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Novus Ordo Missae


Definition: Novus Ordo Missae literally means the "new order of the Mass" or the "new ordinary of the Mass." Although it is not an official name, it is often used to refer to the Mass promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 to distinguish it from the Traditional Latin Mass. The Novus Ordo Missae 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 mees-SAY
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
Common Misspellings: Novus Order Missa, Novus Ordo Missa
"The Novus Ordo Missae is the new Mass that Pope Paul VI introduced after Vatican II."
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