Monday, December 30, 2013

Ordo for I-XIII January


1. Circumcision of Our Lord and Octave Day of Christmas, Double II Class, White. Proper Office. Doxology of the Incarnation at hymns of iambic meter sung in the melodies given for Christmas; this continues until None on 5 January inclusive. At Prime, verse Qui natus es de Maria Virgine, short lesson as on Christmas. At Mass, Gloria and Credo, Preface and Communicantes of the Nativity. At Vespers, commemoration of the following day.

2. Octave Day of St. Stephen, Protomartyr; Double, Red. Office and Mass as on the feast but with a proper lessons at Mattins and Collect for the Octave Day. At Mass, Gloria and Credo, Preface of the Nativity but no proper Communicantes. At Vespers, from the Chapter onward of the following day with commemoration of the preceding.

3. Octave Day of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, Double, White. Office and Mass as on the feast; proper lessons at Mattins. At Mass, Gloria and Credo, Preface of the Nativity but no proper Communicantes. At Vespers, from the Chapter onward of the following day with commemoration of the preceding.

4. Octave Day of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs; Double, Red. Office as on the feast, but with proper lessons and Te Deum at Mattins. At Mass, Gloria, Alleluia, and Credo, Preface of the Nativity but no proper Communicantes.  Vespers of the following day with commemoration of the preceding.

5. Vigil of the Epiphany; Semidouble, White. Privileged Vigil of the second class. Office as on the Circumcision except for proper lessons at Mattins and Collect of the Vigil. Mass formulary taken from the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas with proper elements for the Vigil, Gloria, Comm. of St. Telesphorus, Pope & Martyr, Credo, Preface but not the Communicantes of the Nativity. Two Votive Masses of the Holy Name of Jesus with commemoration of the Vigil may be offered today. Vespers of the following day without any commemorations. From now until Compline of 13 January inclusive, proper doxology and melody of the Epiphany at the hymns of iambic meter.

6. Epiphany of Our Lord; Double I Class, White with Octave. Proper Office. At Mattins, no Invitatory and Hymn today only, begins immediately with first nocturne; 7th. antiphon w/ Ps. 94 chanted antiphonally as indicated today only, Te Deum. At Lauds, no commemorations. At Prime, verse Qui apparuisti hodie and short lesson Omnes de Saba today and throughout the Octave. At Mass, Gloria, no comm, Credo, Preface and Communicantes of the Epiphany today and throughout the Octave.At Second Vespers, no commemorations.

7-11. Days within the Octave of the Epiphany; Semidouble, White. All as on the feast except Mattins have an Invitatory and hymn, Ps. 86 replaces Ps. 94 along with the corresponding antiphon at the beginning of the third nocturne, and the lessons are proper each day. At Vespers and Lauds, proper antiphons each day at the Magnificat and Benedictus, no commemorations except for 10/11 January (comm. of St. Hyginus, Pope & Martyr). Seasonal orations commemorated at Mass. On 11 January, Vespers of the following Sunday within the Octave w/ comm. of the Octave.

12. Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany; Semidouble, White. Office as on the days within the Octave. At Mattins, lessons proper (first nocturne - occurring Scripture = I Corinthians for Sunday, Week I after Epiphany). At Lauds, Benedictus antiphon proper for the Sunday, comm. of the Octave (12 January antiphon). At Mass, proper formulary for the Sunday, Gloria, Comm. of the Octave, Credo, Preface and Communicantes of the Epiphany. Two Votive Masses of the Holy Family may be offered with comm. of the Sunday and the Octave, but without the Proper Last Gospel because it is the same as that of the Sunday.Vespers of the following day w/ comm. of the Sunday.

13. Octave Day of the Epiphany; Double Major, White. All as on the feast except Mattins follow as for days within the Octave, and the proper Gospel given for the Octave Day at Mass. At Vespers, comms. of St. Hilary and St. Felix from the following day. After Compline, the doxologies and melodies for the hymns return to the Per Annum formularies.

Notes:

1. The Octave Days of the Comites feasts are preserved as Doubles.

2. The CTO does not adopt of the newer feasts of the Holy Name of Jesus and the Holy Family as these are mainly devotional and mostly redundant. In the case of the former, it is an extension of one aspect contained in the Circumcision; in the case of the latter, it is partly the same as that of the Sunday it replaces in the post-1911/1913 Kalendar. The CTO laments the permanent displacing (and tranferring of the Mass) of the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany in newer Kalendars, so we aim to rectify this occurrence by not observing the feast of the Holy Family universally. The CTO is undetermined as to when a better time, if any, should be accorded to this feast as a local concession. Likewise, we see the Holy Name as unnecessarily displacing the Vigil of the Epiphany when 5 January falls on Sunday, but we would concede a local feast for the Holy Name affixed always to 2 January and never on Sunday except by accidental occurrence of the date. In both cases, however, we do make a concession that two Votive Masses taken from the 20th. century Mass formularies may be offered on the respective Sundays, but the Office of the Octave reigns supreme for its entirety.

3. No other feasts or added or subtracted or reduced in rank as found in the 1568/1570 Kalendar.

4. The Octave of the Epiphany excludes the celebration of feasts below the rank of Double I Class on particular Kalendars. Any such local feast would be transferred to the first day below Double rank after the Octave.





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  1. Point 2 was very interesting to me when I first compared the feast of the Holy Family to the displaced Sunday. My old parish would do proper Last Gospel readings and, wondering why I never saw one of this day, I investigated and discovered that the displaced Mass had the same Gospel lesson. It began my re-consideration of the place of private devotion in the liturgical life of the Church.

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