At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.
You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in the Novus Ordo – a Feast with its own Preface (with a glaring error in Latin). I have some photos from older missals. HERE
At NLM we read about an interesting liturgical innovation concerning recitation of the Creed in the Tridentine usage. Perpend:
In the Missal of St Pius V, the Creed is said on every Sunday, and several categories of feasts: all those of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, Angels, Apostles, Doctors, etc. To this list is added one other woman, St Mary Magdalene, in commemoration of the fact that it was she who announced the Resurrection of Christ, the foundation of the Faith, to the Apostles; for this reason she has often been called “the Apostles of the Apostles.” [NB] This custom was widely observed in the Middle Ages, but originally not accepted at Rome itself; the Ordinal of the papal liturgy in the reign of Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) specifies that the Creed is not to be said on the feast, indicating that it was known to be done elsewhere. It was still omitted according to the rubrics of printed editions of the Roman Missal in the first half of the 16th century; [NB] its addition in the rubrics of 1570 is one of the rare cases where a new custom was added to the Roman Rite from elsewhere in the highly conservative Tridentine reform. (It was removed from her feast in 1955, and from the Doctors in 1961.)
So, she had the Creed and she lost the Creed and, in the Novus Ordo the Creed was absent. Should it be brought back, at least in the older form, as it once was a Double with Creed?
So… here’s a question for you:
- given that Pope Benedict, when he promulgated Summorum Pontificum, intended that the older, traditional form of Holy Mass act as both a stabilizer and a catalyst for the organic liturgical life of the Church, and
- given that he thought that “mutual enrichment” might result, and
- given that Mary Magdalene had a Creed in her Mass formulary after the Tridentine Reform for 385 years until the concerted attack on the Roman Missal began in 1955,
Omitting those situations in which a patronal feast is celebrated, etc. etc., should those who celebrate Holy Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum simply add a Creed for St. Mary Magdalene even though it is not provided for in the Ordo?
Let’s have a poll. Anyone can vote but only registered and approved readers can post comments and explanations.