1. When the gift-bearers are ready (and the pewter cups are being filled on the altar by the deacon), the CR leads the gift-bearers toward the sanctuary.
a. The usher may see to it that the gift-bearers are instructed to hand to the priest, in order:
1. the collection basket,
2. the wine cruet, and
3. the paten with the large host.
b. The CR does not stop at the entrance to the sanctuary, but bows as (s)he passes in front of the altar. The CR takes the processional cross and places it in its stand behind the sanctuary. If the Roman Missal is not already on the altar, the CR picks it up from the altar servers' bench and places it on the corner of the altar that will be on the celebrant's left.
c. The candlebearers follow the priest to the front of the sanctuary while the deacon remains at the altar. The candlebearers remain behind the priest, but on different sides of him. (Usually one step higher than the celebrant.)
1. The priest will take the basket of contributions from the usher (or gift-bearer) and hand it to the altar server on his left. The basket should then be taken to the rear of the sanctuary and placed on the altar servers' table (next to the trays with the communion cups).
2. The priest will take the wine cruet from the gift-bearer and hand it to the candlebearer on his right side.
3. The priest will carry the paten with the large host to the altar himself.
d. The candlebearer with the wine cruet moves immediately to the side of the altar nearest the ambo, waiting to hand the cruet to the deacon. The candlebearer should stand close to the corner of the altar, directly to the deacon's side (not behind him).
1. The candlebearer with the cruet will hand the wine cruet to the deacon, who will then pour some wine into the chalice. The deacon will hand the wine cruet back to the candlebearer.
2. Next, the deacon will take the cruet of water, which is already on the altar, and mingle a drop of water in the chalice. He will then hand the water cruet to the candlebearer.
3. The candlebearer then places both cruets on the servers' table at the rear of the sanctuary.
4. The candlebearer will retrieve empty wine decanters from the deacon or from the ambo where the deacon often sets them.
At this time, there should be no ciborium covers, decanters, or cruets on the altar.