TLM Mass for Pius XII rescheduled

I had posted a couple weeks back, while in Rome for the conference on Summorum Pontificum, that Card. Castrillon was to celebrate Holy Mass  in honor of Servant of God Pius XII with the older, traditional Rite in the Borghese Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore.

There is an update now.  I had heard about this but didn’t want to disturb the renegotiations.  The major issue, I had heard, what the Pope Benedict was going to celebrate in honor of Pius XII and they didn’t want to take anything away from what the Holy Father had planned for his predecessor.

Comitatus pro commemoratione quinquagesimale (1958-2008)
SIPA 002/08
From SIPA:

1. As was previously announced, His Eminence and Most Reverend Lord Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei was scheduled to celebrate Pontifical Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite in memory of the Servant of God Pius XII on Wednesday, the 8th of October, at 11 o’clock in the Pauline (Borghese) Chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

2. For relevant reasons of suitability this Mass has been rescheduled. In this way, the whole attention will be concentrated in the great and solemn Mass that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, will celebrate next Thursday, the 9th of October, at 11.30 am, in St Peter’s Basilica in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of his beloved predecessor.

3. Opportunely, the new exact date and time will be announced for the rescheduled Pontifical Mass that, in any case, shall take place by the first fortnight of March 2009, on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the Servant of God Pius XII’s election and coronation. This will be a worthy culmination to this Pacellian Year.

4. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to His Eminence the Most Reverend Lord Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos for his availability, his understanding and the good will showed at all times towards the SODALITIVM INTERNATIONALE PASTOR ANGELICVS. We thank as well all those who made available their good offices in favor of our initiatives.

† Barcelona, 4th October 2008.
Pacellian Year

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  1. Aelric says:

    If only the two could be conflated to read: “… whole attention concentrated on the Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.”

  2. Dan says:

    Hopefully the Holy Father will offer the Mass in the Gregorian Rite.

    I do not foresee a reason why he would not.

    God bless you

  3. Boko Fittleworth says:

    Would they have rescheduled if it was a novus ordo?

  4. Anthony says:

    I believe Pius XII said his first Mass in Mary Major, can someone confirm this?

  5. one can hope…I pray that it is.

  6. CatholicGandhian says:


    Yes. Ven. Pius XII said his first mass in the Borghese Chapel of St. Mary Major, at least according to “Crown of Glory”.

    Also, I wonder what is entailed when the say “great and solemn” in reference to the Mass the Holy Father will offer. Is he going to make use of some stuff used by his predecessor? Vestments? Throne? Sedia gestatoria? Well, probably not the last one, but, one can only hope.

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