Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion.
A reader sent this:
The feast day of St. Elijah is fast approaching [20 July] and our parish priest was wondering about how he would go about saying a Mass in the honor of him. He said that there are no Mass propers for this in the missal…
The Martyrology says that when the day is clear on the regular calendar – id est there is not even an obligatory memorial - a saint of the day in the Martyrology can be selected.
In the older, traditional Roman calendar, I think we must use St. Jerome Emiliani. In the newer calendar, I think we are freer, since there is only an optional memorial for St. Apollinaris.
Problem: Where to find the texts for Mass for St. Elijah?
Since the Carmelites venerate him, perhaps they have Mass texts. If they do, could Fr. Sven O’Brien use them at the diocesan parish of St. Ipsidipsy in Black Duck? He could probably ask permission of the local Bishop of Black Duck.
And if the Carmelites have a Mass for Elijah, who would have a Mass formulary for, exempli gratia, Sts. Adam and Eve? St. Jeremiah? St. Nahum?
This is off the top of my head.
Anyone have well-founded ideas?
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