The Liturgical Customary

This Customary sets forth our ceremonial as it has evolved over the last thirty years.  Our principal source texts are Ritual Notes, 11th ed. (ECR Lamburn), and The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described (Fortescue and O'Connell). Please note that this material is intended to be descriptive, not prescriptive.

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Sacred Ministers at the Altar
Solemn Mass on Easter Sunday

The Liturgical Calendar

Etiquette and General Procedures

Acolyte Guild Mission & Policies
Liturgical Etiquette
Setting Up and Cleaning Up
Liturgical Appurtenances for Special Days
Duties of the Sacristan
Duties of the Acolyte Warden
Directions for the Altar Guild


Master of Ceremonies
Choir Minister

The Mass Generally; Bishops; Benediction

Standard Solemn Mass Customary
Solemn Mass in Summer (without Choir)
9am Mass in Summer (without Choir or SMs)
Solemn Mass with Baptism
Solemn Mass - Seasonal Variations
Solemn Processions
Solemn Mass with Orchestra
When Solemn Mass is "Short-staffed"
Mass in the Presence of a Bishop
Solemn Mass Celebrated by the Ordinary
Guidelines for a Bishop’s Chaplain
Solemn Evensong & Benediction

The Liturgical Year

Lessons & Carols for Advent
Lessons & Carols for Christmas
Christmas Eve
Ash Wednesday
The Litany in Procession
Stations of the Cross & Benediction During Lent

Holy Week:
Palm Sunday
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
The Great Vigil of Easter

The Vidi Aquam in Eastertide
Corpus Christi
Te Deum
All Souls Requiem

Daily Services

The Daily Office
Daily Mass



9am Positions:

9am Master of Ceremonies
9am Subdeacon
9am Choir Minister
9am Thurifer
9am Acolyte
9am Crucifer
9am Torchbearer