Chapter III. The Other Sacraments and Sacramentals
1. PART ALLOWED THE VERNACULAR (SC ART. 63)
61. The competent territorial authority, on approval, that is, confirmation, of its decisions by the Holy See, may introduce the vernacular for:
- the rites, including the essential sacramental forms, of baptism, confirmation, penance, anointing of the sick, marriage, and the distribution of holy communion;
- the conferral of orders: the address preliminary to ordination or consecration, the examination of the bishop-elect at an episcopal consecration, and the admonitions;
- rite of funerals.
Whenever a more extensive use of the vernacular seems desirable, the prescription of the Constitution art. 40 is to be observed.
II. ELEMENTS TO BE DROPPED IN THE RITE OF SUPPLYING CEREMONIES FOR A PERSON ALREADY BAPTIZED (SC ART. 69)
62. In the rite of supplying ceremonies in the case of a baptized infant, Rituale Romanum tit. 11, cap. 6, the exorcisms in no. 6 (Exi ab eo), no. 10 (Exorcizo te, immunde spiritus - Ergo, maledicte diabole), and no. 15 (Exorcizo te, omnis spiritus) are to be dropped.
63. In the rite for supplying ceremonies in the case of a baptized adult, Rituale Romanum tit. 11, cap. 6, the exorcisms in no. 5 (Exi ah eo), no. 15 (Ergo, maledicte diabole), no. 17 (Audi, maledicte satana), no. 19 (Exorcizo te - Ergo, maledicte diabole), no. 21 (Ergo, maledicte diabole), no. 23 (Ergo, maledicte diabole), no. 25 (Exorcizo te - Ergo, maledicte diabole), no. 31 (Nec te latet), and no. 35 (Exi, immunde spiritus) are to be dropped.
III. CONFIRMATION (SC ART. 71)
64. If confirmation is conferred within Mass, the Mass should be celebrated by the bishop himself; in this case he confers the sacrament clad in Mass vestments.
The Mass within which confirmation is conferred may be celebrated as a second-class votive Mass of the Holy Spirit.
65. After the gospel and homily, before the reception of confirmation, it is well for those being confirmed to renew their baptismal promises, according to the rite in lawful use in individual regions, unless they have already done so before Mass.
66. If the Mass is celebrated by someone else, the bishop should assist at the Mass in the vestments prescribed for the conferral of confirmation; they may be either of the color of the Mass or white. The bishop himself should give the homily and the celebrant should resume the Mass only after the conferral of confirmation.
67. The conferral of confirmation follows the rite outlined in the Pontificale Romanum, but with a single sign of the cross at the words In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti that follow the formulary, Signo te.
IV CONTINUOUS RITE FOR ANOINTING THE SICK AND VIATICUM (SC ART, 74)
68. When the anointing of the sick and viaticum are administered at the same time, unless a continuous rite already exists in a local ritual, the sequence of the rite is to be as follows: after the sprinkling with holy water and the prayer upon entering the room as given in the rite of anointing, the priest should, if need be, hear the confession of the sick person, then administer the anointing and finally give viaticum, omitting the sprinkling with its formularies, the Confiteor, and the absolution. If, however, the apostolic blessing with plenary indulgence at the hour of death is also to be imparted, it shall be given immediately before the anointing; the sprinkling with its formularies, the Confiteor, and absolution are omitted.
V. LAYING ON OF HANDS IN THE CONSECRATION OF A BISHOP (SC ART. 76)
69. At the consecration of a bishop all bishops present, clad in choral vesture, may participate in the laying on of hands. Only the consecrator and the two coconsecrators, however, pronounce the words, Accipe Spiritum Sanctum.
VI. RITE OF MARRIAGE (SC ART. 78)
70. Unless there is some good, excusing reason, marriage shall be celebrated within Mass, after the gospel and homily The homily is never to be omitted.
71. Whenever marriage is celebrated within Mass, the Missa votiva pro sponsis shall always be celebrated, even in closed times, or a commemoration made from it, in keeping with the rubrics.
72. As far as possible, the pastor himself or the one he delegates to assist at the marriage shall celebrate the Mass; if another priest assists at the marriage, the celebrant shall not continue the Mass until the rite of marriage has been completed.
The priest who only assists at the marriage but does not celebrate the Mass shall be vested in surplice and white stole and, if it is the local custom, also in cope; he shall also give the homily. But the celebrant is always to give the blessing after the Pater noster and before the Placeat.
73. The nuptial blessing shall always be given within the Mass, even in closed times and even if one or both of the spouses is entering into a second marriage.
74. In the celebration of marriage outside Mass:
a. At the beginning of the rite, in keeping with the Motu Proprio Sacram Liturgiam no. V, a brief instruction shall be given, not a homily but simply an introduction to the celebration of marriage (see SC art. 35, § 3). After the reading of the epistle and gospel from the Missa pro sponsis, there shall be a sermon or homily based on the sacred text (see SC art. 52). The order of the whole rite, then, is to be as follows: the brief instruction, reading of the epistle and gospel in the vernacular, homily, celebration of marriage, nuptial blessing.
b. For the reading of the epistle and gospel from the Missa pro sponsis, if there is no vernacular text approved by the competent territorial ecclesiastical authority, it is lawful for the time being to use a text approved by the local Ordinary.
c. Singing is allowed between the epistle and gospel. After the rite of marriage and before the nuptial blessing it is most desirable to have the prayer of the faithful in a form approved by the local Ordinary and incorporating intercessions for the spouses.
d. Even in closed times and even if one or both of the spouses is entering a second marriage, they are to receive the nuptial blessing, according to the formulary in the Rituale Romanum tit. VIII, cap. 3, unless local rituals provide a different one.
75. If marriage is celebrated during closed times, the pastor shall advise the spouses to be mindful of the proper spirit of the particular liturgical season.
VII. SACRAMENTALS (SC ART. 79)
76. For the blessing of candles on 2 February and of ashes on Ash Wednesday just one of the prayers for these in the Missale Romanum suffices.
77. The blessings in the Rituale Romanum tit. IX, cap. 9, 10, 11, hitherto reserved, may be given by any priest, except for: the blessing of a bell for the use of a blessed church or oratory (cap. 9, no. 11); the blessing of the cornerstone of a church (cap. 9, no. 16); the blessing of a new church or public oratory (cap. 9, no. 17); the blessing of an antemensium (cap. 9, no. 21); the blessing of a new cemetery (cap. 9, no. 22);
papal blessings (cap. 10, nos. 1-3); the blessing and erection of the stations of the cross (cap. 11, no. 1). reserved to the bishop.