Oratio Imperata

With the suspension of public Masses, it has become all the more appropriate for Bishop Spalding or one of the other local ordinaries for the Diocese of Nashville to prescribe the use of an oratio imperata. The propers from Votive Mass No. 20, “pro quacumque necessitate” or No. 21 “in quacumque tribulatione” should be mandated … More Oratio Imperata

The Second Confiteor

It’s easy enough to get lost during the long silent Canon, when there are relatively few cues to alert the congregation to whether father is on Clement, Cletus, or Anastasia (something most Catholics are accustomed to being able to know by listening). To make matters more confusing, however, there is often an exchange between the servers and … More The Second Confiteor

Et incarnatus est

In the Missale Romanum as promulgated by Bl. Paul VI, and the subsequent editions based thereon, the rubrics direct that one is to bow during the Creed at the words “Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine: et homo factus est.” On the Feasts of the Nativity and Annunciation, however, the rubrics direct that one is … More Et incarnatus est

The Our Father

Unlike in the Novus Ordo, the celebrant in the Extraordinary Form prays most of the Our Father (or “Pater Noster”) by himself. The congregation and other ministers join only the last line: “sed libera nos a malo.”* The Our Father follows the conclusion of the Canon, which is said silently. The priest announces the end of … More The Our Father