GIRM 205-209: Preparations for Concelebration

Let’s get ready for an extra priest, Or more.

205. A concelebrated Mass, whatever its form, is arranged in accordance with the norms commonly in force (cf. nos. 112-198), observing or adapting however what is set out below.

Don’t be late!

206. No one is ever to join a concelebration or to be admitted as a concelebrant once the Mass has already begun.

Sacristans, take note:

207. In the sanctuary there should be prepared:

a) seats and texts for the concelebrating Priests;

b) on the credence table: a chalice of sufficient size or else several chalices.

Be prepared to fill in for the deacon, if he’s not there:

208. If a Deacon is not present, the functions proper to him are to be carried out by some of the concelebrants.

First choice for other roles, lay persons:

If other ministers are also absent, their proper parts may be entrusted to other suitable faithful laypeople; otherwise, they are carried out by some of the concelebrants.

Ordinarily, a concelebrant will wear a chasuble. I’ve missed this one, as have many priests I know. Most choose alb and stole:

209. The concelebrants put on in the vesting room, or other suitable place, the sacred vestments they customarily wear when celebrating Mass individually. However, should a just cause arise (e.g., a more considerable number of concelebrants or a lack of vestments), concelebrants other than the principal celebrant may omit the chasuble and simply wear the stole over the alb.

This is all pretty tame stuff. Any comments?

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