Friday, June 14, 2013

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.


  1. That photograph seems to have been borrowed from somewhere. I thought it was usual blog etiquette to acknowledge sources?

  2. My profound apologies, Rubricarius! I will note the reference, but currently am tied up with the impending birth of our fifth child.

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