St. Augustine of Canterbury and Divine Worship: The Missal


[Hood-doff to Clint Brand for pointing out that in addition to being the “Memorial of St. Augustine of Canterbury (per the modern General Roman Calendar and the Particular Calendar of the Ordinariates), [today] also happens to be the second anniversary of the promulgation of Divine Worship: The Missal.  Therein we may rejoice!   The text of the Decree of Promulgation follows.”

Note that the decree begins by stating Anglicanorum coetibus’s ecumenical motive.  Therein too may we rejoice!]


Desiring to heal wounds of division in the Body of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI approved the erection of Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans wishing to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Attentive to their attachment to various customs and traditions that developed in the Anglican Communion over the nearly five hundred years of separation from the See of Peter and that are in accord with the Catholic faith, among the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus is included the authorization for the preparation of liturgical books that draw from the Anglican liturgical and spiritual patrimony.

Aware that authentic Catholic worship in Spirit and truth has always found expression in diverse forms, this Congregation, together with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, drawing from various Anglican sources and from the current Roman Missal, has prepared this text for the celebration of the Mass in the Personal Ordinariates.

Therefore, wishing that the fruits of the labors of pastors, religious, and lay faithful of years past may remain ever abundant in the Church, this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by virtue of the faculties granted to it by the Supreme Pontiff FRANCIS , now approves this Missal as a legitimate adaptation of the Roman Rite, drawn up in the English language and called « Divine Worship: The Missal », as in the attached copy, and makes it available for all those who have the right to it from the date established by the Ordinaries of the Personal Ordinariates.

In printed editions, this Decree, which grants the approval of the Apostolic See, is to be included in its entirety.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 27 May 2015, the Memorial of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop.

(Robert Card. SARAH )


2 Comments Add yours

  1. jbpauley says:

    Divine Worship is considered a form of the Latin Rite. But I leave it to liturgical scholars to illuminate what the distinctions are between a form of a rite and a use of a rite.


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