The Mass - Part I
Mass of the Catechumens

¶ Following the Preparation by the Sacred Ministers, which is usually said at the foot of the Altar, the choir begins the Introit.


¶ The introit is sung from the Propers for the day.

Read more about Introits.

Collect for Purity

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Summary of the Law

HEAR what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: THOU shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Kyrie Eleison

Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison
Lord, have mercy upon us
Lord, have mercy upon us
Lord, have mercy upon us
Christe eleison
Christe eleison
Christe eleison
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax
hominibus bonae voluntatis
Glory be to God on high,
and on earth peace,
good will towards men.
Laudamus te.
Benedicimus te.
Adoramus te.
Glorificamus te.

We praise thee.
We bless thee.
We worship thee.
We glorify thee.

Gratias agimus tibi
propter magnam gloriam tuam,
Domine deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.
We give thanks to thee
for thy great glory,
O Lord God, heavenly King,
God the Father Almighty.
Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei,
Filius Patris,
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
suscipe de precationem nostram. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
miserere nobis.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus,
tu solus Dominus,
tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu
in gloria Dei Patris.
For thou only art holy;
thou only art the Lord;
thou only, O Christ,
with the Holy Ghost,
art most high in the glory of God the Father.
Amen. Amen.


V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit
Let us pray

Collect of the Day

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First Lessson

¶ A member of the congregation reads the Old Testament lesson.

Photo of lector reading first lesson

¶ After the lesson is said:

V. Here endeth the lesson.
R. Thanks be to God.


¶ In Eastertide here shall be sung the first Allelulia.

Second Lesson

¶ The Subdeacon chants the Epistle lesson.

Photo of Subdeacon chanting the Epistle lesson

¶ And after the lesson is said:

V. Here endeth the lesson.
R. Thanks be to God


¶ The Gospel Book is carried into the Nave so that the Gospel might be proclaimed in the midst of the congregation. During Lent or at a Requiem here shall be sung the Tract. When appointed, a Sequence shall follow.

Photo of the Gospel procession from the Altar into the nave


V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit

Holy Gospel

V. The continuation of the Holy Gospel according . . . .
R. Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Photo of the Deacon proclaiming the Gospel.

¶ And after the proclamation of the Holy Gospel is said or sung:

V. Praise be to thee, O Christ.


CREDO in unum Deum,
Patrem omnipoténtem,
factórem caeli et terrae,
visibílium óminum et invisíbilium.
I BELIEVE in one God
the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
Et in unum Dóminum Iesum Christum Filium Dei unigénitum. Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia saécula. Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero. Géntium, non factum,
consubtantialem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds. God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made:
Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de caelis. Et incarnatus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine
et homo factus est:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man:
Crucifixus étiam pro nobis
sub Póntio Piláto; Passus et sepúltus est.
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried:
Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum scripturas. Et ascédit in caelum, sedet ad déxtram Patris. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father:
Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória inducáre vivos et mortuos: cuius regni non erit finis. And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
Et in Spíritum Sanctum,
Dóminum et vivificántem:
qui ex Patre et Filióque prócedit. Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adorátur et conglorificátur; qui locútus est per Prophétas.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets:
Et unam sanctam catholicam
et apostólicam Ecclésiam.
Confíteor unum baptisma
in remissiónem peccatórum.
And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins:
Et exspécto resurrectiónem mortuórum: Et + venturi saéculi.

And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And + the Life of the world to come.
Amén Amen.


¶ Following the Creed, the master of ceremonies escorts the preacher from the sanctuary to the pulpit.

Photograph of the Rector preaching

¶ Following the homily, the preacher leaves the pulpit and, escorted by the master of ceremony, he returns to the sanctuary (or, if he be the celebrant, to the altar).

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