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General Instruction on the Roman Missal

March 27, 1975

Second Edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) approved by Pope Paul VI and declared by the Congregation for Divine Worship to be the edition typica

SACRED CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP DECREE

The Order of Mass has been established and the texts for the Roman Missal have been approved by Pope Paul VI in the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum, 3 April 1969.a This Congregation for Divine Worship, at the mandate of the Pope, now promulgates and declares to be the editio typica this new edition of the Roman Missal prepared in accord with the decrees of Vatican Council II.

As to use of the new Missal, the Latin edition may be put into use as soon as it is published, with the necessary adjustments of saints' days until the revised calendar is put into definitive effect. As to vernacular editions, the conferences of bishops are given the responsibility for their preparation and for setting the effective date for their use, after due confirmation by the Apostolic See.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, 26 March 1970, Holy Thursday.
Benno Card. Gut prefect
A. Bugnini secretary

 

SACRED CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP DECREE

THE SECOND EDITIO TYPICA

Since the Roman Missal must be reprinted, variations and additions have been included in order that this new edition might be in accord with the documents published after the appearance of the first edition in 1970.

In the General Instruction, the marginal numbers are unchanged, but a description of the liturgical functions of acolyte and reader is inserted in place of the paragraphs that formerly dealt with the subdeacon (nos. 142-152).

There is another change of some importance in the section of the Roman Missal that contains the ritual Masses and the Masses for various needs and occasions. Certain formularies have been completed by supplying entrance and communion antiphons.

Texts not found in the first edition have also been added, namely, among the ritual Masses, texts for the Mass of Dedication of a Church and an Altar and for the Mass of Reconciliation, among votive Masses, texts for Masses of Mary, Mother of the Church and of the Most Holy Name of Mary.

Some other, less important changes have been introduced in headings and rubrics so that they may better correspond to the words or expressions occurring in the new liturgical books.

Pope Paul VI has approved this second edition of the Roman Missal by his authority and the Congregation for Divine Worship now issues it and declares it to be the editio typica.

It will be the responsibility of the conferences of bishops to introduce into the respective vernacular editions the changes contained in this second edition of the Roman Missal.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, 27 March 1975, Holy Thursday.
James R. Card. Knox prefect
A. Bugnini secretary

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