THE FAITHFUL ARE INVITED TO MASS
FOR START OF CONCLAVE
VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).-
The Holy See invited all the faithful present in Rome to attend the
Mass for the opening of the conclave.
The Mass will be celebrated in St.
Peter's Basilica at 10 a.m. next Monday.
A note from the Office for the
Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff today stated that the
Mass "for the election of the Roman Pontiff" will be presided over
by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, who
also presided at John Paul II's funeral Mass.
"In order to show communion in prayer
on the part of the entire Church at such an important moment,
cardinal non-electors, bishops, priests, deacons, and members of
institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life are
also earnestly invited to participate in the celebration, as are the
lay faithful of all God's people present in Rome," added the note.
"The entire Church, spiritually
united with Mary Mother of Jesus, and called to persevere
unanimously in prayer following the example of the first Christian
community, lifts humble and insistent prayers to the Lord, that He
may illuminate the minds of the electors and bring them to
agreement, in order to obtain a prompt and unanimous election of the
new Pope," affirmed the note of the office, headed by Archbishop
At 4.30 p.m. on Monday, the entry
into conclave and the oath for the election of the new pope will
take place, in keeping with the norms laid down by the "Ordo Rituum
The cardinal electors, preceded by a
cross and the Book of the Gospels, and accompanied by the singing of
the Litany of the Saints, will enter in procession from the Hall of
Blessings to the Sistine Chapel where, after singing the "Veni
Creator," they will pronounce the prescribed oath.
In addition to the cardinal electors,
others participating in the procession include the secretary of the
conclave, the master of liturgical celebrations of the Supreme
Pontiff, the secretary of the cardinal dean, the ecclesiastic who
will preach a meditation, the masters of ceremonies, the dean, and
the Cappella Musicale Pontificia.
OFFICIAL OATH OF CONCLAVE ASSISTANTS
VATICAN CITY, APR 13, 2005 (VIS) -
Today, the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff
made it known that in the Hall of Blessings at 5 p.m. on Friday,
April 15 officials and assistants of the conclave will be called to
take their oath.
All those involved in the forthcoming
conclave - both clergy and laity, as approved by the cardinal
camerlengo and by the three cardinal assistants, and in keeping with
the norms of para. 48 of the Apostolic Constitution 'Universi Domini
gregis' - will have to swear and sign the prescribed oath. In
accordance with para. 46 of Universi Dominici gregis, the following
people must be in the Sala Regia at 4.30 p.m. on that day:
- The Secretary of the College of
- The master of the Liturgical
Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.
- The masters of pontifical
- The religious who supervise the
- The ecclesiastic chosen by the
cardinal dean to help him in his duties.
- The religious charged with hearing
confessions in the various languages.
- Doctors and nurses.
- The personnel for preparing meals
- Technical service personnel (Universi
Dominici gregis, paras. 5 and 51).
- Personnel responsible for
transporting the cardinal electors from the 'Domus Sanctae Marthae'
to the Apostolic Palace.
- Elevator attendants at the
- Priests admitted as assistants to
some of the Cardinals.
After having been instructed on the
meaning of the oath, they will have to pronounce and personally sign
the prescribed formula before Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo,
camerlengo of Holy Roman Church, and in the presence of two masters
of pontifical ceremonies (Universi Dominici gregis, paras. 48).