Approval and Confirmation of USA edition of De Ordinatione Episcopi, Presbyterorum et Diaconorum
On November 12, 2002, the Latin Church members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a revised edition of the ICEL translation of De Ordinatione Episcopi, Presbyterorum et Diacanorum with 220 Bishops voting in the affirmative and 15 against. Because the USCCB counts among its members 267 Latin Church Bishops, the motion required the consent of 179 members for passage. This action was confirmed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in a Decree dated four weeks later, December 4, 2002 (Prot. N.2234/02/L). The text of the Congregation's decree is provided here for the information of our readers:
AND THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In printed editions mention must be made of the recognitio granted by this Congregation. Moreover, two copies of the printed text should be forwarded to this Congregation.
All things to the contrary notwithstanding.
From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, December 4, 2002.
+Francis Cardinal Arinze
+Franciscus Pius Tamburrino Archbishop-Secretary
On February 5, 2003, Bishop Wilton Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published the following decree by which this edition of Rites of Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests and of Deacons may be used in the liturgy beginning with the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, February 22, 2003. From the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2003, no other edition of the Rites of Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests and of Deacons may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America.
DECREE OF PUBLICATION
In accord with the norms established by decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in Cum, nostra ætate (January 27, 1966), this edition of the Rites of Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests and of Deacons, is declared to be the vernacular typical edition of De Ordinatione Episcopi, Presbyterorum et Diaconorum in the dioceses of the United States of America, and is published by authority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Several texts in De Ordinatione and the Institutio Generalis are among those to be retranslated as a part of the Ordo Missae in the very near future. The USCCB, in response to a recommendation from the BCL, decided to retain the translations of these texts currently in possession (that is, as found in the 1970 ICEL translation of the Sacramentary), until such time as a definitive translation of the Missale Romanum has been approved and confirmed.
USCCB Publishing will serve as the sole publisher of this first edition of the Rites of Ordination. Ritual editions of this book should be available by the first week in May, 2003. A revised edition will be published in several years, incorporating changes to Mass texts included in the USA edition of the Missale Romanum.
Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
In a decree dated August 3, 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary announced that in order "to ensure that the faithful would observe this day (Divine Mercy Sunday) with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence…so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbor, and after they have obtained God's pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters."
The plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!).Additional provisions are offered for those who are impeded from fulfilling these requirements, but wish to acquire the plenary indulgence. The full text of the decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary may be found at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20020629_decree-ii_en.html.
The Second Sunday of Easter in the new Missale Romanum bears the name, "DOMINICA II PASCHÆ seu de divina Misericordia." While the readings and prayers for Mass on this day remain unchanged, the decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary gives guidance to preachers as they reflect on the mystery of Divine Mercy:
The Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter narrates the wonderful things Christ the Lord accomplished on the day of the Resurrection during his first public appearance: "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.' When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad to see the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you,' and then he breathed on them, and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'" (Jn 20,19-23).In addition, the decree requires that parish priests "should inform the faithful in the most suitable way of the Church's salutary provision. They should promptly and generously be willing to hear their confessions. On Divine Mercy Sunday, after celebrating Mass or Vespers, or during devotions in honor of Divine Mercy, with the dignity that is in accord with the rite, they should lead the recitation of the prayers that have been given above. Finally, since ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy' (Mt 5,7), when they instruct their people, priests should gently encourage the faithful to practice works of charity or mercy as often as they can, following the example of, and in obeying the commandment of Jesus Christ, as is listed for the second general concession of indulgence in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum."
Suppliers of "Mustum" in the United States of America
- The Secretariat for the Liturgy has received many inquiries since l995 regarding the use of "mustum" as valid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist. As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger issued a June 19, 1995 letter addressed to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences regarding low-gluten altar breads and mustum. There, Cardinal Ratzinger stated that "mustum" is "understood as fresh juice from grapes, or juice preserved by suspending its fermentation (by means of freezing or other methods which do not alter its nature)." Some parishes have reported difficulty in locating suppliers of "mustum" in the United States. At present, there are two suppliers of mustum known to the Secretariat for the Liturgy, whose products are valid matter for use at Mass:
385-A La Fata St.
St. Helena, California 94574
Phone: 707-963-2521, 1-800-447-8466
Contact: Mr. James Cox
Ranelle Trading/Ojai Fresh Juice Corporation
2501 Oak Hill Circle, Suite 2032
Ft. Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 877-211-7690 (toll free)
Contact: Mr. Mike Ranelle
These suppliers may be contacted directly at the addresses and phone numbers given above. The "mustum" sold by each meets the canonical and liturgical requirements for use of valid matter at the celebration of the Eucharist.
Notes and Corrections on the Liturgical Calendar
The following should be noted with reference to the Liturgical Calendar in light of the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia:
- St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, virgin and martyr (Edith Stein), celebrated on August 9 is an optional memorial and not an obligatory memorial. This celebration is not listed in the 2003 Liturgical Calendar For the Dioceses of the United States of America, but does appear properly in the 2004 calendar .
- Saint Pio of Pietreclina, priest (Padre Pio), celebrated on September 23 is an obligatory memorial. This celebration is not listed in either the 2003 or 2004 Liturgical Calendar For the Dioceses of the United States of America.
- Blessed Juan Diego (Cuatitloatzin), celebrated on December 9 as an optional memorial, and as listed in the 2003 and 2004 Liturgical Calendar For the Dioceses of the United States of America, should now be listed as St. Juan Diego (Cuatitloatzin).