Mass each Sundayand Holyday of Obligation. To fulfill this obligation he must be present during the partsof the Mass named above.
Instructions to the server
1.Place Missal closed on the Missal stand on the right of the Altar.2.Light two beeswax candles (six for High Mass).3.Cover Altar with three white linen cloths. Place Altar cards one each at the left,right, and center of the Altar. (The left one is the Last Gospel).4.Keep ready the bell. Keep ready two cruets, water and wine, the spoon, theTowel, which the priest uses to wipe his fingers after they were cleansed withwater and the little receptacle for receiving the drops of water during the ablution.5.Also, the gold Paten-like or dish-like tray, which is used during the Communiontime.6.In the Sacristy, keep ready the Ordo, and also the Chalice, the Purificator, thePaten, the Host and the Pall, all of these covered by the Veil. On top of the Veil,keep the Burse containing the Corporal.7.Keep ready the Amice, the Alb, the cincture, the Maniple, the Stole, the Chasubleand the Biretta.8.Keep ready the holy water if the Asperges is to be recited.9.When the Priest enters, the Server comes behind him. In his left hand the Priestcarries the Chalice covered with the veil. His right hand rests upon the Bursecontaining the Corporal.
In the Catholic Church, the first object which attracts the eye of the individual is the altar.We are directed by our liturgy today to construct our altars of stone. Imbedded in thestone altar top or mensa should be a little reliquary in which the partial remains of aChristian martyr are preserved. Crosses are placed in the center and on the four corners of the mensa to recall the five wounds of Christ’s body. Since the altar is the place of sacrifice, where, after the consecration of the Holy Mass the particle consecrated becomes the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the altar must be dedicated at aspecial ceremony by the Bishop of the Diocese. The altar prepared for Holy Mass iscovered with three white linen cloths which are provided to absorb the consecratedspecies of the wine or the precious blood should it be accidentally spilled.3