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The simple answer is that "thy spirit" is a Hebraism for "you" (to be specific in this case, "you," but more 'endearing,' 'elevated,' or 'prayerful;' cf. Lk. 1:46). St. Paul uses this blessing in 2 Timthy 4:22: "The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit..." This was almost certainly imported into, or was always part of, ...


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Is it permitted to form a circle around the altar and hold hands during the Eucharistic Prayer? The short answer is: No. When I was in the major seminary, we would gather around the altar once a week (Saturdays) during the Eucharistic Prayer, but we did not hold hands. Apparently Canon Law is silent on this subject, which is sometimes considered a local ...


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Why do the faithful have to say “And with your spirit ” in the Catholic Mass in English? First of all the “sign of peace” at Mass is optional, even on Sundays and holy days of obligation. The sign of peace is optional. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (154) states that the celebrant asks the congregation to exchange the sign of peace “when ...


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In the context of liturgy (in the beginning of Mass), only the bishop is allowed to say “Peace be with you” in the beginning of Mass. As to why it is so, we can speculate that it’s likely because the bishop has the fullness of the priesthood, and thus being so like Christ in his office, he is thus authorized to say it. I have yet to pore into the rubrics to ...


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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day? The short answer is: Yes, if there is a valid reason for it. Masses can be said at any time day or night if there is a real necessity or spiritual need for it. This answer will be based more on actual experience than with concrete sources. For some reason rubrics on this point are quite hard to locate for ...


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No Vatican II document said that priests must face "toward the people" (versus populum). In fact, all Masses today can be celebrated ad orientem ("toward the east," the same direction the people face, which is toward the tabernacle). During the aftermath of Vatican II, Otto Nussbaum's study, which concluded that versus populum was the ...


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How do I know when to cross myself during the Mass of Pope Paul VI (Novus Ordo)? To start with, prior to Mass, we bless ourselves with Holy Water at the entrance of the church by dipping our fingers in into the Holy Water and making the sign of the cross on ourselves. The same is done when exiting the church after Mass. Dipping Your Hand in Holy ...


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The short answer to your question on when the participant of the Holy Mass and you cite Novus Ordo make the sign of the cross is there are two types or classification. There are certain part on the Holy Mass that it is "required" and there are others that are called "optional". Your question falls on the so called "optional". ...


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See the § "De Hora celebrandi Missam" ("Regarding the time of celebrating Mass") of the 1957 Missale Romanum: Missa privata saltem post Matutinum et Laudes ab una hora ante auroram usque ad unam horam post meridiem dici potest.A private Mass can be said at least after Matins and Lauds from one hour before sunrise until 1:00 PM. Missa ...


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Based on the summarized missal info on the USCCB's website, it seems like the Easter Vigil, at least, can take place any time between sunset and sunrise. With respect to your quote from Eucharistic Prayer III: I think "from the rising of the sun to its setting" is meant in a geographical sense, not a time-of-day sense. The previous official translation of ...


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Why do Solemnities have different readings for the vigil masses? In a nutshell, the solemnities in the of the old rite of Pope St. Pius V (Extraordinary Form of the Mass) had True vigils of these major feasts such as Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension (where celebrated on the Thursday after the Sixth Sunday after Easter), Pentecost, St. John the Baptist,...


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Yes, a priest can give a mass in American Sign Language (ASL) Fr. Edward McNamara wrote an extensive article for the organization ZENIT about the validity of sign language at mass, specifically using sign language during the consecration and not vocally pronouncing the words. Sign language is certainly permitted for the liturgy First, Fr. McNamara first ...


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Why does a priest say "The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say "Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting? The main reason although not expressed as such is that the pope and all bishops are considered the successors of the Apostles (of Our Lord, Jesus Christ). Priests are normally under the jurisdiction of their local ordinaries (bishop). Pax vobis (or ...


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Is it permissible for a priest say a Mass in the Extraordinary Form for new saints (canonized after 1962) while employing the prayers or the orations (of the Opening Prayer or Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and the Prayer after Communion) taken from the Mass of Paul VI? The short answer is yes. Permission was given by Ecclesia Dei in 1993. The “...


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This question was not easy when it was asked, but has a clear answer since 19 March 2020. Before it was often announced that there will be norms on this topic, last 2011 in Universe Ecclesiae n. 25 (as in Geremia's answer). Additionally there were privileges for individuals and communities to commemorate the new saints (as the example in Ken's answer). So ...


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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass? I have noticed this practice either at the beginning of Mass or at the end of Mass in many different countries, at least since the late 1970s. It has almost become a local non-liturgical custom for some priests to speak off the cuff statements of this nature during the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. I have ...


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