Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary Republished

Sep 19, 2012 |

Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary Republished


Augustin Cardinal Mayer, then-Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, promulgated the editio typica of the Collectio Missarum de Beata Maria Virgine on August 15, 1986.


In the decree of promulgation, he wrote, “Because of the great number of requests from pastors and the faithful and especially from rectors of Marian shrines, it seemed opportune to publish a collection selected from existing Marian Mass formularies, many of which are outstanding for their teaching, piety, and the significance of their texts.”


Some of those texts, though far from all, are also now found in the Roman Missal, Third Edition. Many others come from various Marian shrines around the world. Given the popularity of the Collection (the English translation was approved in 1990 by the Congregation), it seemed opportune to reprint it in light of the new Missal. A complete revision of the translation is not currently foreseen, so the Congregation, in a letter dated July 19, 2011 (Prot. n. 692/11/L), gave permission to reprint Volume I of this Collection (the Missal) with necessary updates so that it conforms to the text of the Roman Missal, Third Edition. This reprint will be provided with the following updates:


  • The Order of Mass is taken from the Roman Missal, Third Edition;


  •  Prefaces, orations, and antiphons in the Collection of Masses which are also found in the Roman Missal are replaced with the version from the Missal;


  • The introductory dialogue for Prefaces and the initial, standardized wording of the Preface (protocol) are replaced with the same text as translated in the Missal;


  •  The concluding formulae for the orations (Collect, Prayer over the Offerings, and Prayer after Communion) are updated as found in the Missal;


  • As much as possible, replacement texts are only used if the integrity of the translation can be kept; in other words, if a corresponding prayer from the Missale Romanum only partially matches that used in the Collectio, it is not substituted, thus avoiding the mixing of translations in a single prayer;


  • Capitalization rules and standard terminology (e.g., “Easter Time”) from the Roman Missal are applied;



  • References in the introductory matter are updated when necessary to reflect current liturgical books.


Catholic Book Publishing Company and Liturgical Press, both of whom published the Collection previously, will also publish this reprint. It is expected that the text will be ready for purchase and shipping by September 2012.

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