The Traditional Latin Mass

(English Translation)

“Accept, also, O Lord, this same Sacrifice, which contains in Itself the Fruit of Thy Passion and Death, as a Thanksgiving for the innumerable benefits Thou hast conferred upon us, and a Propitiation and Satisfaction for the countless sins we have committed, the good we have omitted to do, and the punishments we have deserved.”  (Prayers at Mass, The Imitation of Christ,C.B.P.,N.Y)

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The First Mass  was offered at the Last Supper when Jesus instituted both the sacraments of Holy Orders and the Eucharist.  As High Priest (Heb2:17), Jesus offered Himself as the Sacrificial Lamb (Jn1:29) of His Paschal Supper (1Cor:11:24) which  the Mass commemorates.  When He incarnated His Body and Blood into the bread and wine (Jn6:53,55),  He created the first Eucharist, through which, along with His Word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, His Presence would be manifested to us until "the end of time"(Mt28:20).

Jesus chose the Jewish Passover Meal for the revelation of the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist.  During prayers, readings, and singing, the cup of wine is passed four times in this Hebrew meal of celebration of the passing-over of the angel of death of the Jewish homes in Egypt (Ex12:1-14).  Jesus was in the act of completing this first Eternal Paschal Supper, the first Mass, on the cross at Calvary when He cried out, "I thirst" (Jn19:28), and drank from the wine-turned-vinegar offered to Him.  When Jesus drank the vinegar, the fourth Paschal cup, He completed the Passover meal that He had begun with His disciples on Holy Thursday night at the Last Supper.  When Jesus said: "It is finished" (Jn19:30), and died, He completed both His redemptive suffering on earth, and, the first Mass.

After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. He celebrated a "breaking of the bread", a Eucharist, a Mass, with these disciples.  The bread, which had become the Body of Christ had a spiritual effect on the disciples; they recognized Jesus through His True Presence in the consecrated Bread:

"He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.  And their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.   (Lk24:30,31,35) 

In 110 A.D., St. Ignatius of Antioch described the universal Church of Jesus Christ as kaqolike ekklesia (katholike ecclesia), thus giving the Catholic Church her universal name.  Throughout the first two centuries, the disciples, at the command of Jesus at the Last Supper (Lk22:19), celebrated "the breaking of the bread".  A Biblical instance of this, with St. Paul as the celebrant, was at the incident with the young man Eutychus. (Acts20:11)

The earliest liturgical texts for the Mass were used in the 3rd century and have survived intact from the 7th century.  Musical notation was used in the West in the 9th century.  Lessons and Gospels were read from existing Scriptures, with Psalms and the Lord's Prayer prayed and sung mostly from memory. From the 8th century on, the Roman Rite of the Mass spread throughout the Western Church.  The liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great predominated in the Eastern Rites of the Eastern Church, the birthplace of Christianity.

The Mass is a gathering of the faithful to participate in a commemorative unbloody sacrifice; thus commemorating the bloody sacrifice of the Redemptive Act of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, the greatest act of Divine Mercy.  In the celebrating the Mass, the Church is obedient to Christ. The following scriptural verses and quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) testify to this fact:

"And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." (1Cor11:24-25)

1366   The Eucharist is (thus) a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit: [Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption. But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper "on the night when he was betrayed," [he wanted] to leave to his beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented, its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be appliedto the forgiveness of the sins we daily commit. (CCC:1366)

1367   The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: "The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different." "And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner . . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory." (CCC:1367)

When a properly-ordained Catholic priest, acting in persona Christi, in the Consecration part of the Mass; it is then that the True Presence of Christ is incarnated into the species of bread and wine as His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, through the action of the Holy Spirit of the Most Holy Trinity.

Through the Mass, mankind stands before the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, contemplating its salvation; as all men must stand thusly---at some passage in their lives.

In the West, the Mass exists in two forms: The Traditional Latin Mass and The Novus Ordo Missae (The New Order of the Mass).  The Novus Ordo, introduced in 1969 is not a new Mass, it is a new order of prayers, readings and recollections.  Providing the five essential parts of the Mass are not removed, the essential infinite spiritual value of the Mass remains constant; regardless of which form is offered.  The Novus Ordo is the predominate form of the Mass in the world today. The Traditional Latin  Mass is re-emerging in popularity, and has at least two orders of priests dedicated to preserving its eternal glory.  There is basically a movement within the Church to guarantee the permanent presence of the Traditional Latin in the Church, and it has the blessing of Pope John Paul II, who, at the time of this writing, may issue a papal indult permitting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, with the use of the 1962 Roman Missal, by any properly  prepared and ordained  Roman Catholic priest.


"Lord Jesus Christ, You gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death.  May our worship of this sacrament of your Body and Blood help us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom, where You live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever."  (Benediction rite, Roman Missal)

"For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.  (St. Simeon, Lk2:30-32 KJV)



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The Traditional Latin  Mass

(English translation of the Traditinal Latin Mass)

©1956 Saint Andrew's Priory, Inc.

Sacred Congregation of Rites, January 1, 1956

(Note: Except for the Proper of the Mass, unless indicated, annotated scriptural quotations are taken from the RSV, and are not necessarily the official selections of the Catholic Church. Unofficial scriptural quotations are meant to offer confirmation of the intent of the section of the lectionary that is quoted and are thusly Cf.---confirmare; "to confirm"---to confirm literally or by scriptural content.--editor)


~The Ordinary of the Mass for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass~





IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Mt28:19)

Antiphon:  I will go in to the altar of God. The God of my gladness and joy. (Ps42(43):4)

 Psalm 42(43)

 DO ME JUSTICE, O GOD, and fight my fight against a faithless people: from the deceitful and impious man rescue me.

For You, O God, are my strength: why do You keep me so far away; why must I go about in mourning with the enemy oppressing me?  Send forth Your light and Your fidelity: they shall lead me on and bring me to Your holy mountain, and to Your dwelling place. Then will I go in to the altar of God, the God of my gladness and joy.

Then will I give You thanks upon the harp, O God, my God: Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why do you sigh within me?  Hope in God: for I shall again be thanking Him, in the presence of my Savior and my God.

 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 Antphon: I will go in to the altar of God. The God of my gladness and joy. (Ps42(43):4)

 V.  Our help is in the Name of the Lord. (Ps124:8)

 R.  Who made heaven and earth. (Ps124:8)

 The Celebrant: I confess, etc.

The Faithful: 

I CONFESS1 to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin, to Blessed Michael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed: through my fault; through my fault; through my most grievous fault (strike the breast three times). Therefore I pray Blessed Mary ever Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and the saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 1(Lev5:5, 16:21; Num5:7; Ezra10:1,11; Neh1:6, 9:2; Ps32:5, 38:18; Pv28:13; Ezek12:16; Dan9:4,20; Mt3:6; Mk1:5; Acts19:18; Ja5:16; 1Jn1:9; RSV)

V. May Almighty God have mercy upon you, forgive you your sins (Ps130:4; Jn20:23), and bring you to life everlasting. (Dan12:2; Mt25:46) (Non-Sacramental absolution; does not remove mortal sin...with contrition, venial sins are removed)

R.  Amen.

MAY THE ALMIGHTY and merciful Lord grant us pardon, absolution and remission of our sins.  Amen.

V.  God, turn towards us and give us life. (Ps27:9)

R.  And Your people shall rejoice in You. (Is41:16)

V.  Show us, O Lord, Your kindness. (Ru2:20)

R.  And grant us Your salvation. (Is62:11)

V.  Lord, hear my prayer. (Ps102:1)

R.  And let my cry come to You. (Ps102:1)

V.  The Lord be with you. (Ru2:4)

R.  And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)


Take away from us our iniquities, we implore You, Lord, that with pure minds we may worthily enter into the holy of holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Mic7:19; Heb9:3)

 We implore You, Lord, by the merits of Your saints (Ps16:3,30:4,31:23,37:28,85:8) whose relics are here, and of all the saints, that You would deign to forgive me all my sins. Amen.







  THE LORD said to Me: You are My Son; this day I have begotten You.  Why do the nations rage and the people utter folly? (Ps2:7-1)


              Lord, have mercy on us. (Ps51:1)

Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

                Christ, have mercy on us. (1Tim1:2)

Christ, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.



GLORY to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. (Lk2:14) We praise You, we bless You, we adore You, we glorify You, we thank You for Your great glory: O Lord God, King of heaven, God the Father Almighty.  O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father: You, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; You, who take away the sins of the world, give ear to our prayer; You, who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For You alone are holy. You alone are the Lord, You alone are high above all: Jesus Christ, (Phil2:9-11) with the Holy Spirit: in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


V. The Lord be with you. (Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)

LORD, now that You have made this most holy night shine with the brightness of true light, grant, we pray, that after knowing the mysteries of this Light (Jn8:12) on earth, we may be filled with all its joys in heaven. Who with You lives and reigns with You in the Holy Spirit, one God (Mt3:15-17)forever and ever. Amen 


A LESSON from the Epistle of Blessed Paul to Titus:

BELOVED: The grace of God our Savior has appeared to all men, instructing us, in order that, rejecting ungodliness and worldly lusts, we may live temperately and justly and piously in this world; looking for the blessed hope and glorious coming of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity  and cleanse for Himself an acceptable people, pursuing good works. Thus speak, and exhort, in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Titus2:11-15)

R. Thanks be to God. (Ro7:25)


YOURS is princely power in the day of Your birth, in holy splendor; before the day star, I have begotten You.  The Lord said to My Lord: Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool. (Ps2:7,110:1)


ALLELUIA, Alleluia, Alleluia. The Lord said to Me: You are my Son; this day I have begotten You. Alleluia. (Ps2:7)


CLEANSE my heart and my lips, Almighty God, Who cleansed the lips of the prophet Isaiah with a burning coal; through Your gracious mercy be pleased so to cleanse me that I may worthily proclaim Your holy Gospel. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.  (Is6:6-7)

For the deacon:

V. Pray, Father, thy blessing.

R.  May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips that you may worthily and fitly proclaim His Gospel.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Mt10:7, 28:19)  Amen.

For the celebrant:

Lord, grant me a blessing. May the Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that I may worthily and fitly proclaim His Gospel. Amen.  (1Sam2:35; Eph6:19; Heb4:12)



THE Lord be with you. (Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)

V. The continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

R. Glory be to You, O Lord. (Is42:12)

AT THAT TIME, there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken. This first census took place while Cyrinus was governor of Syria. And all were going, each to his own town, to register. And Joseph also went from Galilee out of the town of Nazareth into Judea to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem—because he was of the house and family of David—to register, together with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child. And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for her to be delivered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds in the same district living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by them and the glory of God shone round about them, and they feared exceedingly. And the Angel said to them: "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people; for today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will."(Luke2:1-14)

R. Praise be to You, O Christ. (Ps66:8)

THROUGH the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out. (Dt8:3; Ps51:1; Lk1:69,77; Acts16:17)



The Homily for the day is preached.



I BELIEVE in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. (Gen1:1)

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. (Ps2:7; Jn1:1) Born of the Father before all ages. (Jn1:2) God of God, Light of Light (Jn1:1;1:4), true God of true God. (Jn1:14) Begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father: (Jn10:30) by Whom all things were made. (Jn1:3) Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. (1Jn1:1-2) (Here kneel)


He was crucified also for us: suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. (Jn19:1-42) And the third day He rose again, according the Scriptures. (Acts2:24-27) And He ascended into heaven: He sitteth at the right hand of the Father. (Mk16:6-19) And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead: of Whose Kingdom there shall be no end. (Rev1:7-8)

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord And giver of life: who proceedeth from the Father, and the Son.(Jn14:26;16:7) Who together with the Father and the Son is adored, and glorified:(Jn14:16-17) Who spoke by the Prophets. (Rev2:7)

And in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. (Mt16:17-20) I confess one Baptism for the remission of sins. (Mt3:11) And I look for the resurrection of the dead.  And the life of the world to come. (Rev7:14-17) Amen.







With the Offertory we come to the celebration of the sacrifice. Formerly the Offertory contained three elements; a rite: the presentation of the offerings; a processional chant; a prayer over the offerings. These three elements must be borne in mind for a proper  understanding of the Offertory of the Mass.

 THE Lord be with you. (Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)



LET the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice before the Lord, for He comes. (Ps96:11; Lk22:19)



RECEIVE, O holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God, this spotless host  which I, Your unworthy servant, offer to You,  my living and true God, (MAL1:11) for my own countless sins, transgressions and failings (Ps51:3); for all here present and for all faithful Christians, living and dead, (2Mac12:46NAB; Mt18:34-35RSV) that it may avail both me and them unto salvation in everlasting life.  Amen.

O GOD, Who in a wonderful manner created and ennobled human nature and still more wonderfully renewed it; grant that, by the mystery of this water and wine, (Jn19;34; Ps104:13-15) we may be made partakers of His Divinity (2Pet1:4; Jh6:55) who was pleased to become partaker of our humanity, Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who being God, lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit (Mk1;9-11), forever and ever. Amen.

WE offer You the chalice of salvation, Lord, imploring Your mercy that it may be as a sweet fragrance (Sirach-Ecclesiasticus24:15,16NAB) before Your Divine Majesty for our salvation and that of the whole world. Amen. (Heb9:14)

Humble in spirit and penitent in heart may we be accepted by You, Lord, and may our sacrifice be so offered in Your sight this day that it may be pleasing to You, Lord God. (Ezra6:10)

COME ALMIGHTY SANCTIFIER1 and ever-living God, and bless this sacrifice prepared for the glory of Your Holy Name. 1(Holy Spirit of God; Jn14:26)


May the Lord be pleased to bless this incense and to receive its sweet fragrance through the intercession of the Blessed Archangel Michael, who stands at the right hand of the altar of incense (Rev8:3), and of all His chosen ones. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

1At high Mass only.

MAY THIS INCENSE which You have blessed, rise up to You, Lord (Rev8:3,4); and may Your mercy come down upon us. Let my prayer come like incense before You, Lord; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice. O Lord, set a watch before my mouth, a guard at the door of my lips. Let not my heart incline to the evil of engaging in deeds of wickedness. May the Lord enkindle in us the fire of His love and the flame of everlasting charity. Amen.   (Ex12:6; Ps141:1-2)



  I WASH my hands in innocence and I go around Your altar, O Lord.

Giving voice to my thanks, and recounting all Your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the house in which You dwell, the tenting place of Your glory.

Gather not my soul with those of sinners; nor with men of blood my life.

On their hands are crimes; and their right hands are full of bribes.    

But I walk in integrity; redeem me and have pity on me. (Ps26)


MY FOOT stands on level ground; in the assemblies I will bless the Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, now and ever and forever. (Ps26)


  RECEIVE, O Holy Trinity, this oblation which we make to You in remembrance of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rev5:12), and in honor of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, of Blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, of these1 and of all the saints; that it may avail to their honor and our salvation, and that they may be pleased to intercede (Eph6:18) for us in heaven, whose memory we now keep on earth. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 l. The martyrs whose relics are contained in the altar stone.



  BRETHREN, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty. (Ro15:16)

 R. May the Lord receive the sacrifice at your hands, to the praise and glory of His Name, to our own benefit, and to that of all His holy Church. Amen. (Ps110:4; 2Tim1:6)


MAY the offering of today's feast be acceptable to You, Lord, (Ro15:16) so that by the bounty of Your grace and through this holy exchange of gifts we may be found in the likeness of Him (Gen1:27) in Whom our human substance has been made one with You. (2Pe1:4) Who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit (Mk9:9-11), One God, forever and ever. Amen.





 We have come to the heart of the Mass. The celebrant chants the Preface and begins the great priestly prayer of the Canon; in a very special sense it is the prayer of the Church, the offering of the sacrifice.

V. The Lord be with you. (Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)

V. Lift up your hearts. (Ps69:32)

R. We have them lifted up to the Lord.

V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. (Ps9:1)

R. It is fitting and proper so to do. (Ps54:6)



IT IS TRULY FITTING and proper, right and profitable to salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, Lord, holy Father, Almighty and everlasting God (Ps54:6),  because by the mystery of the Word made flesh (Jn1:14) the light of Your glory has shone afresh upon the eyes of our mind (Jn8:12); so that while we acknowledge Him to be God seen by men (1Jn:1), we may be drawn by Him to the love of things unseen (2Cor4:18).  And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Your glory  (Rev7:9,10) , saying without ceasing:


HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God of Hosts. (Rev4:8)

                                 Heaven and earth are full of Your glory. (2Chr2:12; Is37:16)

Hosanna in the highest!

            Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. (Mt:21:9)

          Hosanna in the highest! (Mt21:9; Rev4:11)





MOST merciful Father, we humbly pray and implore You through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, to be pleased to receive and bless these gifts (1Cor10:16), these presents, these holy unblemished offerings (Lev22:20).

 WE offer them to You in the first place for Your holy Catholic Church throughout the whole world: (Mt28:19) be pleased to keep her in peace, to watch over her, to gather her in unity and to guide her, and also for Your servant, our Pope (Name) . . ., for our Bishop (Name).... and all right believing teachers of the Catholic Apostolic faith.

 REMEMBER, Lord, Your servants and handmaids (Name... and Name...), and all here present, whose faith and devotion are known to You. We offer for them, or they themselves offer, this sacrifice (Lk22:19; Eph1:7,8) of praise for themselves and all their own, for the redeeming of their souls, for their hope of safety and salvation; and they now send up their prayers to You, the eternal, living and true God.


 BEING in fellowship and keeping that most holy day, on which (at midnight Mass: that holy night, in which) the spotless virginity of Blessed Mary (Lk1:30-35) brought forth a Savior (Lk1:34-35) to this world; we reverently bring to mind, also, firstly the same glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the same Jesus Christ (Lk1:43), our Lord and God, and then Your Blessed Apostles and Martyrs (Ro8:36; 12:1) Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude, Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian and all Your saints: grant by their merits  and prayers that at all times we maybe defended and helped by Your protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


The bell is rung once.

THIS, then, is our dutiful offering which we, Your servants and Your whole family, make to You, Lord, entreating You to accept it with favor (Lev9:7; Duet12:27; Ro15:16). Order our days in Your peace, and cause us to be saved from everlasting doom and to be numbered among Your chosen ones. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 BE pleased, 0 God, to bless this offering, to accept it fully (Ro15:16), to make it perfect and worthy to please You, so that it may become for us the Body and Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Cor10:16;11:27)



WHO the day before He suffered took bread into His holy and venerable hands, and with His eyes lifted up to heaven, unto You, God, His Almighty Father, giving thanks to You, He blessed, broke and gave it to His disciples, saying:




The bell is rung thrice.  Adore Jesus in the Host by saying: "My Lord and My God" (7 years indulgence)


IN like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands, again giving thanks to You, He blessed and gave it to His disciples, saying:










The bell is rung thrice.  Adore Jesus in the Precious Blood  by saying: "My Lord and my God" (7 years indulgence)



 wHEREFORE, Lord, in memory of the blessed Passion of the same Christ (Mk15:39; Jn10:17-18), Your Son, our Lord (Mt3:17; Jn1:14,3:16), of His Resurrection from among the dead (Acts13:33,34; Ro1:4;) and of His Ascension to heavenly glory (Mk16:19; Acts1:21,9:33), we Your servants, and with us all Your holy people, offer to Your sovereign Majesty, from among Your gifts bestowed upon us, a Victim perfect, holy and spotless (Heb9:14), the Holy Bread of everlasting life (Jn6:53) and the chalice of everlasting salvation (Jn6:54).

 BE pleased to look upon these offerings with a favorable and gracious countenance; accept them as You were pleased to accept the offerings of Your servant Abel, the righteous (Gen4:4), the sacrifice of our father Abraham    (Gen22:9-10), and that of Melchisedech, Your high priest (Ps110; Heb2:17), a holy sacrifice, a spotless Victim (Heb7:27; 9:14).

 WE humbly implore You, Almighty God, bid these offerings to be CARRIED BY THE HANDS OF YOUR HOLY ANGEL  TO YOUR ALTAR ON HIGH, IN THE SIGHT OF YOUR DIVINE MAJESTY (Gen33:10;Ex33:13), that all who are partakers at the altar of the Precious Body and Blood of Your Son, may be filled with all heavenly grace and blessing (1Cor10:16). Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

  REMEMBER also, Lord, Your servants and handmaids (Names...) who are gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, and sleep the sleep of peace (1Cor15:20; 1Thess4:14). To them, Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant we implore You, a place of happiness, light and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayers offered for the holy souls in Purgatory: 2Macabees12:39-46; Mt5:22-26; Mt12:31-32; Mt18:23-35; 1Cor3:13-15; CCC: 1030 to 1032)

 TO us also, Your sinful servants (Ps51:3), who hope in the multitude of Your mercies (Ps57:1), be pleased to grant some place and fellowship (Mt26:29) with Your holy Apostles and Martyrs; with John, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter Felicitas, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecila, Anasthasia, and with all Your saints. We pray You admit us into their company, not weighing our merits but bestowing on us Your own free pardon (Ps75:2; Jn8:15). Through Christ our Lord.

 THROUGH Him, Lord, You ever create these good things, and You hallow, quicken and bless them (1Cor10:16) as gifts for us.









LET us pray:

Taught by our Savior's command  and following His Divine instruction (Mt6:9), we make bold to say:

 Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

 DELIVER us, we implore You, Lord, from all evils, past, present and to come, and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God (Jn2:4,5), and of Your Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of Andrew and of all the Saints1, mercifully give peace in our days; that through the help of Your mercy we may always be free from sin and safe from all troubles. Through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God; forever and ever. Amen. 1(Intercession through prayer: Gen20:7; 1Sam12:23; 1Kg13:6; Ez6:10; Job42:8; Ps122:6.  New Testament: Mt5:44; Lk6:28; Jn17:20; 1Cor14:13; 2Cor9:14,13:9; COL1:3,4:3; 1Thess5:25; 2Thess1:11,3:1; 1Tim2:1; Heb13:18; Ja5:16, RSV)



V. The peace of the Lord be always with you. (Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)


 MAY this mingling and consecration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ avail us who receive it to everlasting life. Amen. (1Cor10:16)


LAMB of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercv on us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins  of the world, have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

(Jn1:29-30; Rev7:14)

  LORD Jesus Christ, who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you,"(Jn14:27) look not upon my sins, but upon the faith of Your Church; and be pleased to grant her peace and unity according to Your will, God living and reigning, world without end. Amen.



LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who according to the will of the Father, through the co-operation of the Holy Spirit, by Your Death gave life to the world: (Jn14:6) deliver me by this Your most holy Body and Blood from all my transgressions and from all evils; (Rev12:11) make me always adhere to Your commandments and never suffer me to be separated from You; who with the same God the Father and the Holy Spirit live (Jn1:33-36) and reign, God, forever and ever. Amen.

 LET not the partaking of Your Body, O Lord Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation (1Cor11:29); but through Your goodness may it be unto me a safeguard and a healing remedy (Rev12:11) both of soul and body; You who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit (Jn1:33-36), God, World without end. Amen.


I WILL take the Bread of heaven (Jn6:35), and call upon the Name of the Lord (Gen4:26,13:4; Act2:21).

LORD I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; say but the word and my soul shall be healed.(Mt8:8)                                                

   The bell is rung thrice.

MAY the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul (Mt8:17; Act20:9-12) to life everlasting. Amen.

HOW shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me?  The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord. Praising, I will call upon the Lord, and 1 shall be saved from my enemies. (Gen4:26,13:4; Ps18:3; Act2:21)

MAY the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul to life everlasting. Amen.(Mt8:17; Act20:9-12)


 I CONFESS1, . . . May Almighty God, ......(as at beginning of Mass.) 1(Lev5:5, 16:21, 26:40; Num5:7; Ezra10:1,11; Neh1:6, 9:2; Ps32:5, 38:18; Pv28:13; Ezek12:16; Dan9:4,20; Mt3:6; Mk1:5; Acts19:18; Ja5:16; 1Jn:9; RSV)

BEHOLD the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sins of the world. (Jn1:29)

Repeat three times:

LORD, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; say but the word and my soul shall be healed. (Mt8:8)

The bell is rung thrice.

MAY the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your soul to life everlasting. Amen. (Mt8:17; Act20:9-12)


GRANT, O Lord, that what we have taken with our mouth, we may receive with a pure mind (1Cor11:28); and that from a temporal gift it may become for us an eternal remedy.

MAY Your Body, Lord, which I have received (Ex12:5-8) and Your Blood which I have drunk,  cleave to my inmost parts, and grant that no stain of sin remain in me (Mt8:17; Rev7:14,12:11) whom these pure and holy Sacraments have refreshed. Who live and reign, world without end. Amen.



 IN holy splendor, before the daystar I have begotten You.  (Ps2:7; Acts13:33)

V. The Lord be with you. (Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)


 V. Let us pray.

GRANT us, Lord our God, that we who rejoice to celebrate the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in His mysteries (Mt26:26-28; Mk14:22-24; Lk22:19-20; Jn6:55;1Cor:11:23-25)  may be made worthy by right living to share His company. Who with you lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, (Jn1:33-36) One God, forever and ever.  Amen.


 V. The Lord be with you.(Ru2:4)

R. And with your spirit. (Ru2:4)

V. Go, you are dismissed. Alleluia, alleluia.

R. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

 MAY the homage of my bounden duty be pleasing to You, 0 Holy Trinity; and grant that the sacrifice which I, though unworthy, have offered in the sight of Your Majesty, may be acceptable to You (Ro15:16), and through Your mercy be a propitiation for me (2Cor5:21) and for all those for whom I have offered it. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MAY Almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

R.  Amen.


V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with your spirit.

V. The beginning of the holy Gospel according to St. John. (Chapter1:1-14))

R. Glory be to You, O Lord.

 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was made nothing that has been made. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness; and the darkness grasped it not. There was a man, one sent from God, whose name was John. This man came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the Light, that all might believe through Him. He was not himself the Light, but was to bear witness to the Light. It was the True Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But to as many as received Him He gave the power of becoming sons of God; to those who believe in His Name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (Here kneel.) AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us. And we saw His glory, glory as the only-begotten of the Father, full of Grace and of Truth.

 R. Thanks be to God.

~Prayer to St. Michael~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan,and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the destruction of souls. Amen (Mandated by Pope Leo XIII)

Jesus said to Nancy Fowler at Conyers:

"I am the Head of My Church. The graces are endless at the Mass. The Mass is an ongoing sacrifice. There is one sacrifice that goes on and on and on. Place yourself at the foot of the Cross. You are there at the Mass. Enter into My sacrifice. In the Mass come to know Me, the Resurrected Christ."   (February 4, 1992)


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