The preparation to be made in the sacristy and in the
sanctuary when a Requiem or Funeral Mass is said, the body being present, are the same as and identical in
character with those made for "Low Mass for the Dead," "Missa Cantata for the Dead" with
one priest, or "Solemn Mass for the Dead" with three priests, according to whichever form
takes place. However, there are some additional items to be gotten ready and
these are as follows:
1. IN THE SACRISTY.
(1) Black cope.
(2) Processional cross.
(3) Holy water pot and sprinkler.
(4) Acolytes' candlesticks.
(5) Thurible with charcoal lighted and incense boat.
(6) The "Rituale Romanum" (or whatever other Manual
is used for the "Absolution" after Mass).
covered with pall.
2. IN THE CENTER AISLE OUTSIDE OF SANCTUARY.
Six funeral candlesticks with lighted candles (unbleached
if possible). These are placed, three on each side of coffin. In some churches,
especially when the aisle is narrow, provisions are made to place these candles
on holders attached to the inside of the pews, instead of locating them in the
NOTE: If Absolution takes place after a Requiem Mass when the body is not present: If for some good reason the body is
not taken to the church, a catafalque, which takes the place of the coffin, is
placed in the center aisle before the sanctuary. If a catafalque is not
available, a black cloth, spread flat on the floor, may replace it. The
catafalque or black cloth is also required when Masses for the dead said on
other occasions are followed by the Absolution. Otherwise the same arrangements
are made as if the body were present.