October 11: Optional Memorial of Saint John XXIII, Pope

o-pope-john-paul-xxiii-saint-facebookThis memorial appears on the Universal Calendar of the Church.  While proper liturgical texts for this celebration have been promulgated in Latin and Italian, English and Spanish translations are still being prepared at this time.  Until these texts are published, the prayers from the Common of Pastors: For a Pope may be used.  Either the readings of the day or the proper readings assigned for Saint John XIII (taken from the Common of Pastors in volumes II, III, and IV of the Lectionary) may be used at Mass:

-First Reading – Ezekiel 34:11-16 (no. 719-9)

-Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 (no. 721-2)

-Gospel Acclamation – John 10:14 (no. 723-5)

-Gospel – John 21:15-17 (no. 724-12)

Publication of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony Announced

Long-anticipated changes to the marriage rite will be implemented in the United States this year.  These changes reflect the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments’ approval of the U.S. Bishops’ new English translation of the revised Ordo celebrandi Matrimonium (1991).  The newly revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used for liturgical celebrations as of September 8, 2016, and will be mandatory beginning December 30, 2016.

Several liturgical publishers are offering this book for sale.  The following editions may be ordered through ICS at a discounted price:

• Liturgical Press – Two hardcover editions: English ($24.50) and bilingual ($31.50)

• Catholic Book Publishing – Two editions: clothbound ($27.95) and deluxe bonded leather ($30.25)

• USCCB Publishing – Red bonded leather hard cover ($28.75)

• Magnificat Publishing – Red semi-leather with a clear pocket inside the front cover for notes/planning forms ($39.95)

Ordering information and additional details may be found at the ICS website.

A series of presentations outlining the new features in this revised rite were given by Fr. Matthew Ernest, Director of the Liturgy Office, to clergy, musicians, and others involved in marriage preparation in June of this year.  On October 15, the Order of Celebrating Matrimony will be presented to permanent deacons of the Archdiocese at their annual day of ongoing formation at Maryknoll Seminary.  Lecture notes for these talks may be downloaded from the Liturgy Office website.

The Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

MaryMagdalene - The Feast of Saint Mary MagdaleneOn June 10, 2016, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree (Apostolorum apostola), by which, in accordance with the will of the Holy Father, it was established that the liturgical celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene, observed on July 22, will be elevated from an obligatory Memorial to the rank of Feast.  In an accompanying commentary, Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation, indicated that this “decision is situated in the current ecclesial context, which calls upon us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelization, and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy.”  The observance of this Feast began on July 22 of this year.

The USCCB’s Secretariat of Divine Worship has additionally announced that the following changes have been made to the proper texts for this Feast:

-The Gloria is sung or said at Mass;

-The proper readings for Saint Mary Magdalene in the Lectionary for Mass (no. 603) should be proclaimed in place of the readings for the weekday in Ordinary Time; and,

-In the Office of Readings, the psalmody, verse, and First Reading with its Responsory are taken from the Common of Holy Women instead of the usual day.  Additionally, the Te Deum is sung or said after the Second Reading with its Responsory.

The Holy See has also promulgated a new Preface in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene.  At this time, the Preface is only available in Latin.  The drafting and approval of the English and Spanish translations of this new text will most likely require a year or two for completion.  In the meantime, Preface I or II of Saints may be used.

August 14 and 15: Vigil and Solemnity of the Assumption

On August 14, the prayers and readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time should be used at all regularly scheduled parish Masses. In the evening, the Vigil Mass for the Assumption may be celebrated at Masses other than the usual Sunday evening Mass. On August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption is not a holy day of obligation this year, as it falls on a Monday.

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene – July 22

MaryMagdalene - Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene - July 22On June 10, 2016, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree (“Apostolorum apostola”), by which, in accordance with the will of the Holy Father, it was established that the liturgical celebration of St. Mary Magdalene, observed on July 22, will be elevated from an obligatory Memorial to the rank of Feast. In its decree, the Congregation indicated that this “decision is situated in the current ecclesial context, which calls upon us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelization, and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy.” The Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene should be celebrated beginning on July 22 of this year.

The following changes have been made to the proper texts for this Feast: 

·         The Gloria is sung or said at Mass.

·         The proper readings for Saint Mary Magdalene in the Lectionary for Mass (no. 603) should be proclaimed in place of the readings for the weekday in Ordinary Time.

·         In the Office of Readings, the psalmody, verse, and First Reading with its Responsory are taken from the Common of Holy Women instead of the usual day. Additionally, the Te Deum is sung or said after the Second Reading with its Responsory.
 
The Holy See has also promulgated a new Preface in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene.  At this time, the Preface is only available in Latin. The drafting and approval of the English and Spanish translations of this new text will most likely require a year or two for completion. In the meantime, Preface I or II of Saints may be used.

 

July 4: Independence Day

When the Mass for Independence Day is used, the Gloria should be either said or sung. As well, the optional Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal is perpetually transferred from July 4 to July 5.

Archdiocesan Hymn Festival – November 14

Musicians are encouraged to save the date for this one-day festival of music on November 14 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, at Saint Barnabas Church in the Bronx. Join fellow musicians from around the archdiocese in singing hymns and chants from all of the seasons and feasts of the liturgical year! More information may be found at the Liturgy Office website.