How New Is the New Traditional Wedding Preface?

On March 25, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith issued Quo Magis, which, among other things, added an optional preface (de Nuptiis) to the traditional wedding Mass (Missa pro Sponso et Sponsa). The announcement read (emphasis added):

Finally, special note should be taken of the Preface de Nuptiis, which together with the long Nuptial Blessing still in use in Masses pro Sponsis, is to be found — with minor variations — in early Sacramentaries such as the Gelasianum Vetus or the Gregorianum. This ancient Preface, already existing in the forma ordinaria, may therefore now be used in the forma extraordinaria as well.

The announcement made the important distinction that while this to-be-released Praefatio de Nuptiis was a new option, the preface itself is not new. The Praefatio de Nuptiis, so they say, can be found not only in the Novus Ordo, but also in the ancient Gelasian and Gregorian Sacramentaries.

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Britons rededicate England to the Blessed Virgin Mary

London, England, Mar 30, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- More than half a million people took part Sunday in the rededication of England to Our Lady Sunday, organizers have said.

The English bishops had originally asked Catholics to gather in churches and cathedrals for the rededication at noon March 29. They were forced to change their plans when the government imposed a lockdown across the country in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

They invited Catholics instead to follow the rededication ceremony live from their homes on the website of the Catholic National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady in Walsingham, Norfolk. So many logged on that the site crashed. Another website broadcasting the ceremony, churchservices.tv, also crashed. Organizers then asked viewers to follow the event on YouTube.

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UK government reverses policy yet again, will allow at-home medical abortions

CNA Staff, Mar 30, 2020 / 05:34 pm (CNA).- Amid the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and strict social distancing orders in the United Kingdom, the UK government has announced that women will be allowed to perform medical abortions at home until the coronavirus crisis ends.

The announcement drew dismay from pro-life groups in the country, pointing out that medical abortions, procured with a pair of pills, are dangerous for women even when done after a fac-to-face consultation with a doctor.

“It is unconscionable that the Government is contradicting their stance, yet again, to allow women to be taking both stages of the medical abortion at home,” Liz Parsons, Director of Advocacy for the UK pro-life charity Life, said March 30.

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Letter #6, 2020: Remembering my father

“Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He flees like a shadow and does not remain.” —Job 14:2

“A voice called out: ‘Cry.’ And I said: ‘What shall I cry?’ ‘All flesh is grass, and all the glory thereof as the flower of the field.’ The grass withers and the flowers fall when the breath of the Lord blows on them”—Isaiah, 40:6-7

“I will deliver them out of the hand of death. I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy death.” —Hosea 13:14

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