How often do Popes, Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops say Mass?


#1

Is there a weekly minimum?

Thanks.


#2

Every day. I think most all priests do. Perhaps some of them do not on their day off.

Of course, not every Mass is said publicly.


#3

The ones I’m aware of say Mass daily, even on their day off.


#4

I know the Pope offers mass every day.

I would imagine that other cardinals and bishops do the same but privately, and only offer mass publicly on big feasts when everyone comes.


#5

I thought they were required to say mass daily just as they are required to pray the Liturgy of the Hours every day.


#6

I would hope they are! It would be such a wasted opportunity if they didn’t, barring something legitimately preventing them from doing so.


#7

They actually aren’t. I thought so too. I think it was my priest who corrected me. The simple reason for this is that priests aren’t supposed to celebrate mass in a state of sin unless they have to for the good of the faithful. If you skim about halfway down the answer this article explains:

http://canonlawmadeeasy.com/2009/01/08/do-priests-have-to-say-mass-every-day/


#8

Thank you!

So, they are required to pray the LOTH daily, but only earnestly recommended to say mass daily.


#9

If a priest says Mass privately is it the similar size to a weekday Mass?


#10

It varies, and largely depends on where the priest is. I’ve known some priests that say Mass even just by themselves (though this is only supposed to be done for a “just and reasonable cause” per canon law). Or maybe the priest will be saying Mass for a small group of college students, or a community of religious sisters, or at a nursing home, etc. It’s hard to say something that would generally apply to all.


#11

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