Our friends at Rorate have posted something useful in respect to how to celebrated Holy Mass during the time Sede Vacante. I already posted about how to make changes to the Roman Canon (and I frankly don’t give a hoot about the other Eucharistic Prayers), HERE.
So… what about Votive Masses for the Election of a Pope during these “strong” days of Lent? Thus Rorate with my usual treatment of black and red.
Among the votive Masses found in the missal are those, as described by Father Fortescue, as “ordered by the pope or the ordinary for certain grave occasions (pro re gravi).” This includes the Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope.
This Mass may only be offered during the time of sede vacante. It is said or sung in red vestments. [Not white, as some have written to me. This is because the Mass for election of a Pope – in the Usus Antiquior – is connected to the Votive Mass of, and our constant invocation of, the Holy Spirit, and also – probably – because pretty much everything have to do with Popes, including their funerals, are traditionally celebrated in red. For the (Novus Ordo) Mass before the Conclave of 2005, Pro eligendo Pontificem, Card. Ratzinger, then Dean, wore red. I include at the right an image from my book Ordo Rituum Conclavis, which governs these things right now. The last line reads: In hac Missa adhibentur vestes rubri coloris… In this Mass red vestments are used. That’s for the Novus Ordo.] A strict reading of the rubrics — #366-368 — implies the local ordinary must give permission. (Several bishops have already given such permission. In fact, a Solemn High traditional Latin Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope will be offered tomorrow in Westminster Cathedral.) [I am sure many bishops have given permission. Would people out there let me know if any of them have explicitly described also what to do with the Extraordinary Form? Otherwise, I suppose those who use the EF just assume the permission and proceed, mutatis mutandis.]
Classified a Votive Mass II, a Gloria is said or sung during a Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope, even in Lent. [Gloria!] There is no Credo on weekdays. Although a Votive Mass II is permitted on Sundays of the second (but not first) class, that opportunity will not come up until 14 April, so the Sunday issue is probably moot. (The Sundays between now and then are each first class Masses.) [One bishop’s statement I have seen says that that bishop does not give permission for these Masses on Sundays of Lent.] The Mass may not be offered on Saint Joseph’s Day, also a first class feast on 19 March, nor can it be offered between 24 March and 8 April, which are all first class days.
Organ and flowers are permitted, even during Lent, during this pro re gravi votive Mass. [But, you know, I would not use them. Let us keep Lent as Lent.] A commemoration of the respective Lenten feria, however, must be made at all such votive Masses (therefore, a second collect, secret and postcommunion using the Lenten propers of the day).
The following are the propers for use in this votive Mass during weekdays in Lent.
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