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Liturgical Abuses

Eucharistic Prayers, not naming the Pope or Bishop

The Order of Mass calls for the naming of the Pope and Bishop in the Eucharistic Prayer. Traditionally, the priest uses the first name of the Pope and Bishop. In 2022 in the Archdiocese of Hartford, priests would say, "Francis, our Pope, and Leonard, our Archbishop."

GIRM, Chapter IV, #149:


"[....] The Diocesan Bishop, or one who is equivalent to the Diocesan Bishop in law, must be mentioned by means of this formula: together with your servant N., our Pope, and N., our Bishop (or Vicar, Prelate, Prefect, Abbot). [....] In each of the Eucharistic Prayers, these formulas are to be adapted according to the requirements of grammar."


Redemptionis Sacramentum, par 56:

"The mention of the name of the Supreme Pontiff and the diocesan Bishop in the Eucharistic Prayer is not to be omitted, since this is a most ancient tradition to be maintained, and a manifestation of ecclesial communion. For “the coming together of the eucharistic community is at the same time a joining in union with its own Bishop and with the Roman Pontiff”."

Paragraph 56 above, is mentioned in "Grave Matters" in par. 173:

"Although the gravity of a matter is to be judged in accordance with the common teaching of the Church and the norms established by her, objectively to be considered among grave matters is anything that puts at risk the validity and dignity of the Most Holy Eucharist: namely, anything that contravenes what is set out above in nn. [...] 56 [....]"

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