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MANNER OF RECITING THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

168. The preface is said by the principal celebrant alone; the «Sanctus» is sung or recited by all the concelebrants with the congregation and the choir.

169. After the «Sanctus», the concelebrants continue the eucharistic prayer in the way to be described. Unless otherwise indicated, only the principal celebrant makes the gestures.

170. The parts said by all the concelebrants together are to be recited in such a way that the concelebrants say them in a softer voice and the principal celebrant's voice stands out clearly. In this way the congregation should be able to hear the text without difficulty.

A. «Eucharistic Prayer I, the Roman Canon»

171. The prayer, «We come to you, Father», is said by the principal celebrant alone, with hands outstretched.

172. The intercessions, «Remember, Lord, your people» and «In union with the whole Church», may be assigned to one of the concelebrants; he alone says these prayers, with hands outstretched and aloud.

173. The prayer, «Father, accept this offering», is said by the principal celebrant alone, with hands outstretched.

174. From «Bless and approve our offering to Almighty God, we pray» inclusive, all the concelebrants recite everything together in this manner:

a. They say «Bless and approve our offering» with hands outstretched toward the offerings.

b. They say «The day before he suffered» and «When supper was ended» with hands joined.

c. While saying the words of the Lord, each extends his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; they look at the eucharistic bread and chalice as these are shown and afterward bow low.

d. They say «Father, we celebrate the memory of Christ« and «Look with favor» with hands outstretched.

e. From «Almighty God, we pray» to «the sacred body and blood of your Son» inclusive, they bow with hands joined; then they stand upright and cross themselves at the words, «let us be filled».

175. The intercessions, «Remember, Lord, those who have died» and «For our selves, too», may be assigned to one of the concelebrants; he alone says these prayers, with hands outstretched and aloud.

176. At the words, «Though we are sinners», all the concelebrants strike their breast.

177. The prayer, «Through Christ our Lord you give us all these gifts», is said by the principal celebrant alone.

178. In this eucharistic prayer the parts from «Bless and approve our offering» to «Almighty God, we pray» inclusive and the concluding doxology may be sung.

B. «Eucharistic Prayer II»

179. The prayer, «Lord, you are holy indeed», is said by the principal celebrant alone, with hands outstretched.

180. From «Let your Spirit come» to «May all of us who share» inclusive, all the concelebrants together say the prayer in this manner:

a. They say «Let your Spirit come» with hands outstretched toward the offerings.

b. They say «Before he was given up to death» and «When supper was ended» with hands joined.

c. While saying the words of the Lord, each extends his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; they look at the eucharistic bread and the chalice as they are shown and afterward bow low.

d. They say «In memory of his death» and «May all of us who share» with hands outstretched.

181. The intercessions for the living, «Lord, remember your Church», and for the dead, «Remember our brothers and sisters», may be assigned to one of the concelebrants; he alone says the intercessions, with hands outstretched.

182. In this eucharistic prayer the parts from «Before he was given up to death» to «In memory of his death» inclusive and the concluding doxology may be sung.

C «Eucharistic Prayer III»

183. The prayer, «Father, you are holy indeed», is said by the principal celebrant alone, with hands outstretched.

184. From «And so, Father, we bring you these gifts» to «Look with favor» inclusive, all the concelebrants together say the prayer in this manner:

a. They say «And so, Father, we bring you these gifts» with hands outstretched toward the offerings.

b. They say «On the night he was betrayed» and «When supper was ended» with hands joined.

c. While saying the words of the Lord, each extends his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; they look at the eucharistic bread and chalice as these are shown andafterward bow low.

d. They say «Father, calling to mind» and «Look with favor» with hands outstretched.

185. The intercessions, «May he make us an everlasting gift» and «Lord, may this sacrifice», may be assigned to one of the concelebrants; he alone says these prayers, with hands outstretched.

186. In this eucharistic prayer the parts from «On the night he was betrayed» to «Father calling to mind» inclusive and the concluding doxology may be sung.

D. «Eucharistic Prayer IV»

187. The prayer, «Father, we acknowledge», is said by the principal celebrant alone, with hands outstretched.

188. From «Father, may this Holy Spirit» to «Lord, look upon this sacrifice» inclusive, all the concelebrants together say the prayer in this manner:

a. They say «Father, may this Holy Spirit» with hands outstretched toward the offerings.

b. They say «He always loved those» and «In the same way» with hands joined.

c. While saying the words of the Lord, each extends his right hand toward the bread and toward the chalice, if this seems appropriate; they look at the eucharistic bread and chalice as these are shown and afterward bow low.

d. They say «Father, we now celebrate» and «Lord, look upon this sacrifice» with hands outstretched.

189. The intercessions, «Lord, remember those», may be assigned to one of the concelebrants; he alone says them, with hands outstretched.

190. In this eucharistic prayer the parts from «He always loved those» to «Father, we now celebrate» inclusive and the concluding doxology may be sung.

191. The concluding doxology of the eucharistic prayer may be sung or said either by the principal celebrant alone or together with all the concelebrants.

 




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