Concluding Rite

Announcements and final blessing

(Priest) Bow your heads and pray for God's blessings.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
(All) Amen.
(Priest) May his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
(All) Amen.
(Priest) May he look upon you with kindness, and give you his peace.
(All) Amen.
(Priest) May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
(All) Amen.
(Priest) The Mass is ended, go now in peace to love and serve the Lord.
(All) Thanks be to God.

Facing the people, the celebrant opens his hands and sings or says, "The Lord be with you." If the simple form of the blessing is to be used, still facing the people, hands joined, he says or sings, "May almighty God bless you." Then he makes the sign of the cross once clearly and without haste over the assembly, saying, "the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Picture) All respond by saying or singing "Amen".

Facing the people, the (deacon or) celebrant sings or says the dismissal, with his hands joined, using only one of the options provided. The assembly responds by singing or saying "Thanks be to God." The celebration of the liturgy concludes at this point as Christ's faithful are sent out into the world, praising and blessing the Lord who has made them his working Body among all peoples. Therefore announcements or comments should never be added by anyone after the dismissal. However, if any liturgical service follows immediately, the rite of dismissal is omitted.

Unless he is already standing there, the celebrant goes to the altar and kisses it in the same way as at the beginning of Mass. He comes to the centre of the sanctuary, where the servers should already be in position for the procession. He bows profoundly to the altar or genuflects if the tabernacle is in the sanctuary. If there are many servers or others in the procession, he should remain facing the altar and not turn around to leave until the others have moved forward. The procession returns to the sacristy or vesting room during a final hymn or recessional music. After the liturgy, appropriate music may continue or silence may be maintained for the sake of those who remain praying in the church.

Source: St. Brigid's Church, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway


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