Definition: Novus Ordo
is short for novus Ordo Missae
, which literally means the "new order of the Mass" or the "new ordinary of the Mass." It is used to refer to the Mass
promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 to distinguish it from the Traditional Latin Mass
. The Novus Ordo
is the ordinary form of the Roman Rite; the Traditional Latin Mass is the extraordinary form. Both are equally valid, and any qualified priest can celebrate either.
Pronunciation: NO-vus OR-doe
Also Known As: the New Mass, the Mass of Paul VI, the post-Vatican II Mass, the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, Novus Ordo Missae
Common Misspellings: Novus Order
"The Novus Ordo
is the new Mass that Pope Paul VI introduced after Vatican II."