Friday, June 14, 2013
Welcome to the New Ordo!
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.