1. The legitimate use of the liturgical books in use in 1962 includes the right to the use of the calendar intrinsic to those liturgical books.
2. While in accordance with Canon 1246 §2 of the Code of Canon Law the Episcopal Conference can legitimately transfer Holydays of obligation with the approbation of the Holy See, it is also legitimate to celebrate the Mass and Office of those feasts on the days prescribed in the calendar of the liturgical books in use in 1962 with the clear understanding that, in accordance with the legitimate decision of the Episcopal Conference, there is no obligation to attend Mass on those days.
3. Thus, in accordance with nn. 356-361 of the Rubricae Generales Missalis Romani of 1962, it is appropriate to celebrate the external solemnity of Holy Days on the Sunday to which they have been transferred by the Episcopal Conference, as has been customary in many other countries hitherto.
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Monday, November 10, 2008
EF and Holy Days
I had an email from the Latin Mass Society about Holy Days . A dubium was submitted asking whether the transfer of Holy Days to the nearest Sunday by the Bishops of England a Wales applied in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. The main points are below, simply the Bishops have a right to transfer the Obligation to attend Mass, but the have right to change the calendar, This applies only to Extraordinary Form, not the Ordinary Form, the modern Mass.
Next Sunday I am going to celebrate a public Low Mass in the EF, for the first time, I am quite excited.
In this parish on Holy Days we have a number of people, especially foreigners who turn up expecting Mass, therefore I shall start celebrating the transferred feasts on the actual day in the EF.
I noticed a few young men at the last Mass who I am sure could be persuaded to serve and I am sure we get some singers, so maybe a Missa Cantata might be in the offing. It would be good way of exposing to more people to the ancient Mass.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake