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Frank Kiernan wrote:

Hi, guys —

I heard that it was not allowed to mix Novus Ordo and Traditional Latin Mass components.

  • Can anyone refer me to a site that gives more detail about this?


  { Do you know any site detailing the prohibition on mixing the Novus Ordo and Latin Masses? }

Mike replied:

Hi Frank,

Thanks for the question.

That's correct, the two liturgies are distinct, each with it's own rubrics.

Sorry, I don't know of any site.


John replied:

Hi, Frank —

There is a book, although it's not recent, called Mass Confusion by James Akin. It deals with the rubrics of the Ordinary Form of the Mass which is the correct term for the Novus Ordo Mass.
In fact, the term Novus Ordo has become somewhat of a pejorative term. We really shouldn't use it as it's not a New Mass.

A lot of people can mix up the Tridentine Mass with Masses said in Latin or using certain other rubrics. The Mass said in the Ordinary Form can be celebrated in Latin or celebrated with certain parts in Latin. The priest has the option, with the consent of the bishop, to celebrate it facing the altar or the people. That said, there are elements or parts of the Mass that might remind people of the Tridentine Mass, but they are simply optional rubrics of the Ordinary Form of the Mass.

I can remember in our local parish our pastor started singing the Kyrie in Greek, the Agnes Dei in Latin and started using the bells at the elevation of the host. When this was done, some of congregation started complaining thinking that he was undoing Vatican II. Within a few weeks, there was a rumor that our parish was celebrating the Latin Mass. The priests from the surrounding parishes calling my priest telling him they were concerned so I'd be careful not to jump the gun when it comes to rubrics.


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