Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pridie Kalendas Augusti

Wednesday, 31 July, 2013
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest & Confessor; Double, White

Office: Festal Office from the Common of Confessors not Bishops. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Confessorum & Hymn Iste Confessor from the Common, 3 nocturnes - antiphons (doubled) w/ Pss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 20, & 23 from the Common; 1st. Nocturne - lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture, 2nd. Nocturne - lessons from the Proper (hagiography) w/ responds from the Common, 3rd. nocturne - lessons from the Common of Evangelists w/ responds for Confessors not Bishops, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Antiphons Domine, quinque, etc. (doubled) w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Jesu corona & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Euge serve from the Common, Collect from the Proper, No Suffrages.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson Justum deduxit from the Common.

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

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for St. Peter in Chains the following day; Double Major.

At Vespers, Antiphons Herodes Rex, etc. (doubled) from the Proper w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116 as in the Common of Apostles; Chapter, Hymn Miris modis & Versicle from the Proper, Magnificat Antiphon Tu es pastor ovium as in the Proper, Collect as in the Proper, Commemorations of St. Paul (Antiphon Paulus, Versicle Tu es vas, Collect as given on 18 January), the preceding St. Ignatius of Loyola (Antiphon Hic vir, Versicle Justum deduxit, Collect from the Proper), and the following Holy Maccabees (Antiphon Istorum, Versicle Laetamini, Collect from the Proper) No Suffrages.

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


N.B. Today, we begin using the Roman Calendrical nomenclature for the titles (e.g. Pridie Kalendas Augusti for today) of these daily, ordinal posts while retaining the modern dating system (e.g. 31 July) at the heading. This is to be consistent with our classical Roman approach to the Scriptural lessons for the next four months and also to more clearly identify the correct entry in the Martyrology (a topic which we will visit soon).


Monday, July 29, 2013

Concerning the Occurring Scripture and Ember Days

The month of August is fast approaching, and it will be next Saturday evening that one of the great liturgical shifts takes place, despite its being within the same liturgical season. Of course, we speak of the switch of the Saturday Magnificat antiphons at Vespers and the lessons read/sung at Mattins beginning on the first Sunday of August and continuing until Advent exclusively.

The affixing of particular books of Scripture to particular weeks in the natural calendar for the final four months of the liturgical year goes well back to the early medieval period and possibly even to the time of St. Gregory the Great, in its current rendition. Sadly, in 1960, this tradition, along with so many others, was disturbed by the rationalist principle of conforming these weeks according to the modern calendrical understandings, hence discarding the Roman calendrical understanding which the Church adopted from antiquity. The CTO, naturally, will employ the Roman tradition of allotting the occurring Scripture in which the first Sunday of a given month is the one closest, in either direction, to the Kalends of the respective month.

Therefore, in any given year, inevitably the CTO will differ from our 1962 brethren by one week for one or more months, which has its most noticeable manifestation in the observance of the September Ember Days. We have been privy to many a "discussion" among our Trad brethren using different Missals about which week is Embertide! This year, it so happens that there will be no divergence of the Ember week, but next year, it will return as it always does every 3-4 years.

That said, there are some further technicalities and differences between the Tridentine and Johannine rubrics which escape the obvious when considering these weeks of occurring Scripture. Each month has five Sundays/weeks of Scripture given, but most months have only four Sundays, so there is never a year in which all 20 weeks given have a place. Therefore, different ways of treating the superfluous weeks in a given month have been developed ranging from simple omission to somewhat complicated rubrics, varying by month, in which Sundays/weeks without a place are partially observed. The CTO aims to preserve the latter system of partial inclusion.

Let's begin looking at comparing the rubrics for the month of August (the superfluous week is noted by an asterisk).
August - Sapiential Books
Week I - Proverbs
Week II - Ecclesiastes
Week III - Wisdom
Week IV - Ecclesiasticus
Week V* - Ecclesiasticus

Post-1960 Rule: The first Sunday of August is that which occurs first in the Calendar month of August - i.e. the Sunday falling between 1 and 7 August. When August has four Sundays in the Calendar month, the fifth Sunday and its week are omitted.

Pre-1961 Rule: The first Sunday of August is that which occurs closest to the Kalends of August, either before or after - i.e. the Sunday falling between 29 July and 4 August. When August has four Sundays (determined by proximity to the Kalends on either end - e.g. the month of August could have five actual Sundays in the Calendar month but only four Sundays liturgically for this purpose because the last Sunday would be considered the first Sunday of September), the fifth Sunday and its week are omitted.

Since both the fourth and fifth weeks of August consist of Scripture taken from the same book, Ecclesiasticus, there are no instances of needing to capture the initia of respective books as will be the case in other months. Thus, the fifth Sunday and its week are simply omitted in the years where it has no place, and such is the case this year. We will revisit this topic for the subsequent months in which rubrical deviations occur to capture (or not) the missing weeks.



















XXX Julii, MMXIII

Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
Ss. Abdon & Sennen, Maryrs; Simple, Red

Office: Ferial Antiphons & Psalmody, rest from the Common of Several Martyrs. Ferial melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Christo profusum from the Common, 1 nocturn: Pss. 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, & 51; lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3 combined) w/ responds from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson from the Proper for the feast, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 42, 62 & 66, Canticle of Ezechiel, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Rex gloriose & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Vestri capilli as in the Psalter, Collect from the Proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Ss. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

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

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

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest & Confessor, for the following day; Double.

At Vespers, Antiphons Domine, quinque etc. (doubled) w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116 from the Common of Confessors not Bishops; Chapter, Hymn Iste Confessor (in the first verse, the stanza is not changed) & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat Antiphon Similabo as in the same Common, Collect as in the Proper, No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

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

XXIX Julii, MMXIII

Monday, 29 July, 2013
St. Martha, Virgin; Semidouble, White
Commemoration of Ss. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, & Beatrice

Office: Common of Virgins. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Virginum & hymn Virginis (stanzas for non-martyrs) from the Common, 3 nocturnes - Antiphons (not doubled) w/ Pss. 8, 18, 23, 44, 45, 47, 95, 96, & 97 and versicles from the Common,  1st. Nocturne - lessons and responds from the occurring Scripture; 2nd. & 3rd. Nocturnes - lesson from the Proper w/ responds from the Common, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (not doubled) Haec est virgo, etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter,  Hymn Jesu, corona Virginum and Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Simile est also from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of Ss. Felix, etc. (Antiphon Vestri capitlli, Versicel Exsultabunt, Collect from the Proper), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Ss. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, first antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson O quam from the Common.

At the Hours, 2nd. 3rd., & 5th. antiphons, respectively, from the Lauds w/ the respective divisiones from Ps. 118, Chapter and Short Responsory from the Common, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of Ss. Felix, etc. and 3rd. orations of Our Lady/All Saints, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (not doubled) Haec est virgo, etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147, Chapter, Hymn Jesu, corona Virginum, and Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Veni, Sponsa Christi from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of the following feast of Ss. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs (Antiphon Istorum, Versicle Laetamini, and Collect from the Proper), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Ss. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

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

After Compline, the liturgical color changes to red for the following feast of Ss. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs.

Friday, July 26, 2013

XXVIII Julii, MMXIII

Sunday, 28 July, 2013
10th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble, Green
Commemoration of Ss. Nazarius & Celsus, Victor I & Inncoent I, Popes, Martyrs

Office: Dominical Office per Annum. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Adoremus Dominum & hymn Nocte surgentes from the Psalter, 3 nocturnes -Antiphons, psalms (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6-20) and versicles from the Psalter,  lessons & responds from the Proper (10th. Sunday after Pentecost), 7th. respond = Peccavi, 8th. lesson = 8 & 9 combined, 9th. lesson of Ss. Nazarius & Celsus*, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 3 antiphons - two-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Tres pueri w/ Benedicite, and three-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 148-150 as in the Psalter, Chapter, Hymn Ecce jam noctis, and Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Stans a longe and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of Ss. Nazarius & Celsus, et al. (Antiphon Vestri capilli, Versicle Exsultabunt and Collect from the Proper for the feast), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Antiphon Alleluia from the Psalter for Sundays w/ Pss. 53, 117, 118.1, 118.2, and Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat.

At the Hours, all as in the Psalter for Sundays, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of Ss. Nazarius & Celsus, 3rd. orations of Our Lady/Saints, Credo, Preface of the Most Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons Dixit Dominus etc. from the Psalter w/ Pss. 109-113, Chapter, Hymn Lucis Creator, and Versicle from the Psalter, Magnificat antiphon Descendit and Collect from the Proper, Commemorations of the following St. Martha, Virgin (Antiphon Veni Sponsa Christi, Versicle Specie, and Collect from the Proper for the feast), of Ss. Nazarius & Celsus et al. (Antiphon Gaudent in caelis, Versicle Exsultabunt, Collect from the Proper for the feast), and of the following Ss. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus, & Beatrice (Antiphon Istorum, Versicle Laetamini, Collect from the 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.

After Compline, the liturgical color changes to white for St. Martha, Virgin, the following day; Semidouble.

* The lesson for the commemorated saints may either be the abridged form found in the 1961 Breviarium or all three lessons combined from the second nocturne of the feast.



Thursday, July 25, 2013

XXVII Julii, MMXIII

Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Saturday of Our Lady; Simple, White
Commemoration of St. Pantaleon, Martyr

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms, rest taken from the Saturday Office of Our Lady per Annum. Our Lady's melody with the doxology of the Incarnation for all hymns at the Hours until None inclusive.

At Mattins, Invitatory Ave Maria & Hymn Quem terra as in the Common, 1 nocturne: Pss. 97-108, 2 lessons and 2 responds (Lesson 2 = 2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson from the Common for the month of July (Epistle of St. Ambrose to Siricius), Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 91, 62 & 66, Canticle of Moses, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn O gloriosa Domina & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Beata Dei Genetrix as in the Common, Collect from the same Common, Commemoration of St. Pantaleon (Antiphon Qui odit, Versicle Justus ut palma and Collect proper), Suffrages of St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

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

At the Hours, antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter, rest from the Common.

At Mass, after Terce, Mass formulary V for Our Lady on Saturdays, Gloria, Comm. of St. Pantaleon, 3rd. orations of All Saints, No Credo, Preface of the B.V.M. (Et in veneratione, Ferial Tone), Ite missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to green for the 10th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble. All hymns now return to the regular doxology sung in the Ordinary melodies.

At Vespers, Saturday antiphons w/ Pss. 143-147 as in the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn O lux beata, and Versicle as in the Psalter, Magnificat antiphon Fecit Joas from the Proper (Saturday before the 10th. Sunday after Pent.); Collect of the Sunday; Commemoration of the following feast of Ss. Nazarus & Celsus, Martyrs (Antiphon Istorum est enim, Versicle Laetamini, & 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.

XXVI Julii, MMXIII

Friday, 26 July, 2013
St. Anne, Mother of the B.V.M.; Double Major, White

Office: Festal Office from the Common of Holy Women not Virgins. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Laudemus & hymn Hujus oratu from the Common, 3 nocturnes - Antiphons (doubled) w/ Pss. 8, 18, 23, 44, 45, 47, 95, 96, & 97 and versicles from the Common,  1st. & 3rd. Nocturnes - lessons & responds from the Common, 2nd. Nocturne - lessons from the Proper w/ responds from the Common, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) Dum esset Rex etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter Mulierem, Hymn Fortem virili and Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Date ei from the Common, Collect from the Proper, No Commemorations nor Suffrages. 

At Prime, first antiphon (not doubled) from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson Multae filiae from the Common.

At the Hours, 2nd. 3rd., & 5th. antiphons, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones from Ps. 118, Chapter and Short Responsory from the Common, Collect from the Proper.

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

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) Dum esset Rex, etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147, Chapter Mulierum, Hymn Fortem virili and Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Manum suam from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemorations of the following Our Lady on Saturday (Antiphon Beata Mater, Versicle Diffusa, and Collect from the Common) and St. Pantaleon, Martyr (Antiphon Iste Sanctus, Versicle Gloria et honore, Collect proper), No Suffrages.

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

After Compline, the liturgical color remains white for the Saturday Office of Our Lady the following day.

XXV Julii, MMXIII

Thursday, 25 July, 2013
St. James the Greater, Apostle & Martyr; Double II Class, Red
Commemoration of St. Christopher, Martyr

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

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Apostolorum& hymn Aeterna Christi munera from the Common, 3 nocturnes - Antiphons (doubled) w/ Pss. 18, 33, 44, 46, 60, 63, 74, 96, & 98 and versicles from the Common,  1st. Nocturne - lessons & responds from the Common, 2nd. & 3rd. Nocturnes - lessons from the Proper w/ responds from the Common,  Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) Hoc est praeceptum meum etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Exsultet and Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Vos qui reliquistis from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of St. Christopher (Antiphon Qui odit, Versicle Justus ut palma, Collect proper), No Suffrages. 

At Prime, first antiphon (not doubled) from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson Ibant Apostoli from the Common.

At the Hours, 2nd. 3rd., & 5th. antiphons, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones from Ps. 118, Chapter and Short Responsory from the Common, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of St. Christopher, Credo, Preface of the Apostles (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) Juravit (II Vespers)etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 115, 125, & 138, Chapter, Hymn Exsultet and Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Estote fortes from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of the following St. Anne, Mother of the B.V.M. (Antiphon Simile est &Versicle Elegit from the Common of Non-Virgins, and Collect from the Proper), No Suffrages.

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

After Compline, the liturgical color changes to white for the feast of St. Anne the following day.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Proposed Sanctorale for September

The month of September has a strong ferial cycle in contrast to August. This is good for two reasons: 1. to balance the festal heaviness of the previous month and 2. to accord a frequent possibility that the penitential Offices for the Ember Days may ensue mostly uninhibited - let the Office match the fast which binds those days! One downside of the 1954 Kalendar (i.e. that which the staunchest Trads swear by) is that the September Ember Days are always (every day from 15-21 September) reduced to commemorations because of the Semidouble and Double feasts packed into the week after 14 September; and this is most unfortunate because these Ember Days have the clearest connection to the natural season which they precede with the readings from Leviticus recalling the autumnal observances of the Old Law. It is not entirely misguided, though mishandled, that Ember Days were raised to the rank of second class in 1960. The CTO, therefore, reduces days of 3-nocturne Mattins during that week from the seven as of 1954 to three. Lastly, as with the Octave of St. Lawrence, the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lady will be treated similarly. Despite the strong ferial cycle, however, three out of five Sundays in September this year are superseded by Double feasts.

1 September: St. Giles, Confessor; Simple, White. Comm. of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs.
2 September: Feria
3 September: St. Pius X, Pope & Confessor; Semidouble (in the SSPX, Double I Class)
4 September: Feria
5 September: Feria
6 September: Feria
7 September: Feria
8 September: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Double II Class, White w/ Octave
9 September: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White. Comm. of St. Gorgonius, Martyr. (In the USA, St. Peter Claver, Confessor; Semidouble, White w/ Comm. of Octave & St. Gorgonius)
10 September: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
11 September: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White. Comm. of Sts. Protus & Hyacinth, Martyrs.
12 September: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
13 September: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
14 September: Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Double Major, Red. Comm. of the Octave.
15 September: Octave Day of the Nativity of the B.V.M.; Double, White. Comm. of St. Nicomedes, Martyr.
16 September: Ss. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red
17 September: Feria
18 September: Feria
19 September: Ss. Januarius, Bishop, & Companions, Martyrs; Simple, Red
20 September: Vigil of St. Matthew; Simple, Violet. Comm. of Ss. Eustace & Companions, Martyrs.
21 September: St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist; Double II Class, Red
22 September: Ss. Maurice & Companions, Martyrs; Simple, Red
23 September: St. Linus, Pope & Martyr; Semidouble, Red
24 September: St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Confessor; Simple, White
25 September: Feria
26 September: Ss. Cyprian & Justina, Martyrs; Simple, Red (in the USA and Canada, North American Martyrs; Double II Class, Red)
27 September: Ss. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs; Semidouble, Red
28 September: Feria
29 September: Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel; Double I Class, White
30 September: St. Jerome, Priest, Confessor, & Doctor; Double, White

Feasts added since 1570 which the CTO adopts:
1. St. Pius X as a Semidouble, has a universal following and stauch opponent of modernism, and despite his liturgical maneuverings deserves a festal observance, but as Semidouble so as not to supersede a Sunday. Considering where he is now, we don't think he would mind having the full Laudate psalms sung at Lauds in his honor! Also, early September is strikingly bare, so a feast to break up the ferial monotony here seems welcomed (a criterion which would not be valid for Lent).
2.Sts. Januarius & Companions has some broader cult and merits a Simple.
3. Ss. Eustace & Companions as a Simple, de facto a commemoration because of the Vigil. This feast was a Double in the 1911-1958 Kalendars.
4. St. Pio of Pietrocina (aka Padre Pio) as a Simple, but observed the day after his death so as to not displace the already long established feast of St. Linus. This is the first, and possibly will be the only, case of adding a liturgical observance to the CTO for a saint canonized after 1962. The Divinum Officium site has a "1960 New Calendar" option to assist us with texts for this Office, but upon inspection, the third lesson given for Mattins is taken from the Common of Confessors, 2nd. Nocturne; the CTO proposes using the Latin version of St. Pio's hagiography from the Liturgia Horarum.
5. Ss. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs, a Semidouble in later Kalendars and we agree.

Particular feasts for the USA added:
1. St. Peter Claver as a Semidouble (3rd. class in 1960)
2.. North American Martyrs as a Double II Class. This is keeping in line with the 1954 and 1958 observances in the USA and Canada. Oddly, their feast was downgraded to 3rd. class in the 1960 revisions.

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. Stephen of Hungary (2 Sep) - local cult
2..St. Lawrence Justinian (5 Sep) - local cult
3. St. Nicholas of Tolentino (10 Sep) - local cult
4. Holy Name of Mary (12 Sep) - devotional, commemorates local historical event(s)
5. Seven Sorrows of the B.V.M. (15 Sep) - devotional
6. Stigmata of St. Francis (17 Sep) - devotional/feast proper to the Franciscan Order - the CTO is a bit torn over this one because we do not want to be accused of modernist tendencies which reject miracles, but this is properly a particular feast.
7. St. Joseph Cupertino (18 Sep) - local cult
8. St. Thomas of Villanova (22 Sep) - local cult
9. Our Lady of Ransom (24 Sep) - devotional/local historical
10. St. Wenceslaus (28 Sep) - local cult

XXIV Julii, MMXIII

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
Vigil of St. James the Greater, Simple, Violet
Commemoration of St. Christina, Virgin & Martyr

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. 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 65, & 67; 3 lessons from the Common of Vigils of Apostles w/ 3 responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 64, 62 & 66, Canticle of Anna, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn, Versicle, and Benedictus Antiphon from the Psalter, Ferial Preces sung kneeling, Collect of the Vigil proper; Comm. of St. Christina, Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 25, 118.1 & 118.2, Ferial Preces sung kneeling, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat...

At the Hours, all as in the Psalter, Ferial Preces sung kneeling, Collect proper.

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

Where the Mass of St. Christina may be offered (after Terce), Gloria, Comm. of the Vigil, 3rd.orations of Our Lady/Saints, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Ite Missa est, Proper Last Gospel of the Vigil.

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the following feast of St. James the Greater, Apostle & Martyr; Double II class.

At Vespers, Antiphons Hoc est praeceptum meum, etc (doubled) from the Common of Apostles (I Vespers) w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 116; Chapter, Hymn, & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat Antiphon Tradent enim vos from the Common; Collect from the Proper for the feast; No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

At Compline, Solemn melody w/ regular doxology for the Te lucis, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Solemn Tone.

XXIII Julii, MMXIII

Tuesday, 23 July, 2013
St. Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr; Double, Red
Commemoration of St. Liborius, Bishop & Confessor

Office: Festal from Common of One Martyr. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & hymn Deus tuorum militum from the Common, 3 nocturnes - Antiphons (doubled) w/ Pss. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 14, & 20 and versicles from the Common,  1st. Nocturne -lessons & responds from the occurring Scripture, 2nd. & 3rd. Nocturnes - lessons from the Proper w/ responds from the Common,  Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) Qui me confessus fuerit etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Martyr Dei and Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Qui odit from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of St. Liborius (Antiphon Euge serve, Versicle Justum deduxit, Collect proper), No Suffrages. 

At Prime, first antiphon (not doubled) from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson Justus cor suum from the Common.

At the Hours, 2nd. 3rd., & 5th. antiphons, respectively, from Lauds w/ the respective divisiones from Ps. 118, Chapter and Short Responsory from the Common, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of St. Liborius, No Credo, Common Preface (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) Qui me confessus fuerit, etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112, & 115, Chapter, Hymn Deus tuorum militum, and Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Qui vult from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of the following St. Christina, Virgin & Martyr (Antiphon Veni Sponsa Christi, Versicle Elegit and Collect from the Proper), No Suffrages.

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

After Compline, the liturgical color changes to violet for the Vigil of St. James the following day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Updated Sanctorale for mid-August

Here is the updated Kalendar for the days in August affected by the recent revisions adopted for the treatment of Octaves.

10 August: St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr; Double II Class, Red w/ Octave
11 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, Red. Comm. of Ss. Tiburtius & Susanna, Martyrs
12 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, Red
13 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, Red. Comm. of Ss. Hippolytus & Cassian, Martyrs
14 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, Red. Comms. of the Vigil of the Assumption & St. Eusebius, Confessor
15 August: Assumption of the B.V.M.; Double I Class, White w/ Octave
16 August: St. Joachim, Father of the B.V.M.; Semidouble, White. Comms. of Octaves
17 August: Octave Day of St. Lawrence; Double, Red. Comm. of Octave of Assumption
18 August: Of the Octave (Assumption); Semidouble, White. Comm. of St. Agapitus, Martyr
19 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
20 August: St. Bernard, Confessor & Doctor; Double, White. Comm. of the Octave
21 August: Of the Octave; Semidouble, White
22 August: Octave Day of the Assumption; Double Major, White

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A festal week and a reflection

Outside of the fortnight (a true fortnight to boot) of Octaves in late June/early July, the festal office has been quite limited since the CTO began. That is, until this fourth week of July. The week ahead features no fewer than four feasts of Double rank, of varying grades, making it have a much more 1910ish feel. As such, Vespers from the Psalter only reappear again next Saturday. The ferial psalms for Mattins and Lauds are only prayed twice this week - Wednesday and Saturday. The same holds for the Preces and Suffrages, though the Ferial Preces at each Office from Lauds-None make a one-time appearance this month on Wednesday for the Vigil of St. James.

Having now experienced the liturgical cycle under this new CTO arrangement for five weeks, here are some observations I've noticed and reflected upon:

1. The Per Annum season's laborious "grind" stands out more clearly with the frequent repetition of Psalm 50 at Lauds and likewise quite frequent supplications of the Preces and Suffrages. It truly mimics more closely the long stretch of life, which this season represents, wherein nothing particularly exciting or new or "fun" happens.

2. Octaves were truly experienced. By pausing the ferial cycle for the Octaves of St. John the Baptist and Sts. Peter & Paul, those celebrations more clearly stood apart from the experience of #1. This would not be so much the case post-1911 in which these two "common" Octaves would have used ferial psalmody to a large extent.

3. The martyrs have pride of place to the confessors. Instead of praying the 1954 after-Pentecost "Common Office" otherwise known as singing the "Iste Confessor" at Vespers every evening and "Euge, serve bone" daily at Lauds, the ferial Office combined with an alternations between the Offices of One Martyr or Several Martyrs is the typical variation. Truly, I think I've prayed the Office of Several Martyrs more times in the last five weeks than would be the case using the 1962 Breviary in an entire year. This seems right, however, since the cult of saints originated from honoring martyrs in particular. I have nothing against confessors, but the later Kalendars in their "obsession" with making every newly canonized Confessor saint into a Double feast truly made the Office of Confessors (Bishops or Not) into an annual default liturgical "season" which is mostly only interrupted by Sundays and Lent with an occasional scattering of Apostles, Martyrs, and Virgins.

4. A few occasions for the plain, old ferial Office which are too rare in the 1954 Kalendar. After the recent Octaves were over, there were a couple back-to-back ferial days to make a clear transition back into the Per Annum.

5. The Office takes no longer to pray than a typical day using the 1954 Breviary. Ergo, no real change needed to already existing habits or budgeting of time. The one exception is Sundays because of the 18-psalm Mattins, but being that it's not a work day, it doesn't prove to be difficult to incorporate an additional 10-15 minutes, on the Lord's Day no less.

I am quite pleased with the practical application of the CTO thus far.








XXII Julii, MMXIII

Monday, 22 July, 2013
St. Mary Magdalene, Penitent; Double, White

Office: Common of Holy Women not Virgins. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Laudemus Deum nostrum in conversione Mariae Magdalenae & hymn Maria castis osculis from the Proper, 3 nocturnes - Antiphons (doubled) w/ Pss. 8, 18, 23, 44, 45, 47, 95, 96, & 97 and versicles from the Common,  lessons at all nocturnes from the Proper, responds proper for the first nocturne and from the Common for the second and third nocturnes, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) Dum esset Rex, etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, & 148-150, Chapter Mulierum from the Common, Hymn Summi Parentis Unice and Versicle from the Proper, Benedictus Antiphon Maria and Collect from the Proper, No Commemorations nor Suffrages. 

At Prime, first antiphon (not doubled) from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, & 118.2, No Preces, Short Lesson Multae filiae from the Common.

At the Hours, 2nd. 3rd., & 5th. antiphons, respectively, from the Lauds w/ the respective divisiones from Ps. 118, Chapter and Short Responsory from the Common, Collect from the Proper.

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

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) Dum esset Rex, etc. from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147. The psalms having been sung, the liturgical color changes to red for the following feast of St. Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr; Double*. Chapter, Hymn Deus tuorum militum, and Versicle from the Common of One Martyr, Magnificat antiphon Iste Sanctus from the Common, Collect from the Proper, Commemorations of the preceding feast of St. Mary Magdalene (Antiphon Mulier, Versicle Elegit, and Collect of the feast) and of St. Liborius, Bishop & Confessor (Antiphon Sacerdos, Versicle Amavit, and Collect from the Proper), No Suffrages.

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

* This evening's Vespers are the first instance since the CTO started of two consecutive Double feasts, of equal rank, in which the Office changes midway through Vespers at the Chapter. In the original Tridentine Kalendar and now in the CTO, this type of concurrence is much rarer than its near ubiquity from the 19th. century until the eve of the 1955 "simplifications".

Thursday, July 18, 2013

XXI Julii, MMXIII

Sunday, 21 July, 2013
9th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble, Green
Commemoration of St. Praxedes, Virgin

Office: Dominical Office per Annum. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Adoremus Dominum & hymn Nocte surgentes from the Psalter, 3 nocturns -Antiphons, psalms (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6-20) and versicles from the Psalter,  lessons & responds from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 3 antiphons (not doubled) two-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Tres pueri w/ Benedicite, and three-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 148-150 as in the Psalter, Chapter, Hymn Ecce jam noctis, and Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Cum appropinquaret and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of St. Praxedes (Antiphon Simile est, Versicle Diffusa and Collect Exaudi from the Common of Virgins), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Antiphon Alleluia from the Psalter for Sundays w/ Pss. 53, 117, 118.1, 118.2, and Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat.

At the Hours, all as in the Psalter for Sundays, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of St. Praxedes 3rd. orations of Our Lady/Saints, Credo, Preface of the Most Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the following feast of St. Mary Magdalene, Penitent; Double.

At Vespers, 5 antiphons (doubled) Dum esset Rex, etc. from the Common of Holy Women not Virgins w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147, Chapter Mulierum from the same Common, Hymn Pater superni from the Proper, Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Mulier and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of the Sunday (Antiphon Scriptum est enim, Versicle Dirigatur Domine, and Collect of the Sunday), No Suffrages.

At Compline, No Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday within the Octave of St. Lawrence - A Definitive Answer!

Following up on the recent post concerning Octaves, the case of St. Lawrence's Octave (and by extension the Octaves of the Nativity of Our Lady and the Comites' feasts after Christmas) has presented the CTO with a more complex issue. It bears clarifying, firstly, the core criteria of the CTO, and these are:
1. The ancient Roman Psalter is not to be altered.
2. The frequency of festal Offices (i.e. Double and Semidouble feasts) needs to be limited, as it was in 1568/1570, so as to allow a fairly regular possibility of praying all or nearly all 150 psalms each week - i.e. the ancient Psalter is preserved not only on paper but in practice.
3. All existing Octaves and Vigils as of 1911 are to remain as they are. No 1955ism's allowed!
4. Liturgical revisions from 1911 through 1960 may, very sparingly, be adopted if they are sensible and do not run counter to a proper liturgical spirit or any of the above. (An example would be the combination of lessons two and three at Mattins from the occurring Scripture to make way for the third lesson from the Proper for a Simple feast based on the 1960 rubric for third class feasts.)
Photo courtesy of Una Voce

That said, in order to satisfy the second criterion while respecting the third criterion, the CTO had initially proposed to adopt St. Pius X's 1911 classification of Octaves, thus adopting the rank of Simple for the particular Octave in question here. However, rather than keeping to the strict rule of what a Simple Octave was post-1911 (i.e. no days infra Octavam, but a Simple feast for the Octave Day itself), we proposed making the Octave Day a Double feast (as they were before 1911) and extending the Simple Office to all days infra Octavam in which the normal course of Ferial Psalter, Preces, and Suffrages would hold. This turns out not to be kosher as some readers here have correctly pointed out that the purpose of an Octave is to celebrate its feast for eight continuous days. It should, therefore, be festal, a break from the Ferial (and possibly Dominical) psalmody, preces, and suffrages, as other higher ranked Octaves are. Therefore, the Simple Octave is not truly an Octave at all.

So, we decided to return to the Tridentine Octave system, that is, forgo the 1911 classification and treat each Octave according to its own particular rules as given in the Breviary, inconsistencies and all. For St. Lawrence's Octave, this means a Semidouble Office for the days infra Octavam and a Double Office for his Octave Day. Furthermore, it means that the minor Sunday per Annum which falls infra Octavam supersedes the Octave with a commemoration of the latter, but with the Preces and Quicumque being integral to said Dominical Office before 1911, another confusion arose since normally those items are omitted during Octaves.

After consulting the Rubricae Generales in our 1854 Breviarium, the answer is spelled out in two sections which we will quote. First, from De Dominicis, Paragraph 2:
In Dominicis vero quae occurrunt infra alias Octavas, totum Officium fit de Dominica, et in Proprio de Tempore , cum commemoratione Octavae, omissis etiam dictis Precibus et Suffragiis, ut supra.
And then from De Octavis, Paragraph 6:
Infra Octavas non fiunt Suffragia consueta de Sanctis, nec dicuntur Preces ad Primam et Completorium, etiam si fiat Officium de Dominica, vel Festo Semiduplici.
And finally from De Symbolo Apostolorum et Symbolo S. Athanasii, Paragraph 2:
Symbolum sancti Athanasii...in Dominicis infra alias Octavas, et in Dominica SS. Trinitatis dicitur...
There we have it! On 11 August (and also 18 August), there will be the Dominical Office, whole and entire , but without Suffrages and Preces, but with the Quicumque at Prime.





XX Julii, MMXIII

Saturday, 20 July, 2013
Saturday of Our Lady; Simple, White
Commemoration of St. Margaret, Virgin & Martyr

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms, rest taken from the Saturday Office of Our Lady per Annum. Our Lady's melody with the doxology of the Incarnation for all hymns at the Hours until None inclusive.

At Mattins, Invitatory Ave Maria & Hymn Quem terra as in the Common, 1 nocturn: Pss. 97-108, 2 lessons and 2 responds (Lesson 2 = 2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson from the Common for the month of July (Epistle of St. Ambrose to Siricius), Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 91, 62 & 66, Canticle of Moses, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn O gloriosa Domina & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Beata Dei Genetrix as in the Common, Collect from the same Common, Commemoration of St. Margaret (Antiphon Simile est, Versicle Diffusa and Collect Indulgentiam from the Common of Virgins), Suffrages of St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

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

At the Hours, antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter, rest from the Common.

At Mass, after Terce, Mass formulary V for Our Lady on Saturdays, Gloria, 2nd. orations of All Saints and 3rd. orations at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Preface of the B.V.M. (Et in veneratione, Ferial Tone), Ite missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to green for the 9th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble. All hymns now return to the regular doxology sung in the Ordinary melodies.

At Vespers, Saturday antiphons w/ Pss. 143-147 as in the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn O lux beata, and Versicle as in the Psalter, Magnificat antiphon Dum tolleret Dominus from the Proper (Saturday before the 9th. Sunday after Pent.); Collect of the Sunday; Commemoration of the following feast of St. Praxedes, Virgin (Antiphon Veni Sponsa Christi, Versicle Specie, & Collect from the Common of Virgins); 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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

XIX Julii, MMXIII

Friday, 19 July, 2013
St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor; Simple, White

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms, rest taken from the Common of Confessors not Bishops or the Proper. Ferial melody with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Confessorum & Hymn Iste Confessor (M.T.V.) as in the Common, 1 nocturn: Pss. 80-88, 93, & 95-96, 2 lessons and 2 responds (Lesson 2 = 2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson of the hagiography from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 142, 62 & 66, Canticle of Habacuc, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Jesu corona celsior & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Euge serve bone as in the Common, Collect from the Proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 21, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Justum deduxit from the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter, rest from the Common, Collect proper.

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

After None, the liturgical color remains white for the following Saturday Office of Our Lady; Simple. From Vespers today until None tomorrow, inclusive, all hymns of iambic dimeter take the proper doxology of the Incarnation Gloria tibi, Domine, qui natus es de Virgine, etc.

At Vespers, Ferial antiphons w/ Pss. 137-141 as in the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn Ave maris stella, Versicle, and Magnificat antiphon Sancta Maria from the Saturday Office of Our Lady per Annum; Collect from the same Common, Commemoration of St. Margaret, Virgin & Martyr (Antiphon Veni Sponsa Christi, Versicle Diffusa and Collect Indulgentiam from the Common of Virgins), Suffrages of St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Te lucis sung in Our Lady's tone with the proper doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

Monday, July 15, 2013

XVIII Julii MMXIII

Thursday, 18 July, 2013
Ss. Symphorosa & her Seven Sons, Martyrs; Simple, Red

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms, rest taken from the Common of Several Martyrs or the Proper. Ferial melody with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Christo profusum as in the Common, 1 nocturn: Pss. 68-79, 2 lessons and 2 responds (Lesson 2 = 2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson of the hagiography from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 89, 62 & 66, Canticle of Moses, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Rex gloriose & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Vestri capilli as in the Common, Collect from 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 Fulgebunt justi from the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter, rest from the Common, Collect proper.

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

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the following feast of St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor; Simple.

At Vespers, Ferial antiphons w/ Pss. 131, 132, 134, 135, & 136 as in the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn Iste Confessor (M.T.V.), Versicle, and Magnificat antiphon Similabo from the Common of Confessors not Bishops; Collect from the Proper, 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.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

XVII Julii MMXIII

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
St. Alexius, Confessor; Simple, White

Office: Ferial antiphons and psalms, rest taken from the Common of Confessors not Bishops or the Proper. Ferial melody with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Confessorum & Hymn Iste Confessor as in the Common (end of the first verse = Hodie laetus meruit secreta scandere caeli), 1 nocturn: Pss. 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 65, & 67), 2 lessons and 2 responds (Lesson 2 = 2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson of the hagiography from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 64, 62 & 66, Canticle of Anna, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Jesu corona celsior & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Euge serve bone as in the Common, Collect from 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 Justum deduxit from the Common.

At the Hours, antiphons and psalms as in the Psalter, rest from the Common, Collect proper.

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

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the following feast of Ss. Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs; Simple.

At Vespers, Ferial antiphons w/ Pss. 126-130 as in the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn Sanctorum meritis, Versicle, and Magnificat antiphon Istorum est enim from the Common of Several Martyrs; Collect from the Proper, 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.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Octaves Revisited

The year 1955 was the atomic bomb as far as Octaves (and many other ancient liturgical observances) go, so it is beyond debate that ALL of the Octaves on the Kalendar as of 1911, most from antiquity, must be reestablished and continued here as part of the Current Tridentine Ordo (CTO). I would also keep the Octave of the Sacred Heart, but this can be debatable.

As one commentater here added some insightful remarks about the nature of Octaves in general, this question and other related questions beg for further discussion. Let's divide this into two considerations: 1. The nature of an Octave in general and 2. Questions arising from adapting Pian rules to restored Tridentine practices. With the Octave of St. Lawrence approaching next month (which is also the next Octave on the General Kalendar as we take a summer rest from such liturgical activity), we can use this as an example for these points.

1. The Nature of an Octave
While I believe the ordering of Octaves done by St. Pius X in 1911 was a welcome revision (more about this in part 2), St. Pius X also introduced a liturgical novelty when assigning the least important Octaves the rank of Simple. These would be all of the Octaves associated with those particular feasts of Double II class which merited an Octave. The novelty arises in creating a distinction between an Octave per se and the continuous celebration of a feast throughout eight days. Let's leave aside the Easter and Pentecost Octaves from this discussion; I believe this is a different topic and gets off track here. The Pian "Simple Octave" is in reality a duet - the feast itself and its octave day with a hole in between. Hitherto, an Octave meant exactly that, a continuous celebration of a feast for eight days with the feast day itself and its Octave meriting greater solemnity while the other six days are categorized as days within the Octave. The Pian reform would seem to "attack" the very nature of what an Octave is, and the CTO is now reconsidering whether or not to keep the "Simple Octave" in existence. This brings us to the practical application in part 2.

2. Questions arising from adapting Pian rules to restored Tridentine practice
a. Looking at the Tables of Occurrence and Concurrence from my 1854 Breviarium (i.e. pre-Pius X ranking), generic days within (i.e. Days 2-7) an Octave only supersede Simple ranked feasts. Hence, even minor Sundays per Annum take precedence, so if we look ahead to 11 August, the second day of St. Lawrence's Octave (a semidouble Office itself), the Sunday Office holds while the Octave is commemorated. This poses a question, though, that I am not entirely clear about - in post-1911 rubrics, whenever an Octave is commemorated on a Sunday, both the Dominical Preces and Athanasian Creed would be omitted at Prime, but in the Tridentine Sunday Office, those two elements are given as normative whenever the Sunday Office is prayed. The aforesaid commentater posited that an Octave would always supersede a Sunday, making our question moot, but I believe his posit to be incorrect per the tables referenced above. I am certainly in favor of the Tridentine practice of retaining the Sunday Office intact rather than "if a Double or Octave" occurs the rules change; with Double feasts superseding minor Sundays per Annum, this rule change should be moot, but it's not when 11 August is a Sunday (or 4 July, or 11 September, etc.).

b. It's in the nature of feasts to have distinguishing aspects of Octave celebration. Hence, the Tridentine rubrics already provided for keeping the Easter and Pentecost Octaves clear of any feasts; similarly, the Epiphany and Corpus Christi Octaves were cleared of all feasts save Doubles I class. The Christmas Octave, being fixed to specific Kalendar dates, functions such that any feast of nine lessons at Mattins supersedes the days within the Octave and this provides the basis for the Pian "Octaves of the Third Order" for the same treatment for the Ascension (and later Sacred Heart) Octaves. "Common Octaves" have the same precedence rules as the "Third Order Octaves" but in the post Pian Psalter, the distinction arises by using the Ferial psalms for the latter. Hence, in the restored CTO whereby festal psalmody continues throughout the days within Octaves, there is no difference in precedence or in practice between a "Third Order" vs. a "Common" Octave. So why keep both? But then it seems strange to put the Octaves of Sts. Peter & Paul, St. Lawrence, and the Ascension all on equal footing!  If we were to retain the "Simple Octave", it would itself be a liturgical novelty to adopt the ferial psalmody/single nocturn Office for days within an Octave, although this is precisely what St. Pius X did to the Octave Days of St. Lawrence, Nativity of Our Lady, and the comites feasts next to Christmas. I think there is no solution save to treat all Octaves below that of the "Second Order" as the same, and modify the Pian arrangement into three categories - First Order, Second Order, and Common. The days within all Octaves would remain Semidouble in rite (save for the Monday and Tuesday of the Easter and Pentecost Octaves), so all Octaves will retain a festal Office with three nocturns at Mattins throughout their entirety. The Octave Days would be Double Major if the feast itself is a Double I Class and Double (Minor) if the feast itself is a Double II Class. In any case, Octave Days would always supersede minor Sundays, while days within the Octave would not.

c. Tridentine rubrics stipulate that days within the Octave are not to be commemorated in occurrence when a Double I or II Class occurs. The Pian system retained this, so we also retain it for all Common Octaves. This would be rare in application for an Octave of the Second Order (we will retain the commemoration of such an Octave when a Double I Class feast occurs (e.g. the Nativity of St. John the Baptist falls within the Corpus Christi Octave), and never a consideration in a First Order Octave.











XVI Julii, MMXIII

Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
Feria, Simple, Green
(In New Jersey and other locales: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Double Major, White)*

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

At Mattins, Invitatory Jubilemus Deo & Hymn Consors paterni as in the Psalter, 1 nocturn: Pss. 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, & 51; 3 lessons and 3 responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 42, 62 & 66, Canticle of Ezechiel, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Ales diei nuntius & Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Erexit nobis as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday (VIII after Pent.), Suffrages of the Cross, Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Pss. 53, 24, 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 at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino. Optional Votive Mass of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Gloria, No Comm. of the Feria, 2nd. & 3rd. orations at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Preface of Our Lady (Et in veneratione; Ferial Tone), Ite Missa est.

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for St. Alexius, Confessor, for the following day; Simple.

At Vespers, Ferial antiphons w/ Pss. 121-125 from the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn Iste Confessor & Versicle from the Common of Confessors not Bishops, Magnificat Antiphon Similabo as in the same Common, Collect as in the Proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Te lucis in the Ferial melody with the regular doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

*In New Jersey and other locales - Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Double Major, White:

Office: Festal Office from the Common of the B.V.M. or the Proper. All hymns of iambic dimeter through Compline today are sung in Our Lady's tone with the proper doxology of the Incarnation Gloria tibi, Domine, qui natus es de Virgine, etc.

At Mattins, Invitatory Sancta Maria & Hymn Quem terra from the Common, 3 nocturns - Antiphons (doubled) Benedicta etc. w/ Pss. 8, 18, 23, 44, 45, 86, & 95-97, and Versicles from the Common, Lessons & Responds - 1st. Nocturn from the Common (Proverbs 8), 2nd. Nocturn from the Proper, 3rd. Nocturn - Gospel excerpt from St. Luke 11 w/ Homily of St. Bede from the Common (in the 7th. Respond, substitute "solemnem Commemorationem" for "sanctam festivitatem"), Te Deum.

At Lauds, Antiphons Dum esset, etc. (doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, and 148-150, Chapter, Hymn O Gloriosa Domina, & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus antiphon Caput tuum and Collect from the Proper, No Commemorations nor Suffrages.

At Prime, 1st. antiphon (not doubled) from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1, & 118.2, V. Qui natus es in the Short Respond, No Preces, Short Lesson In plateis from the Common.

At the Hours, Antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds with the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, Chapter, Short Respond, and Versicle from the Common, Collect proper.

At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, No Commemorations, Credo, Preface of Our Lady (Et in veneratione, Solemn Tone), Ite missa est.

At Vespers, Antiphons Dum esset, etc. (doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147, Chapter, Hymn Ave maris stella, & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Gloria Libani and Collect from the Proper, Comm. of the following feast of St. Alexius, Confessor (Antiphon Similabo, Versicle Amavit, Collect proper), No Suffrages.

At Compline, no Preces, Salve Regina sung in the simple tone and kneeling.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains white for the following feast of St. Alexius, Confessor; Simple.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

XV Julii, MMXIII

Monday, 15 July, 2013
Feria, Simple, Green

Office: Ferial Office Per Annum - All as in the Psalter for Monday. Ferial melody with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Venite & Hymn Somno refectis as in the Psalter, 1 nocturn: Pss. 26-37, 3 lessons and 3 responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 5, 62 & 66, Canticle of Isaias, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Splendor paternae gloriae & Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Benedictus as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday (VIII after Pent.), 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 the Hours, all as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday.

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

At Vespers, Ferial antiphons w/ Pss. 114, 115, 116, 119, & 120 as in the Psalter; Chapter, Hymn Immense caeli Conditor, Versicle, and Magnificat antiphon Magnificat from the Psalter; Collect of the preceding Sunday (VIII after Pent.), 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.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains green for the feria on the following day.

In New Jersey and other locales:

After None, the liturgical color changes to white for the following feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Double Major. All hymns of iambic dimeter take the proper doxology of the Incarnation Gloria tibi, Domine, qui natus es de Virgine, etc. from now until Compline tomorrow inclusive.

At Vespers, Antiphons Dum esset, etc.(doubled) w/ Pss. 109, 112, 121, 126, & 147 from the Common of the B.V.M.; Chapter, Hymn Ave maris stella, Versicle Dignare, and Magnificat Antiphon Sancta Maria from the same CommonCollect from the Proper, No Suffrages.

At Compline, Te lucis sung in Our Lady's tone w/ the proper doxology of the Incarnation, No Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.





XIV Julii, MMXIII

Sunday, 14 July, 2013
8th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble, Green
Commemoration of St. Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor

Office: Dominical Office per Annum. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Adoremus Dominum & hymn Nocte surgentes from the Psalter, 3 nocturns -Antiphons, psalms (Pss. 1, 2, 3, 6-20) and versicles from the Psalter,  lessons & responds from the Proper, 9th. lesson of St. Bonaventure, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 3 antiphons (not doubled) two-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Tres pueri w/ Benedicite, and three-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 148-150 as in the Psalter, Chapter, Hymn Ecce jam noctis, and Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Ait Dominus villico and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of St. Bonaventure (Antiphon Euge serve, Versicle Justum deduxit and Collect from the Proper for the feast), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Antiphon Alleluia from the Psalter for Sundays w/ Pss. 53, 117, 118.1, 118.2, and Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat.

At the Hours, all as in the Psalter for Sundays, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of St. Bonaventure, 3rd. orations of Our Lady/Saints, Credo, Preface of the Most Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons Dixit Dominus etc. from the Psalter w/ Pss. 109-113, Chapter, Hymn Lucis Creator, and Versicle from the Psalter, Magnificat antiphon Quid faciam and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of St. Bonaventure (Antiphon O Doctor, Versicle Justum deduxit, and Collect from the Proper for the feast), 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.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains green for the Feria the following day.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

XIII Julii, MMXIII

Saturday, 13 July, 2013
St. Anacletus, Pope & Martyr; Semidouble, Red

Office: Festal Office from the Common of One Martyr. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Deus tuorum militum as in the Common, 3 nocturns from the Common - Antiphons In lege Domini etc. (not doubled) w/ Pss.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 14, & 20 , Lessons & Responds - 1. Occurring Scripture (Sat. in 7th. week after Pent.), 2. Lesson 4 - Hagiography in the Proper, Lessons 5 & 6 = the first two lessons for the 2nd. Nocturn (2nd. place) in the Common, 3. Gospel excerpt of St. Luke 14 w/ Homily of St. Gregory the Great from the Common (1st. place), Te Deum.

At Lauds, Antiphons Qui me confessus etc. (not doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, and 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Martyr Dei & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Qui odit as in the Common, Collect Deus qui nos, etc. also from the Common, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, 1st. Antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Justus cor suum from the Common.

At the Hours, Antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds, with the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, rest as in the Common.

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

After None, the liturgical color changes to green for the following 8th. Sunday after Pentecost, Semidouble.

At Vespers, Antiphons from the Psalter for Saturday w/ Pss. 143, 144, 145, 146, & 147; Chapter, Hymn O lux beata & Versicle from the Psalter for Saturday, Magnificat Antiphon Exaudisti from the Proper (Saturday before 8th. Sun. aft. Pent.), Collect of the Sunday in the Proper, Commemorations of the following feast of St. Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor, & Doctor (Antiphon O Doctor, Versicle Amavit, & Collect from the Proper) and of the preceding feast of St. Anacletus (Antiphon Qui vult, Versicle Justus ut palma, Collect Deus qui nos from the Common), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.*

At Compline, Te lucis in the Ordinary melody with the regular doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung standing and in the Solemn Tone.

* Reducing several Doubles to Semidoubles (e.g. St. Bonaventure) has the advantage of giving pride of place to the Dominical Office, but this can give rise to a significant multiplication of orations, because of commemorations and suffrages, as is the case for Vespers this evening. I think the 1962ists would faint! It will be interesting to see how often such a case occurs as we continue on this experiment.

XII Julii, MMXIII

Friday, 12 July, 2013
Ss. Nabor & Felix, Martyrs; Simple, Red

Office: Antiphons & Psalms of the Feria; all else the Common of Several Martyrs or the Proper. Ferial melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Day Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Christo profusum as in the Common, 1 nocturn from the Psalter (Pss. 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 93, 95, & 96), Versicle Exsultent justi for Several Martyrs, Lessons 1 & 2 (=2&3 combined) w/ Responds from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. lesson (hagiography) from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Ferial antiphons w/ Pss. 50, 142, 62 & 66, Canticle of Habacuc, and 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Rex gloriosae & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Vestri capilli as in the Common, Collect proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Ferial antiphon Beati w/ Pss. 53, 21, 118.1 & 118.2, Chapter Regi, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Fulgebunt justi from the Common.

At the Hours, Ferial antiphons with the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, Chapter & Short Responsory from the Common, Collect proper.

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

After None, the liturgical color remains red for the following feast of St. Anacletus, Pope & Martyr; Semidouble.

At Vespers, Antiphons Qui me confessus, etc. (not doubled) from the Common of One Martyr w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116; Chapter, Hymn Deus tuorum militum & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat Antiphon Iste Sanctus and Collect Deus qui nos as in the same Common, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Te lucis in the Ordinary melody with the regular doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.


XI Julii MMXIII

Thursday, 11 July, 2013
St. Pius I, Pope & Martyr; Simple, Red*

Office: Antiphons & Psalms of the Feria; all else taken from the Common of One Martyr or the Proper. Ferial melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Deus tuorum militum as in the Common, 1 nocturn from the Psalter for Thursday (Pss. 68-79), Versicle Gloria et honore, Lessons 1, 2 (= 2&3 combined) w/ Responds from the occurring Scripture, 3rd. Lesson (Hagiography) from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Ferial antiphons from the Psalter w/ Pss. 50, 89, 62 & 66, Canticle of Moses, and 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Martyr Dei & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Qui odit as in the Common, Collect Infirmitatem also from the Common, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Ferial antiphon Beati from the Psalter w/ Pss. 53, 22, 118.1 & 118.2, Chapter Regi, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Justus cor suum from the Common.

At the Hours, Ferial antiphons from the Psalter with the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, all else from the Common.

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

After None, the liturgical color remains red for the following feast of Sts. Nabor & Felix, Martyrs; Simple.

At Vespers, Ferial antiphons from the Psalter w/ Pss. 131, 132, 134, 135 & 136; Chapter, Hymn Sanctorum meritis & Versicle (1st. Vespers) from the Common of Several Martyrs, Magnificat Antiphon Istorum est enim as in the same Common, Collect as in the Proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Te lucis in the Ferial melody with the regular doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

*For a little levity, a good friend of mine facetiously proposed a Society of St. Pius I (SSPI) some years ago (if you have the slightest notion of "Trad" history over the last 30 years, you'll get the humor immediately), so in honor of the patron saint of this fledgling society, have a read and a good laugh. I don't think the Current Tridentine Ordo would cut it for them! By the way, said friend gave me a rare copy of the so-called purist Greek Missal to boot - another topic for another day.


X Julii MMXIII

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013
Seven Holy Brothers, Martyrs, and Ss. Rufina & Secunda, Virgins & Martyrs; Semidouble, Red

Office: Festal Office from the Common of Several Martyrs. Ordinary melody with regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Martyrum & Hymn Christo profusum as in the Common, 3 nocturns from the Common - Antiphons Secus ducursus etc. (not doubled) w/ Pss.1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 23, 32, 33, & 45 , Lessons & Responds - 1. Occurring Scripture (Wed. in 7th. week after Pent.) , 2. Two hagiographies and Sermon of St. Augustine from the Proper, 3. Gospel excerpt of St. Matthew 12 w/ Homily of St. Gregory the Great from the Proper, Te Deum.

At Lauds, Antiphons Omnes sancti, etc. (not doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, and 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Rex gloriosae & Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Vestri capilli as in the Common, Collect proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, 1st. Antiphon from Lauds w/ Pss. 53, 118.1 & 118.2, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Fulgebunt justi from the Common.

At the Hours, Antiphons 2, 3, & 5, respectively, from Lauds, with the respective divisiones of Ps. 118, Chapter & Short Responsory from the Common, Collect proper.

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

At Vespers, Antiphons Isti sunt Sancti, etc. (not doubled) from the Common at 2nd. Vespers w/ Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 115; Chapter, Hymn Sanctorum meritis & Versicle from the Common, Magnificat Antiphon Gaudent in caelis as in the same Common, Collect as in the Proper, Comm. of the following feast of St. Pius I, Pope & Martyr (Antiphon Iste Sanctus, Versicle Gloria et honore, & Collect Infirmitatem from the Common of One Martyr), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Te lucis in the Ordinary melody with the regular doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains red for the following feast of St. Pius I, Pope & Martyr; Simple.

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Wednesday, 10 July - Seven Holy Brothers, Martyrs, and Ss. Rufina & Secunda, Virgins and Martyrs; Semidouble, Red. Office is festal from the Common of Several Martyrs. Suffrages at Lauds & Vespers, Preces at Prime & Compline. Comm. of St. Pius I at Vespers.

Thursday, 11 July - St. Pius I, Pope & Martyr; Simple, Red. Ferial antiphons and psalms at each Office; rest taken from the Common of One Martyr or the Proper as indicated. Suffrages & Preces. Vespers of the following day, Ss. Nabor & Felix, Martyrs; Simple, Red.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

IX Julii MMXIII

Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
Feria, Simple, Green
(In England: St. Thomas More, Martyr; Double I Class, Red - festal Office)

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

At Mattins, Invitatory Jubilemus Deo & Hymn Consors paterni as in the Psalter, 1 nocturn: Pss. 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, & 51; 3 lessons and 3 responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 42, 62 & 66, Canticle of Ezechiel, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Ales diei nuntius & Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Erexit nobis as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday (VII after Pent.), 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 at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino.

After None, the liturgical color changes to red for the Seven Holy Brothers, Martyrs, and Sts. Rufina & Secunda, Virgin Martyrs, for the following day, Semidouble.

At Vespers, Antiphons Omnes sancti, etc. (not doubled) from the Common of Several Martyrs with Pss. 109, 110, 111, 112 & 116; Chapter, Hymn Sanctorum meritis & Versicle from the Common for First Vespers, Magnificat Antiphon Istorum est enim as in the same Common, Collect as in the Proper, Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Compline, Te lucis in the Ordinary melody with the regular doxology, Preces, Salve Regina sung kneeling and in the Simple Tone.

VIII Julii MMXIII

Monday, 8 July, 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 with the regular doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Venite & Hymn Somno refectis as in the Psalter, 1 nocturn: Pss. 26-37, 3 lessons and 3 responds from the occurring Scripture, No Te Deum.

At Lauds, Pss. 50, 5, 62 & 66, Canticle of Isaias, 148-150, Chapter, Hymn Splendor paternae gloriae & Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Benedictus as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday (VII after Pent.), 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 at the choice of the Celebrant, No Credo, Common Preface (Ferial Tone), Benedicamus Domino.

At Vespers*, Pss. 114,115,116,119 & 120; Chapter, Hymn Immense caeli Conditor & Versicle from the Psalter, Magnificat Antiphon Magnificat as in the Psalter, Collect of the preceding Sunday (VII after Pent.), 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.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains green for the Feria the following day.

*In England (and other places), St. Thomas More (July 9) is a Double I Class feast for which Vespers this evening would be the festal First Vespers thereof taken mostly from the Common of One Martyr. Compline would include the solemn melodies for the Te lucis and Salve Regina and exclude the Preces.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Puer hodie nascetur!

The CTO will today be observing the non-liturgical event which is the birth of his third son and fifth child. The daily Ordo and feedback on some of the interesting and well thought out comments will be delayed for a few days. Prayers for a safe and healthy delivery are much appreciated!

Monday, July 1, 2013

VII Julii MMXIII

Sunday, 7 July, 2013
7th. Sunday after Pentecost; Semidouble, Green
Commemoration of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Bishops & Confessors*
Office: Dominical Office per Annum as in the Psalter, Ordinary melody and the doxology for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Adoremus Dominum, hymn Nocte surgentes, antiphons, psalms and versicles from the Psalter, 3 nocturns, lessons & responds from the Proper: 1st. Nocturn - Incipit of III Kings , 2nd. Nocturn - Epistle of St. Jerome to Nepotianus, 3rd. Nocturn - Gospel excerpt of St. Matthew 7 with Homily of St. Hilary for lessons 7 & 8, 9th. lesson of Sts. Cyril & Methodius**, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 3 antiphons (not doubled) two-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Tres pueri w/ Benedicite, and three-fold Alleluia w/ Pss. 148-150 as in the Psalter, Chapter, Hymn Ecce jam noctis, and Versicle from the Psalter, Benedictus Antiphon Attendite and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration of Sts. Cyril & Methodius (Antiphon In sanctitate, Versicle Sapientiam, and Collect from the Proper for the feast), Suffrages of Our Lady, St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, (Patron), and for Peace.

At Prime, Antiphon Alleluia from the Psalter for Sundays w/ Pss. 53, 117, 118.1, 118.2, and Athanasian Creed, Dominical Preces, Short Lesson Dominus autem dirigat.

At the Hours, all as in the Psalter for Sundays, Collect from the Proper.

At Mass, after Terce, Gloria, Commemoration of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, 3rd. orations of Our Lady/Saints, Credo, Preface of the Most Holy Trinity (Solemn Tone), Ite Missa est.

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons Dixit Dominus etc. from the Psalter w/ Pss. 109-113, Chapter, Hymn Lucis Creator, and Versicle from the Psalter, Magnificat antiphon Non potest arbor and Collect from the Proper, Commemoration Sts. Cyril & Methodius (Antiphon Isti sunt, Versicle Sacerdotes tui, and Collect from the Proper for the feast), 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.

After Compline, the liturgical color remains green for the Feria the following day.

* We adopt Leo XIII's directive from 1888 which ended the practice of transferring Semidouble feasts which occurred on minor Sundays; instead, such feasts are reduced to commemorations at both sets of Vespers, Lauds, and Mass, rubrics permitting, in occurrence. While this breaks from the Tridentine practice, it helps to maintain a better balance between the festal and ferial cycles.

** On minor Semidouble Sundays when a Semidouble or Simple feast occurs and is reduced to a commemoration, the 9th. lesson at Matins will be of the commemorated feast. For Semidoubles, the 9th. lesson may be formed by either the Lectio IX Contracta given in Breviaries between 1911 and 1955 (or the single lesson in 1961 editions) or by combining all three (or two) hagiographical lessons of the second nocturn into one; we leave either method as an option. This seems to have been an older practice which had disappeared at some point, though it escapes the CTO's memory at this point; we think it opportune to restore it (if it ever was a common practice, and if not, it is a laudable development nonetheless).



VI Julii MMXIII

Saturday, 6 July, 2013
Octave Day of Sts. Peter & Paul; Double Major, Red

Office: Festal Office as in the Common of Apostles, Ordinary melody and the doxokh ogy for all hymns at the Hours.

At Mattins, Invitatory Regem Apostolorum etc. from the Common, hymn Aeterna Christi munera also from the Common, antiphons (doubled) and psalms (Pss. 18, 33, 44, 46, 60, 63, 74, 96, & 98), and versicles at the 3 nocturns from the Common, Lessons & Responds: 1st. Nocturn - from the ocurring Scripture (Saturday in the 6th. week after Pentecost), 2nd. Nocturn - Sermon of St. John Chrysostom from the Proper with Responds from the Common, 3rd. Nocturn - Gospel excerpt from St. Matthew 14 with Homily of St. Jerome from the Proper with Respondskh/3from the Common, Te Deum.

At Lauds, 5 antiphons (doubled) Hoc est praeceptum, etc. from the Common with Sunday psalms, Pss. 92, 99, 62 & 66, Benedicite, 148-150; Chapter, Hymn Exsultet, and Versicle from the Common, Benedictus Antiphon Gloriosi principes from the Proper, Collect proper for the Octave Day, 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 Common.

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

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

At 2nd. Vespers, 5 antiphons Juravit Dominus etc. (doubled) from the Common w/ Pss. 109, 112, 115, 125 & 138, Chapter, Hymn Exsultet, and Versicle from the Common, Magnificat antiphon Petrus Apostolus from the Proper, Collect proper for the Octave Day, Commemorations of the 7th. Sunday after Pentecost (Antiphon Unxerunt Salamonem, Versicle Vespertina, Collect of the Sunday) and Sts. Cyril & Methodius (Antiphon O quam speciosi, Versicle Sacerdotes tui, Collect of the feast), both Semidouble, for the following day, no Suffrages.

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

After Compline, the liturgical color changes to green for the 7th. Sunday after Pentecost, Semidouble, the following day.