Penitential Rite A


I have been meaning to ask a question about the Penitential Rite A. The past few Sundays my pastor and parochial vicar have used Penitential Rite A. Now, when this rite is used, everyone recites the Confiteor and then says the Kyrie from my understanding; however, the past few weeks when my pastor and parochial vicar have used that rite, they recite the Confiteor, leave out the Kyrie, and go straight to the Gloria. Isn’t the Kyrie supposed to be used with Penitential Rite A?


Yes, the Kyrie must be used with all forms except C.


This. However, the wording is not explicit in the GIRM. It says something about, “Then, if it has not been done already, the Kyrie is sung or said,” but that could be much clearer if it would be explained in a list form or something. IMHO rubrics should not be catechetical or literary in form, they should be crystal clear.


What is Form C?


The Penitential Act Form C essentially incorporates the Kyrie as part of the Penitential Act.

sample formula,

Priest: You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

“Kyrie eleison or Lord, have mercy"

Priest: You came to call sinners:

“Christe eleison or Christ, have mercy."

Priest: You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede
for us:

“Kyrie eleison or Lord, have mercy"

The relevant section from the GIRM

  1. After this, the Priest calls upon the whole community to take part in the Penitential Act, which, after a brief pause for silence, it does by means of a formula of general confession. The rite concludes with the Priest’s absolution, which, however, lacks the efficacy of the Sacrament of Penance.
    From time to time on Sundays, especially in Easter Time, instead of the customary Penitential Act, the blessing and sprinkling of water may take place as a reminder of Baptism.[55]
  1. After the Penitential Act, the Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy), is always begun, unless it has already been part of the Penitential Act. Since it is a chant by which the faithful acclaim the Lord and implore his mercy, it is usually executed by everyone, that is to say, with the people and the choir or cantor taking part in it.
    Each acclamation is usually pronounced twice, though it is not to be excluded that it be repeated several times, by reason of the character of the various languages, as well as of the artistry of the music or of other circumstances. When the Kyrie is sung as a part of the Penitential Act, a “trope” precedes each acclamation.

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