“The Lord be with you.”
And the servers respond,
“And with Thy spirit.”
The priest then makes the sign of the cross upon the altar and also signs himself saying:
“The beginning of the Holy Gospel according to St. John,”
And the server responds,
“Glory be to Thee, O Lord.”
Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the Blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”
The Priest Prepares to Leave the Sanctuary
He was in the world and the world was made by Him and the world knew Him not. He came into His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him to them, He gave power to become the Sons of God; to them that believed in His name.
The Priest Returns to the Sacristy
“O Jesus, my Lord and my God! I thank Thee for having come to me. I now possess Thee Who art eternal life. Thou, my Savior, art now present within my soul. Thou art now most intimately united with me. I thank Thee from my heart, O Jesus! Praise be to God. Amen.”
Note: The Missal used by the priest at Holy Mass is in Latin, the universal language of the Roman Catholic Church.
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