Diocesan patronal feast

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Q: Our diocese will commemorate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (our diocesan patronal feast) on Sunday 15 November.

There are various texts in the Roman Missal including the Common of BVM and Votive Masses of BVM.

I was also alerted to the separate ritual book of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Normally these masses would be celebrated on weekdays. May we use any of the Masses of BVM on the celebration of our patronal feastday (replacing the texts of the Sunday of Ordinary Time) ?


A: On the Table of Liturgical Days, the feast of the diocesan patron ranks at #8a, and Sundays in Ordinary Time rank at #6. Consequently, the Ordinary Time readings and presidential prayers prevail. The music could include hymns concerning Mary. The preaching could talk about her. But the Mass needs to be the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

An exception would be at a church dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In that location alone, the solemnity outranks the Ordinary Time Sunday.

Incidentally, Pope Francis has named the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time each year as the World Day of the Poor. Similarly, it has no impact on the liturgical texts, but could influence other observances and petitions that weekend.