• Latin: rubrica, red earth used by carpenters as chalk to mark wood; red titles of law announcements


Directive precepts or liturgical prescriptions found in the Missal and the Ritual to guide the priest in the execution of sacred rites, saying Mass, administering the Sacraments, etc.; so called because they are printed in red. Some are obligatory and bind under pain of sin; others are merely directive and do not bind.

MLA Citation

  • “rubrics”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 December 2010. Web. 21 January 2019. <>