Saturday, November 25, 2017
How Many Times a Year Must a Priest Say Mass?
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Taken from a book from Moral and Pastoral Theology: The sacraments in general, baptism, confirmation, Holy Eucharist, penance, indulgences, censures by Henry Davis 1938
All priests are bound to celebrate Mass several times (three or four times at least and on any days) each year. There is no clear reason for assigning any particular days.  This obligation is a grave one, and probably based on divine precept.  It is, of course, highly becoming that every priest should, if possible, celebrate daily, and this is the more important if the faithful wish to receive Holy Communion...
Father John Laux in Mass and the Sacraments adds:
Priests who are not pastors are bound to say Mass several times a year. If they do not say Mass on Sundays and holy-days of obligation, they are obliged to assist at Mass just like the faithful.

1 comment(s):

del_button November 25, 2017 at 11:16 PM
Anonymous said...

This isn't a very good blog post, because it lacks too many details.

But having said that, it is not required that a priest offer mass daily. His requirement for offering mass will depend greatly upon his pastoral duties.

What IS REQUIRED is that he say the complete Divine Office every day, and this is under pain of Mortal Sin. The priest's main duty is to offer unceasing praise to God, and this precept is satisfied by his saying the office. The neglect of this duty is grave.

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