Monday, November 11, 2013


First of all, happy Martinmas! Tomorrow beginneth the non-liturgically observed but worthy practice of pre-Advent.

The CTO is undergoing some reevaluations at the moment which is why you haven't seen new posts this month. We expect to issue a proposed Sanctorale for December this week. In the mean time, it would be beneficial if the readership would weigh in. Tell us if we should continue as is, reduce some aspects, and/or enhance other features. To what purpose should the CTO be directed in your opinion?

Lastly, if you will be in the greater Philadelphia area or would like to make a trek to Southern NJ, Pontifical Vespers from the Faldstool (1962 as there is no choice) will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 November, by His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard of the US Virgin Islands at Mater Ecclesiae Church in Berlin, NJ. His Excellency is a friend of the rector at Mater Ecclesiae and will be visiting there next weekend. Because of logistics, Vespers will begin at 1:15pm, and your unworthy servant will be the first MC for this first attempt at Pontifical Vespers at our parish.


  1. I would say the CTO's purpose should be to evaluate and promote the utility and tradition of the older Roman rite in the modern day. This would involve your Ordo, of course, but also consideration of other things like psalmody, how public recitation (or, preferably, singing) of the Office could be done, and making the liturgical cycle relevant to the man in the pew. The "Tridentine" liturgy is certainly more amenable to lay use, particularly the little hours wherein the psalms are constant from day to day, than the post Pius Office.

    I would suggest continuing to publish the kalendar for a month at a time and also Ordo entries for the greater feasts and for unique days (Ash Wednesday or All Souls) or just days that are liturgically interesting (St Raphael fell on the Vigil of the Ascension and also a Rogation day this year, making its observance quite the challenge!).

    Perhaps you could do some original work proposing how the Office could be introduced into a parish setting, given your experience with the SSPX and your diocesan church.

    Best of wishes with the Pontifical Vespers! Moving in the right direction!

  2. I find this 'blog to be of great value as I sort out the calendrical issues involved in implementing the pre-Pian breviary in a way that's consistent and useful, and I'm grateful to the editor for all of his work.

    I like the calendar proposals and explanations, and the opportunity to ask questions about the rubrics.

    I'm sorry to say that I won't be able to make it for Pontifical Vespers because of the time of day, but I certainly understand how scheduling is sometimes beyond our control.

  3. Thank you both, gentlemen! I am happy to hear that you have benefited from this work. The daily entries have become cumbersome and quite repetitive. I think by now that the jist of what the CTO is doing is well understood, so I don't necessarily see a need to keep the daily entries going. The monthly Ordo is a great idea in which the proposed Sanctorale entries can be fused into an actual Ordo for a particular month; this will be the new format for the CTO. Any questions or comments about a particular rubric can be discussed in the comments to that particular entry.

    RadTrad, promoting the Divine Office is a vertical, uphill battle, but worth the climb. This topic merits at least one separate post to begin an explanation of the realities we face in Traddiedom and elsewhere.

    1. It is an uphill battle, but I think certain things like the consistent psalmody for Lauds/Vespers on great feasts and for Compline every night would actually aid in spreading its use. I think you mentioned a weekly Compline in your parish. Could you share the experience? Do you use the Dominical (or better yet, pre-1911) psalms or the new ferial system?

  4. I think that the daily entries are interesting as "specimen" pages, a very detailed setting out of the liturgical arrangements for a particular day which can be used as examples to know what to do on other days. But I'd think that it makes little sense to create one for every day, given how much time they must take! So, with the monthly calendars, and the specimen pages, it's a fairly simple matter to arrange the office for almost every day of the year.