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Is it permitted to form a circle around the altar and hold hands during the Eucharistic Prayer? The short answer is: No. When I was in the major seminary, we would gather around the altar once a week (Saturdays) during the Eucharistic Prayer, but we did not hold hands. Apparently Canon Law is silent on this subject, which is sometimes considered a local ...


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The Ordinariates' official office book is currently in preparation, but there does exist the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham of the UK Ordinariate [the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham]. That contains the Order for Evening Prayer which is very similar to the Evensong of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. It contains the ...


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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day? The short answer is: Yes, if there is a valid reason for it. Masses can be said at any time day or night if there is a real necessity or spiritual need for it. This answer will be based more on actual experience than with concrete sources. For some reason rubrics on this point are quite hard to locate for ...


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See the § "De Hora celebrandi Missam" ("Regarding the time of celebrating Mass") of the 1957 Missale Romanum: Missa privata saltem post Matutinum et Laudes ab una hora ante auroram usque ad unam horam post meridiem dici potest.A private Mass can be said at least after Matins and Lauds from one hour before sunrise until 1:00 PM. Missa ...


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Your hunch "that it is the Feast of the Assumption" appears correct, at least according to Rev. W. J. Wiseman, “The Titular Feast,” The Pastor 3, no. 5 (March 1885): 129–36. In the § "Practical Directions" (p. 131), he writes: Blessed Virgin is a general title. […](a) If the titulus is simply B. M. V., the titular feast is to be celebrated on the ...


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In the article "Why Grape Wine?", written for the website catholic.com, David Lang quotes from a clarification to the CDF document you mention: THE CONSEQUENCE OF MATTER So, how does the Church address the possible problem of alcoholism? Could grape juice from a supermarket shelf be sacramentally adequate? No: A process of maturation or a “time-...


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Based on the summarized missal info on the USCCB's website, it seems like the Easter Vigil, at least, can take place any time between sunset and sunrise. With respect to your quote from Eucharistic Prayer III: I think "from the rising of the sun to its setting" is meant in a geographical sense, not a time-of-day sense. The previous official translation of ...


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Is it permissible for a priest say a Mass in the Extraordinary Form for new saints (canonized after 1962) while employing the prayers or the orations (of the Opening Prayer or Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and the Prayer after Communion) taken from the Mass of Paul VI? The short answer is yes. Permission was given by Ecclesia Dei in 1993. The “...


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Was it in a cathedral church? Nainfa's Costume of Prelates of the Catholic Church (1926) pp. 36-7: purple is the color of the episcopal Livery. Thus, according to rules laid down by the Ceremonials,4 the Master of Ceremonies of the cathedral church, the train-bearer of the Bishop,1 the cross-bearer of the Metropolitan,2 all the members of the diocesan ...


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This question was not easy when it was asked, but has a clear answer since 19 March 2020. Before it was often announced that there will be norms on this topic, last 2011 in Universe Ecclesiae n. 25 (as in Geremia's answer). Additionally there were privileges for individuals and communities to commemorate the new saints (as the example in Ken's answer). So ...


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In the traditional (i.e. before Vatican II) rite, a mass of priestly ordination would be concelebrated by the ordaining bishop and the newly ordained priest(s). Specifically, they would pray the canon of the mass together. This is also the only case I've encountered where the canon is spoken loudly. (There may be other traditional concelebrations, but I ...


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I have come across priests using Welch’s Grape 🍇 Juice at Mass. That's very clearly an invalid Mass. Canon law makes it very clear that wine is the necessary matter: Can. 924 §1. The most holy eucharistic sacrifice must be offered with bread and with wine in which a little water must be mixed.[…]§3. The wine must be natural from the fruit of the vine ...


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The Saint-Pierre de Solesmes Benedictine abbey—founded by Dom Guéranger, O.S.B., who reestablished, in the 19th century, the Benedictine order and Gregorian chant in France after its destruction by the French Revolution—published a Cantus Selecti ad Benedictionem SS.mi Sacramenti (1957) whose 7th and 8th chapters are entitled Ante Benedictionem and Post ...


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Are there any Catholic medieval directives (rubrics) about what to do/pray/think during eucharistic adoration? There are certainly some directives about what to do during Eucharist Adoration, but they are extremely hard to find , if not quasi impossible to find. (This is going to be an incomplete answer, at best since genuine original source are lacking in ...


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Eucharistic Adoration as it is known today didn't exist between the 5th and 15th centuries. Even Quantore (or forty hours devotions) did not begin until the 16th century. Apart from religious houses, perpetual Eucharistic adoration did not begin in earnest with the laity until the 18th and 19th centuries in Italy and France. (Wikipedia)


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Does a priest have the right to prolong Mass with a novena? This is how the original question was worded before it was edited. I would like to address this specific nuance of the question at this moment. After the dismissal the Mass is over and one is free to leave or stay! Novenas attached to the celebration of the Mass should definitely be avoided, when ...


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I think the answer is partly in this communication by the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, titled "The Priest in the Concluding Rites of the Mass", issued in 2010. First, let us recall the Rite in the Ordinary Form. As the text says, this is: "The concluding rites consist of 1) Brief announcements, if they are necessary; 2) ...


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