Explanatory note on the Motu Proprio

Source: FSSPX News


The Press Office of the Holy See published an “Explanatory Note on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum” which was hardly mentioned in the media. We read in the Note that the four liturgical books necessary for the extraordinary form of the Roman liturgy will have to be reprinted, for practical use, by publishing houses specialized in this type of work, with the ‘recognitio’ (recognition) of the competent pontifical Commission.

 The Note specifies that these books include the Missale Romanum (Roman Missal), 1962 edition in which is inserted the Ordo Hebdomadæ Sanctæ, updated by Pius XII in 1955. John XXIII reformulated the prayer ‘Pro Judæis’ (for the Jews), in the liturgy of Good Friday. For this reason, the use of the liturgy of Holy Week previous to the 1962 edition, which calls the Jews ‘perfidious’, is not authorized but only the prayer ‘for the conversion of the Jews’ as in the 1962 Missal.

The three other books are the Rituale Romanum (Roman Ritual) for the sacraments of baptism, marriage, penance and anointing of the sick, the blessings and other prayers, the Pontificale Romanum for the bishop who decides to confer confirmation with the old rite to a group of faithful who desire it, as well as the sacrament of holy orders according to the old rite, and the Breviarum Romanum (Roman Breviary) for priests who wish to recite the Office according to the 1962 Missal.

 (Sources: VIS/Zenit/Apic)