For the Congregation

Sung Elements of the Order of Mass

Nevertheless steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.

Vatican II Constitution on the Liturgy Sacrosanctum concilium 54 (emphasis added)

  • Congregational Responses of Holy Mass
  • Ordinary of Holy Mass
  • Chants at the Sprinkling Rite
  • Seasonal Marian Antiphons

Congregational Responses of Holy Mass

For those new to (or intimidated by) the demands of Holy Mass celebrated in song, the congregational responses are the easiest way to enter into this habit that Mother Church ardently desires for both the glorification of God and the good of her children.

The responses below are listed in the order in which they are uttered during Holy Mass.

  • At the Collect
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.
    • Amen.
  • At the Gospel
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.
    • Glória tibi, Dómine.
  • At the Offertory
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.
  • At the Preface
    • Amen.
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.
    • Habémus ad Dóminum.
    • Dignum et justum est.
  • After the Consecration
    • Amen.
  • After the Lord’s Prayer
    • Sed líbera nos a malo.
    • Amen.
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.
  • Before Communion
    • Dómine, non sum dignus…* (three times)
  • After Communion
    • Amen.
  • At the Dismissal
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.
    • Deo grátias.
    • Amen.*
  • At the Last Gospel
    • Et cum spíritu tuo.*
    • Glória tibi, Dómine.*
    • Deo grátias.*

*Spoken, even during Sung Masses.

The Ordinary of Holy Mass

The melodies of four of the movements of the Ordinary of Holy Mass—that is, the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei—ideally change according to the season or feast. As the differing colors of the vestments of the Priest, Deacon, and Subdeacon, etc., visually call attention to the season or feast, the variety of the melodies of the chants aurally call attention to the season or feast.

Below are the melodies employed at the Traditional Latin Mass as celebrated at St. Mary of Pine Bluff and at the Bishop O’Connor Center.

Sundays of Advent and Lent

  • Kyrie XVII, mode I (Advent)
  • Kyrie XVII, mode VI (Lent)
  • Credo — see below
  • Sanctus & Benedictus XVII
  • Agnus Dei XVII

Sundays of Christmastide and Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Kyrie IX
  • Gloria IX
  • Credo — see below
  • Sanctus & Benedictus IX
  • Agnus Dei IX

Sundays of Eastertide

  • Kyrie I
  • Gloria I
  • Credo — see below
  • Sanctus & Benedictus I
  • Agnus Dei I

Sundays post-Epiphany and post-Pentecost

  1. Kyrie XI
  2. Gloria XI
  3. Credo — see below
  4. Sanctus & Benedictus XI
  5. Agnus Dei XI

Weekdays within Lent

  • Kyrie XVIII
  • Sanctus & Benedictus XVIII
  • Agnus Dei XVIII

Weekdays outside of Lent

  • Kyrie XVI
  • Sanctus & Benedictus XVI
  • Agnus Dei XVI

Credo

The melody of the Credo changes less frequently due to its length.

  • Credo I
  • Credo III

Chants at the Sprinkling Rite

On Sundays before the principal Mass, the Priest and ministers sprinkle the faithful with Holy Water. On Sundays outside of Easter, the Asperges me is sung to one of two melodies. During Eastertide, the Vidi aquam is sung to its own melody.

  • Asperges me I
  • Asperges me II
  • Vidi aquam

After the sprinkling, the following responses are sung by the congregation:

  • Et salutáre tuum da nobis.
  • Et clamor meus ad te véniat.
  • Et cum spíritu tuo.
  • Amen.

The 7:30 AM Sunday Mass at St. Mary of Pine Bluff is treated as the principal Mass.

Seasonal Marian Antiphons

While not strictly part of the Order of Mass, the custom is observed at Sung Masses celebrated at St. Mary Pine Bluff in which the seasonal antiphon to the Blessed Virgin Mary is sung after the conclusion of the Last Gospel.

  • Alma Redemptóris Mater — from Vespers of Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent until Compline of Feb. 2
  • Ave Regina Coelórum — from Compline of Feb. 2 until Compline of Wednesday in Holy Week
  • Regína coeli, laetáre — from Compline of Easter Sunday until Compline of Friday after Pentecost inclusively
  • Salve Regína — from First Vespers of the Feast of the Blessed Trinity to None on Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent