Certain Votive Masses

 A Few Notes:

(A)     Votive Masses are always optional; they are never obligatory. Votive Masses are generally of the 4th class.  They should not be offered on a liturgical day of the 1st or 2nd class.  They should not be offered on a liturgical day of the 3rd class unless there applies one of the exceptions noted under (D) below.

(B)     The Missale Romanum (1962) contains many votive Masses.  This page contains Propers for the ones that are most frequently offered, but additional choices are available.

(C)     Any votive Mass may be offered on any 4th class feria. According to the Missale Romanum (1962), the most fitting choices for particular days of the week are as follows:

Monday Mass of the Most Holy Trinity
Tuesday Mass of the Holy Angels
Wednesday Mass of St. Joseph, or Mass of Saints Peter and Paul, or Mass of All Holy Apostles
Thursday Mass of the Holy Spirit, or Mass of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, or Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest
Friday Mass of the Holy Cross, or Mass of the Passion of the Lord, or Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

(D)     The exceptions mentioned in (A) above, are as follows. The exceptions do not apply on liturgical days of the 1st or 2nd class.

  1. On the first Thursday or the first Saturday of a month, the Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest, may be offered as a votive Mass of the 3rd class in churches and oratories where special exercises of piety for the sanctification of clergy are actually held on that day. (On any day other than the first Thursday or the first Saturday of a month, this Mass is a votive Mass of the 4th class.)
  2. On the first Friday of a month, the Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus may be said as a votive Mass of the 3rd class in churches and oratories where special exercises of piety in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are actually held on that day. (The second Friday after Trinity Sunday is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and on that day, this Mass is obligatory. On any day other than the first Friday of a month or the second Friday after Trinity Sunday, this Mass is a votive Mass of the 4th class.)
  3. On the first Saturday of a month, the Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be said as a votive Mass of the 3rd class in churches and oratories where special exercises of piety in honor of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary are actually held on that day. (August 22nd is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and on that date, if it is not a Sunday, this Mass is obligatory. On any day other than the first Saturday of a month or August 22nd, this Mass is a votive Mass of the 4th class.)
  4. During Advent, the Mass Roráte cœli désuper is a votive Mass of the 3rd class and may be offered on any liturgical day which is not of the 1st or 2nd class.
  5. A votive Mass may be offered on any day by indult (i.e., special permission granted by competent ecclesial authority).

(E)     The Mass “Saturday of Our Lady” is not technically a votive Mass, but it is included on this page for convenience. It is of the 4th class, and it is proper to every Saturday of the year which is not a liturgical day of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd class. On a Saturday when this Mass is proper, if a 4th class commemoration also falls on that date, the Priest may either offer the Mass “Saturday of Our Lady” and include that commemoration, or he may choose to offer the Mass from the Proper of Saints which corresponds to that commemoration. Note, however, that on the first Saturday of a month, the Priest may choose to offer, instead of this Mass, the votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest under the conditions described in D.1. above, or the votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the conditions described in D.3. above.

(F)     The “Daily Mass for the Dead – For All the Faithful Departed” is of the 3rd class from November 3 through November 8, and on those dates it may be offered on any liturgical day of the 3rd or 4th class. On other days of the year, it is of the 4th class and can only be offered on 4th class ferias.

Lex orandi, lex credendi.

Propers for Certain Votive Masses:

Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Adeamus cum fiducia) (in any season)

Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Adeamus cum fiducia) (in Eastertide only)

Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Adeamus cum fiducia) (after Pentecost)

Votive Mass of the Most Holy Trinity (Mondays)

Votive Mass of the Holy Angels (Tuesdays)

Votive Mass of Saint Joseph (Wednesdays)

Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest (Thursdays)

Votive Mass of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Fridays)

Votive Mass for the Anniversary of the Coronation (Solemn Installation) of the Pope

Saturday of Our Lady (or Votive Mass) – Roráte cœli desuper during Advent

Saturday of Our Lady – Vultum tuum after Christmas and before February 2

Saturday of Our Lady – Salve, sancta Parens after the Purification and before Holy Thursday

Saturday of Our Lady – Salve, sancta Parens during Eastertide

Saturday of Our Lady – Salve, sancta Parens after Trinity Sunday and before Advent

Saturday of Our Lady – Salve, sancta Parens after Trinity Sunday and before Advent (Latin-English-Español trilingual)

From the Carmelite Missal (1950):

Daily Mass for the Dead – For All the Faithful Departed (with Rite of Absolution)

 

Daily Mass for the Dead – For All the Faithful Departed (omitting Rite of Absolution)