Missa Sicca

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The Missa Sicca (Latin: "dry Mass") was a common form of devotion used in the medieval Roman Catholic Church for funerals or marriages which were served in the afternoon, when a real Mass (liturgy) could not be said. It consisted of all the Mass except the Offertory, Consecration and Communion (Durandus, "Rationale", IV, i, 23).

The missa nautica and missa venatoria, said at sea in rough weather and for hunters in a hurry, were kinds of dry Masses.

In some monasteries each priest was obliged to say a dry Mass after the real (conventual) Mass. Cardinal Giovanni Bona (Rerum liturg. libr. duo, I, xv) argues against the practice of saying dry Masses. Following the reform of Pope Pius V it gradually disappeared.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. , s.v. Missa Sicca Sec. D, ¶ 6.