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"Please provide some direction regarding different rituals and practices during Mass (e.g. making the Sign of the Cross on our lips, forehead and chest, use of holy water, etc.)"

 

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For the laity during Mass (plus before & after Mass), the following are customary & proper... [Note: Applicable items may vary & list below is not comprehensive.]

* Blessing oneself with holy water (making the Sign of the Cross) as one enters and leaves the church, thanking God for the gift of your baptism

* Prayers before and after Mass (and also after Holy Communion) should be done kneeling by those physically able - try here for some prayers

* Standing / sitting / kneeling / genuflecting at the proper time – for a refresher regarding genuflecting, try the newsletter here [Reminder: One should genuflect when passing the tabernacle (hopefully there is one!) and before entering the pew. Genuflection should be directed towards the tabernacle.]

* Making the Sign of the Cross at the Asperges and also at the incensing of the laity (e.g. at a High Mass)

* Signing oneself at the reading of the gospel in the manner you indicated (in the Traditional Mass, this is done during the Latin reading, and maybe also at the vernacular)

* Bowing of the head is done in the Traditional Mass at the incensing of the people (before the altar boy starts incensing the laity and after he is done – a total of two head bows) and also after the elevation of both the Host and the Chalice. Some of the faithful & priests also bow their heads at every mention of Jesus & his Blessed Mother. In the Novus Ordo Mass, persons bow during part of the creed (in the Traditional Mass, one kneels)

* After consecration, at the elevation of the Host, it is common to silently recite "My Lord and my God"

* After consecration, at the elevation of the Chalice, it is common to silently recite "Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy creature, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy Precious Blood" (or "Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy creature, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy Most Precious Blood")

You may also find the following resources of interest... (click links below to view)

* The Holy Eucharist / Mass ("a wealth of information", spans several pages)

* Proper Behavior in Church (a "must read")

* Communion in the Hand: Why Not?

* Lay 'Eucharistic Ministers': Why Not?

* Communion Under Both Species: Is it Required?

* Church Talk Reflections

One must also not overlook essentials (e.g. silence in church, reverence, modest dress, women should wear veils, etc.). The above links contain information for each of these points, particularly see the links on the 'Proper Behavior in Church' page referenced above. You can find a lot more information about Mass / Holy Communion at the links above, and also at the links below... (click links to view).

* Catechism of the Council of Trent on the Holy Eucharist

* Holy Eucharist / Mass (Reflections)

* Reference / Proper Behavior (Mass/Holy Eucharist Reflections)

* Latin Mass & Catholic Tradition (Reflections)

Please keep in mind that some actions people engage in at Mass are private devotions - they are not liturgical actions (in fact, some things really shouldn't be done at all, e.g. holding hands at the Our Father).

Hope that helps.

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Did you know? It is still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the highly reverent Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try here.


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Other Resources:

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Preparing For Mass / Holy Communion ('Quick Help' Page)

How Should We Assist At Mass? ('Quick Help' Page)

What Should We Especially Think About During Mass? ('Quick Help' Page)

Is It Acceptable To Pray Rosary During Mass? ('Quick Help' Page)

Proper Reception of the Holy Eucharist (Guidelines) ['Quick Help' Page]

Should Catholics Stay After Mass To Offer Private Prayers Of Thanksgiving? ('Quick Help' Page)

Should Catholics Hold Hands At The Lord's Prayer In Mass? ('Quick Help' Page)

'Sign Of Peace' At Mass ('Quick Help' Page) [Incl.: Why do some object to shaking hands at Mass?, Is it acceptable to have Mass without a sign of peace among the laity?, What might a Catholic do who objects to the 'sign of peace' at Mass?]

Novus Ordo Mass (Topic Page)

Traditional Latin Mass (Topic Page)

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Topic Page)

Holy Communion (Topic Page)

 

  

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