From a reader…
19 March [3rd Sunday of Lent] is the anniversary of our Holy Father Francis’ “coronation”. In the 1962 Missal, this is to be commemorated. I am confused about the date, however: The Una Voce directory and Divinum Officium website both say to do it on 20 March, which is the transferred 1st Class feast of St Joseph. The actual anniversary is on a Sunday in Lent. From what I can find in the rubrics, there’s nothing that prohibits the commemoration on a Sunday in Lent.
It is quite the liturgical traffic jam, isn’t it.
First, Francis was elected Pope on 13 March. This is a Monday in Lent (3rd Class). So, there is a Commemoration Pro Papa under one conclusion at Low, Sung, and Solemn Mass. Otherwise, the Votive Mass In die coronationis Papae et in eius anniversario can be read.
This is my understanding of what is to be done on Sunday, 19 March and following. Pope Francis official ministry began on 19 March, his “installation” Mass. It is also the Feast of St. Joseph.
- Sunday, 19 March – 3rd Sunday of Lent (1st Class) – St. Joseph is bumped forward to Monday and Pope Francis Anniversary is bumped forward to Tuesday. A Commemoration of St. Joseph is added at 2nd Vespers of the Sunday.
- Monday, 20 March – transferred St. Joseph (1st Class) – Pope Francis’ Anniversary would have been today, but for St. Joseph, liturgically outweighs the anniversary. Francis’ Anniversary is therefore bumped forward to Tuesday.
- Tuesday, 21 March – Father reads the Mass for the Monday, feria in Lent with a commemoration Pro Papa under one conclusion. Otherwise, Father can read In die Coronationis Papae. However, in a cathedral you use the Votive Mass In die Coronationis Papae. – Of St. Benedict, Abbot, nihil fit, except that he gets a commemoration at Lauds. However, if you are in a religious order that raises St. Benedict’s feast to a higher class, or it is a patronal feast of your parish, diocese, etc.). I imagine that the Abbey of Le Barroux, or Fontgombault, or Clear Creek, or the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles would be able to shed light on Tuesday. Would they bump Francis to Wednesday because they have to raise up Benedict, their patron? I’m guessing, yes.
That’s how I untie the knot.