Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quick Reference Sheet for Masses

Low Mass

  • 1 or 2 altar boys
  • 2 candles lit on the altar
  • hymns may be sung throughout the Mass except during the Gospel and at the Consecration, 4 "spots" (Entrance, Offertory, Communion, and Recessional) is more common
  • vernacular hymns are expressly permitted at any point in the Mass
  • incense may not be used
  • the proper and ordinary of the Mass is not sung by either the priest or the choir

High Mass

  • any number of altar boys permitted
  • 6 candles lit on the altar
  • hymns may be sung for the 4 "spots" mentioned above, and a hymn after the Consecration is also permitted
  • unless in a Country where singing in the vernacular DURING Mass is common (eg. Germany), the Offertory and Communion hymn (and the hymn after the Consecration if used) MUST be in Latin along with the Ordinary and Propers of the Mass
  • The propers and ordinary must be sung by someone other than the priest
  • The appointed parts to be chanted in a Solemn Mass must be chanted by the priest, with the exception of the Epistle which is not required to be sung.

Solemn High Mass

  • same rules as a High Mass except the Epistle must be sung by the Subdeacon

If one Mass is said according to the rubrics as a result of this post then I am pleased. Many have sought answers to this question before so presenting here seemed like a good solution.