1. After the general intercessions, the priest will sit down. At this time, the servers begin to prepare the altar. The CR hands the Roman Missal to the deacon, or, if there is no deacon, places it on the corner of the altar. All servers go to the credence table to retrieve vessels to be brought to the altar.
a. The CR retrieves the chalice with its corporal and purificator. The CR hands the chalice and its linens to the deacon at the altar. The chalice is the first vessel delivered to the altar because the corporal, which is on top of the chalice, must be laid on the altar before the other vessels are placed there.
b. The CR then goes down the steps and retrieves the processional cross from its stand. The CR walks along the side of the sanctuary toward the center aisle and proceeds to the rear of the church, walking at a normal pace.
c. While the CR is delivering the chalice to the deacon, the candlebearers should retrieve the ciboria from the credence table. The altar servers process toward the center of the altar, one behind the other, and hand the ciboria to the deacon, with a slight bow.
d. The candlebearers each retrieve a tray with pewter cups and purificators from the servers' table at the rear of the sanctuary. One of the trays will also contain the cruet of water. The tray with the water cruet is to be delivered to the altar first. The servers bring the trays to the deacon, with one server standing at each side of the deacon and near the altar. After the deacon has taken all cups and purificators from the tray, the candlebearer should wait at the altar to allow the deacon to place the ciboria covers on the tray. The candlebearer then returns the tray with the ciboria covers to the servers' table at the rear of the sanctuary.
Note: The altar servers do not place the cups and purificators directly on the altar. The trays are held so that the deacon can pick up those items from the trays and place them on the altar himself. The servers need to stand close to the sides of the altar so the deacon does not need to turn his back to the altar.
e. The candlebearers return to the credence table to retrieve both wine decanters. The candlebearers return to the altar, one on each side of the deacon, and then they present their decanter of wine to the deacon and wait at the altar while the deacon pours the wine into the pewter cups. The deacon may hand the empty wine decanters back to the candlebearers. The candlebearers give a slight bow and return to the credence table.
f. Only after the deacon begins pouring wine into second set of the pewter cups, the CR begins to process toward the sanctuary, leading the gift-bearers. The CR should walk at a moderate pace.