“Mass Distinctions”

MISSA RECITATA

“Read” or “Low” or “Quiet” Mass

  • Two Lighted Candles on the Altar

  • One Priest, who does not sing

  • No prayers of the Mass are sung or chanted

  • Incense is not used

  • A hymn may be sung before the Priest enters the Sanctuary &/or after he exits the Sanctuary, or there may be no singing


MISSA CANTATA

“Sung” or “High” Mass

  • Six Lighted Candles on the Altar

  • One Priest, who chants or sings various parts of the Mass

  • Priest intones the Gloria and Creed, chants Gospel, Preface, Our Father

  • The Proper Prayers: Introit, Collect(s), Offertory & Post Communion are chanted by schola or choir

  • Choir sings Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

  • Incense is used throughout the Mass

  • Direction on singing hymns applies the same as a Missa Recitata


MISSA SOLEMNIS

“Solemn High” Mass – Sung Mass with full Ceremonial

  • Six Lighted Candles on the Altar

  • One Priest assisted by Deacon & Subdeacon

  • Instructions for the congregation are the same as for High Mass with one Priest