O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

PICS: High Mass in the Rite of Braga (Part II)

Missa Cantata for Palm Sunday in the Rite of Braga - Part II: The Mass of Catechumens

Part I

The priest changes into Mass vestments at the chair, gets his chalice, and goes to the altar.

In the Rite of Braga, the chalice is prepared before Mass if
it's a Low Mass or Missa Cantata. If a Missa Solemnis,
this is done at the Gradual and Alleluia/Tract.

The chalice is prepared.

The paten is placed atop the prepared chalice and the
whole thing covered again with the veil.

 The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar differ from Rome thusly: an Ave Maria is said at the beginning, before the sign of the cross. Also, this is the Confiteor: Confiteor Deo omnipoteni, et beatae Mariae Virgini, et sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paolo, et omnibus sanctis et vobis, fratres: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, locutione, opere, et omissione: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Ideo deprecor beatissimam Virginem Mariam, et omnes Sanctos et Sanctas Dei, et vos, fratres, orare pro me. "I confess to almighty God, and the blessed Virgin Mary, and the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints and you, brothers: that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, statement, deed, and omission: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the most blessed Virgin Mary, and all the [male] Saints and [female] Saints of God, and you, brothers, to pray for me" The servers say tibi Pater "to you father" appropriately, as at Rome.

Prayers at the foot of the Altar. The priest then greets the
altar with the same prayers as Rome.

Introit, Kyrie, Collect, and Epistle, as at Rome. Most of
the propers are the same as Rome.

On the 2nd Sunday of the Passion, we have a genuflection
in the Epistle, the hymn to the crucified Christ in

The Gospel is done the same as at Rome, however, the Passions are done differently. At Rome the Gospel for Palm Sunday (Matthew's Passion) was shortened in 1956. This was not done at Braga. We still have the longer version of Matthew's Passion. However, the verses not in the post 1956-Roman Missals is still set apart. I'll get to that in a minute. The Passion starts in the same way as at Rome. No incense or candles, no Dominus vobiscum, no response to the title. At the genuflection and pause at the death of Christ, we get the first difference: the priest strikes the missal with his palm and during the silence, all say some short prayer in whispered voices, such as the Apostle's Creed or Our Father.  The final part, about the setting of the guard, was read at Rome as part of the passage, but is no longer read at all. At Braga, those verses are read with incense and candles. At a Solemn Mass, the deacons get their blessings at that point and the book incensed before those verses. Each Passion reading is done in this way, both the pause and the ceremony for the last few verses.

Reading of the Gospel: Matthew's Passion.

Pause at the death of Christ.

The final part is read with full ceremony.

Altar during the homily.