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Hoc in situ interretiali ordinantur responsiones, explanationes, et decreta ex « Notitiae » aliisque interdum fontibus (ut AAS) desumpta, quae aliis locis modo promptiore haud inveniuntur. Finis est praestare textum originalem, versionem anglicam, et exemplar PDF paginarum pertinentium ex « Notitiae » vel alio fonte. Presens igitur labor opusculum « Ordo Missae locis correspondentibus illustratus » aliquatenus extendit. Est enim labor imperfectus quem, cum operae mihi est, suscipio. Denique domino Daniel Gill, domino Radosław Gosiewski, et domino Abram Córdova y Muenzberg, qui nonnullas ex responsionibus transcripserunt, gratias refero, item etiam dominae Crista Mootz, quae in linguam anglicam responsiones quasdam verteri adiuvavit. Exemplaria PDF exstant etiam textuum nondum transcriptorum. This website organizes responses, explanations, and decrees from Notitiae and sometimes from other sources (such as AAS) that are not readily available in other places. The goal is to provide the original text, an English translation, and a PDF scan of the relevant pages from Notitiae or other source. In some ways, the project is a further development of my Cross-Referenced Ordo Missae. This is an ongoing prject which I work on in my spare time. I am also grateful for the help of Mr. Daniel Gill, Mr. Radosław Gosiewski, and Mr. Abram Córdova y Muenzberg in transcribing some of these responses and also to Miss Crista Mootz for helping to translate certain responses into English. PDFs are available even for texts that have not yet been transcribed.
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N.B. In « Notitiae » 1 (1965) et 2 (1966), supra responsa, invenitur monitio: Solutio quae proponitur nullam induit vestem officialem. Solummodo habet valorem orientativum: solutiones enim ex officio publici iuris fient, si casus fert, a competenti Auctoritate in « Acta Apostolicae Sedis ». N.B. In Notitiae 1 (1965) and 2 (1966), this notice appears above the responses: The solution which is proposed takes on no official character. It has only an orientative force; solutions will be published officially, if the case warrants, by the competent Authority in « Acta Apostolicae Sedis ».

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42. Quaeritur utrum religiosi itinerantes, recitatione chorali divini Officii onerati, teneantur (etiam ut hospites in domo, quae non ad Officium divinum in choro recitandum obligatur) omnes Horas Canonicas privatim recitare?

Resp.: Affirmative. Hi religiosi non eximuntur, ratione can. 14, § 1 et 3, ab observatione legum personalium. Lex vero divini Officii, vi Constitutionum religiosarum seu professionis sollemnis ac vi Ordinis sacri, est personalis.

42. It is asked whether religious who are obligated to the choral recitation of the divine Office, when they travel (even as guests in a house which is not obligated to recite the divine Office in choir) are bound to recite all the Canonical Hours privately?

Resp.: In the affirmative. These religious are not exempt, by reason of can. 14, § 1 et 3, from the observance of personal laws. The law of the divine Office, by virtue of religious Constitutions or solemn profession and by virtue of holy Orders, is personal.

Notitiae 1 (1965), 186, n. 42choral office, divine office, religious communityPDF of Notitiae 1 (1965), 186

43. Possunt Ordinarii religiosi vi art. 97 Constitutionis de sacra Liturgia et art. VII Motu Proprio « Sacram Liturgiam » in casibus singularibus et iusta de causa a recitatione Divini Officii dispensare etiam singulas communitates ex toto vel ex parte, aut commutare?

Resp.: Negative. Art. 97 Constitutionis est obvious: « in casibus singulariubs ». Nullo modo agitur de dispensandis communitatibus choro adstrictis. Ideo Motu Proprio « Pastorale munus » n. 24 concessit Episcopis facultatem reducendi obligationem choralem Capitulorum. Clare tandem excluditur talis interpretatio in Instructione diei 26 sept. 1964, n. 78, c, ubi pro regionibus Missionum peculiares conceduntur facultates, sed « salva disciplina chorali religiosa... iure statuta ».

43. Can religious Ordinaries, by virtue of art. 97 of the Constitution on the sacred Liturgy and art. VII of the Motu Proprio « Sacram Liturgiam » in individual cases and for a just cause dispense also individual communities from the recitation of the Divine Office, either in whole or in part, or commute it?

Resp.: In the negative. Art. 97 of the Constitution is obvious: « in individual cases ». In no way does it deal with dispensing communities bound to choir. Therefore the Motu Proprio « Pastorale munus » n. 24 granted to Bishops the faculty of reducing the choral obligation of Chapters. Clearly then such an interpretation is excluded in the Instruction of 26 sept. 1964, n. 78, c, where for Mission territories special faculties are granted, but « without prejudice to the choral discipline of religious... established by law ».

Notitiae 1 (1965), 186, n. 43divine office, hermeneutics, religious communityPDF of Notitiae 1 (1965), 186

61. Utrum Religiosi « choro adstricti » adhuc obligentur ad recitationem Horae Primae?

Resp.: Ex recenti consessione [sic] (2 iunii 1965) Apostolica Sedes remisit Superioribus Maioribus religiosis, ut secundum prudens eorum iudicium, statuant Horam Primam retinere aut facultativam declarare pro suis subditis.

Notitiae 1 (1965), 250, n. 61divine office, prime, religious communityPDF of Notitiae 1 (1965), 250

100. Utrum liceat lingua vernacula recitare partes Officii divini, a Communitate religiosa celebrati, quas religiosi laici participant?

Resp Instructio « In edicendis normis » statuit: « Communitates religiosae clericales choro haud obligatae eas divini Officii partes lingua vernacula in communi persolvere possunt quas, vi Constitutionum, etiam religiosi laici participare tenentur » (n. 4).

Duplex casus dari potest:
1. Quando religiosi laici expresse obligantur, vi Constitutionum, ad Officium divinum.
2. Cum aliquae Horae divini Officii locum tenent aliarum preum a Constitutionibus praescriptarum, quas religiosi laici participare debent.

Nam Constitutiones Familiarum religiosarum quasdam preces quandoque praescribunt, ab omnibus sodalibus, clericis et laicis, in communi recitandis, certis horis diei, v. g. mane, meridie, vespere. Nunc autem, in quibusdam illarum Communitatum, decreto superiorum, loco precum a Constitutionibus imperatarum, Laudes, Vesperae aut Completorium, tamquam preces matutinae et vespertinae pro omnibus praescribuntur. Hoc in casu si religiosi laici celebrationem communem participant, lingua vernacula adhiberi potest (cf. Notitiae, 2 [1966] 90 b). Semper tamen requiritur ut textus a competenti Auctoritate territoriali approbatus sit.

Notitiae 2 (1966), 289–290, n. 100divine office, religious community, vernacularPDF of Notitiae 2 (1966), 289–290