I had an interesting note from a priest with a question:
I want to put in our sacristy a sign for visiting priests about the name of the bishop so they know what name to say during the Eucharistic Prayer. Since we have guests, and since some want to say Mass in the Extraordinary Form, – and since I am learning to say the Extraordinary Form little by little – I thought it would be a good idea to do the sign in Latin.
Two questions therefore:
1. Is there a standard formula for such a sign?
2. What is the Latin name for our bishop, ____.
And may I add right here and now, before anything else, every sacristy ought to have such a sign, along with the names of any patron saint which could be useful for the Eucharistic Prayer. But since priests generally know the name of the Pope, at the very least display the name of the local bishop!
To the second question first, (for anonymity I won’t put this fellow’s bishop here) if you don’t know the Latin name, you might try to find and consult a handy volume by Carolus Egger, Lexicon Nominum Virorum et Mulierum, which I suspect your seminary library would have as would any good university library.
Sometimes the names of Celtic origin can be hard to figure out. You can also call your chancery and ask, or perhaps we can help on this blog.
The first question, I don’t think there is a standard form. I have seen quite a few ways of doing this. Sometimes there are slots built into old vestment cases. Sometimes there are signs on the wall. I have made for different sacristies signs to be framed with the actual Latin form of the Pope’s name in Latin in the ablative (used in the Roman Canon but genitive in the generally neglected 4th EP) and of the ordinary in Latin.
I suppose you could also simply put the names in the nominative and let the visitor work out the forms himself, given that in other prayers we don’t always use the ablative.
Here I will enlist the help of priests who might in their goodness post in the combox or send me e-mail with PHOTOS hopefully of signs in their sacristies, or perhaps seminarians of what is in their sacristy.
I suppose you could use a form something along the lines:
INFRA SACRAM ACTIONEM
You could even dress it up with little coats-of-arms.
Again, there is no standard form, but every sacristy should have something along these lines.