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Mass for the Election of a Pope

Among the votive Masses found in the missal are those, as described by Father Fortescue, as "ordered by the pope or the ordinary for certain grave occasions (pro re gravi)."  This includes the Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope.

This Mass may only be offered during the time of sede vacante.  It is said or sung in red vestments.  A strict reading of the rubrics -- #366-368 -- implies the local ordinary must give permission.  (Several bishops have already given such permission.  In fact, a Solemn High traditional Latin Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope will be offered tomorrow in Westminster Cathedral.)

Classified a Votive Mass II, a Gloria is said or sung during a Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope, even in Lent.  There is no Credo on weekdays.  Although a Votive Mass II is permitted on Sundays of the second (but not first) class, that opportunity will not come up until 14 April, so the Sunday issue is probably moot.  (The Sundays between now and then are each first class Masses.)  The Mass may not be offered on Saint Joseph's Day, also a first class feast on 19 March, nor can it be offered between 24 March and 8 April, which are all first class days.

Organ and flowers are permitted, even during Lent, during this pro re gravi votive Mass.  A commemoration of the respective Lenten feria, however, must be made at all such votive Masses (therefore, a second collect, secret and postcommunion using the Lenten propers of the day).

The following are the propers for use in this votive Mass during weekdays in Lent.


PRO ELIGENDO SUMMO PONTIFICE

Introitum (1 Reg. 2, 35)
Suscitabo mihi sacerdotem fidelem, qui iuxta cor meum et animam meam faciet: et aedificabo ei domum fidelem, et ambulabit coram Christo meo cunctis diebus.  (Ps. 131, 1) Memento, Domine, David: et omnis mansuetudinis eius. Gloria Patri...


Oratio
Supplici, Domine, humilitate deposcimus: ut sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae concedat Pontificem ilium tua immensa pietas; qui et pio in nos studio semper tibi placitus, et tuo populo pro salubri regimine sit assidue ad gloriam tui nominis reverendus. Per Dominum nostrum...

Lectio Epistolae beati Pauli Apostoli ad Hebrasos. (Hebr. 4, 16; 5, 1-7)
Fratres: Adeamus cum fiducia ad thronum gratiae, ut misericordiam consequamur et gratiam inveniamus in auxilio opportuno. Omnis namque pontifex ex hominibus assiimptus, pro hominibus constituitur in iis quae sunt ad Deum, ut offerat dona et sacrificia pro peccatis: qui condolere possit iis qui ignorant et errant: quoniam et ipse circumdatus est infirmitate: et propterea debet, quemadmodum pro populo, ita etiam et pro semetipso offerre pro peccatis. Nec quisquam sumit sibi honorem, sed qui vocatur a Deo, tamquam Aaron. Sic et Christus non semetipsum clarificavit, ut pontifex fieret, sed qui locutus est ad eum: Filius meus es tu, ego hodie genui te. Quemadmodum et in alio loco dicit: Tu es sacerdos in aeternum, secundum ordinem Melchisedech. Qui in diebus carnis suae preces supplicationesque ad eum, qui possit ilium salvum facere a morte, cum clamore valido et lacrimis offerens, exauditus est pro sua reverentia.

Graduale (Levit. 21, 10)
Pontifex sacerdos magnus inter fratres suos, super cuius caput fusum est unctionis oleum, et cuius manus in sacerdotio consecratae sunt, vestitusque est sanctis vestibus: debuit per omnia fratribus similari. (Hebr. 2, 17) Ut misericors fieret, et fidelis pontifex ad Deum: ut repropitiaret delicta populi.

Tractus (Ps. 131, 8-10)
Surge, Domine, in requiem tuam: tu et area sanctificationis tuae. V. Sacerdotes tui induantur iustitiam, et sancti tui exsultent. V. Propter David servum tuum, non avertas faciem Christi tui.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum Ioannem. (Io. 14, 15-21)
In illo tempore: Dixit Iesus discipulis suis: Si diligitis me, mandata mea servate. Et ego rogabo Patrem, et alium Paraclitum dabit vobis, ut maneat vobiscum in aeternum, Spiritum veritatis, quem mundus non potest accipere, quia non videt eum, nec scit eum. Vos autem cognoscetis eum: quia apud vos manebit, et in vobis erit. Non relinquam vos orphanos: veniam ad vos. Adhuc modicum; et mundus me iam non videt. Vos autem videtis me, quia ego vivo, et vos vivetis. In illo die vos cognoscetis quia ego sum in Patre meo, et vos in me, et ego in vobis. Qui habet mandata mea, et servat ea: ille est, qui diligit me. Qui autem diligit me, diligetur a Patre meo; et ego diligam eum, et manifestabo ei meipsum.

Offertorium (3 Esdrae 5, 40)
Non participentur sancta, donec exsurgat pontifex in ostensionem et veritatem.

Secreta
Tuae nobis, Domine, abundantia pietatis indulgeat: ut per sacra munera, quae tibi reverenter offerimus, gratum maiestati tuae Pontificem sanctae matris Ecclesiae regimini praeesse gaudeamus. Per Dominum...

Communionem (Exodi 29, 29-30)
Veste sancta utetur pontifex, qui fuerit constitutus, et ingredietur tabernaculum testimonii, ut ministret in sanctuario.

Postcommunio
Pretiosi Corporis et Sanguinis tui nos, Domine, sacramento refectos, mirifica tuae maiestatis gratia de illius Summi Pontificis concessione laetificet: qui et plebem tuam virtutibus instruat, et fidelium mentes spiritualium aromatum odore perfundat: Qui vivis et regnas cum Deo Patre in unitate...
For tranlsations into English, a parish has posted them here.

12 comments:

Quaestor said...

Very enlightening post. May one use the prayers of the pro eligendo Mass as second prayers at Lenten ferial Masses?

Matt said...

Great. Let's pray this also along with the Conclave Novena. It isn't that much more anyway. Every little bit can help along with an extra penance here and there. Surely, no one has to go out their way for this.

Catherine of Siena said...

Thank you for this important information. Latin Mass Communities in Roman Catholic dioceses throughout the world should take note, and organize these special and powerful Masses.

sacerdosdubitans said...

Where did you get this rubrical determination? I am very doubtful about the red vestments and Gloria even if it would be second class, since all Masses for special needs are traditionally in Violet. Is your authority not confusing this with the Mass of the Holy Ghost, which may also be said, and which would be in red with a Gloria? Please advise. One might also argue that the orations may be used at practically any Mass as an oration pro re gravi.

New Catholic said...

On the color, cf. 125, d. I do not have the time for the rest, but just check the rubrics, they are pretty straight.

NC

Matthew Roth said...

sacerdosdubitans, Fr Zuhlsdorf says that it is celebrated in red vestments since it is strongly connected to the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
He also says that yes, one may say or sing the Gloria.

NBW said...

Thank you for this interesting post.

Parmenides said...

Thank you. This was helpful.

titusthomas said...

Quaestor ... as implied here (http://mapskeysclocks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/prayers-during-sede-vacante.html) rubrics 454-460 allow for a special collect (oratio imperata) to be added as a second prayer to lenten ferial masses. This seems to require the same permission from the ordinary as does the celebration of the votive mass.

Laurentius Rhenanius said...

Thank you very much for this blogpost. But I have another question:
I can't the parts of the proprium, neither in the Graduale romanum nor in the Liber usualis. Ist it possible to post the other parts too?

Thanks!

Laurence

Kenneth J. Wolfe said...

Laurentius Rhenanius -- use this online Graduale via Musica Sacra. It begins on page 117: http://media.musicasacra.com/pdf/graduale1961.pdf

Luka said...

What about Iudica me?