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(Please note: numbers in the index do not correspond with numbering of paragraphs in the Order of the Mass)

INTRODUCTORY RITES

 1. Greeting
 2. Penitential Act
   a. Form A
   b. Form B
   c. Form C
 3. Lord have mercy
 4. Glory to God
 5. Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD

 6. First Reading
 7. Psalm
 8. Second Reading
 9. Gospel Acclamation
10. Gospel
11. Homily
12. Renewal of Priestly Promises
13. Universal Prayer

13a. Procession with oil
13b. Blessing of holy Oils [optional position]

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

14. Preparation of the Offerings
15. Invitation to Prayer
16. Prayer over the Offerings
17. The Eucharistic Prayer
  a. The Preface Dialogue
  b. Holy, Holy, Holy

THE COMMUNION RITE

18. The Lord’s Prayer
19. The Embolism
20.The Prayer for Peace
21. The Sign of Peace
22. The Fraction
23. The Lamb of God
24. Private Preparation of the Priest before Communion
25. Invitation to Communion
26. The Communion
27. Purification after Communion
28. Prayer after Communion
28a. Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens
28b. Blessing of holy Chrism

CONCLUDING RITES

29. Blessing
30. [Pontifical Blessing]
31. Dismissal


From the Ceremonial of Bishops

274. This Mass, which the bishop concelebrates with his college of presbyters and at which he consecrates the holy chrism and blesses the other oils, manifest the communion of the presbyters with their bishop.

The holy chrism consecrated by the bishop is used to anoint the newly baptized, to seal the candidates for confirmation, and to anoint the hands of presbyters and the heads of bishops at their ordination, as well as the rites of anointing pertaining to the dedication of churches and altars. The oil of catechumens is used in the preparation of the catechumens for their baptism. The oil of the sick is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity.

Presbyters are brought together and concelebrate this Mass as witnesses and cooperators with their bishop in the consecration of the chrism because they share in the sacred office of the bishop in building up, sanctifying, and ruling the people of God. This Mass is therefore a clear expression of the unity of the priesthood and sacrifice of Christ, which continue to be present in the Church.

To show the unity of the college of presbyters, the presbyters who concelebrate with the bishop should come form different parts of the diocese.

Presbyters who take part but for some reason do not concelebrate may receive communion under both kinds.

275. The blessing of the oil of the sick and the oil of the catechumens and the consecration of the chrism are ordinarily done by the bishop at the Chrism Mass celebrated on Holy Thursday morning.

If it is difficult for the clergy and the people to assemble with the bishop of Holy Thursday morning, the blessing may be held on an earlier day, near Easter, with the celebration of the proper Chrism Mass.

276. Because of its meaning and pastoral importance in the life of the diocese, the Chrism Mass should be celebrated as a stational Mass in the cathedral church or, for pastoral reasons, in another church.

277. According to the tradition of the Latin liturgy, the blessing of the oil of the sick takes place before the end of the eucharistic prayer; the blessing of the oil of the catechumens and the consecration of the chrism, after communion.

For pastoral reasons, however, the entire rite of blessing may take place after the liturgy of the word.

278. For the blessing of oils the following preparations are made in addition to what is needed for the celebration of a stational Mass:

a. In the vesting room or some other convenient place:
vessels of oil;
basalm or perfume for the preparation of the chrism, if the bishop wishes to mix the chrism during the liturgical service;
bread, wine and water for Mass, which are carried with the oils before the preparation of the gifts.

b. In the sanctuary (chancel):
The Roman Missal
table for the vessels of oil, placed so that the people may see the entire rite easily and take part in it;
chair for the bishop, if the blessing takes place in front of the altar.


The Introductory Rites


When the people are gathered, the Bishop approaches the altar with the ministers while the Entrance Chant is sung.

Rev 1: 6


Jesus Christ has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father.
To him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

When he has arrived at the altar, after making a profound bow with the ministers, the Bishop venerates the altar with a kiss and, if appropriate, incenses the cross and the altar. Then, with the ministers, he goes to the chair.

When the Entrance Chant is concluded, the Bishop and the faithful, standing, sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, while the Priest, facing the people, says:


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The people reply:

Amen.

Then the Bishop, extending his hands, greets the people, saying:

Peace be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Bishop, or a Deacon, or another minister, may very briefly introduce the faithful to the Mass of the day.

PENITENTIAL ACT

Then follows the Penitential Act, to which the Bishop invites the faithful, saying:

Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

A brief pause for silence follows. Then all recite together the formula of general confession:

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,


And, striking their breast, they say:

through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;


Then they continue:

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.


The absolution by the Bishop follows:

May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

The people reply:

Amen.

Or:

The Bishop invites the faithful to make the Penitential Act:

Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

A brief pause for silence follows.

The Bishop then says:


Have mercy on us, O Lord.

The people reply:

For we have sinned against you.

The Bishop:

Show us, O Lord, your mercy.

The people:

And grant us your salvation.

The absolution by the Bishop follows:

May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

The people reply:

Amen.

Or:

The Bishop invites the faithful to make the Penitential Act:

Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

A brief pause for silence follows.

The Priest, Deacon or another minister, then says the following or other invocations with
Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy):

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:
Lord, have mercy. (Or: Kyrie, eleison.)

The people reply:

Lord, have mercy. (Or: Kyrie, eleison.)

The Deacon:

You came to call sinners:
Christ, have mercy. (Or: Christe, eleison.)

The people:

Christ, have mercy. (Or: Christe, eleison.)

The Deacon:

You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us:
Lord, have mercy. (Or: Kyrie, eleison.)

The People reply:

Lord, have mercy. (Or: Kyrie, eleison.)

The absolution by the Bishop follows:

May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

The people reply:

Amen.

The Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

V. Christ, have mercy.
R. Christ, have mercy.

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

Or:

V. Kyrie, eleison.
R. Kyrie, eleison.

V. Christe, eleison.
R. Christe, eleison.

V. Kyrie, eleison.
R. Kyrie, eleison.

Then this hymn is either sung or said:

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.


When this hymn is concluded, the Bishop, with hands joined, says:

Let us pray.

And all pray in silence with the Bishop for a while.

Then the Bishop, with hands extended, says the Collect.


O God, who anointed your Only Begotten Son with the Holy Spirit
and made him Christ and Lord,
graciously grant
that, being made sharers in his consecration,
we may bear witness to your Redemption in the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

at the end of which the people acclaim:

Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word


Then the reader goes to the ambo and reads the First Reading, while all sit and listen.

FIRST READING

Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9

The LORD anointed me and sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, and to give them oil of gladness.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,
   to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
   and release to the prisoners,
To announce a year of favor from the LORD
   and a day of vindication by our God,
   to comfort all who mourn;
To place on those who mourn in Zion
   a diadem instead of ashes,
To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,
   a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.

You yourselves shall be named priests of the LORD,
   ministers of our God shall you be called.

I will give them their recompense faithfully,
   a lasting covenant I will make with them.
Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations,
   and their offspring among the peoples;
All who see them shall acknowledge them
   as a race the LORD has blessed

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord.

All reply:

Thanks be to God.

The psalmist or cantor sings or says the Psalm, with the people making the response.

Psalm 89:21-22, 25, 27

R. (2)
For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“I have found David, my servant;
   with my holy oil I have anointed him.
That my hand may always be with him;
   and that my arm may make him strong.”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him;
   and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
   my God, the Rock, my savior!’“

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

After this, if there is to be a Second Reading, a reader reads it from the ambo, as above.

SECOND READING

Rev 1:5-8


Christ has made us into a Kingdom, priests for his God and Father.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
   the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his Blood,
   who has made us into a Kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
   to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
   Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
      and every eye will see him,
      even those who pierced him.
   All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
      Yes. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
   “the one who is and who was
      and who is to come, the almighty.”

To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims:

The word of the Lord.

All reply:

Thanks be to God.

There follows the chant laid down by the rubrics, as the liturgical time requires.

Is 61:1 (cited in Luke 4:18)

The Spirit of the LORD is upon me;
for he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

Meanwhile, if incense is used, the Bishop puts some into the thurible. After this, the Deacon who is to proclaim the Gospel, or in his absence, a concelebrant, bowing profoundly before the Bishop, asks for the blessing, saying in a low voice:

Your blessing, Father.

The Bishop says in a low voice:

May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips,
that you may proclaim his Gospel worthily and well,
in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.

The Deacon or Priest signs himself with the Sign of the Cross and replies:

Amen.

The Deacon, or the Priest, then proceeds to the ambo, accompanied, if appropriate, by ministers with incense and candles. There he says:

The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Deacon, or the Priest:

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The people acclaim:

Glory to you, O Lord.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, incenses the book, if incense is used, and proclaims the Gospel.

Luke 22:14-23


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because of which he has anointed me.

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
   and went according to his custom
   into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

   The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
      to bring glad tidings to the poor.
   He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
      and recovery of sight to the blind,
      to let the oppressed go free,
   and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.


Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
   and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
   “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he takes the book to the Bishop, who kisses it, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

He may then bless the people with the book.

After the reading of the Gospel, the Bishop preaches the Homily in which, taking his starting point from the text of the readings proclaimed in the Liturgy of the Word, he speaks to the people and to his Priests about priestly anointing, urging the Priests to be faithful in their office and calling on them to renew publicly their priestly promises.


The Renewal of Priestly Promises


After the Homily, the Bishop speaks with the Priests in these or similar words.

Beloved sons,
on the anniversary of that day
when Christ our Lord conferred his priesthood
on his Apostles and on us,
are you resolved to renew
in the presence of your Bishop and God’s holy people,
the promises you once made?

The Priests, all together, respond: I am.

Are you resolved to be more united with the Lord Jesus
and more closely conformed to him,
denying yourselves and confirming those promises
about sacred duties towards Christ&srquo;s Church
which, prompted by love of him,
you willingly and joyfully pledged
on the day of your priestly ordination?

Priests: I am.

Are you resolved to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God
in the Holy Eucharist and the other liturgical rites
and to discharge faithfully the sacred office of teaching,
following Christ the Head and Shepherd,
not seeking any gain,
but moved only by zeal for souls?

Priests: I am.

Then, turned towards the people, the Bishop continues:

As for you, dearest sons and daughters,
pray for your Priests,
that the Lord may pour out his gifts abundantly upon them,
and keep them faithful as ministers of Christ, the High Priest,
so that they may lead you to him,
who is the source of salvation.

People: Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

And pray also for me,
that I may be faithful to the apostolic office
entrusted to me in my lowliness
and that in your midst I may be made day by day
a living and more perfect image of Christ,
the Priest, the Good Shepherd,
the Teacher and the Servant of all.

People:Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

May the Lord keep us all in his charity
and lead all of us,
shepherds and flock,
to eternal life.

All: Amen.

The Creed is not said.

Then follows the Universal Prayer, that is, the Prayer of the Faithful.


Procession with the Oils


From the Ceremonial of Bishops:

282. The deacons and minsters appointed to carry the oils, or, in their absence, some priests and minsters, together with the faithful who will carry the bread and the wine and water, go in procession to the vesting room (sacristy) or other place where the oils and other offerings have been prepared. Returning to the altar, they follow this order: first, the minister carrying the vessel of balsam, if the bishop wishes to mix the chrism; then the minister with the vessel for the oil of catechumens, if it is to be blessed; the minister with the vessel for the oil of the sick; lastly a deacon or presbyter carrying the oil for the chrism. The minsters or faithful who carry the bread and the wine and water for the celebration of the eucharist follow them.

283. During the procession through the church, the choir leads the singing of the hymn O Redemptor or of some other suitable song in place of the song for the presentation of the gifts.

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


Arbor foeta alma luce
Hoc sacrándum prótulit,
Fert hoc prona praesens turba
Salvatóri saéculi.

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


Consecráre tu dignére,
Rex perénnis pátriae,
Hoc olívum, signum vivum,
Iura contra daémonum.

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


Ut novétur sexus omnis
Unctióne Chrismatis:
Ut sanátur sauciáta
Dignitátis glória.

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


Lota mente sacro fonte
Aufugántur crimina,
Uncta frónte sacrosáncta
Influunt charismata

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


Corde natus ex Paréntis
Alvum implens Virginis,
Praesta lucem, claude mortem
Chrísmatis consórtibus

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


Sit haec dies festa nobis,
Saeculórum saéculis
Sit sacráta digna laude,
Nec senéscat témpore.

R. O Redémptor, sume carmen
temet concinéntium.


R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing.


On the fertile tree the kindly sunlight
formed this offering,
which, bowed down, your people gathered
to the ages’ Saviour bring.

R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing.


King of our eternal homeland
consecrate this olive oil,
for our use: a living sign which
Satan’s evil laws will foil.

R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing.


So may all, both men and women,
who are by the Chrism sealed
be renewed, that human nature’s
wounded glory may be healed.

R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing.


Bathing in the sacred wellspring
Shall the mind from sin redeem;
where the forehead is anointed
charismatic graces stream.

R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing


Of the Father’s love begotten,
gracing once the Virgin’s womb,
’lighten all who share this Chrism;
close the door which leads to doom.

R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing.


Let this be for us a feast day,
while the ages pass away,
sanctified by worthy praises
and undimmed by time’s decay.

R. O Redeemer, hear the anthem
which your people gathered sing.


When they have reached the altar or the seat, the Bishop receives the gifts.

The Deacon carrying the vessel for the sacred Chrism shows it to the Bishop, saying in a loud voice:
The oil for the holy Chrism. The Bishop accepts it and gives it to one of his assisting Deacons, who places it on the table that has been prepared. The same is done by those who carry the vessels for the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens. The first says: The Oil of the Sick; then the other says: The Oil of Catechumens. These are received in the same way by the Bishop and placed by the ministers on the table that has been prepared. Then the Mass continues as in the rite of concelebration until the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, unless the entire rite of blessing is to take place immediately.


When the entire rite of blessing of the holy Oils is to take place following upon the Liturgy of the Word, the Bishop, at the conclusion of the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, approaches with the concelebrants the table where the blessing of the Oil of the Sick and of the Oil of Catechumens and the consecration of the Chrism are to take place, and then everything is done in the manner described in its proper place.

Go to Blessing of the Oil of the Sick: Revised translation || Former translation  

Go to Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens: Revised transation || Former translation

Go to Blessing of the holy Chrism: Revised translation || Former translation


The Liturgy of the Eucharist


The Bishop, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.

Then he places the paten with the bread on the corporal.

If, however, the Offertory Chant is not sung, the Bishop may speak these words aloud; at the end, the people may acclaim:


Blessed be God for ever.

The Deacon, or the Bishop, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly:

By the mystery of this water and wine
may we come to share in the divinity of Christ
who humbled himself to share in our humanity.

The Bishop then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands,
it will become our spiritual drink.

Then he places the chalice on the corporal.

If, however, the Offertory Chant is not sung, the Bishop may speak these words aloud; at the end, the people may acclaim:


Blessed be God for ever.

After this, the Bishop , bowing profoundly, says quietly:

With humble spirit and contrite heart
may we be accepted by you, O Lord,
and may our sacrifice in your sight this day
be pleasing to you, Lord God.

If appropriate, he also incenses the offerings, the cross, and the altar. A Deacon or other minister then incenses the Bishop and the people.

Then the Bishop, standing at the side of the altar, washes his hands, saying quietly:


Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

Standing at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says:

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.

The people rise and reply:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.


30. Then the Bishop, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings:

May the power of this sacrifice, O Lord, we pray,
mercifully wipe away what is old in us
and increase in us grace of salvation and newness of life.
Through Christ our Lord.

At the end of which the people acclaim:

Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

31. Then the Bishop begins the Eucharistic Prayer.

Extending his hands, he says:


The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Bishop, raising his hands, continues:

Lift up your hearts.

The people:

We lift them up to the Lord.

The Bishop, with hands extended, adds:

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

The people:

It is right and just.

The Bishop, with hands extended, continues the Preface.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For by the anointing of the Holy Spirit
you made your Only Begotten Son
High Priest of the new and eternal covenant,
and by your wondrous design were pleased to decree
that his one Priesthood should continue in the Church.

For Christ not only adorns with a royal priesthood
the people he has made his own,
but with a brother’s kindness he also chooses men
to become sharers in his sacred ministry
through the laying on of hands.

They are to renew in his name
the sacrifice of human redemption,
to set before your children the paschal banquet,
to lead your holy people in charity,
to nourish them with the word
and strengthen them with the Sacraments.

As they give up their lives for you
and for the salvation of their brothers and sisters,
they strive to be conformed to the image of Christ himself
and offer you a constant witness of faith and love.

And so, Lord, with all the Angels and Saints,
we, too, give you thanks as in exultation we acclaim:

At the end of the Preface, he joins his hands and concludes the Preface with the people, singing or saying aloud:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


32. In all Masses, the Bishop is permitted to sing parts of the Eucharistic Prayer provided with musical notation, especially the principal parts.

In Eucharistic Prayer I, the Roman Canon, the words included in brackets may be omitted.


The other Eucharistic Prayers may be found under the appropriate tab in the iBreviary. The Blessing of the Oil of the Sick is done before the doxology, unless it has already taken place after the Universal Prayer, or Prayer of the Faithful.


The Bishop, with hands extended, says:

To you, therefore, most merciful Father,
we make humble prayer and petition
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord:

He joins his hands and says

that you accept

He makes the Sign of the Cross once over the bread and chalice together, saying:

and bless + these gifts, these offerings,
these holy and unblemished sacrifices,

With hands extended, he continues:

which we offer you firstly
for your holy catholic Church.
Be pleased to grant her peace,
to guard, unite and govern her
throughout the whole world,
together with your servant Francis our Pope
and for me, your ubnworthy servant, [and his assistant Bishops]
and all those who, holding to the truth,
hand on the catholic and apostolic faith.

He joins his hands

With hands extended, one of the concelebrants or the Bishop, continue:


Remember, Lord, your servants N. and N.

The Concelebrant joins his hands and all pray briefly for those for whom they intend to pray. Then, with hands extended, he continues:

and all gathered here,
whose faith and devotion are known to you.
For them, we offer you this sacrifice of praise
or they offer it for themselves
and all who are dear to them:
for the redemption of their souls,
in hope of health and well-being,
and paying their homage to you,
the eternal God, living and true.

He joins his hands

With hands extended, one of the concelebrants or the Bishop, continue:


In communion with those whose memory we venerate,
especially the glorious ever-Virgin Mary,
Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ,
and blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
your blessed Apostles and Martyrs,
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;
we ask that through their merits and prayers,
in all things we may be defended
by your protecting help.
(Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

He joins his hands.

With hands extended, the Bishop alone continues:


Therefore, Lord, we pray:
graciously accept this oblation of our service,
that of your whole family;
order our days in your peace,
and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation
and counted among the flock of those you have chosen.

He joins his hands.

(Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

The Bishop and all concelebrants, holding their hands extended toward the offerings, say:


Be pleased, O God, we pray,
to bless, acknowledge,
and approve this offering in every respect;
make it spiritual and acceptable,
so that it may become for us
the Body and Blood of your most beloved Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.

They join their hands.

In the formulas that follow, the words of the Lord should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, as the nature of these words requires.


On the day before he was to suffer,

The Bishop takes the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:

he took bread in his holy and venerable hands,

He raises his eyes.

and with eyes raised to heaven
to you, O God, his almighty Father,
giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
broke the bread
and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly. Each concelebrant extends his right hand toward the bread, if this seems appropriate.

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,

FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.


The Bishop shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration. The concelebrants join their hands, look toward the consecrated host as it is shown, and after this bow profoundly.

After this, all continue:


In a similar way, when supper was ended,

The Bishop takes the chalice and, holds it slightly raised above the altar:

he took this precious chalice
in his holy and venerable hands,
and once more giving you thanks, he said the blessing
and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly. Each concelebrant extends his right hand toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate.

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,

FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.


The Bishop shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration. The concelebrants join their hands, look toward the chalice as it is shown, and after this bow profoundly.

Then the Bishop sings or says:


The mystery of faith.

And the concelebrants with the people continue, acclaiming:

We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.


Or:

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
we proclaim your Death, O Lord,
until you come again.


Or:

Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.


Then the Bishop and the concelebrants, with hands extended, say:

Therefore, O Lord,
as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed Passion,
the Resurrection from the dead,
and the glorious Ascension into heaven
of Christ, your Son, our Lord,
we, your servants and your holy people,
offer to your glorious majesty
from the gifts that you have given us,
this pure victim,
this holy victim,
this spotless victim,
the holy Bread of eternal life
and the Chalice of everlasting salvation.

Be pleased to look upon these offerings
with a serene and kindly countenance,
and to accept them,
as once you were pleased to accept
the gifts of your servant Abel the just,
the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith,
and the offering of your high priest Melchizedek,
a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim.

Bowing, with hands joined, all continue:

In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God:
command that these gifts be borne
by the hands of your holy Angel
to your altar on high
in the sight of your divine majesty,
so that all of us, who through this participation at the altar
receive the most holy Body and Blood of your Son,

They stands upright again and sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, saying:

may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing.

They join his hands.

(Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

With hands extended, one of the concelebrants or the Bishop, says:

Remember also, Lord, your servants N. and N.,
who have gone before us with the sign of faith
and rest in the sleep of peace.

He joins his hands and all pray briefly for those who have died and for whom they intend to pray. Then, with hands extended, he continues:

Grant them, O Lord, we pray,
and all who sleep in Christ,
a place of refreshment, light and peace.

He joins his hands.

(Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)

All strike their breast with the right hand as another concelebrant or the Bishop says:

To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners,

And, with hands extended, he continues:

hope in your abundant mercies,
graciously grant some share
and fellowship with your holy Apostles and Martyrs:
with John the Baptist, Stephen,
Matthias, Barnabas,
(Ignatius, Alexander,
Marcellinus, Peter,
Felicity, Perpetua,
Agatha, Lucy,
Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia)
and all your Saints;
admit us, we beseech you,
into their company,
not weighing our merits,
but granting us your pardon,

He joins his hands.

through Christ our Lord.


From the Roman Pontifical:

THE BLESSING OF THE OIL OF THE SICK

Before the Bishop says the Per quem haec omnia (Through whom you continue) in Eucharistic Prayer I, or the doxology Per ipsum (Through him, and with him) in the other Eucharistic Prayers, the one who has brought the vessel for the Oil of the Sick carries it to the altar and holds it before the Bishop, who now blesses the Oil of the Sick, saying this prayer:

Go to former translation for the blessing prayer

Revised translation:

O God, Father of all consolation,
who through your Son have willed
to heal the infirmities of the sick,
listen favorably to this prayer of faith:
send down from heaven, we pray,
your Holy Spirit, the Paraclete,
upon the rich substance of this Oil,
which you were pleased to bring forth from vigorous green trees
to restore our bodies,
so that by your holy + blessing
this Oil may be for anyone who is anointed with it
a safeguard for body, mind, and spirit,
to take away every pain, every infirmity, and every sickness.

May it become your holy Oil, O Lord,
blessed by you for our use
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. R. Amen.)

The conclusion Who lives and reigns ... is said only when this blessing takes place outside of the Eucharistic Prayer.

[iBreviary note: if all the holy Oils are blessed after the Universal Prayer, or Prayer of the Faithful, click here to go to the rite for the Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens]

At the end of the blessing, the vessel containing the Oil of the Sick is restored to its place and the Mass continues, up to and including Communion.
Click here to continue with the Eucharistic Prayer.

Former translation:

God of all consolation
you chose and sent your Son to heal the world.
Graciously listen to our prayer of faith:
send the power of your Holy Spirit, the Consoler,
into this precious oil, this soothing ointment,
this rich gift, this fruit of the earth.

Bless this oil + and sanctify it for our use.

Make this oil a remedy for all who are anointed with it;
heal them in body, in soul, and in spirit,
and deliver them from every affliction.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
[who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.]

The conclusion Who lives and reigns is said only when this blessing takes place outside of the Eucharistic Prayer.

[iBreviary note: if all the holy Oils are blessed after the Universal Prayer, or Prayer of the Faithful, click here to go to the Rite for the Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens]

At the end of the blessing, the vessel containing the Oil of the Sick is restored to its place and the Mass continues, up to and including Communion.


And the Bishop alone, with hands joined, continues:

Through whom
you continue to make all these good things, O Lord;
you sanctify them, fill them with life,
bless them, and bestow them upon us.

The Bishop raises the paten with the host, and the Deacon, or in his absence, one of the concelebrants, raises the chalice, while the Bishop alone, or with all the concelebrants, says:

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever.

The people acclaim:

Amen.

Then follows the Communion Rite.


The Communion Rite


After the chalice and paten have been set down, the Bishop, with hands joined, says:

At the Savior’s command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:

He extends his hands and, together with the people, continues:

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.


With hands extended, the Bishop alone continues, saying:

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

He joins his hands.

The people conclude the prayer, acclaiming:


For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


Then the Bishop, with hands extended, says aloud:

Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you;
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.

He joins his hands.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.

The people reply:

Amen.

The Bishop, turned towards the people, extending and then joining his hands, adds:

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

Then, if appropriate, the Deacon, or one of the concelebrants, adds:

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

And all offer one another a sign, in keeping with local customs, that expresses peace, communion, and charity. The Bishop gives the sign of peace to a Deacon or minister and some of the concelebrants. Those concelebrants nearer the principal celebrant receive the Sign of Peace from him before the Deacon does.

Then the Bishop takes the Host, breaks it over the paten. The Deacons or some of the concelebrants may help the principal celebrant to break the Hosts for the Communion of both the concelebrants and the peope. The Bishop places a small piece in the chalice, saying quietly:


May this mingling of the Body and Blood
of our Lord Jesus Christ
bring eternal life to us who receive it.

Meanwhile the following is sung or said:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.


The invocation may even be repeated several times if the fraction is prolonged. Only the final time, however, is grant us peace said.

Then the Bishop alone, with hands joined, says quietly:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
who, by the will of the Father
and the work of the Holy Spirit,
through your Death gave life to the world,
free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood,
from all my sins and from every evil;
keep me always faithful to your commandments,
and never let me be parted from you.

Or:

May the receiving of your Body and Blood,
Lord Jesus Christ,
not bring me to judgment and condemnation,
but through your loving mercy
be for me protection in mind and body
and a healing remedy.

Once the prayer for Communion has been said, the Bishop genuflects and steps back a little.

Then one after another the concelebrants come to the middle of the altar, genuflect, and reverently take the Body of Christ from the altar. Then holding it in their right hand, with the left hand placed underneath, they return to their places.

However, the concelebrants may remain in their places and take the Body of Christ from the paten held for them by the principal celebrant or held by one or more of the concelebrants passing in front of them, or they may do so by handing the paten one to another, and so to the last of them.


The Bishop takes the host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice, while facing the people, says aloud:

Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

And together with the people he adds once:

Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.


The Bishop, facing the altar, says quietly:

May the Body of Christ
keep me safe for eternal life.

And he reverently consumes the Body of Christ.

Then he takes the chalice and says quietly:


May the Blood of Christ
keep me safe for eternal life.

And he reverently consumes the Blood of Christ.

After this, he takes the paten or ciborium and approaches the communicants. The Bishop raises a host slightly and shows it to each of the communicants, saying:


The Body of Christ.

The communicant replies:

Amen.

and receives Holy Communion.

If a Deacon also distributes Holy Communion, he does so in the same manner.

If any are present who are to receive Holy Communion under both kinds, the rite described in the proper place is to be followed.

The concelebrants approach the altar one after another or, if two chalices are used, two by two. They genuflect, partake of the Blood of Christ, wipe the rim of the chalice, and return to their seats.

However, the following may also be followed. The principal celebrant consumes the Blood of the Lord standing as usual at the middle of the altar. The concelebrants may partake of the Blood of the Lord while remaining in their places and drinking from the chalice presented to them by the Deacon or by one of the concelebrants, or even passed from one to the other. The chalice is always wiped either by the one who drinks from it or by the one who presents it. After each has communicated, he returns to his seat.

The Communion of the concelebrants may also be arranged in such a way that each communicates from the Body of the Lord at the altar and, immediately afterwards, from the Blood of the Lord.

In this case the principal celebrant receives Communion under both kinds in the usual way observing, however, the rite chosen in each particular instance for Communion from the chalice; and the other concelebrants should do the same.

After the principal celebrant’s Communion, the chalice is placed at the side of the altar on another corporal. The concelebrants approach the middle of the altar one by one, genuflect, and communicate from the Body of the Lord; then they move to the side of the altar and partake of the Blood of the Lord, following the rite chosen for Communion from the chalice, as has been remarked above.

If the concelebrants’ Communion is by intinction, the principal celebrant partakes of the Body and Blood of the Lord in the usual way, but making sure that enough of the precious Blood remains in the chalice for the Communion of the concelebrants. Then the Deacon, or one of the concelebrants, arranges the chalice together with the paten containing particles of the host, if appropriate, either in the center of the altar or at the side on another corporal.

The concelebrants approach the altar one by one, genuflect, and take a particle, intinct it partly into the chalice, and, holding a purificator under their mouth, consume the intincted particle. They then return to their places as at the beginning of Mass.

The Deacon also receives Communion by intinction and to the concelebrant’s words, Corpus et Sanguis Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) replies, Amen.

Moreover, the Deacon consumes at the altar all that remains of the Precious Blood, assisted, if the case requires, by some of the concelebrants. He carries the chalice to the credence table and there he or a duly instituted acolyte purifies it, wipes it, and arranges it as usual.

While the Bishop is receiving the Body of Christ, the Communion Chant begins.

Ps 89 (88):2


I will sing for ever of your mercies, O Lord;
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your fidelity.

When the distribution of Communion is over, a Priest, Deacon or an acolyte purifies the paten over the chalice and also the chalice itself.

While he carries out the purification, he says quietly:

What has passed our lips as food, O Lord,
may we possess in purity of heart,
that what has been given to us in time
may be our healing for eternity.

The Bishop may return to the chair. If appropriate, a sacred silence may be observed for a while, or a psalm or other canticle of praise or a hymn may be sung.

Then, standing at the altar or at the chair and facing the people, with hands joined, the Bishop says:

Let us pray.

All pray in silence with the Bishop for a while, unless silence has just been observed. Then the Bishop, with hands extended, says the Prayer after Communion:

We beseech you, almighty God,
that those you renew by your Sacraments
may merit to become the pleasing fragrance of Christ.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

at the end of which the people acclaim:

Amen.


THE BLESSING OF THE OIL OF CATECHUMENS

Go to the former translation

Revised translation

Following the Prayer after Communion, the vessels containing the Oils to be blessed are placed by the ministers on a suitably positioned table in the middle of the sanctuary. The Bishop, surrounded on both sides by concelebrating Priests in a curved formation, with the other ministers standing behind him, proceeds to the blessing of the Oil of Catechumens (if it is to be blessed), and then to the consecration of the Chrism.

When everything has been arranged as described, the Bishop, standing facing towards the people, with hands extended, says the following prayer:


O God, strength and protection of your people,
who have placed in the Oil you have created
a sign of endurance,
graciously bless + this Oil;
grant fortitude to catechumens who are anointed with it,
that receiving your divine wisdom and strength,
they may understand more deeply the Gospel of your Christ,
may undertake generously the labors of Christian life,
and, made worthy of adoption to sonship,
may find joy in being born again and living in your Church.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

THE CONSECRATION OF THE CHRISM

Then the Bishop pours the fragrances into the Oil and makes the Chrism, unless this has been prepared previously. He does so without saying anything.

Having done this, he calls upon those present to pray:


Let us pray, dear brethren (brothers and sisters),
to God the Father almighty,
that he may bless and sanctify this fragrant Oil;
and may those outwardly signed with it
be inwardly anointed,
and made worthy of divine redemption.

Then the Bishop, if appropriate, breathes upon the opening of the vessel containing the Chrism and, with hands extended, says one or other of the following prayers of consecration:

Go to the alternative prayer of consecration

O God, author of every increase and of all spiritual growth,
graciously accept the joyful homage of thanksgiving
which the Church renders you through our voice.

For in the beginning you commanded the earth
to produce fruit-bearing plants,
and among them the olive tree,
to bring forth the great richness of this Oil,
that its fruit might serve
for the making of sacred Chrism.

David, too, foreseeing by the spirit of prophecy
the sacraments of your grace,
sang of oil making our faces radiant with joy;
and when in former days
the world’s sins were washed away in the Great Flood,
the dove, showing forth by an olive branch
a figure of the gift to come,
announced that peace had been restored to the earth.

In these latter times,
all this has been manifestly fulfilled,
for when all sinful deeds
are washed away in the waters of Baptism,
an anointing with this Oil
makes our faces joyful and serene.

Moreover, to your servant Moses
you gave the command
that he make his brother Aaron, washed first with water,
a priest by the pouring of this oil.

To this there came still greater dignity,
when your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord,
insisted on being washed by John in Jordan’s waters;
for as your Holy Spirit, in the likeness of a dove,
was sent upon him from on high,
your voice then followed and declared him
to be your Only-Begotten Son, well pleasing to you;
and you were seen clearly to affirm him,
just as your prophet David had foretold,
as the one anointed with the oil of gladness
above his companions.

All the concelebrants extend their right hand towards the Chrism until the end of the prayer, without saying anything.

To you, therefore, O Lord, we pray,
that by your + blessing you may graciously sanctify
the rich substance of this Oil you have created,
and permeate it with the strength of the Holy Spirit
by means, too, of the power at work in your Christ,
from whose holy name is named the Chrism,
with which you have anointed
your priests and kings, prophets and martyrs.

For those to be reborn through the spiritual bath of Baptism,
make the Chrism you have created
a holy sign of the fullness of life and salvation,
that through the sanctification imparted by the anointing,
and with the corruption of their first birth now cleansed,
they may be made a temple of your majesty,
and give forth the fragrance
of an innocence of life pleasing to you.

By the nature of the sacrament you have established,
may they be endowed
with the dignity of king, priest, and prophet,
and clothed with the garment
of that incorruption which is your gift.

And may this Oil become
the Chrism of salvation
for those who will be born again
of water and the Holy Spirit,
and make them partakers of eternal life,
sharers of heavenly glory.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Or this prayer:

O God, author of the sacraments and bestower of life,
we give you thanks for your goodness beyond all telling:
in the old covenant you foreshadowed
the mystery of sanctifying Oil,
and when the fullness of time came,
you willed that this same mystery
should shine forth uniquely in your beloved Son.

For when your Son, our Lord,
had brought salvation to the human race
through the Paschal Mystery,
he filled your Church with the Holy Spirit,
and wondrously endowed her with heavenly gifts,
so that through her the work of salvation in the world
might be accomplished to the full.

Ever after, through the sacred mystery of the Chrism,
you so bestow upon the human race
the manifold riches of your grace,
that your sons and daughters,
born again in the font of Baptism,
may be strengthened by the anointing of the Spirit
and, being conformed to your Christ,
receive a share in his office of Prophet, Priest, and King.

All the concelebrants extend their right hand towards the Chrism until the end of the prayer, without saying anything.

To you, therefore, O Lord, we pray,
that through the power of your grace,
this mingling of fragrances and oil
may become for us a sacrament of your + blessing.
Pour forth in abundance the gifts of the Holy Spirit
upon our brothers and sisters
when they receive anointing;
and adorn the places and things to be signed by the holy Oils
with the splendor of holiness.

Above all, through the mystery of this fragrant Oil,
complete the growth of your Church,
until she attains that measure of fullness
in which you, resplendent in eternal light,
will be all in all, with Christ, in the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Former translation

Following the Prayer after Communion, the vessels containing the Oils to be blessed are placed by the ministers on a suitably positioned table in the middle of the sanctuary. The Bishop, surrounded on both sides by concelebrating Priests in a curved formation, with the other ministers standing behind him, proceeds to the blessing of the Oil of Catechumens (if it is to be blessed), and then to the consecration of the Chrism.

When everything has been arranged as described, the Bishop, standing facing towards the people, with hands extended, says the following prayer:

Lord God,
protector of all who believe in you,
bless + this oil
and give wisdom and strength
to all who are anointed with it
in preparation for their baptism.
Bring them to a deeper understanding of the gospel,
help them to accept the challenge of Christian living,
and lead them to the joy of new birth
in the family of your Church.
Through Christ our Lord.
R.  Amen.

THE CONSECRATION OF THE CHRISM

Then the Bishop pours the fragrances into the Oil and makes the Chrism, unless this has been prepared previously. He does so without saying anything.

Having done this, he calls upon those present to pray:

Let us pray
that God our almighty Father
will bless this oil
so that all who are anointed with it
may be inwardly transformed
and come to share in eternal salvation.

Then the Bishop, if appropriate, breathes upon the opening of the vessel containing the Chrism and, with hands extended, says one or other of the following prayers of consecration:

Go to the alternative prayer of consecration

God our maker,
source of all growth in holiness,
accept the joyful thanks and praise
we offer in the name of your Church.

In the beginning, at your command,
the earth produced fruit-bearing trees.
From the fruit of the olive tree
you have provided us with oil for holy chrism.
The prophet David sang of the life and joy
that the oil would bring us in the sacraments of your love.

After the avenging flood,
the dove returning to Noah with an olive branch
announced your gift of peace.
This was a sign of a greater gift to come.
Now the waters of baptism wash away the sins of men,
and by the anointing with olive oil
you make us radiant with your joy.

At your command,
Aaron was washed with water,
and your servant Moses, his brother,
anointed him priest.
This too foreshadowed greater things to come.
After your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
asked John for baptism in the waters of Jordan,
you sent the Spirit upon him
in the form of a dove
and by the witness of your own voice
you declared him to be your only, well-beloved Son.
In this you clearly fulfilled the prophecy of David,
that Christ would be anointed with the oil of gladness
beyond his fellow men.

All the concelebrants extend their right hand towards the Chrism until the end of the prayer, without saying anything.

And so, Father, we ask you to bless + this oil you have created.
Fill it with the power of your Holy Spirit
through Christ your Son.
It is from him that chrism takes its name
and with chrism you have anointed
for yourself priests and kings,
prophets and martyrs.

Make this chrism a sign of life and salvation
for those who are to be born again in the waters of baptism.
Wash away the evil they have inherited from sinful Adam,
and when they are anointed with this holy oil
make them temples of your glory,
radiant with the goodness of life
that has its source in you.

Through this sign of chrism
grant them royal, priestly, and prophetic honor,
and clothe them with incorruption.
Let this be indeed the chrism of salvation
for those who will be born again of water and the Holy Spirit.
May they come to share eternal life
in the glory of your kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Or this prayer:

Father,
we thank you for the gifts
you have given us in your love:
we thank you for the life itself and for the Sacraments
that strengthen it and give it fuller meaning.

In the Old Covenant you gave your people
a glimpse of the power of this holy oil
and when the fullness of time had come
you brought that mystery to perfection
in the life of our lord Jesus Christ, your son.

By his suffering, dying, and rising to life
he saved the human race.
He sent your Spirit to fill the Church
with every gift needed to complete your saving work.

From that time forward, through the sign of holy Chrism,
you dispense your life and love to the human family.
By anointing them with the Spirit,
you strengthen all who have been reborn in Baptism.
Through that anointing you transform them into the likeness of Christ your Son
and give them a share
in his royal, priestly, and prophetic work.

All the concelebrants extend their right hand towards the Chrism until the end of the prayer, without saying anything.

And so, Father, by the power of your love,
make this mixture of oil and perfume
a sign and source + of your blessing.
Pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit
on our brothers and sisters who will be anointed with it.
Let the splendor of holiness shine on the world
from every place and thing signed with this oil.

Above all, Father, we pray
that through this sign of your anointing
you will grant increase to your Church
until it reaches the eternal glory
where you, Father, will be the all in all,
 together with Christ your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.
R. Amen.


The Concluding Rites


If they are necessary, any brief announcements to the people follow here.

Then the dismissal takes place. The celebrant receives the miter and, extending his hands, says:


The Lord be with you.

All reply:

And with your spirit.

The celebrant says:

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

All reply:

Now and for ever.

The celebrant says:

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All reply:

Who made heaven and earth.

Then the celebrant receives the pastoral staff, if he uses it, and says:

May almighty God bless you,

making the Sign of the Cross over the people three times, he adds:

the Father, + and the Son,+ and the Holy + Spirit.

All: Amen.

Then the Deacon with hands joined and facing the people, says:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.

Or:

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Or:

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Or:

Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

Then the Bishop venerates the altar as usual with a kiss, as at the beginning. After making a profound bow with the ministers, he withdraws.

In the vesting room, it is appropriate for the Bishop to instruct the Priests on the care and honor due to the sacred Oils and on diligently keeping them safe.

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