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Optional Memorial of Saint John XXIII


On May 29, 2014, Pope Francis ordered the inscription of Saint John XXIII, Pope, into the General Roman Calendar.  St. John is celebrated each year as an Optional Memorial on October 11.

The proper liturgical texts were released by the Holy See in Latin. An English translation was prepared by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, approved by the USCCB in June 2018, and sent to the Holy See for the requisite confirmation. Once confirmation is received, the translation will be publicly released and implemented in the United States. (A similar approval and confirmation process is required for a Spanish translation as well.)

Below are interim liturgical guidelines for the celebration of St. John XXIII:

Roman Missal

From the Common of Pastors: For a Pope.

Lectionary for Mass

Aside from the usual Mass readings of the day, any Lectionary readings from the Common of Pastors: For a Pope may be used for St. John XXIII. The following readings are also recommended from no. 655A of the Lectionary for Mass Supplement:

First Reading – Ezekiel 34:11-16
As a shepherd tends his flock, so will I tend my sheep.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6
R/. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Gospel Acclamation – John 10:14
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.

Gospel – John 21:15-17
Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.

Liturgy of the Hours

Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer

Psalmody of the day.  Other elements from the Psalter of the day or the Common of Pastors: For a Pope.

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