Rite of Consecration of Virgins in EF


Maybe a clarification is in order here. The Rite of Consecration of virgins is found in the Roman Pontifical.

The Extraordinary Form (EF) is named the Benediction and Consecration of Virgins and is found in the 1595 and 1962 Roman Pontificals. It, like Ordinations, is done in an integrated ceremony involving the Mass. There are special prayers and ritualistic actions within the Mass. Just as in the Extroardinary Form of Ordination, the Bishop does the Mass with the Consecration of Virgins. I personally don’t know of any community that currently uses this Rite in the older Roman Pontifical because almost all communities that have the privilege of allowing their eligible nuns receive the consecration of virgins already have their own Rite (e.g. Carthusians, Trappistines, Norbertines, Benedictines…) of consecration of virgins which may or may not be added to the final profession of vows. Note: The Rite exists but it is specifically written for religious ONLY. E.g. It bestows a habit, there are roles for the nuns, a profession of vows, etc. It must be remembered that nobody may change or alter this Rite on their own authority. Only the Holy See can effect change, and it is extremely unlikely since there aren’t even many bishops who even know how to celebrate solemn Mass in the extraordinary form to begin with.

The 1970 Roman Pontifical (ordinary form) has the bishop doing Mass and consecration of virgins living in the world as one variation and consecration of nuns as the other variation. The ceremony can be done with the approved vernacular translation or in Latin. THIS is the blessing of Vatican II: that women in the world are once again allowed to receive the consecration of virgins after being barred for 1,000 years. Again, the version for the consecration of nuns is seldom used from the Roman Pontifical because, once more, the Orders who have the privilege usually have their own Rite.


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