The Vatican restricts Traditional Latin Mass and suppresses private Masses at St. Pet
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(03-13-2021, 10:57 AM)TruthWhichIsChrist Wrote: But in Catholicism, priests have, for centuries, offered a mass by themselves--or anyone nearby could kneel if they wanted--as part of the morning prayer routine.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Quote:Celebration with no assistants at all (missa solitaria) has continually been forbidden, as by the Synod of Mainz in 813.
https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10006a.htm



It seems saying Mass alone (that is, no server and nobody else present besides the priest) was forbidden prior to the 20th century, except for being able to give the Viaticum, or exceptional cases such as


Quote:during an epidemic,  when it is difficult  to find a server and when the priest would otherwise have to abstain from celebrating for a notable  time
(Instruction from Sacred Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments, 1949. http://cdn.theologicalstudies.net/11/11.4/11.4.6.pdf).


At some point during the 20th century, not sure when, the legislation changed and all priests could say Mass alone. This happens sometimes when there are many priests at the same place who have to say Mass.

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(If you can call that "alone"...)


Of course, there was never a rule that there has to be a layman present (the ordinary server is a cleric, and it is perfectly normal to say Mass with only a server present).
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RE: The Vatican restricts Traditional Latin Mass and suppresses private Masses at St. Pet - by Marmot - 03-13-2021, 02:08 PM



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