August 5, 2014 – Dedication of Santa Maria Maggiore
Celebration of Mass

The Sprinkling Rite takes the place of the penitential rite during Eastertime.

The Gloria follows the sprinkling rite. It should not be used as music for the sprinkling rite – they are two separate entities.

The Gloria is a very ancient and venerable hymn in which the Church, gathered together in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other text. The Gloria is intoned by the priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone. If not sung, it is to be recited either by all together or by two parts of the congregation responding one to the other.
It is sung or said on Sundays outside the Seasons of Advent and Lent, on solemnities and feasts, and at special celebrations of a more solemn character. ©ICEL, 2010.


  • Taken from Lectionary
  • Could be a substituted seasonal psalm
  • Preferably Sung or at least the people’s response
  •  Songs or hymns may not  be used as a substitute for the psalm


  • Alleluia, except during Lent
  • Sung  by all, while standing
  • Verse sung by choir or cantor
  • If not sung it is generally best to omit

The Creed should be introduced prior to reciting it with the congregation. Words similar to “Let us stand and profess our faith…” work well.

The altar is prepared.

  • All vessels containing elements to be consecrated must sit on a corporal. This may require more than one corporal (i.e. one large central and two smaller side ones; two of equal size; or one large and one small corporal. Whatever fits best. ) Sitting a vessel simply on the altar cloth for consecration is not the best option.
  • If there are several side chalices in addition to the main chalice, these may be filled prior to Mass and placed on the corporal(s) during the preparation of the altar.
  1. The procession of the gifts is accompanied by the Offertory chant or song, which continues at least until the gifts have been placed on the altar. Singing may always accompany the rite at the offertory, even when there is no procession with the gifts. [GIRM 74]
  2. For the MINGLING OF WATER INTO THE CHALICE, only the main chalice need have water mingled in it. Ancillary chalices do not need to have water mingled in them.
  3. All chalices should be filled and on the altar prior to the blessings of the gifts. The mingling of water and wine occurs in the main chalice and not in the carafe or flagon container prior to pouring into the chalice.
  4. Since the taking of bread and wine is expressed primarily by the action, normally both blessings will be uttered inaudibly during the singing or music. If no music is being played, the priest may say them aloud. In this case, the people may respond with the acclamation “Blessed by God for ever.” The two blessings should be seen as a unit; for one to be said inaudibly and the other aloud should never happen, nor should the two be joined into one prayer. (Introduction to the Order of the Mass, 106

It is encouraged that the Lord’s Prayer be chanted or sung.
Many parishes already do this either with simple chant or with familiar tunes. If you choose to chant or sing, we would like to remind everyone to stop singing for the priest to pray the embolism. He may chant or recite this. Then the congregation  concludes by singing the doxology.

The sign of peace is given to those around you. Clergy and servers should remain in the sanctuary and not go into the congregation to offer the sign of peace. At special Masses such as funerals the celebrant may exchange the sign of peace with the immediate family of the deceased.

The Lamb of God can be expanded when the fraction rite is prolonged due to a large number of concelebrants. However only the formula may be used: Lamb of God, you…have mercy on us. Final should conclude with …grant us peace. There should be no epithets such as Prince of Peace, Bread of Life, etc. used. Only the formula is used.
Once the Lamb of God has begun, the Rite of Peace is over.  Allow the transition to happen.

Communion is to be distributed under both species. The consecrated hosts may be received on the tongue or in the hands. It is the choice of the communicant.
Intinction is at this time NOT an option for the parishes in the Diocese of Jackson. Self-intinction by a communicant is never allowed.


  • After all have received Communion and have returned to their places – a psalm, hymn, or song may be sung preferably by the entire congregation as an act of thanksgiving.
  • Please avoid using the terminology:     “Communion Meditation”
  • A period of silence may also be observed instead of a song of praise


Announcements should be done prior to Mass or after the prayer after communion.
The Prayer after Communion concludes the Communion Rite. Therefore, any announcements or presentations should be held until AFTER this prayer.