Vatican City, Mar 25, 2020 / 09:20 am America/Denver (CNA).
On Wednesday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued two decrees giving new Eucharistic prefaces and provision for the optional celebration of more recently named saints in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass.
The decree Quo magis provides seven new Eucharistic prefaces for the extraordinary form of the Mass, which may be used for particular occasions, such as votive Masses or the feast days of saints, according to a note accompanying the rescript.
The second decree, Cum sanctissima, establishes a provision for the celebration of the third class feasts of saints canonized after July 1960, whose memorials were established after the 1962 Roman missal.
At the same time, Cum sanctissima includes a list of 70 third class feasts, equivalent to a memorial in the ordinary form, which should never be impeded by the celebration of other feasts.
According to the note accompanying the decree, these saints’ days were chosen because of their importance “in the plan of salvation or in the history of the Church” and “in terms of either the devotion they have generated or their writings,” or their long devotion in Rome.