Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Proposed Sanctorale: August

The month of August is quite full, even after St. Pius V cleaned up the Calendar in 1568/1570. The ferial Office makes a rare appearance only on four days this month (two are Vigils), and the Dominical Office is diminished by the relative abundance of Double feasts, of all grades. Hence, the balance this month will be more akin to the 1910 extreme, but a strong Ferial cycle returns again in September.

The question of how to treat the Octave of St. Lawrence was under consideration. Pius X made it Simple rank, including the Octave Day itself; however, the latter was previously a Double, while the days within the Octave were Semidouble (i.e. each day's Mattins was festal and had nine lessons). We choose to use the Pius X system here for the days within the Octave (but with commemorations each day when the Office is not Simple) while retaining the Double rank for the Octave Day itself, if only for the sake of expanding the ferial psalms' frequency in this very festal month.

1 August: St. Peter in Chains; Double Major, Red; Commemoration of the Holy Maccabees
2 August: St. Alphonsus, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor; Semidouble, White; Commemoration of St. Stephen, Pope & Martyr
3 August: Finding of St. Stephen, Protomartyr; Semidouble, Red
4 August: St. Dominic, Confessor; Double Major, White
5 August: Our Lady of the Snows (Dedication of St. Mary Major); Double Major, White
6 August: Transfiguration of Our Lord; Double II Class, White; Commemoration of Sts. Pope Sixtus II, Felicissimus, & Agapitus, Martyrs
7 August: St. Donatus, Bishop & Martyr; Simple, Red
8 August: Sts. Cyriacus, Largus, & Smaragdus, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red
9 August: St. John Mary Vianney, Confessor; Semidouble, White; Commemorations of the Vigil of St. Lawrence and St. Romanus
10 August: St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr; Double II Class, Red w/ Simple Octave
11 August: Sts. Tiburtius & Susanna, Martyrs; Simple, Red; Commemoration of the Octave
12 August: Of the Octave; Simple, Red
13 August: Sts. Hippolytus & Cassian, Martyrs; Simple, Red; Commemoration of the Octave
14 August: Vigil of the Assumption; Simple, Violet; Commemorations of the Octave & St. Eusebius
15 August: Assumption of the B.V.M.; Double I Class, White w/ Common Octave
16 August: St. Joachim, Father of the B.V.M.; Semidouble, White; Commemorations of Octaves
17 August: Octave Day of St. Lawrence; Double, Red; Commemoration of Octave of Assumption
18 August: Of the Octave (Assumption); Semidouble, White; Commemoration of St. Agapitus, Martyr
19 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
20 August: St. Bernard, Confessor & Doctor; Double, White; Commemoration of the Octave
21 August: Of the Octakh/ e; Semidouble, White
22 August: Octave Day of the Assumption; Double Major, White
23 August: Vigil of St. Bartholomew; Simple, Violet
24 August: St.kh/ Bartholomew, Apostle & Martyr; Double II Class, Red
25 August: St. Louis IX, King & Confessor; Simple, White
26 August: St. Zephyrinus, Pope & Martyr; Simple, Red
27 August: Feria
28 August: St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor; Double, White
29 August: Beheading of St. John the Baptist; Double Major, Red
30 August: Sts. Felix & Adauctus, Martyrs; Simple, Red
31 August: Feria

Feasts added since 1570:
1. St. Alphonsus as a Semidouble, founder of the Redemptorist order and has some universal following
2. St. John Mary Vianney as a Semidouble, has a universal following
3. St. Joachim, previously excised from the Calendar by St. Pius V, restored now for the same reason St. Anne is restored, but with the lower rank of Semidouble. This feast is a Double II Class in the 1911-1960 Calendars.

Feasts on the 1954 and/or 1962 Calendars which are not included above but would be more properly observed in particular places and congregations:
1.St. Cajetan (Aug 7)
2. St. Clare (Aug 12)
3. St. Hyacinth (Aug 17)
4. St. John Eudes (Aug 19) - supposedly was against laymen praying the Breviary!
5. St. Jane Frances Fremiot de Chantal (Aug 21)
6. Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aug 22)
7. St. Philip Benizi (Aug 23)
8. St. Joseph Calasanctius (Aug 27)
9. St. Rose of Lima (Aug 30)
10. St. Raymund Nonnatus (Aug 31)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I Julii, MMXIII

Monday, 1 July, 2013
Octave Day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord; Double Major, White
Commemoration of the Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul

Office: Proper Festal Office as on the feast. Solemn melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns, proper antiphons (doubled),: 1 - Pss. 1,2,&3; 2 - Pss. 4,5, & 8; 3 - Pss. 14, 20, & 33; 1st. Nocturn - 3 lessons and responds from the occuring Scripture (Lessons resumed from the Sunday yesterday which were omitted because of the feast of St. Paul), 2nd. & 3rd. nocturns,  lessons and responds from the proper for the Octave Day, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) proper Elisabeth Zachariae, etc. with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Benedictus Antiphon Apertum est, and Collect as on the feast, Comm. of the Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul, No Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None as on the feast.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as on the feast.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Comm. of the Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color remains white, but for the feast of the Visitation of the B.V.M., Double II Class, on the following day. All hymns of iambic dimeter use the proper doxology of the Incarnation from now until Compline the next evening inclusive.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) Exsurgens Maria etc. from the Proper w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147; Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle from the Common of the B.V.M., Magnificat antiphon Beata es Maria and Collect from the Proper; Commemorations of the Octave Day of St. John the Baptist & Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul, no Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in Our Lady's melody with the doxology of the Incarnation Gloria tibi, Domine, qui natus es de Virgine, etc., No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling but in the Solemn Tone.

XXX Junii, MMXIII

Sunday, 30 June, 2013
Commemoration of St. Paul, Apostle & Martyr; Double*, Red
Commemorations of St. Peter, 6th. Sunday after Pentecost, and Octave of St. John the Baptist

Office: Festal Office from the Proper and Common of Apostles. Ordinary melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns, proper antiphons (doubled) w/ psalms from the Common,:  8 lessons and 8 responds from the Proper, 9th. lesson of the superseded Sunday**,Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) proper Ego plantavi, etc. with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter proper, Hymn Exsultet from the Common, Versicle, Benedictus Antiphon Vos qui secuti estis me, and Collect proper, Commemorations of St. Peter, the 6th. Sunday after Pentecost, and the Octave of St. John the Baptist, no Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None in the proper.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as in the proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemorations of St. Peter, the Sunday, and Octave, Credo, Preface of the Apostles (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est, Proper Last Gospel of the Sunday.

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the Octave Day of St. John the Baptist, Double Major, tomorrow.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) from the First Vespers of St. John the Baptist w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Magnificat antiphon Ingresso and Collect as at First Vespers of the feast, Commemorations of St. Paul, St. Peter, and the 6th. Sunday after Pentecost, no Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Ordinary melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

* In the Tridentine Calendar, Double feasts and higher supersede minor, Semidouble Sundays. We retain this rubric because in actual practice only a handful of "Green" Sundays, similar in frequency to the 1911-1960 practice, will be superseded as the number of Double feasts has been contained not far above their number in 1568/1570.

** In accordance with Tridentine rubrics, the adoption of the Gospel/Homily of the superseded Sunday for the ninth lesson consists of two options - 1. The combining all three lessons of the third nocturn of the Sunday Office into one lesson or 2. Only the first lesson of the that nocturn (i.e. the seventh lesson). In either case, the Gospel excerpt is read. The latter is the norm in post-1911 practice. We leave both options available in the Current Tridentine Ordo.

XXIX Junii, MMXIII

Saturday, 29 June, 2013
Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Double I Class, Red
with Common Octave of Semidouble rite

Office: Festal Office from the Proper and Common of Apostles. Solemn melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns, antiphons (doubled) and psalms from the Common,: 9 lessons and 8 responds from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) proper Petrus et Joannes etc. with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Benedictus Antiphon Quodcumque and Collect proper, No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None in the proper.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as in the proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, No Commemorations, Credo, Preface of the Apostles (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 115, 125, & 138; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Magnificat antiphon Hodie, and Collect from the proper; Commemoration of the following Sunday (6th. after Pentecost - Antiphon Obsecro), No Commemorations of the following Commemoration of St. Paul, the Octave of St. John the Baptist, nor Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Solemn melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

XXVIII Junii, MMXIII

Friday, 28 June, 2013
St. Leo II, Pope & Confessor; Semidouble, White
Commemorations of the Octave of St. John the Baptist and the Vigil of Sts. Peter & Paul

Office: Festal Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors and Proper; antiphons are not doubled at the major Hours. Ordinary melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours until None inclusive.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns - antiphons, psalms, and versicles from the Common of Confessor-Bishops:  1st. Nocturn - 3 lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture*, 2nd. Nocturn - 3 lessons and responds from the Proper; 3rd. Nocturn - 2 lessons and 2 responds from the Common (in the first place)**, 9th. lesson for the Vigil, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (not doubled) from the Common with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Euge serve and Collect proper, Comms of the Octave and the Vigil, No Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None in the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as in the Common and Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Comms. of the Octave & and Vigil, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est, Proper Last Gospel of the Vigil.***

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs, Double I Class, on the following day.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) from the Proper w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116; Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle, Magnificat antiphon Tu es pastor and Collect from the Proper; No Commemorations or Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Solemn melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling in the Solemn Tone.

* In the Tridentine Breviarium, the lessons and responds at the first nocturn of Mattins are taken from the Common. One of the revisions of the Pian reform of 1911 was to assign the lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture on a consistent basis unless a feast had proper readings; we here adopt this practice for all feasts of semidouble and double rank. Doubles major, second, and first class will continue to adopt the Tridentine rubric of taking lessons from the Common (if no proper ones are given) for the first nocturn, as has been the case up to and including the 1962 Breviarium.

** For the benefit of Divine Office novices, "in the first place" here refers to the first set (which is the default) of lessons and responds given for the third nocturn in the Common at Mattins. Most Commons have alternative lessons for this nocturn which are termed "second place" and "third place".

*** In private Masses, the Mass of the Vigil, in violet without both Gloria and commemoration of St. Leo II, may be offered after None. Penitential kneeling applies for the Collects and Postcommunion orations.

Monday, June 24, 2013

XXVII Junii, MMXIII

Thursday, 27 June, 2013
4th. Day within the Octave of St. John the Baptist; Semidouble, White

Office: Festal Office, everything (except the antiphons are not doubled at the major Hours) as on the feast; Ordinary melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns: Antiphons (not doubled), psalms and versicles as on the feast; 9 lessons - 1st. Nocturn, 3 lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture, 2nd. & 3rd. Nocturns' lessons and responds from the proper for 27 June, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (not doubled) from the feast with Sunday psalms, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle,  Benedictus Antiphon, and Collect from the feast. No Commemorations or Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from the feast.

At the Hours, antiphons 2,3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as on the feast.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. Orations of Our Lady/Saints and 3rd. orations for the Pope or at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color remains white, but the Office changes to St. Leo II, Pope & Confessor, Semidouble, on the following day.

At Vespers, Festal antiphons (not doubled) from the Common of Bishop-Confessors w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Magnificat Antiphon Sacerdos et Pontifex from the Common; Collect of the feast in the Proper, Comm. of the Octave (Antiphon Puer, Versicle Iste puer, Collect of St. John the Baptist), No Suffrages.

At Compline, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

XXVI Junii, MMXIII

Wednesday, 26 June, 2013
Sts. John & Paul, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red
Commemoration of the Octave of St. John the Baptist

Office: Festal Office from the Common and Proper; antiphons are not doubled at the major Hours. Ordinary melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns - antiphons, psalms, and versicles from the Common of Several Martyrs:  1st. Nocturn - 3 lessons from the Common with proper responds*, 2nd. Nocturn - 3 lessons from the Proper and responds from the Common; 3rd. Nocturn - 3 lessons and 2 responds from the Common (third place), Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (not doubled) proper Paulus et Joannes etc. with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Isti sunt Sancti and Collect proper, Comm. of the Octave, No Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None in the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as in the Common and Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Comm. of the Octave & 3rd. Orations of Our Lady/Saints, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons as at Lauds w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 115; Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Isti sunt and Collect from the Proper; Comm. of the Octave (for the following day - antiphon taken from First Vespers of St. John the Baptist); No Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Ordinary melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling in the Simple Tone.

* Because proper responds are given for the first nocturn at Mattins today, the lessons are to be taken from the Common (from Ch. 8 of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans) instead of the occurring Scripture. This is keeping with our revised rule that the occuring Scripture is to be used for the lessons at the first nocturn on all Semidouble and Double (Minor) feasts unless they contain proper lessons and/or responds for that nocturn. If only the responds are proper, the lessons default to the Common as is the case today. We do not endorse the 1962 practice of using proper responds in conjunction with the occurring Scripture.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

XXV June, 2013

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013
2nd. Day within the Octave of St. John the Baptist, Semidouble, White

Office: Festal Office, everything (except the antiphons are not doubled at the major Hours) as on the feast of the preceding day; Ordinary melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns: Antiphons (not doubled) & psalms and versicles as on the feast; 9 lessons - 1st. Nocturn, 3 lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture (Tuesday in the 5th. week after the Pentecost Octave), 2nd. & 3rd. Nocturns' lessons and responds from the proper for 25 June, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (not doubled) from the feast with Sunday psalms, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon, and Collect from the feast. No Commemorations or Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from the feast.

At the Hours, antiphons 2,3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as on the feast.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. Orations of Our Lady/Saints and 3rd. orations for the Pope or at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the feast of Sts. John & Paul, Martyrs, Semidouble, on the following day.

At Vespers, Festal antiphons (not doubled) from the proper for the feast Paulus et Joannes, etc. w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116, Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle from the Common of Several Martyrs, Magnificat Antiphon Astiterunt justi & Collect of the feast in the proper, Comm. of the Octave (Antiphon Puer, Versicle Iste puer, Collect of St. John the Baptist), No Suffrages.

At Compline, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

XXIV Junii, MMXIII

Monday, 24 June, 2013
Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Lord; Double I Class, White
with Common Octave of Semidouble rite

Office: Proper Festal Office. Solemn melody with normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns, proper antiphons (Doubled),: 1 - Pss. 1,2,&3; 2 - Pss. 4,5, & 8; 3 - Pss. 14, 20, & 33; 9 lessons and 8 responds from the proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) proper Elisabeth Zachariae, etc. with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Benedictus Antiphon Apertum est, and Collect proper, No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson from None in the proper.

At the Hours, antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones of Ps. 118; rest as in the proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, No Commemorations, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons as at Lauds w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Magnificat antiphon Puer, and Collect from the proper; No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Solemn melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling (as it is still a weekday) but in the Solemn Tone.

XXIII Junii, MMXIII

Sunday, 23 June, 2013
5th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble, Green

Office: Dominical Office Per Annum - Antiphons (not doubled) and psalms, chapters, short responsories, and versicles, as in the Psalter for Sundays. Hymns at Mattins & Lauds as given for Sundays through the end of September. Ordinary melody and doxology for all hymns at the Hours until None inclusive.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns: 1 - Pss. 1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 & 14; 2 - Pss. 15-17; 3 - Pss. 18-20; 9 lessons and 8 responds from the proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Benedictus Antiphon Audistis and Collect proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 117, 118.1 & 118.2, Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady/Saints and 3rd. orations for the Pope or at the choice of the Celebrant, Credo, Preface of the Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Double I Class.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (Doubled) proper for First Vespers Ipse praeibit, etc. w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, Magnificat antiphon Ingresso , and Collect from the proper; Comm. of the 2nd. Vespers of the Sunday (Antiphon Si offers, Versicle Dirigatur, Collect of the Sunday), No Suffrages.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis sung in the Solemn melody with normal doxology, No Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Proposed Temporale

Much has been said about the Sanctorale and restoring its proper balance vis-a-vis the Temporale as was the case in 1570. This balance, of course, was diminished over time, with the Sanctorale eclipsing the Temporale such that by 1910, very few Sundays, not to mention Feriae, outside of Advent and Lent, were observed save by way of commemoration. In a given year, it would have been very possible not ever to see green vestments used but once or twice if at all! The mirror opposite extreme of the 1969 Novus Ordo! Therefore, it would be remiss not to illustrate the Temporale so as to present the full picture of the current Ordo here being proposed. This is redundant to what is already available to view, i.e. the 1568/1570 Temporale remained mostly static from 1570 to 1955. Any change made to the Temporale after 1955 bears no consideration here as that was utterly unnecessary, especially in 1969 with the removal of an entire liturgical season (Septuagesima) and the Ember Days (both of which have been around since antiquity!).

Sundays
1. Major Sundays (All Sundays of Advent, Septuagesima, Lent, & Passiontide; Low Sunday)
     a. Privileged of the First Class - preferred to any feast whatsoever in occurrence
        * First Sunday of Advent
        * All Sundays of Lent
        * Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday
        * Low Sunday
     b. Privileged of the Second Class - preferred to any feast below the rank of Double I Class
        * 2-4 of Advent
        * Septuagesima, Sexagesima, & Quinquagesima Sundays

2. Minor Sundays - All other Sundays of the year; these are preferred to Semidouble and Simple feasts

Feriae
1. Privileged Major Feriae - preferred to any feast whatsoever in occurrence
     a. Ash Wednesday
     b. Six weekdays of Holy Week

2. Non-Privileged Major Feriae - preferred only to Simple feasts, but must be commemorated whenever a festal Office takes precedence, no matter the latter's rank
     a. Weekdays of Advent
     b. Weekdays of Lent after Ash Wednesday and during the first week of Passiontide
     c. Rogation Monday
     d. Ember Days in September

3. Minor Feriae - all other weekdays whenever a feast, vigil, or octave be lacking; these are not commemorated in festal Offices.

Octaves
1. Privileged Octaves
      a. First Order - preferred to any feast whatsoever (Pascha & Pentecost)
      b. Second Order - preferred to any feast below the rank of Double I Class (Epiphany & Corpus Christi)
      c. Third Order - preferred to Semidouble and Simple feasts (Christmas, Ascension, & Sacred Heart)

2. Common Octaves - preferred to Simple feasts; must be commemorated if a higher Office takes precedence
     a. Immaculate Conception
     b. St. John the Baptist
     c. Sts. Peter & Paul
     d. Assumption
     e. All Saints
     f. Dedication of a Church
     g. Primary patron of a particular Order or Congregation

3. Simple Octaves - preferred to minor Feriae; must be commemorated when other Offices take precedence (the Octave Day is of Double rank)
     a. St. Stephen, Protomartyr
     b. St. John, Apostle & Evangelist
     c. Holy Innocents
     d. St. Lawrence
     e. Nativity of the B.V.M.
     f. Second and Tertiary patrons of a particular Order or Congregation

Vigils
1. Privileged Vigils
     a. First Class - preferred to any feast (or Sunday) - Vigil of Christmas and Vigil of Pentecost
     b. Second Class - preferred to any feast below the rank of Double I Class - Vigil of the Epiphany

2. Common Vigils - preferred to Simple feasts and minor Feriae (superseded by major Feriae); must be commemorated in a higher ranking Office
     a. Vigil of the Immaculate Conception
     b. Vigil of St. Matthias
     c. Vigil of the Ascension
     d. Vigil of St. John the Baptist
     e. Vigil of Sts. Peter & Paul
     f. Vigil of St. James the Greater
     g. Vigil of St. Lawrence
     h. Vigil of the Assumption
     i. Vigil of St. Bartholomew
     j. Vigil of St. Matthew
     k. Vigil of Sts. Simon & Jude
     l. Vigil of All Saints

Feasts of the Temporale

1. Double I Class
     a. Nativity of Our Lord
     b. Epiphany of Our Lord
     c. Resurrection of Our Lord (Pascha) and the two days following
     d. Ascension of Our Lord
     e. Pentecost and the two days following
     f.  Most Holy Trinity
     g. Corpus Christi
     g. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
     h. Christ the King

2. Double II Class
     a. Circumcision of Our Lord/Octave Day of Christmas

3. Double Major
     a. Octave Day of the Epiphany
     b. Octave Day of the Ascension
     c. Octave Day of Corpus Christi
     d. Octave Day of the Sacred Heart

Feasts of Our Lord in the Sanctorale (these feasts supersede Sundays)

1. Double II Class
     a. Finding of the Holy Cross
     b. Transfiguration of Our Lord
     c. Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Savior/St. John Lateran

2. Double Major
     a. Exaltation of the Holy Cross
     b. Dedication of the Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul







Tuesday, June 18, 2013

XXII Junii, MMXIII

Saturday, 22 June, 2013
Vigil of St. John the Baptist (anticipated from 23 June), Simple, Violet
Commemoration of St. Paulinus, Bishop & Confessor

Office: Ferial Office per Annum; Ferial melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours until None inclusive. The Preces and Collects are sung kneeling through None inclusive, likewise for the Collects and Postcommunion prayers at Mass.

At Mattins, 1 nocturn: Pss. 97-108; 3 lessons proper and 3 responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 91, 62 & 66, Canticle of Moses (from Deut.), 148-150, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon from the Psalter, Ferial Preces, Collect of the Vigil proper; Comm. of St. Paulinus, Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, Ferial Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat...

At the Hours, Ferial Preces.

At Mass (after None), No Gloria, Comm. of St. Paulinus, 3rd. oration of Our Lady, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino.

After None, the liturgical color changes to green for the 5th. Sunday after Pentecost, semidouble.

At Vespers, Saturday antiphons and psalms - Pss. 143-147; Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle from the Psalter for Saturday, Magnificat Antiphon proper Montes Gelboe; Collect of the following Sunday; Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

XXI Junii, MMXIII

Friday, 21 June, 2013
Feria; Simple, Green

Office: Ferial Office per Annum; Ferial melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 1 nocturn: Pss. 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 93, 95, & 96; 3 lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 142, 62 & 66, Canticle of Habacuc, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon from the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday, Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 21, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat...

At Mass (of the preceding Sunday), after None, No Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. for the Pope or choice of Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino.

At Vespers, Friday antiphons and psalms - Pss. 137-141; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, & Magnificat Antiphon from the Psalter; Collect of the preceding Sunday; Comm. of St. Paulinus, Bishop & Confessor*; Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

* N.B. Because the Vigil of St. John the Baptist is anticipated on Saturday, 22 June, this year, the Simple feast of St. Paulinus is reduced to a commemoration this year at Vespers this evening and Lauds tomorrow.

XX Junii, MMXIII

Thursday, 20 June, 2013
St. Silverius, Pope & Martyr; Simple, Red

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter for Thursdays per Annum at all Hours; rest taken from the Common of one Martyr; Ferial melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 1 nocturn: Pss. 68-79; lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3combined) and 2 responds (1 & 3) from the occurring Scripture and lesson 3 from the proper for St. Silverius, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 89, 62 & 66, Canticle of Moses, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon from the Common, Collect as in the proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 22, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson from the Common.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. for the Pope or choice of Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to green as the Office of a Simple feast does not have a second Vespers.

At Vespers, Thursday antiphons and psalms - Pss. 131, 132, 134, 135, & 136; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, & Magnificat Antiphon from the Psalter; Collect of the preceding Sunday; Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Proposed Sanctorale for 7 July - 31 July

7 July - Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Bishops & Confessors; Semidouble, White
8 July - Feria
9 July - Feria
10 July - Seven Holy Brothers, Rufina & Secunda, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red
11 July - St. Pius I, Pope & Martyr; Simple, Red
12 July - Sts. Nabor & Felix, Martyrs; Simple, Red
13 July - St. Anacletus, Pope & Martyr; Semidouble, Red
14 July - St. Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor; Semidouble, White
15 July - Feria
16 July - Feria (In NJ and other locales: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Double Major, White)
17 July - St. Alexius, Confessor; Simple, White
18 July - Sts. Symphorosa & her Seven Sons, Martyrs; Simple, Red
19 July - St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor; Simple, White
20 July - St. Margaret, Virgin & Martyr; Simple, Red
21 July - St. Praxedes, Virgin; Simple, White
22 July - St. Mary Magdalene, Penitent; Double, White
23 July - St. Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr; Double, Red
24 July - Vigil; Simple, Violet; Commemoration of St. Christina, Virgin & Martyr
25 July - St. James the Greater, Apostle & Martyr; Double II Class, Red; Commemoration of St. Christopher
26 July - St. Anne, Mother of the B.V.M., Double Major, White
27 July - St. Pantaleon, Martyr; Simple, Red
28 July - Sts. Nazarus & Celsus, Pope Innocent I, Maryrs, & Victor I, Confessor; Semidouble, Red
29 July - St. Martha, Virgin; Semidouble, White
30 July - Sts. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs; Simple, Red
31 July - St. Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor; Double, White

Feasts added since 1570:
1. Sts. Cyril & Methodius - "Apostles" of the Slavic peoples, which merits a universal semidouble observance.
2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel - devotional, added but kept at Simple rank. This is a Double Major feast on the 1911-1960 Calendars. Make this a Double I Class for the Carmelite order.
3. St. Vincent de Paul - has some universal following a merits a Simple observance.
3. St. Anne - one of the misguided casualties of St. Pius V's necessary "vacuum cleaning" in 1568/1570. St. Anne was added back not too long after (by Clement VIII, I believe) with a Double/Double Major rank. We follow Clement's protocol here.
4. St. Ignatius of Loyola - founder of the Jesuits, major religious order of the Counter-Reformation, merits a Double rank for the same reason Sts. Francis, Benedict, Dominic et al. would. In the Jesuit Order, his feast would be Double I Class with a particular Common Octave as was the case before 1956.

Feasts in the 1954 & 1962 Calendars which do not merit universal observance, but could be observed in particular places and religious orders:
1. 8 July - St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Queen & Widow (properly should remain a local patroness, as much as I am a monarchist)
2. 12 July - St. John Gualbert, Confessor (lesser known, particular cult)
3. 15 July - St. Henry, Emperor & Confessor (local patron)
4. 18 July - St. Camillus de Lellis, Confessor (lesser known, particular cult)
5. 20 July - St. Jerome Aemiliani, Confessor (ditto)
6. 21 July - St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Confessor & Doctor (this saint was canonized by Leo XIII, but wasn't given a liturgical observance until 1961 after John XXIII made him a doctor; still a very localized and new saint without a universal following).

Summary of the 25 days above:
Total Days of Semidouble and Double Offices (i.e. Festal Offices) = 11, only 5 of which would displace a Sunday. By comparison, in 1910, there were 7 more Double feasts for a total of 12 out of 25 days in which the Sunday Office would have been superseded.

Total Feriae and Simples = 14.
Balance of Festal to Ferial Offices = 44% to 56%, well within the normative range of preserving St. Pius V's balance.






XIX Junii, MMXIII

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013
Sts. Gervase & Protasius, Martyrs, Simple, Red 

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter for Wednesdays per Annum at all Hours; rest taken from the Common of Several Martyrs; Ferial melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 1 nocturn: Pss. 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 65, & 67; lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3combined) and 2 responds (1 & 3) from the occurring Scripture and lesson 3 from the proper for Sts. Gervase & Protasius, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 64, 62 & 66, Canticle of Anna, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon from the Common, Collect as in the proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 25, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson from the Common.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. for the Pope or choice of Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color remains red but the Office changes to that of St. Silverius, Pope & Martyr, Simple, on the following day.

At Vespers, Wednesday antiphons and psalms - Pss. 126-130; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, & Magnificat Antiphon from the Common of One Martyr, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

XVIII Junii, 2013

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013
St. Ephrem, Deacon, Confessor & Doctor, Simple, White 
Commemoration of Sts. Mark & Marcellinus, Martyrs

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter for Tuesdays per Annum at all Hours; rest taken from the Common of Non-Bishop-Confessors; Ferial melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 1 nocturn: Pss. 38,39,40,41,43,44,45,46,47,48,49 & 51; lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3combined) and 2 responds (1 & 3) from the occurring Scripture and lesson 3 from the proper for St. Ephrem, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 42, 62 & 66, Canticle of Ezechiel, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon from the Common, Collect as in the proper, Comm. of Sts. Mark & Marcellinus, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 24, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson from the Common.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Comm. of Sts. Mark & Marcellinus, 3rd. orations of Our Lady, Credo by reason of a Doctor of the Church, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the feast of Sts. Gervase & Protasius, Martyrs, Simple, on the following day.

At Vespers, Tuesday antiphons and psalms - Pss. 121-125; Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, & Magnificat Antiphon from the Common of Several Martyrs, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

XVII Junii, 2013

Monday, 17 June, 2013
Feria, Simple, Green

Office: Ferial Office Per Annum - Antiphons (not doubled) and psalms, chapters, short responsories, and versicles, as in the Psalter for Monday. Ferial melody and normal doxology for all hymns at the day Hours.

At Mattins, 1 nocturn: Pss. 26-37, 3 lessons and 3 responds from the proper, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 5, 62 & 66, Canticle of Isaias, 148-150, Benedictus Antiphon as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday, Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 23, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat...

At Mass, after None, No Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady and 3rd. orations for the Pope or at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino.

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the feast of St. Ephrem, Deacon, Confessor, & Doctor, Simple, on the following day.

At Vespers, Monday antiphons and psalms - Pss. 114,115,116,119 & 120; Chapter, Hymn & Versicle from the Common of Non-Bishop-Confessors, Magnificat Antiphon O Doctor for doctors, Collect as in the proper for St. Ephrem, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

XVI Junii, 2013

Sunday, 16 June, 2013
4th. Sunday after Pentecost, Semidouble, Green

Office: Dominical Office Per Annum - Antiphons (not doubled) and psalms, chapters, short responsories, and versicles, as in the Psalter for Sundays. Hymns at Mattins & Lauds as given for Sundays through the end of September. Ordinary melody and doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, 3 nocturns: 1 - Pss. 1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 & 14; 2 - Pss. 15-17; 3 - Pss. 18-20; 9 lessons and 8 responds from the proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Benedictus Antiphon and Collect proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 117, 118.1 & 118.2, Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady and 3rd. orations for the Pope or at the choice of the Celebrant, Credo, Preface of the Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, Magnificat Antiphon and Collect proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Proposed Sanctorale for 15-30 June and 1-6 July

This is the first entry to show the development of a revised Sanctorale per the criteria previouslty stated in the introductory post. Each date will show the saint(s) (or Feria if none), Rank, and Color. This will take us through to the end of the Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul, the last of the long string of octaves of recent weeks.

15 June - Sts. Vitus, Modestus, & Crescentia, Martyrs; Simple, Red
16 June - Feria
17 June - Feria
18 June - St. Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Confessor, & Doctor; Simple, White; Commemoration of Sts. Mark & Marcellinus, Martyrs
19 June - Sts. Gervase & Protasius, Martyrs; Simple, Red
20 June - St. Silverius, Pope & Martyr; Simple, Red
21 June - Feria
22 June - St. Paulinus, Bishop & Confessor; Simple, White; When 23 June falls on Sunday, Vigil w/ commemoration of St. Paulinus
23 June - Vigil (moved to 22 June if a Sunday)
24 June - Nativity of St. John the Baptist; Double I Class, White w/ Common Octave
25 June - Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
26 June - Sts. John & Paul, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red; Comm. of the Octave
27 June - Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
28 June - St. Leo II, Pope & Confessor; Semidouble, White; Comm. of the Octave and Vigil of Sts. Peter & Paul
29 June - Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles and Martyrs; Double I Class, Red w/ Common Octave, No Comm. of Octave of St. John the Baptist
30 June - Commemoration of St. Paul, Apostle & Martyr; Double, Red; Comm. of both Octaves
1 July - Octave Day of St. John the Baptist; Double Major, White; Comm. of Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul
2 July - Visitation of the B.V.M.; Double II Class, White; Comm. of Octave
3 July - St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr; Semidouble, Red; Comm. of Octave
4 July - Of the Octave; Semidouble, Red
5 July - Of the Octave; Semidouble, Red
6 July - Octave of Sts. Peter & Paul; Double Major, Red

As you see, the week from 16 June - 22 June this year will consist of only Feriae or Simple feasts which will ensure the recitation of the entire psalter for that week. Only the onset of octaves in the following two weeks disrupts this practice, but this is a much rarer and necessary occurrence as compared to the multiplication of Double feasts in place as of 1910.

There are just two deviations from the 1568 Kalendar above:
1. 18 June - St. Ephrem is added due to his being a Doctor and as per later practice to add Doctors of the Eastern Churches, but his feast is only celebrated as a Simple as opposed to a Double in the post-1911 Calendar.
2. 3 July - St. Irenaeus, an ancient and well known bishop and martyr, is added as a semidouble feast. The psalter would be festal that day anyway because of the occuring Octave, so festal psalmody per semidouble rules applies, and St. Irenaeus merits a place. Instead of disrupting the Ordo, I placed him on 3 July just as the 1962 Calendar does and left St. Leo II alone on 28 June. In the 1911-1960 Calendars, those two feasts are reversed.

Feasts added from 1571-1962 which do not merit universal liturgical celebration but could be added on particular Calendars:
1. 17 June - St. Gregory Barbarigo
2. 19 June - St. Juliana of Falconieri
3. 21 June - St. Aloysius Gonzaga
4. 25 June - St. William
5. 1 July - Most Precious Blood - not included because this is more a devotional feast, of newer (19th. century) origin. Should be on particular Calendars akin to the Votive feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus et al. The antiphons and hymns composed for this feast are verbose and relatively difficult to sing, in my opinion.
6.  5 July- St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria



XV Junii, MMXIII

Saturday, 15 June 2013
Saturday of Our Lady
Simple, White
Commemoration of Sts. Vitus, Modestus, & Crescentia, Martyrs

Office: Saturday Office of Our Lady as in the Common. Antiphons (Not Doubled) & Psalms as in the Psalter for Saturday. At the Hours, all hymns of Iambic Dimeter take the proper melody of Our Lady w/ the doxology of the Incarnation Gloria tibi, Domine, qui natus es de Virgine...

At Mattins, lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3 combined) and responds (1 & 3) from the occurring Scripture (Saturday in the 3rd. week after the Pentecost Octave) and lesson 3 from the Common for the month of June, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Commemoration of Sts. Vitus, Modestus, & Crescentia and Suffrages of St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron if any), and for Peace.

At Prime, Chapter Regi, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson from the Common.

At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Sts. Vitus, Modestus, & Crescentia and 3rd. orations for the Pope, Gloria, No Credo, Preface of Our Lady (Et in veneratione; sung in Ferial Tone), Ite Missa est.

The Saturday Office of Our Lady ends with None; the liturgical color changes here to green.

First Vespers of the 4th. Sunday after Pentecost, - all as in the Psalter for Saturday, Magnificat Antiphon proper, Collect of the Sunday, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Hymn Te lucis w/ normal doxology sung in the Ordinary Tone,  Preces, Salve Regina sung standing in the Solemn Tone.


Welcome to the New Ordo!

Picture courtesy of the St. Lawrence Press Ordo
This blog is dedicated to reproducing what a present day Tridentine Ordo Recitandi (i.e. the ordering of the Divine Office and Mass for each day of the year) would be like had the ill-suited (anti-) liturgical changes of 1631, 1911, 1955, 1960, and 1969 never happened. Temporale (Sundays and Feriae, the liturgical seasons) is updated for every modification made until the year 1954 inclusive; ergo, the Sacred Heart and its Octave of the third order are included. The Sanctorale, however, is limited beyond the baseline year; all of the saints canonized and subsequently added to the Kalendar between 1570 and the present, are sifted according to similar criteria that St. Pius V used when he cleaned the Kalendar in 1568/1570. This is to ensure a fair and regular practice of reciting all 150 psalms in the Office each week. Ferial psalmody will hold intact on all Simple ranked feasts. I will not argue that some of this will be a subjective exercise on the part of this author, but best efforts will be made to apply objective criteria to make informed decisions.

The Ordo establishes the years 1568 and 1570 as baselines, respectively, for the Divine Office and Mass as per St. Pius V's codifications. The ordering of liturgical days retains the ancient and venerable classifications of Double, Semidouble, and Simple; furthermore, the distinctions among Doubles into First Class, Second Class, Major and Minor are employed. The Office uses the ancient Roman Psalter, codified since the 8th. century at the latest and hence rejects the St. Pius X redistribution of the psalms in 1911. However, the clear and useful ranking of the octaves done by St. Pius X are here adopted; otherwise, any adoption of the 1911 calendrical changes is entirely incidental. All calendrical (for the Mass and Office) and ritualistic changes (for the Mass) from 1955, 1960, and 1969 are categorically rejected. The one feature of the 1960 revisions which will be retained is the combination of the second and third lessons at Mattins into one lesson functioning as the second lesson when the third lesson is of a Simple feast; this ensures no regular omitting of the occurring scripture. The hymns of the Office are pre-Urban VIII (1631) except for those hymns (if retained according to the Kalendar adopted) composed after 1631; however, even for the latter, all doxologies will be conformed to the pre-Urbane ones (e.g. Jesu tibi sit gloria...becomes Gloria tibi, Domine...

Finally, though 1568/1570 is the baseline, we will not be following the Julian Calendar which was still in effect for yet a mere 12 years after that time. It would not be right to observe Easter half way between the vernal equinox and summer solstice as are astronomically obvious!
The goal is to have either a daily short entry giving the day's Ordo or a longer, weekly post.