General Instruction of the Roman Missal

General Instruction
of the Roman Missal
Including Adaptations
for the Dioceses of the United States of America

Concordat cum originali:
Msgr. James Patrick Moroney
Executive Director, Secretariat for the Liturgy
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The English translation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Third Typical Edition) © 2002, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright holder.

This text is confirmed for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America. Persons from other nations should consult the local Episcopal Conference regarding the appropriate text for their nation.

Contents
Foreword to This Edition
Decree of Confirmation
Decree of Publication
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal
Preamble
A Witness to Unchanged Faith
A Witness to Unbroken Tradition
Accommodation to New Conditions
Chapter 1
The Importance and Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration
Chapter II
The Structure of the Mass, Its Elements and Its Parts
I. The General Structure of the Mass
II. The Different Elements of the Mass
Reading and Explaining the Word of God
The Prayers and Other Parts Pertaining to the Priest
The Other Formulas in the Celebration
The Vocal Expression of the Different Texts
The Importance of Singing
Movements and Posture
Silence
III. The Individual Parts of the Mass

A. The Introductory Rites
The Entrance
Greeting of the Altar and of the People Gathered Together
The Act of Penitence
The Kyrie Eleison
The Gloria
The Collect
B. The Liturgy of the Word
Silence
The Biblical Readings
The Responsorial Psalm
The Homily
The Profession of Faith
The Prayer of the Faithful
C. The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Preparation of the Gifts
The Prayer over the Offerings
The Eucharistic Prayer
The Communion Rite
The Lord’s Prayer
The Rite of Peace
The Fraction
Communion
D. The Concluding Rites
Chapter III
The Duties and Ministries in the Mass
I. The Duties of Those in Holy Orders
II. The Duties of the People of God
III. Particular Ministries
The Ministry of the Instituted Acolyte and Lector
Other Ministries
IV. The Distribution of Duties and the Preparation of the Celebration
Chapter IV
The Different Forms of Celebrating Mass
I. Mass with a Congregation
The Articles to Be Prepared
A. Mass Without a Deacon
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Concluding Rites
B. Mass with a Deacon
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Concluding Rites
C. The Duties of the Acolyte
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
D. The Duties of the Lector
Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
II. Concelebrated Mass
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Manner of Speaking the Eucharistic Prayer
Eucharistic Prayer I, that is, The Roman Canon
Eucharistic Prayer II
Eucharistic Prayer III
Eucharistic Prayer IV
The Communion Rite
The Concluding Rites
III. Mass at Which Only One Minister Participates
The Introductory Rites
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Concluding Rites
IV. Some General Norms for All Forms of Mass
Veneration of the Altar and the Book of the Gospels
Genuflections and Bows
Incensation
The Purification
Communion under Both Kinds
Chapter V
The Arrangement and Furnishing of Churches for the Celebration of the Eucharist
I. General Principles
II. Arrangement of the Sanctuary for the Sacred Synaxis (Eucharistic Assembly)
The Altar and Its Appointments
The Ambo
The Chair for the Priest Celebrant and Other Seats
III. The Arrangement of the Church
The Places for the Faithful
The Place for the Choir and the Musical Instruments
The Place for the Reservation of the Most Holy Eucharist
Sacred Images
Chapter VI
The Requisites for the Celebration of Mass
I. The Bread and Wine for Celebrating the Eucharist
II. Sacred Furnishings in Genera
III. Sacred Vessels
IV. Sacred Vestments
V. Other Things Intended for Church Use
Chapter VII
The Choice of the Mass and Its Parts
1. The Choice of Mass
2. The Choice of Mass Texts
The Readings
The Orations
The Eucharistic Prayer
The Chants
Chapter VIII
Masses and Prayers for Various Circumstances and Masses for the Dead
I. Masses and Prayers for Various Circumstances and Masses for the Dead
II. Masses for the Dead
Chapter IX
Adaptations Within the Competence of Bishops and Bishops’ Conferences
Index to This Edition