A 19th century Resurrection procession

Today we jump to the account of a Eucharistic procession on Easter morning, as found in the 19th century Bragan ceremonial already cited in the previous post.


Chapter IX

On Easter Sunday

The credence in the Chapel of the Sepulchre will have on it: a monstrance; a white humeral veil; sacramentary; a purifier; and corporals. Next to the credence, an umbella.

A white canopy and lanterns will be at entrance of the chapel; there will also be enough candles for ecclesiastics and nobles.

When Prime is ended the sacred ministers, having vested, leave the sacristy the same way as on Palm Sunday except for white vestments.

The cross-bearer flanked by candle-bearers, after arriving at the chapel, place themselves at the entrance towards the Gospel side; having made due reverences to the altar ecclesiastics and clergy take their respective places. The celebrant will immediately incense the Blessed Sacrament de more after preparing the thuribles.

After the incensing the deacon will take the key from the celebrant’s neck and will put it on a salver which will be taken by the credentiary to the sacristan to remove the Vessel from the Tomb; the deacon himself may do it and bring it to the altar.

After the Vessel is put on the altar the deacon opens it and puts the Sacred Form [sic] in the monstrance; the thurible having been prepared by the celebrant, the Blessed Sacrament is incensed de more.

Immediately two cantors will sing, in the middle of the clergy, the brief responsory of Terce of Dominica in Albis; the verse being said, the celebrant will sing the collect of Easter after Oremus. The celebrant then receives the humeral veil and the Blessed Sacrament. The procession then takes places within the church: brotherhoods at the head; cross-bearer flanked by candle-bearers; ecclesiastics with lit torches, and in the middle of these two priests vested in dalmatics, bearing in their arms the cross, covered in a tulle veil, which was on the high altar; then assistants with copes; two thurifers; and finally the canopy, under which the celebrant carries the Blessed Sacrament, flanked by the sacred ministers who elevate the edges of his cope.

As soon as the celebrant turns with the monstrance, instead of Pange lingua, the antiphon Regina coeli is sung as the procession continues.

In the end the two priests carrying the cross return to the sacristy. When the monstrance has been put upon the altar, everything is to be observed as in processions of the Blessed Sacrament, with the difference that instead of Tantum ergo Regina caeli with v./ Gaude et laetare is sung and the collect Deus, qui per resurrectionem &.

After the blessing is given and the Blessed Sacrament is put back in the tabernacle all return to the main altar. The cross, candle-bearers, and other ministers take their respective places; Terce is sung, followed by Vidi aquam. Mass begins as normal once aspersion is finished.


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