Communion at an Archpatral Mass of Highest Solemnity

 

The altar should be prepared with two purificators, with a third at the credence table.

After the Prayers of peace, the Archfather goes to the throne in the usual manner and sits wearing the mitre. A server follows, carrying the fistula and a second chalice, using the humeral veil. A server also takes a third purificator to the throne.

The Deacon of the Mass then takes the paten with the host and gives it to the Sub-Deacon of the Mass. An asterisk may be placed on the paten by the Deacon. The Deacon then placed a richly embroidered pall upon the chalice and take it in both hands. Without genuflecting, the Deacon (first) and the Sub-Deacon (following) proceed to the throne. At that point, the Archfather gives up the mitre and stands.

And note that all that is appointed for the Deacon and Sub-Deacon may, if the mass be a sung mass rather than a high mass, be done by any cleric otherwise qualified for the position. In that case, they ought still to be vested in dalmatic and tunicle, but over a rochet or surplice as appropriate rather than an alb, and without stole and maniple. Also note that most traditionally these offices are served by members of the Patriarchal Chapter.

The Archfather recites the usual prayer and takes the paten, without the asterisk (which is removed by the Sub-Deacon). Taking the host and paten in the left hand as usual, he recites the Domine non sum signus. The bells are not rung. He then consumes the smaller of the two halves of the host in the usual manner and returns the remaining host and paten to the Sub-Deacon.

The Assistant Priest takes the fistula from the server and hands it to the Archfather. The Deacon removes the pall and holds the chalice. The Archfather inserts the fistula and receives some of the Precious Blood. The pall is handed to a server, and the Deacon retrieves the Chalice, with the fistula still in it.

The Archfather again takes the paten and breaks the host into two pieces. He communicates the Deacon, who remains standing holding the chalice, in the usual manner. He then communicates the Sub-Deacon, who kneels.

The Deacon and Sub-Deacon return to the altar without genuflecting. The Deacon places the chalice on the corporal, and the Sub-Deacon places the paten on the corporal. The Deacon then purifies the fistula with a purificator and, wrapping it in the purificator, gives it to a server to return to the credence table. The Sub-Deacon then purifies the paten over the chalice with the second purificator. The Deacon consumes the remainder of the Precious Blood, as well as the particle therein. He then recites the prayers and carries out the ablutions in the usual manner, assisted by the Sub-Deacon.

 

If there is to be no Communion of Clergy and Congregation

Meanwhile, the Archfather, still standing at the throne, purifies his fingers over the second chalice in the usual manner. The chalice is taken back to the credence table. Mass continues at the throne as usual.

 

If there will be Communion of Clergy and Congregation

After the Deacon and Sub-Deacon go to the altar, the Archfather takes the ciborium, which has been brought to the throne by the Assistant Priest, and recites the Ecce Agnus Dei in the usual manner. The priest or priests who will distribute communion then begin the distribution. They should be vested in surplice and take the stole for the distribution only. If they are prelates of any rank, they take the surplice or cotta over the rochet and then take the stole over that, having laid aside any choral vesture. They return to their previous vesture after communion.

 Meanwhile, the Archfather, still standing at the throne, purifies his fingers over the second chalice in the usual manner. The chalice is taken back to the credence table. Mass continues at the throne as usual.

 

 

 

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