Today is the 52th “birthday” of the 1962 Missale Romanum!
And because it is the Vigil of my Name Day, I shall enjoy a cigar from a box of small Macanudo from one of you readers (a priest, as a matter of fact, and not one whom you might immediately suspect). I shall also have to have an adult beverage in honor of this festive occasion! I don’t have the customary witch to burn in effigy, alas, for this Vigil. The cigar will have to do.
Keep in mind that if today is anniversary of promulgation, then tomorrow could be the anniversary the Missal’s own “First Mass”. If it was signed and promulgated on 23 June, then it came into force after most priests in Rome had said their morning Masses. Thus, today could have been the first day of its use.
Also, in 1962, 24 June was a Sunday. It seems appropriate that St. John XXIII would want his Missal to go into force on a Sunday which was also the Feast of the Nativity of John.