Listed below are the most recent liturgical directives and updates issued by the Vatican or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please check this page periodically for more liturgical updates.
Optional Memorial of Pope Saint Paul VI
On January 25, 2019, a decree was issued through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by which Pope Francis established that the Optional Memorial of Pope Saint Paul VI be inserted into the General Roman Calendar, to be observed on May 29.
At present, there are no approved English or Spanish texts for the celebration. Appropriate texts from the Common of Pastors: For a Pope may be used at Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours. More information can be found on the USCCB website at: http://www.usccb.org/paulvi.
Memorial of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Pope Francis recently added a Memorial for “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church” to the General Roman Calendar. It will be celebrated each year on the Monday after Pentecost, and in 2019, it will be celebrated on Monday, June 10.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Divine Worship has now posted information on the USCCB website about the readings and orations for Mass. It also provides information about the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours on this new Memorial.
The new Memorial supersedes the rubric at the end of the Pentecost Mass that suggests that a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost.
Please note that the readings will be proper to the day, not optional. They are slightly different than what is in the Lectionary for Mass (Lectionary Number 1002- I). The Secretariat has produced a PDF of the readings which may be found at the above link.
Misal Romano, Tercera Edición
Mandatory use of the U.S. Misal Romano, Tercera Edición began this past First Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2018). Publication information, as of mid-February 2018 is as follows:
• Catholic Book Publishing Co. (CatholicBookPublishing.com 877-228-2665)—Altar and Chapel editions
• Liturgical Press (LitPress.org, 800-858-5450)—Altar and Chapel editions
• Magnificat (Magnificat.net, 970-416-6670)—Altar edition
Please visit the USCCB website (USCCB.org/cultodivino) for articles and other resources on the new Misal.
Roman Missal “Book of the Chair”
Upon the request of pastors to provide a lighter book for altar servers to hold, the Holy See has authorized a “Book of the Chair” edition of the Roman Missal, Third Edition entitled, Excerpts from the Roman Missal, and is now available from the following publishers:
Catholic Book Publishing Co. (CatholicBookPublishing.com 877-228-2665)
Liturgical Press (LitPress.org, 800-858-5450)
World Library Publications (wlp.jspaluch.com, 800-566-6150)
Magnificat (Magnificat.net, 970-416-6670)
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has elevated the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene on July 22 (which falls on a Monday in 2019) to the rank of Feast. The Church has always regarded St. Mary Magdalene as the first witness to the Lord’s resurrection and the first evangelist bringing this good news to the Apostles.
The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene involves the following additions to the Roman Missal and the Liturgy of the Hours:
• The Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the highest) is sung or said at Mass
• The proper readings for St. Mary Magdalene in the Lectionary for Mass (no. 603) are proclaimed instead of the readings of the Ordinary Time weekday; previously, only the Gospel was proper that day, whereas now all the readings are proper
• In the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the psalmody, verse, and First Reading with its Responsory are taken from the Common of Holy Women instead of the usual day; the Te Deum is also sung of said after the Second Reading with its Responsory.
Please note that the Holy See has promulgated a new Preface in honor of St. Mary Magdalene to be inserted in the Roman Missal for this feast, however, at this time, the Preface is only available in Latin. In the meantime, Preface I or II of Saints is to be used as usual.