"The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart and mouth all that happens at the Altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him in the Name of Christ and which Christ says by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens at the Altar. When acting in this way you have prayed Holy Mass."

- His Holiness Pope St. Pius X

daily mass schedule

5:30 pm Sat. Vigil - Recited Novus Ordo Mass in English
9:00 am Sun. - Simple Sung Novus Ordo Mass in English with choir
11:30 am Sun. - Sung Novus Ordo Mass in English & Latin with schola, incense, ad orientem
1:30 pm Sun. - Sung Novus Ordo Misa en Español & Latin with choir, incense, ad orientem seasonally
5:00 pm 4th Sun. Missa Cantata, Usus Antiquior, sung in Latin with schola, incense, ad orientem
7:00 am Mon. - Recited Low Mass in the Usus Antiquior in Latin, ad orientem
7:00 am Wed. & Fri. - Recited Novus Ordo Mass in English
12:00 pm Mon. - Fri. - Recited Novus Ordo Mass in English

  • Novus Ordo -“New Order” of Mass following the Second Vatican Council (2000 Missal)
  • Usus Antiquior - The “more ancient use”; Traditional Latin Mass / Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal)
  • ad orientem - Priest & people together face liturgical east; symbol of the Church awaiting Christ’s return in glory

holy mass in the ordinary form

The Ordinary Form of the Liturgy, sometimes referred to as the “Novus Ordo” or “New Mass”, was publicly released in 1969, and promulgated under the authority of Pope Paul VI. This is the Liturgy that most Catholics today are familiar with; the most notable features of the Ordinary Form are its celebration almost entirely in the vernacular, as opposed to Latin, and that the Priest commonly faces the congregation, a position known as “Versus Populum” or, “Towards the People”.

At the Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, the Ordinary Form is celebrated with the utmost reverence. While the majority of the Ordinary Form is celebrated in the vernacular at the Basilica, certain Liturgical seasons and Holy days - for example, Advent, the Octave of Easter, and Pentecost - see the use of Latin during the celebration of Mass. It is also common during these Liturgical seasons for the Priest to adopt the traditional “ad Orientem” position, in which the Priest joins the congregation in facing “Liturgical East”.

For more information on the traditional posture of ad Orientem, click here.

missa cantata in the ancient form of the roman rite

The Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul now regularly celebrates a Missa Cantata, a sung Mass, in the ancient form of the Roman Rite. The Missa Cantata uses Latin, the universal language of the Church. After centuries of use among the early Christians in Rome, this ancient form of the Roman Rite was codified towards the end of the 6th century by Pope St. Gregory the Great. It would remain the common and normative form of the Mass for nearly 1500 years afterwards. The introduction of the New Order of Mass 50 years ago did not mean this Mass had been done away with! In fact, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too.” And further, “It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.”

In a Missa Cantata, the priest chants the Scriptures and prayers. The assembly sings the responses. The schola cantorum (“school of singers”) sings the chants proper to the day and may offer additional sacred music for meditation. The Ordinary parts of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) are led by the schola cantorum in either Gregorian chant or a choral arrangement. If these parts are chanted, the congregation is invited to join in singing.

Though this Mass is wrapped in mystery and uses unfamiliar language, we invite each and every one of you to experience the beauty and sacredness of this ancient form of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is so important to our Catholic history and tradition. This is the Mass that underlies, instructs, and informs the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite that most Catholics experience today. It may take a little effort to grow comfortable with it. However, it is an opportunity to experience the tradition, music, and mystery of our Faith.