Letter on standing for Kyrie and Gloria
[My address and phone number were given]
23 April 2002
Most Reverend Denis J. Hart
I am writing about the requirement to stand at Mass for the Kyrie and Gloria.
A new Roman Missal was officially made public on 22 March 2002. It has been announced that its instructions came into force with its publication.
The General Instruction has a new final chapter which makes it clear that an individual bishop cannot make changes to the postures given in the Roman Missal. From the Study Translation, n. 390:
The Latin text in the 2002 Roman Missal, page 83 is:
The 2000 Institutio Generalis, n. 43, required continuation of the custom of kneeling from the end of the Sanctus to the end of the Eucharistic Prayer. The 2002 Institutio Generalis, n. 43, adds to this the custom of kneeling for "This is the Lamb of God".
But there is no justification for sitting for the Kyrie and Gloria. The Study Translation of the Institutio Generalis has:
The 2002 Roman Missal text for this is:
That everyone should stand for the Gloria is emphasised in the Ceremonial of Bishops (Liturgical Press, 1989, page 53) n. 135: "During the Gloria all stand." This is a translation of Caeremoniale Episcoporum (Liberia Editrice Vaticana, 1984, page 45) n. 135 which has: "Dum canitur hymnus, omnes stant."
I hope this letter gives you a better understanding of the instructions for standing for the Kyrie and Gloria in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 28 April 2002. Last updated 30 June 2002.