Pauline Spirit

Conversion of St. Paul Mass
June 3, 2008, 1:11 am
Filed under: Pauline Year

The feast of the Conversion of St. Paul falls on a Sunday in 2009. Usually, that means the saint’s day gives way before the higher dignity of the Lord’s Day, but for the Pauline Year, the feast day liturgy will be permitted:
From the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments: “The Apostle St. Paul, who proclaimed the truth of Christ to the whole world and did so after being Christ’s persecutor, spent himself in using every means to proclaim the Good News to the nations, committing himself
with zeal to the unity and concord of all Christians, has always been and continues to be venerated by the faithful, especially in this particular year, the bimillennium of his birth, which the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI desired to institute as a special jubilee year.

“Thus, in virtue the faculties conferred on this Congregation by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, it is permitted, in an extraordinary manner, that on Jan. 25, 2009, the Third Sunday ‘per annum,’ a Mass according to the formulary ‘Conversion of St. Paul,’ as is found in the Roman Missal, may be celebrated in the individual churches. In such a case, the second reading of the Mass is taken from the Roman Lectionary for the Third Sunday ‘per annum,’ and the Creed will be recited.”


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