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THE CONCURRENCES AND PRECEDENCE OF LITURGICAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019


Circular No. 2019-49
25 October 2019

TO: ALL THE PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: THE CONCURRENCES AND PRECEDENCE OF LITURGICAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019

Dear Monsignori, Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we remind our parishes and communities of the following:

1. All Masses on November 1 (Friday) will take the Proper of the Solemnity of the All Saints. In the evening, Vespers II of the Solemnity of All Saints is prayed not Vespers I of the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). which has the rank of solemnity. As a rule, in case of concurrence of two solemnities, the current day takes precedence (General Norms of the Liturgical Year and Calendar, no. 61).

2. All Masses on November 2 (Saturday) will take the liturgy of the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). Evening Masses will still take the proper of the current day, which has the rank of solemnity, not the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the evening, Vespers II of All Souls is prayed, not Vespers I of the 31st Sunday. The norms governing the liturgical calendar provide that solemnities (Table of Precedence I, 3) take precedence over Sundays in ordinary time (II, 6).

3. All Masses on November 9 (Saturday) will take the liturgy of the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. In the evening, Masses will still take the proper of the current day, not the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This particular feast is equivalent to a feast of the Lord thus takes precedence over Sundays in Ordinary Time.

4. All Masses and the Liturgy of the Hours on December 8 (Sunday) will take the Proper of the Second Sunday of Advent. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to December 9 (Monday). In the evening of December 8, Masses will still take the proper of the Second Sunday of Advent, and not the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Sundays of Advent take precedence over solemnities (Table of Precedence I, 2 & 3). 

However, we decree that those who participate in the evening Masses of November 2 and 9 satisfy their Sunday obligation.

December 10 is Feast of the Dedication of the Manila Cathedral. All parishes in the Archdiocese will celebrate this as a feast with the singing or praying of the Gloria and its proper prayers and readings.

We hope that this clarification will help you guide your Christian community.

 

Sincerely yours in the Lord Jesus,

(signed)
+ LUIS ANTONIO G. CARDINAL TAGLE
Archbishop of Manila


 

 

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