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First Fridays

Votive Masses of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus

    In 1889, to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Leo XIII granted this remarkable privilege that: “in those churches or oratories where, on the First Friday of each month, special exercises of piety in honor of the Sacred Heart are, with the approval of the ordinary of the place, carried out in the morning, the votive Mass of the Sacred Heart may be added to these exercises, provided that on that day there occurs no feast of the Lord. or double of the first class, or privileged feria, vigil, or octave.” [1]

    In this votive Mass of the Sacred Heart, the Glória is recited or sung.  If the the Mass is sung, it will include the Credo, and the solemn tones for the orations, preface, and Pater noster will be employed.  Whether it is recited or sung, the Leonine prayers may omitted. [2]

    This permission was extended in the rubrics of the 1960 edition of the Roman Missal to allow two votive Masses of the Sacred Heart on First Fridays when the occurring feast or feria ranks below the Second Class, and there is no mention of the Mass being offered in the morning. [3]

    In the Old Roman Catholic Church this rubric is prescriptive.  Unless a feast or feria of the First or Second Class falls on the First Friday, the Mass of the Sacred Heart is to be offered.  The Office, or course, remains that of the occurring feast or feria.  

    The clergy of the Old Roman Catholic Church are incorporated in a Fraternity of the Sacred Heart. [4]

DEVOTIONAL LINKS
Mass of the Sacred Heart - English

Mass of the Sacred Heart - Latin
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
       with Litany & Benediction

 

NOTES:
[1]  J.B. O'Connell, The Celebration of Mass (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1959) pp. 96-97.  O'Connell cites S.R.C. 3712 as his authority.
[2]
  Ibid. page 98.
[3]  Rubricæ generales Missalæ romani, 385 (b)...
[4]  Minutes of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Convocation, 10 June 1981, #5.

  


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