This Friday is poignant. Friday after Ash Wednesday is traditionally the Feast of the Crown of Thorns.
A significant portion of the Crown is preserved is preserved in Notre Dame de Paris. They have a special Crown of Thorns Mass on Fridays of Lent, and the relic is exposed. I’m not sure if the propers were changed under Novus Ordo, but am attaching the traditional propers for your convenience.
As an interesting point, in the appendix of pre-1962 missals there are other interesting votives connected to pre-Lent and Lent.
Tuesday after Septuagesima: The Agony in the Garden
Tuesday after Sexagesima: Passion of the Lord
Tuesday after Quinquagesima: Holy Face
Friday After Ash Wednesday: The Holy Crown of Thorns
Friday 1st Week of Lent: The Spear and Nails
Friday 2nd Week 2: The Sacred Shroud
Friday 3rd Week 3: The Five Wounds
Friday of 4th Week: The Most Precious Blood
And in Passiontide we have the Seven Sorrows of the BVM.
The history of the Crown of Thorns is intriguing. It was transferred from Jerusalem to Constantinople, pledged to Venice for a heavy loan, redeemed by the saintly Louis IX and taken to Paris. It survived the Revolution and remains today in a chapel directly behind the cathedral’s main altar.
While the Crown of Thorns feast would not be celebrated under the 1962 rubrics, I believe it would be licit as a Votive Mass on some ferial Friday per annum. Perhaps a priest assigned to a liberal tyrant pastor could use it on or near the anniversary of his assignment. Of maybe some priests could say it with a special intention for the bishop… or another prelate.
On that poignant note, I celebrated a TLM Requiem at Notre Dame, in the Chapel of the Crown of Thorns, when the late, great Bp. Morlino died. I was in Paris when the Extraordinary Ordinary passed away.
I was promptly hit by a motorcycle.
Pray for Bp. Morlino.
Pray for good successor to the Extraordinary Ordinary.