Monday, 27 October 2014


The calendar of the Extraordinary Form contains a number of features not found in the Ordinary Form, notably the season of Septuagesima, the number and treatment of vigils, and the number of octaves. These very ancient features of the calendar allowed the Faithful to enter more deeply into the mysteries presented by the Church’s year by facilitating their preparation for and subsequent meditation upon those mysteries. They also contributed to a liturgical cycle characterised by sharper contrasts of penitential and joyful days and seasons. . . .

The 20th in the FIUV Position Papers series, called The Season of Septuagesima, and Vigils and Octaves, in the Extraordinary Form is now available in the FIUV Positio section.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Michael Davies International Conference

The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales

invites you to the

 Michael Davies International Conference
Saturday, 4 October 2014 
the Parish Hall
St Mary Moorfield
City of London

Michael Davies (1936-2004)
 Michael Davies, famed traditional Catholic author and lecturer
and former President of the International Una Voce Federation

Michael Treharne Davies (1936-2004) was arguably the greatest defender, in the English language, of the Traditional Mass at a time when it was being openly attacked and ridiculed by many in the Church, including by those in senior positions who were in a position to know better.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Video on Liturgical Orientation

Some time ago the Federation produced a the Position Paper on the celebration of Mass ad orientem - facing East, with the priest having 'his back to the people'.

It falls to those attached to the Traditional Mass to demonstrate and to defend this manner of celebrating Mass. In this short video, produced by the Latin Mass Society, puts some of the arguments of the Position Paper into a short and pithy format.

The video is presented by the Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, Dr Joseph Shaw, who is also the coordinator of the Position Papers for the Federation.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Reception of Communion under the Species of Bread Alone in the Extraordinary Form

FIUV Position Paper 17 is now available

Under the liturgical laws pertaining to the Extraordinary Form, the Faithful may not receive the Precious Blood, but only the Host, by contrast with the widespread practice, at least in Europe and North America, in the Ordinary Form. Historically, the Faithful received the Precious Blood in the West through a tube or fistula, until this died out in about the 12th century, with certain exceptions. Sacrosanctum Concilium proposed a revival of a practice exceptional reception of the Precious Blood, although permission soon became more general. The practice of the Extraordinary Form has certain advantages. It underlines the sacrificial nature of the Mass, for which the Priest’s reception from the Chalice is ritually necessary, but the Faithful’s is not. It safeguards the respect for the Sacred Vessels characteristics of the Extraordinary Form, which is incompatible with the usual practice of the Ordinary Form. It avoids a number of practical difficulties and liturgical abuses which have sometimes arisen in the Ordinary Form. And it guards against certain dangers to public health.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The Kiss of Peace

FIUV Position Paper 19 is now available

The Kiss of Peace or Pax, in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, before the Agnus Dei, in its fullest form in Missa Solemnis, involves the celebrant kissing the Altar, and passing the Peace of Christ from Christ, represented by the Altar and the Consecrated Host upon the Altar, to the other Sacred Ministers, and others in the Sanctuary, with a light embrace. The historic meaning of the ceremony included the notion of the people sealing and approving of the mysteries just accomplished, and the preparation necessary for the reception of Holy Communion. In earlier ages the Pax was extended to the Faithful, in the form of an embrace or of the kissing of a Paxbrede, the latter serving to emphasise the origin of the Peace in the Blessed Sacrament, and making possible its exchange between the sexes. This later died out in most of Europe, for practical reasons. The Faithful continue, however, to unite themselves with the very clear symbolism of the ceremonious exchange of the embrace among the Sacred Ministers in the Sanctuary.