Carissimi; Today’s Mass: For the election of a Pope

masspopeelectionFor the election of a Pope: Missa “Suscitábo”

Offered today in the United Kingdom by decree of the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Europe of the Old Roman Catholic Church Latin Rite.

INTROIT  1 Kings 2: 35

I will find myself a priest that shall be a faithful interpreter of my mind and will; I will endow him, too, with a faithful posterity, to enjoy favour of him whom I have anointed. Ps. 131:1 Remember, Lord, David and all his meekness. V. Glory be to the Father… Repeat I will find myself a priest…


Most humbly we entreat thy boundless mercy, Lord, to give the holy Roman Church a bishop whose loving care of us shall earn thy constant favour; one whose good government shall ever glorify thy name and be held in honour by thy people. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R. Amen.

EPISTLE  Hebrews 4: 16-5:7

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honour for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.” In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.

GRADUAL Leviticus 21:10

The high priest, that one who is chief among his brethren, whose brow has been anointed with the holy oil. and his hands consecrated for the priestly office, who wears the sacred vestments, must needs become altogether like his brethren. Heb. 2:17 He would be a high priest who could feel for us and be our true representative before God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.

TRACTUS Psalm 131:8-10

Up, Lord, and take possession of thy resting-place, thou and the ark which is thy shrine. V. Let thy priests go clad in the vesture of innocence, thy faithful people cry aloud with rejoicing. V. Think of thy servant David, and do not refuse audience to the priest thou has anointed.

GOSPEL John 6: 1-15

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

OFFERTORY 3 Esdras 5:40

They must not partake of the food reserved for the priests, until there is a high priest that bears the touchstones of wisdom and truth.


In thy abundant goodness, Lord, grant us this boon, that the sacred gifts we reverently offer thee may bring us the joy of seeing our holy mother the Church ruled by a pontiff who shall be pleasing to they majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R.Amen.


It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: Who by this bodily fast, dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds and bestow on us strength and rewards; through Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:

COMMUNION Exodus 29: 29-30

He who shall have been appointed high priest shall wear the sacred vesture and shall enter the tabernacle that bears record of me, to minister in the sanctuary.


Thou has refreshed us, Lord, by the sacrament of thy precious body and blood. Let thy marvellous and sovereign favour also gladden us with the gift of a supreme pontiff who shall teach they people virtue and fill the souls of the faithful with sweet spiritual fragrance. Thou who art God, Who livest and reignest, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God For ever and ever. R. Amen.