Don't, on arrival at the Blessed Sacrament altar, genuflect on the step instead of
, nor bow the head when genuflecting. Don't forget to make a profoundbow of the body on arrival at an altar where the Blessed Sacrament is notreserved.
Don't, after taking out the corporal, put the burse aside with the left handinstead of with the right. Don't direct the server to open the Missal or to close it.
Don't omit to unfold the corporal fully at the beginning of Mass.
Don't sidle along when going from the centre to the side of the altar, or viceversa, instead of facing squarely the place to be reached.
Don't delay at the centre of the altar, looking at the cross or praying beforecoming down to start the Mass.
Don't, when descending, turn right about at the centre of the altar instead ofwithdrawing a little to the gospel side and descending in an oblique line, thusavoiding turning the back directly to the cross.
Don't exhibit a frivolous and restless deportment, rubbing eyes, adjustingglasses, titivating the hair, examining the finger nails, etc.., etc.., instead of thegrave, recollected and self-controlled exterior demanded at so holy a function.
Don't when hands are supposed to be joined, join only the tips of the fingers, or join only the index fingers and entwine the others, or hold them joined belowthe waist and pointing downwards, instead of joining them before the breast,palm to palm, with fingers extended and joined, with right thumb crossed overthe left, the joined hands being directed somewhat upwards, say half-waybetween the horizontal and vertical.
When making the sign of the cross on oneself, don't make great ostentatiouscircles going beyond the shoulders, or not touching forehead, breast orshoulders.
Don't forget the distinction between profound, medium and simple bows.
Don't train the server to irreverence by not allowing him to complete theresponses, and don't neglect to tell him at a suitable time of his oversights andmistakes.
Don't prefix Et to the Ant.
after the Ps.
Don't omit to make a profound bow of the body at the Confiteor; don't strike thebreast noisily, or with the hand closed instead of open; don't turn to right or leftat the words
, at a low Mass. Don't resume the erectposition before the server has finished the
. Don't forget to make amedium bow when reciting the VV.
Deus, Tu conversus
Don't turn the head to right or left when kissing the altar at the
or at other times. Don't bow to the cross before going to the Missal.
Don't make the sign of the cross on the way to the Missal instead of waiting untilarrival at the Missal and accompanying the sign with the first words of theIntroit. When the Holy Name occurs in the opening words of the Introit, don'tendeavour at one and the same time to make the bow and the sign of the cross,but omit the bow at first and make it at the repetition alone.
Don't begin the
on the way to the centre of the altar. On the days whenthere are several lessons and
Gloria in excelsis
does notfollow immediately after the
, don't recite the
at the Missal instead ofgoing to the centre to say it and returning immediately to the Missal.