The Wadle Mass
By Archbishop Lowell Paul Wadle
as adapted for use in the
Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch
Malabar Rite


Archbishop Lowell Paul Wadle received this form for the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist from the Archbishops who preceded him in what is now known as the Vilatte-Antiochean Succession. In its present form it can be traced as far back as Archbishop E.J. Lloyd. The only modification made by Bishop Wadle was the addition of Roman and Arabic Numerals in the margins of the pages. The Arabic Numerals up to 22 refer to the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, which have mystical significance. The Roman Numerals refer to the 10 Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, as understood in the Jewish mystical tradition. Because of Bishop Wadle's membership in the Masonic Order and its Scottish Rite and Lodge of Perfection, as well as the Rose Croix Degree, he came to feel that the Mass fulfilled some of the obligations and ideals of this tradition. And so he always referred to this Guide to the Eucharistic Experience as The Rite of Perfection. By reason of their affection for this great Bishop, the Sons of Wadle, those whom he ordained, this Rite also came to be known as the Wadle Mass, the name we have adopted for its official title.


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(The congregation rises at the entrance of the Priest and Assistants. All make the sign of the Cross as the Priest says:)

The Invocation
1 Aleph
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

The Preparation
2 Beth
(Receiving the aspergill, the Priest makes the sign of the cross with it, saying:)
P: May the Lord purify me that I may worthily perform His service.
(Sprinkling the Altar in the middle; then the chancel to the left and to the right, and continuing:)
In the strength of the Lord I expel all adversity from this His holy Altar and sanctuary,
(Turning to the people and sprinkling them with the same triple motion:)
...and from this House, wherein we worship Him;
(Turning back to the Altar and resigning the aspergill:) And I pray our heavenly Father that He will send His Holy Angel to prepare this habitation for His Presence, for the meet celebration herein of His most Holy Mysteries, and for the pouring forth of His Strength and Blessing upon His people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

XXIV Psalm
3 Gimel
P: Who shall ascend unto the Hill of the Lord? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity.
All: He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and Righteousness from the God of his salvation. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory. Lift up your heads, O ye gates: and be lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Confession
4 Daleth
(The Priest turning to the people, says:)
P: Hear what the Holy Spirit saith by the Apostle St. John: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Let us therefore humbly and sincerely confess ours sins.
(All kneel and say:)
All: O Lord, Thou hast created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of Thine own eternity; yet often we forget the glory of our heritage, and wander from the path which leads to righteousness. But Thou, O Lord, hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are ever restless till they find their rest in Thee. Look with the eyes of Thy love upon our manifold imperfections, and pardon all our shortcomings, that we may be filled with the brightness of the everlasting light, and become the unspotted mirror of Thy power and the image of Thy goodness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(The Priest says privately:)
P: May the Almighty and Merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins, and bring me to His everlasting Kingdom.
All: Amen.

The Absolution
5 Heh
(Turning to the people, the Priest says:)
P: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless preserve and sanctify you; the Lord absolve you of all your sins and grant you the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.
(Turning to the Altar, the Priest says or sings:)
P: O Lord, open Thou our lips.
C: And our mouths shall show forth Thy praise.
(The people are seated.)
P: Take away from us our iniquities, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may enter with pure minds and hearts unto the Holy of Holies. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen.
(The candles are lighted, each followed by a prayer. All say:)
All: "O, Lord God, holy and unsearchable, Who didst command light to shine forth from darkness: make us children of the Light and of the day and heirs of Thine everlasting Kingdom. Amen."
"O Christ, the true Light, which illumineth and sanctifieth every man who cometh into the world: let the Light of Thy countenance shine upon us, that in it we may behold the Light ineffable. Open the eyes of our understanding to the comprehension of Thy Gospel. Guide our steps within Thy blessed footprints that we may keep Thy commandments and attain unto Life eternal. And blessed Art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen."

The First Censing
6 Vau
(The incense is blessed; the Priest censes the Altar and is then censed, in due and ancient form, and turning to the people, says or sings:)
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with Thy spirit.

The Introit
7 Zain
(All stand and sing:)
All: Blessed be the Holy Trinity, the undivided Unity, eternal, immortal, invisible, to Whom be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. O Lord our God, how excellent is Thy Name in all the world. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen. Blessed be the Holy Trinity, the Undivided Unity, eternal, immortal, invisible, to Whom be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Kyrie
8 Cheth
(The people kneel and sing with the Priest.)
All: Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison, Christe eleison, Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Glory in Excelsis
9 Teth
(All stand and sing. The head is bowed at the words "we worship thee," "we give thanks to thee" and "receive our prayers":)
All: Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great Glory, O Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that taketh away the sins of the world, receive our prayers. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord: Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with thy spirit.
P: Let us pray.

The Collects
10 Yod
(The Priest recites the collect for the day and other collects, if any, and then the following:)
P: O God, Holy Spirit, sanctifier of the faithful, visit Thou us, we pray Thee, with Thy love and favor; enlighten our minds more and more with the light of the everlasting Gospel; establish in our hearts a love of the truth; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and in Thy great love keep us, O Blessed Spirit, Whom with the Father and the Son together, we worship and glorify as one God, world without end.
C: Amen.

The Epistle
11 Kaph
(The people are seated. At high celebration the epistle is read by the subdeacon or a separate epistoler may be appointed.)
(After the epistle is read, all sing:)
All: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
The Gradual
12 Lamed
All sing or say the gradual, after the Priest alone has chanted the first half)
P: The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters:
C: And God said, Let there be Light; and there was Light. Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God: and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? The Spirit is Life, because of righteousness and as many as are led by the Spirit, they are the Sons of God: and unto them are given the strength, the wisdom, the power, the honor, the blessing, the glory and riches as unto the Lamb.

The Purification
13 Mem
(The incense is now blessed and the Priest, standing before the center of the Altar, says:)
P: Cleanse my heart and my lips, O God, who by the hand of Thy Seraph didst cleanse the lips of Thy Prophet Isaiah with a burning coal from Thine Altar and in Thy loving kindness so purify me that I may worthily proclaim Thy Holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (If the deacon or separate gospeller reads the gospel then the celebrant blesses him/her in the following words, substituting "thy" for "my.") May the Lord be in my heart and on my lips, that through my heart the Love of God may shine forth, and through my lips His power be made manifest. Amen.
(The people stand as the Gospeller turns and says or sings:)
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with Thy spirit.

The Gospel
14 Nun
(As the Gospel is announced, all make the cross with the right thumb upon the forehead, lips and breast, successively, and sing:)
All: Glory be to Thee, O Lord. (The gospel ended, all say or sing:)
All: Glory be to Thee, O Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! (The people are seated.)

The Sermon
15 Samekh
(If there be a sermon, it follows here, preceded by the invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit)
R/. Amen. and followed by this ascription of glory to the Blessed Trinity: And now to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, three Persons in one God, be ascribed all honor, might, majesty, power and dominion, now and for evermore.
R/. Amen.
(The people are seated for the sermon.)

The Creed
16 Ayin
(All stand and say this or an alternative creed.)
All: We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds. God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made. Who for us, and for our Salvation came down from heaven.
(All kneel in reverence for the mystery of the Incarnation.)
And became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary; and was made man.
(All rise.)
He was also crucified for us. suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father: Who, with the Father and the Son together, is worshipped and glorified: Who spake by the Prophets. And we believe in one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead. And in life, of the world to come. Amen.
(The people are seated.)

The Offertory
17 Peh
(The collection is now taken, after which, the Priest offers the host saying:)
P: Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God, maker and giver of all good things, this bread which we offer unto Thee, as a symbol of Thy bounty, and as a token of our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving unto Thee. May it become to us, Thy most precious gift, the Body of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and avail Thy children, both living and departed, unto life everlasting.
C: Amen.
(The Priest pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying:)
P: As we now mix water with this wine in token of the union of the divine and human natures in Christ, Jesus, we pray that we may evermore dwell in Him and He in us.
C: Amen.(The Priest offers the chalice:)
P: May this Chalice of joy and gladness which we offer unto Thee with thankful hearts become to us the Blood of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, that taketh away the sins of the World.

The Second Censing
18 Sadhe
(The Priest blesses the incense and censes the oblations and altar in due and ancient form. The Priest holds up the censer before the center of the altar, saying:)
P: Let our prayer be set forth thus in Thy sight, O Lord, and may the worship which we offer ascend before Thy Great White Throne as a sacrifice pure and acceptable unto Thee. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
(Returning the thurible, the Priest says:)
P: May the Lord enkindle within us the fire of His Love, and the flame of His everlasting Charity.(The Priest is censed, then the Thurifer, afterwards the Priests, Servers, and People, who stand for this ceremony, bowing before and after. Meanwhile the fingers of the Priest are cleansed, as the Lavabo is recited:)
P: I wash my hands of the impurities of the world that I may worthily perform this Eternal Sacrifice of the Life of God into the limitations of matter. I will praise Thee, O Lord, till the end of days, that the Glory of Thy Gift may resound throughout all the worlds. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
C: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Exhorts The Brethren
19 Qoph
(Turning towards the people, the Priest says:)
P: Brothers and Sisters, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.
C: May the Lord receive the sacrifice from thy hands to the praise and glory of His Holy Name.(Turning towards the Altar the Priest says:)
P: Receive, O Heavenly Father, This Oblation prepared for the glory of Thy Holy Name, and in union with which we offer, and present unto Thy Divine Majesty, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy and living sacrifice unto Thee; And humbly do we pray that worthily receiving these Holy Mysteries we may be filled with Thy Grace and heavenly benendiction.
C: Amen. The Canon
(Turning toward the people, the Priest sings:)
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with thy spirit

Sursum Corda
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up unto the Lord.
(Facing the Altar, the Priest sings:)
P: Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
C: It is meet and right so to do.

The Preface
20 Resh
P: It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty everlasting God.(Here follows the proper Preface, if any.)
P: Therefore, with Virtues, Angels and Archangels, Principalities, Powers, Dominions, Thrones, with Cherubim and Seraphim, and with all the Company of Heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name, evermore praising Thee, and saying:

The Trisagion
21 Shin
(The people kneel and all sing:)
All: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of Thy Glory; Glory be to Thee, O Lord most high. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna in the Highest.

22 Tau
P: Likewise, we Thy servants do pray Thee Through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord, to accept, to purify, and to hallow this Oblation which we make unto Thee. We desire to offer this Holy Sacrifice, O Heavenly Father, in praise and adoration of Thy Holy Name, and that it may help to lift the heavy burdens and sorrows of this world, and knit Thy children closer unto Thee. Especially do we pray for Thy Holy Universal Church, The Church of Antioch, for our Matriarch Meri Louise, for all Bishops, Priests, and other Ministers: and for all who love, seek, and know Thee throughout the world. For the President, Vice President, Judiciary and Congress of the United States, and all the people of our land, and for the whole world: for those here present, and for all who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, sickness, need or any other adversity,
Also, for those about to enter earth-life through the portal of birth; and for their mothers-to-be; Likewise do we offer it for all those Thy children whom it hath pleased Thee to deliver from the earthly body of flesh,
that freed from earthly toil and care, they may enjoy the fullness of Thy Presence, evermore praising Thee, in word and deed, O God, everlasting, worthy and true. For these and all others for whom we ought to pray, may this sacrifice which we offer unto Thee, O God, be efficacious in Thy sight, according to the need of each.

The Epiklesis
23 I
(With hands spread over the offerings, the Priest continues:)
P: Wherefore, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, we pray Thee, to look upon and accept these offerings which we make unto Thee. Which offerings do Thou, O Father, deign with Thy Holy Spirit to bless, approve, and ratify, that they may become for us, His most precious Body and Blood. (Softly) And make this Bread the precious Body of Thy Christ (thrice). And make the wine and water in this Chalice the precious Blood of Thy Christ (thrice). Changing them by the Holy Spirit.

The Institution
24 II
P: Who, in the night in which He was betrayed took bread into His holy and spotless hands, and with His eyes lifted up towards heaven, He gave thanks unto Thee, Almighty God, His Father, He blessed It, brake It, and gave It to His disciples saying: Take and eat ye all of this, for This is My Body Which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
(All chant, as Host is elevated:)
All: Thou didst give us bread from heaven, containing in itself all sweetness. O Hidden Dweller in the Human Spirit, open our eyes that we may see.
P: In Like manner, after He had supped, He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He blessed It, and gave It to His disciples saying: Drink ye all of It, for This is My Blood Of the New Testament which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins, do this as oft as ye drink It in remembrance of me.
(All chant, as the Chalice is elevated:)
All: Thee we adore, O Hidden Splendor, Thee, Who in Thy sacrament dost deign to be. We worship Thee beneath this earthly veil; And here Thy presence we devoutly hail!

The Great Oblation
25 III
P: Wherefore, O Lord and Heavenly Father, we, Thy humble servants, bearing in mind the ineffable sacrifice of Thy Son, the Mystery of His wondrous Incarnation, His blessed passion, and precious death, His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, do offer unto Thee this, the most precious Gift which Thou hast bestowed upon us; this pure Host, this glorious Host, this Holy Host, the Holy Bread of life everlasting and the Chalice of eternal salvation, humbly praying Thee that Thou wouldst command Thy holy Angel to bear our Oblation to Thine Altar on high, there to be offered by Him, Who, as the Eternal High Priest, forever offers Himself as the eternal sacrifice for the salvation of the world.(The people may be seated.) And we do pray for Thy servant who ministers at this altar, that meetly celebrating the mysteries of Thy most holy Body and Blood of Thy Son, he/she may be filled with Thy mighty power and blessing. (The Priest makes the last cross upon him/herself.) Likewise we pray Thee to sanctify Thy people here present with these, Thy heavenly gifts, and through these mysteries do Thou hallow, quicken, and bless them, that both in their hearts and in their lives they may show forth Thy praise and glorify Thy holy Name. (The Priest makes with the Host the sign of the cross three times over the chalice, saying:) All these things do we ask, O Father, in the Name and through the mediation of Thy Most Blessed Son, for we acknowledge and confess with our hearts and lips that by Him were all things made, yea, all things both in heaven and earth; with Him as indwelling Life, do all things exist, and in Him as the transcendent Glory all things live and move and have their being:(Then horizontally twice between the chalice and his/her heart.) To Whom with Thee, O Mighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, be ascribed all honor and glory, throughout the ages of ages.
C: Amen.
(The Priest here holds the Host directly over the chalice and raises both to eye level.)
P: Let us pray. In obedience to the command of our blessed Lord, and following the universal practice of His Holy Church, let us say:
All: Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And let us enter not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Commemoration of the Saints
26 IV
(Here the Priest makes the sign of the cross with the paten.)
P: We praise and thank Thee, Thou, Who art the Ancient of Ancients for the wonderful grace and virtue
declared in Holy Mary the Ever-Virgin Mother of our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, and for all the just men
made perfect, the Watchers, Saints and Holy Ones, who rest not day or night but say: Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

The Breaking of Bread
27 V
P: O Son of God, Who showeth Thyself this day upon countless altars and yet art one and indivisible, in
token of Thy great Sacrifice, we break this Thy Body:(The Priest breaks the host in half over the chalice and with a small particle thereof makes the sign of the cross thrice over the chalice and finally at the words "we unite" drops the particle into the chalice.) And in token of Thy triumph over death, the reuniting of Thy Soul and Body, and Thy glorious resurrection, we unite this Thy Body with this Thy Blood; Praying that we being dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto righteousness, may be one with Thee even as Thou art one with the Father; and that this action ordained from of old, may be to us and to all the world a means of grace everlasting.
All: O Light of God, Who takest away the darkness of the world, Illumine us! O Light of God, Who takest
away the darkness of the world, Illumine us! O Light of God, Who takest away the darkness of the world,
Grant us Thy peace.

Salutation of Peace
28 VI
P: O Lord, Jesus Christ, who didst say to Thine apostles; "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto
you;" regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church and grant Her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy holy will; Thou who livest and reignest God, forever and ever.
C: Amen.
(The Priest faces the people and, with outstretched arms, says or sings:)
P: The peace of the Lord be with you.
C: And with Thy spirit

The Communion
29 VII
P: May Almighty God Grant you pardon, absolution and remission of all your sins, and bring you to life
eternal. Behold: The Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sins of the world.
(The Priest communicates, then administers to the clergy and servers. After the Priest and those in the
sanctuary have received holy communion, the Priest turns to the people and says:)
P: All are invited to share in this communion for the Lord's Supper belongs to All his people. Receive the
Divine Light which lighteth everyone who cometh into the world, draw nigh and receive this most Precious Gift. May the communion of these most Holy Mysteries be to the healing of both Soul and body.(The people come forward to the communion rail and kneel.)(As the Priest administers the holy communion to each, he/she says:) The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ keep thee unto life eternal.

Prayer of the Veil
(The communion being ended, the Priest says:)
P: Under the veil of earthly things now have we communion with our Lord Jesus Christ; soon with open face shall we behold him. And rejoicing in His glory be made like unto Him. Then shall His true disciples be brought by Him with exceeding joy before the presence of His Father's glory.

31 IX
(The people stand and all sing:)
All: Amen, Blessing and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto
our God forever and ever. Amen
P: Let us pray.(The people kneel.)
All: We, who have been refreshed with Thy heavenly gifts, do pray Thee, O Lord, that Thy grace may be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that it may continually be made manifest in our lives. Through Christ our
C: Amen.
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with thy spirit.
P: Bless we the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.
P: Ite Messa Est.
C: Deo Gratias!

The Benediction
32 X
P: The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and
love of God, and of His Son, Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always
C: Amen.

An Alternative Creed
P: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is One True Church, Apostolic and Universal, whose Holy Faith let us now reverently and sincerely declare:
All: We believe in the One God, Maker and Ruler of all things, Father of all humankind, the Source of all goodness, love, beauty, and truth. We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our Example, Teacher, Redeemer, and Liberator. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Saint Sophia, God present with us for guidance, comfort, purification, and strength. We believe in the forgiveness of sins, our forgiveness of others being the measure of God's forgiveness of ours. We believe in the life of prayer and love, grace for every need, and in a generous response to our Christian obligations as a measure of our sincerity. We believe in the Word of God as a sufficient rule both of faith and practice. We believe in the Church as the fellowship of the sons and the daughters of God as a center for worship, service, and growth in perfection. We believe in the Kingdom of God as the Divine Rule in human life, and the Brotherhood of humanity under the Fatherhood of God. We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in a dynamic quality of life, beginning on Earth and continuing through eternities. Amen
Presented as a gift and legacy to the Autumn 1979 Cathedral Class of Ordinands for the Priesthood by the Ordaining Archbishop Herman Adrian Spruit.