Unlike most traditionalist groups with roots in the Roman Catholic Church, the Palmarian Catholic Church does not use the Tridentine Mass Order, but a very brief version which is thought to include ”the essential parts” of that rite.

Nevertheless, in his first papal decrees in 1978, Palmarian Pope Gregory XVII (1946-2005) declared that the only rite that should be used in the Palmarian Catholic Church was the so-called Tridentine Mass, promulgated in 1570 by Pius V. Shortly thereafter, however, he made changes in the rite and introduced several new elements, and, by 1980, he referred to the rite as Latin-Tridentine-Palmarian.

A much greater change came on October 9, 1983, when Gregory XVIII promulgated a new, much briefer Mass Order, which is concentrated to offertory, consecration and sacrificial communion. Making it very brief, about five minutes long, each cleric could and should read several masses a day; in fact, they say turns of Masses, not individual ones. Likewise, concelebrating was banned, as it would lessen the number of Masses that could be read per day.  In this way, the Palmarian views resembles the practise in the Renovated Church of French Pope Clement XV’s, who in the 1960s introduced a much reduced Mass liturgy, celebrating series of Masses instead. Still, unlike the Renovated church, the Palmarians only say Mass in Latin.

A Palmarian priest who is going to say Mass starts by making the Sign of the Cross and kisses the altar. Turning towards the faithful and with his palms extended, he says the words ‘Orate Fratres’–Let us pray–then he turns back towards the altar, which he kisses. The kiss indicates the beginning of the Offertory, the first essential element of Mass. He raises the bread and the chalice, directing his eyes towards Heaven, offering the Divine Victims, that is, Christ and Mary.

Offertory completed, by kissing the altar again the priest indicates that the second essential element, Consecration, is about to begin. He pronounces the consecration words over the bread, by which bread is transubstantiated into the Body of Christ and Mary. He kisses the Sacred Host and genuflects. He then elevates it, so that those present can worship, kisses it and adores it by genuflecting. Then he stands up and pronounces the consecration words over the wine in the Chalice, following the same ceremony as with the bread. The consecration is accompanied by the ringing of bells.

After Consecration, the Priest kisses the altar, signalling the beginning of the third essential part of the Mass: the Sacrificial Communion or Immolation. After genuflection, he splits the Sacred Host in two and makes the sign of the cross with them. After kissing the Host, he communicates; if any lay communicants are present, he administers the sacrament to them. When finished, in the Chalice, he disposes of any remaining particles of the Host that are found on the paten. After making the sign of the cross with the Sacred Chalice, he kisses it and partakes. In one of the Masses of the turn of Masses, faithful can communion sacramentally, by receiving the consecrated Host. At the end of the rite, the priest gives the blessing, symbolizing with it the shedding of the Blood of Christ over the whole Church. Then the next Mass begins.

According to Palmarian doctrine, the body, soul and blood of Christ and Mary are present in the consecrated bread and wine. To communicate a person must be in a state of grace; otherwise, it constitutes a sacrilege. Communion should only be taken on the tongue and the recipient must be kneeling when receiving the sacrament. The communion of the faithful is only received in one species; they only receive the Eucharistic bread. If due to long distances to the nearest Palmarian priest, it is not possible to attend Mass, the faithful should pray a Penitential Rosary instead. According to the precepts of the church, Palmarians should take communion at least every third month, but almost all Masses in the Basilica in El Palmar de Troya are celebrated without lay people taking communion. Still, if in a state of grace, a layperson is allowed to communicate several times per day.

The Palmarian Ordo Missae

In nomine Patris et Fillii +, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Orate, fratres ut meum ac vestrum sacrificium acceptabile fiat apud Deum Patrem omnipotentem. Per + Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Offero Tibi, Pater, hanc immaculatam hostiam, pro me et pro omnibus fidelibus christianis vivus atque defunctis: ut mihi, et illis proficiat ad salutem in vitam aeternam. Amen.

Offero Tibi, Pater, calicem salutaris, pro mea et totius mundi salute. Amen.

In + nomine Christi.

Hoc est corpus meum.

Hic est Sanguis meus.

Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam meam in vitam aeternam. Amen.

Sanguis Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam meam in vitam aeternam. Amen.

Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus + Sanctus. Amen.


Before the communion of the faithful, which may be included in one of the individual masses, in a turn of Masses, the priest reads the following Word:

Misereatur vestris omnipotens Deus et dimissis peccatis vestris perducat vos ad vitam aeternam. Amen.

Indulgentiam, + absolutionem, et remissionem peccatorum vestrorum tribuat vobis omnipotens et misericors Dominus. Amen.

Ecce agnus Dei, ecce qui tollis peccata mundi.

Domine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum; sed tantum dic verbo, et sanabitur anima mea. Corpus Domini nostri Jesu Christi custodiat animam tuam in vitam aeternam. Amen.

Video of Pope Peter III saying Mass



7 thoughts on “The Palmarian Order of Mass

  1. I live in NZ and my family & I were Palmarians during the 1980s-90 when I was a teenager. Your articles were a further eye opener 2 behind the scenes. Another NZ family’s daughter was a nun at el Palma. After many years she finally left & returned to nz very traumatized. Belonging to that group was initiated by Grandma wanting mass 2 remain traditional & the priest from Spain would stay at our home for several weeks every few months. Lots of all night vigils & sore knees.


    1. Thank you Gabriel. I have been in contact with Maria Hall and I have of course read her book. Do you know how many people in NZ were involved in the church when it was at it’s zenith. Around 20? Best wishes, Magnus


      1. Thanks for reply yes around 20 lay people sounds about right from what I recall. I was married in the Palmarian church in Hamilton and have fond memories of Eddie & Pat Hall


  2. There are several errors in the Latin:

    1. In the first prayer Offero tibi (for the host), the word “salute” should instead be “salutem”.
    2. The word “His” should be “Hic” in the words of consecration of the chalice.
    3. In the Misereatur, the second word “vestris” should be “vestri”.
    4. In the Indulgentiam, the word “tribuat” has been repeated by mistake.
    5. In the Ecce Agnus Dei, the word “pecata” should be “peccata”.
    6. There should be a full stop after “mea” in the Domine non sum dignus.


    1. Dear Joshua,
      Thank you so much for your help. I feel a bit embarrassed, as I should have checked in more carefully before posting it. But now I have revised the text. Again, many thanks and best wishes, M


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