In the 1962 Rubrics, Votive Mass of any Saint with an entry in the Roman Martyrology. Does this include the current Martyrology?
No and yes.
No, in the sense that Summorum Pontificum authorized the use of the books in force in 1962, not those after. If the saints aren’t in the 1962 calendar, well… that’s that. Right?
That said, I am inclined to say, yes, we could take our cue from the newer, 2005 edition of the Martyrology but in a limited way.
For example, if in the older, 1962 calendar there is a dies non which permits the recognition of saint in the older Martyrology, and, turning to your newer edition you find a great saint who was canonized after the 1962 edition was printed, I can’t see a good reason why you couldn’t use the appropriate Common from the 1962 Missale for that saint.
The purist at this point might be having a conniption along the lines of, “Father Z you aren’t a true traditionalist! As a matter of fact, I’m going to drop you from my blog roll and then put scare quotes around “Father” when I mention you… which will never be again! EVER! Unless you do something else I don’t agree with. I’m going to tell everyone that you would use – *gasp* – a new book! That’s clearly … heresy, or scandal, or… something like that. And… you says the Novus Ordo too?? YOU HATE SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM!”
The lack of coordination of the two calendars, traditional and post-Conciliar, is a thorny problem. This is one of those narrowly-defined situations in which I think we can use the newer calendar to honor a canonized saint that isn’t in any of the 1962 books. BTW, the last edition issued before 1962 was the 1956 edition.
We need a way to integrate our newly canonized saints into our traditional calendar.
It would be great to have mutual enrichment between the calendars.
On the one hand, it would be a great service and cause no harm to anyone to re-establish Pre-Lent in the Novus Ordo along with Ember Days, Days of Rogation, and the Octave of Pentecost. BTW… eliminating those was NOT called for in the Council’s documents. As a matter of fact, the Council Fathers warned against doing innovative things like that. And no one even wanted those changes anyway.
On the other hand, it would be a wonderful thing to have integrated into traditional calendar the feasts or commemorations of new saints.
Think about this.
Some saints canonized by Paul VI, hence after 1962.
St. Charles Lwanga (wow, do we need his intercession now!)
St. John of Avila (now a Doctor of the Church since 2012)
St. Elizabth Ann Seton
St. Oliver Plunket
St. John Ogilvie
St. John Neuman
St. Charbel Makhluf
Some saints canonized by John Paul II.
St. Maximillian Kolbe (amazing but not in our traditional calendar)
103 Korean Martyrs
St. Andrew Dung-Kac
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
St. Marie-Margueritte d’Youville
St. Claude de la Colombière
St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross (Edith Stein! No no… forget about her. Can’t do it.)
St. Mary Faustina Kowalska
St. Augustine Chao and 119 companions
St. Katharine Drexel
St. Josephine Bakhita (wow! REALLY?)
St. Pio of Pietrelcina (It’s only “Padre Pio”, after all. TLM… nope! Sorry!)
St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (Good enough for the BVM, good enough for ’62)
St. Gianna Beretta Molla (nothing for her… nope)
Some saints canonized by Benedict XVI.
St. Damien of Molokai
St. Hildegard of Bingen (she’s been around for a while, too, but was canonized in 2012)
St. Marianne Cope
St. Mary MacKillop
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Some saints canonized by Francis.
St. Antonio Primaldo and the 813 martyrs of Otranto! (Muslims did it…)
St. Peter Faber
St. John Paul II (noooo… he’s not at all popular… ignore him on 22 October)
St. Junipero Sera
Sts. Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin
St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad
St. Teresa of Calcutta (nope… not in the traditional calendar, you can’t celebrate her!)
Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto (saw Our Lady of Fatima… but fuggetaboutit)
Hmmm… 22 October, St. John Paul II’s feast in the newer calendar, is a dies non in the older, traditional calendar. Hmmm… that means we could celebrate a saint listed in the 1956 Martryologium Romanum in force in 1962!
Let’s look at our options for 22 October in 1962. There’s Sts. Eusebius and Hermes, martyred in the time of Julian the Apostate. Okay. How about St. Maria Salome of Jerusalem from the Gospel. I imagine that some of you ladies are devoted to her. Raise your hands, please. Then there’s Alexander, Heraclius, Miles and companions.
HEY! 22 October is also the feast of Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! I talk about them all the time on this blog. These two young girls were killed horribly because they refused to convert to Islam. They share the feast day of St. John Paul II. They are all great saints to remember in our own day. However, I’m gonna guess that most people – even if they live in Huesca – are going to have a crack at celebrating John Paul before Nunilo and Alodia. We remember fondly the two girls, and their cult is still appropriate in our day, given the issues we face with Islamic terror and invasion by migration. That said, it seems to me that traditionalists should have the option to celebrate John Paul II. No? Yes? Reasonable? Think about how his magisterium is under attack.
Look. The older, traditional calendar is to be respected. But, to my mind, it is simply nuts not to celebrate these saints.
Sure, St. Joseph Vaz of Sri Lanka, canonized by Francis in 2015, isn’t a saint whom I venerate with special fervor, but I have a friend in England, of Sri Lankan heritage, who does and who dearly loves the traditional Roman Rite. He, and the faithful of Sri Lanka, should have the opportunity to celebrate his feast day with the propers for his dear saint. Do you know, off hand, how many Sri Lankan saints there are. ONE! But he’s not on the 1962 calendar. Nope. Too bad for traditionalists there.
Saints come and go from the calendar according to the devotions of the people and the needs of the times. In centuries past, many people invoked the Fourteen Holy Helpers for aid. However, I suspect that fewer people today than of yore now pray to St. Agathius or pine to celebrate his feast on 7 May. His feast was pushed off the calendar by St. Stanislaus.
Saints come and go.
More and more I am of the mind simply to dig up the Propers for some of these great modern saints and just do it. And, yes, I’ll probably have a set of Pontifical vestments made in BLUE this year, too. For a Marian feast like Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. How’dya like them apples?
Thus endeth the rant.
Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.