Liturgical Customary of the Church of the Advent, Boston

© Julianne E. Turé and William J. Theisen 1999

The Liturgical Customary of the Church of the Advent, Boston
Subdeacon


PREPARATION
SD vests in black cassock, amice, alb, white cincture, tunicle, [maniple].*

* NOTE for summer: Melting into a puddle of perspiration at the High Altar is neither edifying nor necessary; SDs should use judgment and dress accordingly. It is acceptable for men to omit the cassock and wear amice and alb over slacks or shorts, black socks and shoes. For women: If cassock is omitted under the alb, a long slip and white, rather than black, hose are recommended; black hose under a white alb look strange without a cassock.

SD should have reviewed Epistle lesson beforehand.

ENTRANCE
SD follows MC in procession. Step to left at chancel gate. ALL genuflect at MC's cue. SMs go up to reverence altar (only the Celebrant kisses it; D and SD merely bow profoundly).

INTROIT
As choir chants Introit, altar is censed. D and SD hold CEL's chasuble.

OPENING ACCLAMATION and SUMMARY OF THE LAW
Go down to pavement w/D as he censes CEL, then line up in slanted "I" formation at horn (SD on pavement, D on second step) for Opening Acclamation and Summary of Law.

KYRIE and GLORIA
"I" formation to center for Kyrie: SD on pavement, D on second step.

As choir begins Gloria, SD and D go up to join CEL at altar. At "Quoniam"/"For thou only art holy", D and SD bow slightly and go back down to places.

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY
Spread as CEL turns to give Salutation. Go to straight "I" formation at Epistle horn for Collect of Day.

FIRST LESSON and PSALM
Sit. MC should have provided copy of the Mass leaflet with Psalm text to follow.

SECOND LESSON:
At approximately third-to-last verse of Psalm, SD rises, genuflect at gate, go down to lectern. SD should arrive at lectern in time for Gloria Patri.

GRADUAL
SD returns from lectern, genuflects at gate, goes up to altar and moves book from Epistle horn to just left of center (under innermost Gospel-side candle), then goes down to pavement near Gospel-side A, leaving room for TH.

GOSPEL
MC and D join line-up.

MC cues genuflection; ALL turn.

SD follows Th in procession.

SD stands between AA, as indicated by MC.

Hold book open for D as he chants Gospel.

After Gospel, SD leads procession back, carrying Gospel Book. Do not genuflect but go straight to CEL and offer him book to kiss, then take place at sedilia and hand Gospel Book to MC as he/she returns from Gospel Procession. [Usually CEL will be at sedilia but if he is preaching he may be in transept.]

SERMON
All sit.

NICENE CREED and PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
After sermon, all rise; SD leads SMs to gate. No genuflection here! Stand for Creed and Prayers.

CONFESSION OF SIN and ABSOLUTION
Kneel.

PEACE
Immediately after Absolution, stand and turn inward as CEL faces people to bid the Peace. CEL exchanges Peace with D first, then SD.

SMs genuflect and return to sedilia to exchange peace with other servers.

OFFERTORY
As soon as CEL has laid on incense, he and SD sit while D prepares vessels. When Offertory Procession is ready, MC cues all to rise. SD leads SMs to gate. SMs genuflect and face the people.

CEL receives offerings and gives bason to SD. SMs bow to presenters, turn, take gifts to altar.

SD hands bason to CEL, who blesses and returns it. SD goes behind Cel and D to Epistle horn and hands bason to waiting empty-handed A, and receives water cruet from other A.

SD pours water as directed by D, then returns cruet to waiting server and returns to place at CEL's left. Altar is censed as before.

SD goes down to pavement w/D as D censes CEL. SD then goes to place at center (straight "I") and turns to Th to be censed (1 double), then turns back.

SURSUM CORDA
SD steps to left when CEL turns for Salutation and Sursum Corda; close "I" again when he turns back. Go up to join him at "Therefore . . .".

Follow the CEL's place in the Missal, using second finger of left hand, hand flat palm out on page.

At the Dominical Words, SD and D genuflect with CEL but remain kneeling while CEL rises and elevates the Elements. SD and D rise with CEL after his second genuflection.

LORD'S PRAYER, FRACTION, and PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS:
Remain standing. Genuflect with CEL and D when they do so.

AGNUS DEI
SD stands to receive Communion.

COMMUNION
SD normally serves chalice at Gospel side of altar rail. If a shortage of priests causes a change in this arrangement, MC will so apprise SD before Mass.

ABLUTIONS:
When all have received, SD takes chalice up to D's place (on CEL's right).

SD assists at ablutions as directed by CEL and passes vessels to MC to be removed.

At end of ablutions, SD takes up veil while D takes Missal. SD goes down to pavement, bows, and goes up to CEL's left.

SD veils chalice:

Place pall over chalice (if not already there). Place veil over pall and set aside. Fold corporal, beginning with bottom edge.

Fold in from bottom, then from top, then from left, then from right. Place folded corporal inside burse.

Place burse on top of veiled chalice.

Take veiled chalice down to A, who is waiting at foot of steps on Epistle side.

CLOSING PRAYER:
SD takes place in "I" formation at Epistle horn.

BLESSING AND DISMISSAL:
After final prayer, straight "I" formation moves to centre and splits. SD kneels on bottom step, D on second step.

CEL blesses the people and bids the Dismissal. D rises to sing Dismissal.

After response, SD rises and goes up to altar with D to join CEL. SMs reverence altar, turn, and go down to pavement where TT and MC join them.

RECESSIONAL
MC cues genuflection as hymn play-through ends. SD follows MC out. CEL leads final prayer in Baptistry.

CLEAN-UP
SD returns to credence via Lady Chapel aisle, collects veiled chalice and takes out to sacristy
SD returns tunicle [and maniple] to drawer and hangs up alb. If amice is soiled, put in laundry; otherwise return to drawer.

Ite, missa est!