Wednesday, April 01, 2020

CDW Issues New Liturgical Texts in Response to the Pandemic

We have just learned that the Congregation for Divine Worship has issued two new liturgical texts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The first is a votive Mass titled “in the time of pandemic”, newly composed for this purpose. It is accompanied by a decree which permits that it be celebrated daily, except on solemnities, the Sundays of Advent, Lent and Eastertide, Holy Week and the Octave of Easter, Ash Wednesday and All Souls’ Day. (Pray God that it will be long obsolete by then!) The second is a special prayer to be added to the Solemn Prayers of Good Friday. No doubt they will be widely available in a variety of formats very shortly, but in the meantime, here are the new decrees and liturgical texts, first in English, and below in Latin.

UPDATE: The Mass has now been made available in pdf format through the website of the Congregation: (In Latin, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and German.)

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