LITURGY

We invite you to participate in the rich liturgical life of Mother of Divine Mercy Parish throughout the year.  Please see the Calendar for all schedules.

We are fortunate to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to two forms of the Roman Rite.  The Ordinary Form (post-1970 Missal) is the form of Mass celebrated in most Roman Catholic parishes today.  After the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a revision of the Roman Missal was completed in 1970.  At Mother of Divine Mercy Parish, the Ordinary Form of the Mass may be celebrated in English, Latin, or Polish (annually to honor local Polish Veterans in November).  The Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal of Pope St. John XXIII) is also known as the Tridentine Mass, the Traditional Latin Mass, or the usus antiquior (older use).  After the Council of Trent, Pope St. Pius V promulgated the 1570 Roman Missal.  The Tridentine Mass is that of the Roman Missal from 1570 to 1962.

Pope St. John Paul II gave permission for Mass to be celebrated according to the 1962 Missal in those dioceses whose bishops permitted it, first in 1984 through a special indult Quattuor abhinc annos, and then further in 1988 through the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei.  His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida of the Archdiocese of Detroit was among the bishops who graciously gave permission for the Tridentine Mass to be celebrated in his diocese.  In 2004, St. Josaphat was the first parish in the Archdiocese to begin celebrating a regularly-scheduled Tridentine Mass.  In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum “which expanded and simplified the permissions to celebrate the whole liturgy according to the norms of 1962.”  (USCCB, “Extraordinary Form of the Mass”).  Please see Sancta Missa for helpful answers to commonly asked questions about the Extraordinary Form. Juventutem Michigan, a local group of young adults who love the Traditional Latin Mass, have held Masses at both of our historic churches."

Some traditional liturgical practices at our three churches may be new for you to discover, for example: receiving Holy Communion at the Communion rail; the use of incense; sacred music that includes traditional hymns, sacred polyphony and Gregorian chant; the use of Latin; and at the Tridentine Mass and some Ordinary Form Masses the priest offering Mass facing ad orientem (toward the east) rather than versus populum (toward the people). You may also hear the Propers of the Mass chanted in Latin or English; the Propers are liturgical texts that are too often neglected - the Introit (Entrance Chant), Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory Chant, and the Communion Chant.  The text of the Propers change according to the liturgical calendar, whereas the Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus and Benedictus, and Agnus Dei) remain constant.

Please join us for Holy Mass at our two beautiful churches.