I’m so used to thinking of the Novus Ordo as a new rite of Holy Mass. And I don’t quite understand how the pope in his motu proprio could say that it is only a new *form *of Holy Mass when Pope Paul VI, in his general audience of Nov. 26th, 1969 said this:
- We ask you to turn your minds once more to the liturgical innovation of the new rite of the Mass. This new rite will be introduced into our celebration of the holy Sacrifice starting from Sunday next which is the first of Advent, November 30 [in Italy].
- A new rite of the Mass: a change in a venerable tradition that has gone on for centuries. This is something that affects our hereditary religious patrimony, which seemed to enjoy the privilege of being untouchable and settled.
Furthermore, in the letter to bishops which accompanied the motu proprio, the pope calls the Novus Ordo a new rite.
So what’s the correct way of calling these two “usages” of the Roman Rite?