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What Is the Novus Ordo?


Aerial View of Papal Mass at Washington Nationals Stadium (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

45,000 Catholics attend Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at the new Nationals Park April 17, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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

Examples: "The Novus Ordo is the new Mass that Pope Paul VI introduced after Vatican II."

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