Wednesday, July 10, 2013


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.


  1. This is where I get a little nervous about a lack of precedent. Apart from the Saturday Office of Our Lady, have there been any feasts of Our Lord or Our Lady that weren't of Double rank? I'm not saying that it's wrong to introduce new practices necessarily, but I'd argue that we'd want to be most careful when it comes to innovations.

    1. I would personally ax the feast altogether. It is a bit odd to have a simplex Marian feasts other than on Saturdays, which is essentially a medieval votive office.

    2. Also, perhaps, aside from putting forth a proposal, John is starting a conversation about the importance of devotional feasts in the Liturgy.

    3. Enrico, indeed you are correct. I scanned the respective Kalendaria of both an 1854 and a 1954 Breviary, and all feasts of Our Lord and Our Lady are ranked no lower than a Double Major. This includes even Our Lady of Ransom on 24 Sept. There is no precedent, other than the Saturday Office of Our Lady, for any Marian feast to be a Simple, let alone even a Semidouble or Double Minor.

      That said, I am inclined to agree with Rad Trad out of the principle of not extending devotional feasts to universal liturgical observance, the Sacred Heart being the one exception where he and I differ. However, also living in New Jersey, Our Lady of Mount Carmel is both a popular feast and a popular name for many churches in this area. Therefore, I propose keeping OLMC as a local observance with Double Major rank; the Ordo will be updated to reflect this.

    4. John,

      I have ruminated on the matter a little and while I am not that big on the Sacred Heart devotion (I do recite the beautiful Litany of the Sacred Heart every Friday though) the liturgy given does provide for a beautiful exposition on the Sacrifice of Christ. In short, although not nuts on the devotion I have changed my mind as to its potential liturgical contribution.

  2. Rad Trad, I tend also not to focus so much on the devotion per se, though I have my family/home consecrated to the Sacred Heart, and make it a point to assist at Mass on first Fridays. Litanies (always in Latin, sometimes sung) are a mainstay in our house! But having repeatedly heard preaching to the effect that the Sacred Heart is the core/sum of our Faith, I can't but agree. Look at the Magnificat antiphon for First Vespers "Ignem...ut accendatur". We do live a cold, Protestant, mechanized world, and how this flame of fire needs to be enkindled! Of course, that flame needs to burn by restoring the liturgical life, not by adding devotions.