Mysterii Paschalis

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Mysterii Paschalis is the title of an apostolic letter motu proprio (that is, "of his own accord") issued by Pope Paul VI on 14 February 1969. It addressed the re-organization and update of the list of liturgical celebrations for Jesus Christ and the Saints found in the Catholic Church's General Roman Calendar.

As per its designation, the document was a personal act of the Pope and, thus, had the force of law for the whole Latin Church. The document had two purposes:

  • (1) To explain the rationale behind the revision of the Church's calendar;
  • (2) To explicitly approve "by Our apostolic authority . . . the new Roman Universal Calendar . . . and likewise the general norms concerning the arrangement of the liturgical year."[1]

The revised calendar had been prepared by the "Council for the Proper Implementation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy".[1] Amongst the many notable features of the revised calendar (e.g., suppressing the Tempus post Pentecosten), perhaps the most notable was the number of saints who had been removed from, added to, and moved around within the Catholic General Roman Calendar. Some of the memorials that were removed from the General Roman Calendar because they did not have universal significance were subsequently added to various national or particular calendars.

The changes to the General Roman Calendar became effective on 1 January 1970.

Changes to the General Roman Calendar[edit]


  • Telephorus, 5 January, added in 1602, now deleted.
  • Hyginus, 11 January, added in the 12th century, now deleted.
  • Felix, 14 January, moved to date of his death, 13 January.
  • Paul, first hermit, 15 January, added in the 12th century, now deleted.
  • Maur, 15 January, added in the 12th century, now deleted.
  • Marcellus, 16 January, now deleted.
  • Prisca, 18 January, now deleted.
  • Maris, Martha, Abachum and Audifax, 19 January, now deleted.
  • Canute, 19 January, now deleted.
  • Anastasius, 22 January, added in the 12th century, now deleted.
  • Emerentiana, 23 January, added in the 9th century, now deleted.
  • Raymond of Penyafort, 23 January, moved to day after his death, 7 January,
  • Timothy, 24 January, moved to 26 January, joined with Titus
  • Polycarp, 26 January, moved to date of his death, 23 February,
  • John Chrysostom, 27 January, moved to day before his death, 13 September,
  • Peter Nolasco, 28 January, added in 1664, now deleted.
  • 2nd Feast of Agnes, 28 January, now deleted.
  • Francis de Sales, 29 January, moved to 24 January, day of his burial at Annecy in 1624.
  • Martina, 30 January, added in 1635, now deleted.












  • Viviana, 2 December, now deleted.
  • Peter Chrysologus, 4 December, moved to the day before his death, 30 July.
  • Barbara, 4 December, now deleted.
  • Sabbas, 5 December, now deleted.
  • Melchiades, 10 December, now deleted.
  • Eusebius, 16 December, moved to the day after his death, 2 August.
  • Thomas, 21 December, moved to the date of his translation, 3 July.
  • Anastasia, 25 December, now deleted.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Motu Proprio Mysterii Paschalis". Paul VIMotu ProprioThe Holy SeeThe Holy Father. Vatican:the Holy See. 23 November 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 

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