Old Roman Ordo w/c Sunday 31st October 2021

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The Old Roman Ordo is based upon the Tridentine Calendar or General Roman Calendar extant in 1907 i.e. prior to the 20C changes that resulted ultimately with the Novus Ordo.

RITUAL NOTESFrom Ceremonies of the Roman Rite described by Fr Adrian Fortesque

  • The office of All Souls, said on 2 November (or 3 November if All Saints fall on a Saturday), is no longer an extra office, to be said after that of the octave of All Saints. According to the new rule it is now the office of the day, having all the normal parts.
  • On All Souls every priest may now say three Masses for the dead.” The text of these Masses is provided in the decree; it will be printed in future editions of the missal. The colour is black. 
  • At the first and second Mass, if the priest is to offer another Mass at once, having received the Divine Blood, he does not purify nor wipe the Chalice, but places it on the Corporal and covers it with the Pall; then with hands joined he says in the midst of the Altar: Quod ore sumpsimus, etc. and then he washes his fingers in a vessel made ready with water, saying: Corpus Tuum, Domine, etc., and wipes them. Having done this, he again arranges the Chalice, which is still on the Corporal, and taking off the Pall he covers it as usual, viz., first with the linen Purificator, then with the Paten containing the Host which to be consecrated and the Pall, and lastly the veil. 
  • The first Mass is the one hitherto said on All Souls. The second Mass is the one for anniversaries, with new collect, secret and post-communion. The third is the daily Mass for the dead, with new collect, secret and post-communion. At each of these the sequence, “Dies irae,” is to be said.
  • But if he to celebrate again after an interval, then in the first (and second) Mass he takes the ablutions as usual, but in water only.
  • The priest must say the Confiteor (Confession) before each Mass. Moreover, at the end of each Mass, The Lord be with you having been said, there is said; May they rest in peace. R. Amen
  • The blessing is NOT given: but Placeat tibi is said secretly, and the Altar kissed. Then follows the Last Gospel of St John, as usual.

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