The Mass Proper of the Holy Face and of Saint Veronica in Medieval Liturgical Sources before the Tridentine Reform

Uwe Michael Lang



The liturgical veneration the Roman Veronica is first attested in a manuscript of the Capitular Archives of St Peter’s in the Vatican, which contains material dating from the 13th to the 15th century and includes a set of Mass orations with a “Collecta ad faciem Christi”. In the later Middle Ages, there are various Missals, mostly from the territory of the Holy Roman Empire, with a Mass Proper of the Holy Face or of Saint Veronica. This paper offers a synopsis of these liturgical texts and an analysis of their literary form, biblical motives and theological content.

Uwe Michael Lang, a native of Nuremberg, Germany, is a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, where he serves as Parish Priest, and Lecturer in Church History at Heythrop College, University of London. He is an Associate Staff member at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham and on the Visiting Faculty of the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, Illinois. Formerly staff member of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2008–2012) and Consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (2008–2013). Author of Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer (2nd edition 2009) and The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language (2012), and Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual and the Expression of the Sacred (2015), as well as other publications in patristic and liturgical studies. He is a Board Member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Editor of Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal.

The European Fortune of the Roman Veronica ​in the Middle Ages