Feria V in Coena Domini

The rubrics prescribe for this day the altar clothed in white. An extra chalice with white veil will be prepared for the purpose of saving a consecrated host for the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified the following day. An urn is prepared at a side altar to where the Blessed Sacrament will be moved by the priest, in a white cope, after Mass. Prime, Terce, Sext and None are sung before Mass. If Holy Chrism is consecrated the bishop and his ministers, vested, receive the oils and take them to the presbitery; if not, Mass follows.

The Introit is the same as in the Roman missal; the rubrics prescribe the Gloria Patri if Chrism has been consecrated. Flectamus genua is ommited before the Collect.
The Gradual (which is the same as the Roman) is repeated in place of the Tract; the Roman missal does not have a Tract on this day. The cross is unveiled and lifted towards the Gospel; both Gospel and Offertory are the same as the Roman.

Three hosts are consecrated: one for the priest’s communion; another for the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified the following day; and another to be deposited in the “tomb”, which will be moved to the tabernacle in procession on the day of the Lord’s Resurrection. The rubrics mention that in those churches where it is not possible to build a tomb then only two hosts should be consecrated.

Mass flows as usual up to the Agnus Dei, the Pax being ommited. After communion and before ablutions the priest deposits the host(s) in the monstrance or chalice, which the deacon covers with patten and white veil. Communion is then given to the faithful.

After the communion antiphon imposes incense in two thuribles, kneels between his ministers at the centre of the altar, incenses the Blessed Sacrament, dons the humeral veil, receives the Blessed Sacrament from the deacon, and turning to the assembly elevates the chalice/monstrance in front of his face and intones the Vesperal antiphon Calicem salutaris accipiam (from Psalm 115).

calissalmo 115

Then follows the procession to the “tomb of repose”, the clergy following in order of dignity; thurifers incense the Blessed Sacrament throughout the procession. Verspers are sung until, and excluding, the Magnificat. The deacon deposits the Blessed Sacrament in the urn, and after locking the door gives the key to the priest. The procession returns to the main altar and the responsory Christus factus est is sung, followed by the Magnificat. The priest then sings Dominus vobiscum, says the Post-Communion, and Mass follows as usual.


After Mass the celebrant (wearing alb and stole), his ministers and two acolytes extinguish all the candles except those before the altar of repose. The sacristan removes all holy water from the church. Afterwards the priest dons a violet stole and strips all the altars (except that of repose) while Psalm 21 is sung.

At a convenient hour the clergy is called back to for the Mandatum. The priest dons the violet cope and stole; deacon and subdeacon white vestments (as in Mass); acolytes, violet dalmatics. The priest blesses incense, the deacon asks for a blessing, the procession makes its way to the pulpit and the deacon sings the Gospel of the Mass. The priest removes his cope and ties a towel around his waist. The deacon and subdeacon assist the priest, who kneels while washing the clergy’s feet, kissing them after they’ve been dried.

After the washing of feet and the singing of aniphons ended, the priest dons the cope again and says the Pater, followed by responsory and final prayer. The rubrics mention what is to be done if there is no appropriate place for the Mandatum within the church, recommending the sacristy or another appropriate place. Once finished the clergy must remove their vestments and sing the canonical hours.


Once again, many thanks to “The Rad Trad”.

Gregory di Pippo touches upon the differences between the pre- and post-’55 rites here.

The Mass on this day is practically the same as the pre-’55 Roman rite, apart from the fact that three hosts are consecrated. While in the Roman the Blessed Sacrament is only moved after Mass, in the Bragan it takes place “within” the Mass. As seen, after communion the procession begins with the singing of Psalm 115 (not with the Tantum ergo, as is the Roman custom). Once the move is done, Vespers follow, and only after the Magnificat does MAss continue as usual.
Similarity with the pre-’55 rite is the omission Semelhante ao rito pós-’55 é a omissão of the Pax prayer.

The Mandatum follows the pre-’55 rite; in the post-’55, it can be inserted after the Gospel.

Can any of our readers confirm the removal of holy water in any other rite?

About Βαρθολομαίος

Husband and father of 4, enamoured with the Liturgy, the Fathers, Sacred Scriptures and the Christian monastic tradition. Trying to persevere through the "dura et aspera" while "de Dei misericordia numquam desperare."
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