office is used as a separate devotion, after mass, or as part of
another office, e.g. the Forty Hours Devotion. To begin the service,
the priest approaches the altar with his attendants and kneels on the
lowest step. After a brief personal prayer, the priest rises, the
others still kneeling, and goes to the altar. He then spreads the
corporal. After uncovering the monstrance, the priest opens the
tabernacle and genuflects. He takes a Sacred Host from the ciborium
and places it securely in the container within the monstrance. Once
he does this, he places the monstrance in the center of the
taber-nacle and genuflects.
soon as he opens the monstrance, the Hymn
O Salutaris Hostia is begun.
O SALUTARIS HOSTIA
O saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of heaven to all
Our foes press on from
Thine aid supply, Thy
To Thy great Name be
Immortal Godhead, One in Three!
O grant us endless length
With Thee in our true country.
the priest goes to the lowest step and takes incense (without
blessing it). He puts it in the thurible, and then takes the thurible
and kneels on the lowest step.
CENSING OF THE SACRAMENT
priest then censes the Blessed Sacrament with three triple swings
while the music continues. After the censing and O
Salutaris Hostia are complete, there may be a
litany, or a hymn, or some other devotion appropriate to the sea-son,
feast, or occasion. Then shall follow, with all still kneeling, the Tantum
ergo Sacramentum. During the beginning of the
2nd stanza, all should bow.
TANTUM ERGO SACRAMENTUM
Down in adoration falling,
Lo, the Sacred Host we hail,
Lo, o'er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.
all should bow. If sung in Latin, it begins Genitori, genitoque.)
To the everlasting Father
And the Son who reigns on high
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
Still kneeling, the
V: Panem de caelo
praestitisti eis. (Thou has given them bread from heaven.)
R: Omne delectamentum
inse habentum. (Having all sweetness within it.)
V: Oremus. (Let us pray.)
GOD, who, under a wonderful Sac-rament, has left us a memorial of thy
Passion : grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred
mysteries of thy Body and Blood that we may ever feel in our lives
the fruit of thy Redemption. Who livest and reignest, world without
priest then dons the humeral veil, ascends the altar, and takes the
monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. The sign of the cross is
made over the people with the Blessed Sacrament as Jesus Christ
Himself, not the priest, blesses the people. As this is done, the
acolyte rings a bell three times, and the thurifer incenses the
sacrament with three triple swings.
faithful bow as the sign of the cross is made over them with the Sacrament.
follow the Divine Praises. The people
join the priest in saying this.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ,
true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most
Blessed be His Most
Blessed be Jesus in the
Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy
Spirit the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great
Mother of God, Mary Most Holy.
Blessed be her holy and
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of
Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph,
her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His
Angels and in His Saints.
priest rises and goes to the altar, genuflects, and takes the Sacred
Host from the mon-strance. He puts the host back into the cibor-ium,
genuflects, and closes and locks the taber-nacle door. He replaces
the corporal in the burse, and veils the monstrance before going to
stand at the foot of the altar. As soon as the tabernacle door
closes, the people all rise, and the choir sings the Laudate
Dominum. After the first half of the Gloria
Patri has been sung in the Laudate
Dominum, the priest and servers may leave.
Praise the Lord, all nations;
Praise Him, all people.
For He has bestowed
His mercy upon us,
And the truth of the Lord
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.
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