Extraordinary Form

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Paul, thank you again for the indispensable font of liturgical knowledge and support that you provide for the Church!

I recently saw an advertisement stating that a “Pontifical Mass” for the “Feast” of the Immaculate Conception was being celebrated on December 8th, 2019 (the Second Sunday of Advent). 

My first question is…Does this present a direct conflict with the Table of Liturgical Days (According to Their Order of Precedence) of the Ceremonial of Bishops with regards to items I-2 and I-3?

My second question is…If the Mass in question was not a “regularly scheduled” Sunday Mass and celebrated in the Extraordinary Form, would that make it feasible to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on the Second Sunday of Advent?

Advent blessings to you.


A: Thanks for your comments on my blog.

The extraordinary form still celebrates the Immaculate Conception on December 8 when it falls on a Sunday. So does the ORDINARY form of the Italian Bishops’ conference.

But here in the US and most of the rest of the Catholic World, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception transfers to Monday, December 9, when the 8th is a Sunday.

Advent blessings to you as well.