Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ordo - Heb. IV post Pascha MMXV

Ordo Recitandi pro Hebdomada Quarta post Pascha MMXV
secundum usum Tridentinum Restauratum et Renovatum

Occurring Scripture at Mattins:  Epistle of S. James
Hymnody: Paschaltide melodies and doxology unless otherwise stated

During the Paschal Season, from the Monday after Low Sunday through the Vigil of the Ascension inclusive, the single Paschal Suffrage of the Cross replaces all Suffragia at Vespers and Lauds on days of Simplex and Semiduplex rank outside of octaves.

During the same period, the Dominical psalms are always sung at Lauds, even in the Ferial Office; hence, there are no weekday Lauds, which always begin with Ps. 50, until after Trinity Sunday.

3 May. Finding of the Holy Cross, Duplex II Classis, Red. Comms. of IV Sunday after Pascha and Ss. Alexander, Eventius, Theodulus, MM & Juvenalis, V. Proper Festal Office. At Mattins, lesson IX of the Sunday, Te Deum. At Lauds, Comms. of the Sunday and SS. Alexander. etc., no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, Comm. of the Sunday only (in private Masses, 3rd. orations of Ss. Alexander, etc.), Credo, Preface of the Holy Cross. II Vespers of the feast, in the hymn, Verse VI = O Crux, ave, spes unica, paschale quae fers gaudium..., Comms. of the following and the Sunday, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

4. S. Monica, W, Simplex, White. Office from the Common on Non-Virgins and the Psalter. At Mattins, one nocturne from the psalter, lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3 combined from the occurring Scripture which today is the Incipit of S. James transferred from Sunday), lesson 3 of the feast, Te Deum. At Lauds (and the Hours), antiphons from the Common with festal psalms, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Sext), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

5. S. Pius V, PC, Duplex, White. Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors and the Proper. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day (change to red), Comm. of the preceding, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

6. S. John before the Latin Gate, Ap, Duplex Majus, Red. Office from the Common of Apostles in Paschaltide and the Proper. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Preface of the Apostles. II Vespers of the feast, no Comms., no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

7. Feria, White. Ferial Office of Paschaltide. At Mattins, one nocturne from the Psalter, three lessons from the occurring Scripture, Te Deum. At Lauds, as in the Psalter for Sundays in Paschaltide, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Sext, of the IV Sunday after Pascha), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

8 Apparition of S. Michael the Archangel, Duplex Majus, White. Proper Festal Office. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the feast, Comm. of the following day, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

9. S. Gregory Nazianzen, BCD, Duplex, White. Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors and Doctors and the Proper. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the feast, Comms. of the following Sunday and Ss. Gordian & Epimachus, MM, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ordo - Heb. III post Pascha MMXV

Ordo Recitandi pro Hebdomada Tertia post Pascha MMXV
secundum usum Tridentinum Restauratum et Renovatum

Occurring Scripture at Mattins:  Apocalypse
Hymnody: Paschaltide melodies and doxology unless otherwise stated

During the Paschal Season, from the Monday after Low Sunday through the Vigil of the Ascension inclusive, the single Paschal Suffrage of the Cross replaces all Suffragia at Vespers and Lauds on days of Simplex and Semiduplex rank outside of octaves.

During the same period, the Dominical psalms are always sung at Lauds, even in the Ferial Office; hence, there are no weekday Lauds, which always begin with Ps. 50, until after Trinity Sunday.

26 April. Third Sunday after Pascha, Semiduplex, White. Comms. Ss. Cletus & Marcellinus, PPMM, and Octave of S. Joseph. Dominical Office of Paschaltide. At Mattins, 3 nocturnes: Invitatory and hymn proper for the season, Paschal antiphons and psalms from the Psalter; rest from the Proper, lesson IX of Ss. Cletus & Marcellinus, Te Deum. At Lauds, Paschal antiphons w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62-66, Benedicite, 148-149-150; chapter proper, hymn and versicle of the season, Comms. of MM and Octave. At Prime,  Pss. 53, 118.1, 118.2, and Quicumque, no Preces, short lesson for the season. At the Hours, proper capitula, short responds of the season. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, Comms. MM & Octave, Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the Sunday, Comms. of the following and the Octave, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

27. S. Peter Canisius, PrCD, Semiduplex, White. Comm. Octave of S. Joseph. Office from the Common of Non-Bishop-Confessors and Doctors. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, Comm. Octave, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, Comm. Octave, no 3rd. orations, Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the feast, Comm. of the following day within the Octave, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

28. Within the Octave of S. Joseph, Simplex, White. Office from the Psalter and the feast. At Mattins, Invitatory & Hymn from the feast, one nocturne (antiphon and psalms from the Psalter for Tuesday), versicle from nocturne II of the feast, all three lessons from the occurring Scripture, Te Deum. At Lauds and the Hours, all as on the feast. At Mass, all as on the feast. Vespers of the following Octave Day, no Comms., no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

29. Octave Day of the Solemnity/Patronage of S. Joseph, Duplex. Office and Mass as on the feast except proper lessons at Mattins, no Comms. II Vespers of the Octave Day, Comm. of the following day, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

30. S. Catherine of Siena, V, Semiduplex, White. Office from the Common of Virgins and the Proper. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day (change to red), Comm. of the preceding, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

1 May. Ss. Philip & James, AA, Duplex II Classis, Red. Office from the Common of Apostles in Paschaltide and the Proper. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Preface of the Apostles. II Vespers of the feast, Comm. of the following day, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

2. S. Athanasius, BCD, Duplex, White. Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors and Doctors and the Proper. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following Finding of the Holy Cross (change to red), Comms. of the preceding and the following IV Sunday after Pascha, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ordo - Heb. II post Pascha MMXV


Ordo Recitandi pro Hebdomada Secunda post Pascha MMXV
secundum usum Tridentinum Restauratum et Renovatum

Occurring Scripture at Mattins:  Acts of the Apostles
Hymnody: Paschaltide melodies and doxology unless otherwise stated

During the Paschal Season, from the Monday after Low Sunday through the Vigil of the Ascension inclusive, the single Paschal Suffrage of the Cross replaces all Suffragia at Vespers and Lauds on days of Simplex and Semiduplex rank outside of octaves.

During the same period, the Dominical psalms are always sung at Lauds, even in the Ferial Office; hence, there are no weekday Lauds, which always begin with Ps. 50, until after Trinity Sunday.


19 April. Second Sunday after Pascha, Semiduplex, White. Dominical Office of Paschaltide. At Mattins, 3 nocturnes: Invitatory and hymn proper for the season, Paschal antiphons and psalms from the Psalter; rest from the Proper, Te Deum. At Lauds, Paschal antiphons w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62-66, Benedicite, 148-149-150; chapter proper, hymn and versicle of the season, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime,  Pss. 53, 118.1, 118.2, and Quicumque, Dominical Preces, short lesson for the season. At the Hours, proper capitula, short responds of the season. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope., Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the Sunday, Paschal Suffrage. At Compline, Preces.

20. Feria, Simplex, White. Ferial Office of Paschaltide. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, Dominical Paschal antiphons and psalms, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Sext, of the preceding Sunday), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day, Paschal Suffrage. At Compline, Preces.

21 S. Anselm, BCD, Semiduplex, White. Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors and Doctors. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day, no Comm. of the preceding, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

22. Solemnity/Patronage of S. Joseph, Spouse of the BVM, Duplex I Classis w/ Simplex Octave. (Ss. Soter & Cajus, MM, Semiduplex, is omitted this year). Proper Festal Office. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Preface of S. Joseph. II Vespers of the feast, no Comm. of the following, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

Days II-VII of the Octave of S. Joseph are Simplex in rank and rite and yield way to all feasts; the days within the octave, however, are commemorated unless the Office be of a Duplex I or II classis feast. Also, as with the case with all octaves, the Suffrages and Preces are omitted. 

23. S. George, M, Simplex, Red. Comm. of the Octave. Office from the Common of Martyrs in Paschaltide and the Psalter. At Mattins, one nocturne from the Psalter, three lessons from the occurring Scripture (there is no proper hagiography for S. George in the Office), Te Deum, At Lauds, Comm. of the Octave. At Mass (after Sext), Gloria, Comm. of the Octave, no Credo, Preface of S. Joseph ratione Octavae. Vespers of the following day (change to red), Comm. of the Octave.

24. S. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, M, Semiduplex, Red. Comm. of the Octave. Office from the Common of Martyrs in Paschaltide. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Laud, Comm. of the Octave. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, Comm. of the Octave, no Credo, Preface of S. Joseph ratione Octavae. Vespers of the following day, no Comms.

25. Greater Litanies. S. Mark, Evangelist, Duplex II Classis, Red. No Comm. of the Octave. Of the Greater Litanies, nothing in the Office. Office from the Common of Apostles and Evangelists in Paschaltide. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Comms. In private recitation, the Litany of the Saints are said after Lauds. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Preface of the Apostles. After None, Procession to the fields with the Litany of the Saints sung followed by the Rogation Mass in violet (the Paschal Candle is not lit for this Mass, no Gloria, no Comms., no Credo, Preface of Paschaltide, Benedicamus Domino). II Vespers of the feast, Comm. of the following Sunday only.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ordo - Heb. I post Pascha MMXV

Ordo Recitandi pro Hebdomada Prima post Pascha MMXV
secundum usum Tridentinum Restauratum et Renovatum

Occurring Scripture at Mattins:  Acts of the Apostles
Hymnody: Paschaltide melodies and doxology unless otherwise stated

During the Paschal Season, from the Monday after Low Sunday through the Vigil of the Ascension inclusive, the single Paschal Suffrage of the Cross replaces all Suffragia at Vespers and Lauds on days of Simplex and Semiduplex rank outside of octaves.

During the same period, the Dominical psalms are always sung at Lauds, even in the Ferial Office; hence, there are no weekday Lauds, which always begin with Ps. 50, until after Trinity Sunday.

12 April. Low Sunday and Octave Day of Easter (aka Quasimodo, Dominica in Albis); Duplex Majus, White. Dominical Office of Paschaltide. At Mattins, 3 nocturnes: Invitatory and hymn proper for the season, Paschal antiphons and psalms from the Psalter; rest from the Proper, Te Deum. At Lauds, Paschal antiphons w/ Pss. 92, 99, 62-66, Benedicite, 148-149-150; chapter proper, hymn and versicle of the season, no Suffrages. At Prime,  Pss. 53, 118.1, 118.2, and Quicumque no Preces, short lesson for the season. At the Hours, proper capitula, short responds of the season. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum), no proper Communicantes, Ite Missa est without the double Alleluia today and henceforth. II Vespers of the Sunday, Comm. of the following S. Hermenegild, no Suffrages. At Compline, no Preces.



13. S. Hermenegild, M, Semiduplex, Red. Office from the Common of Martyrs in Paschaltide. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, Paschal Suffrage of the Cross. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day, Comm. of the preceding, no Suffrages. At Compline, no Preces.

14. S. Justin, M, Duplex, Red. Office from the Common of Martyrs in Paschaltide. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., no Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the feast, from the Chapter onwards of the following day, Comm. of the preceding, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.

15. S. Leo the Great, PCD, Duplex, White (transferred from 11 April). Office from the Common of Bishop-Confessors. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, no Suffrage. At Prime, no Preces. At Mass (after Terce), Gloria, no Comms., no Credo, Paschal Preface. II Vespers of the feast, from the Chapter onwards of the following day, Comm. of the preceding, no Suffrage. At Compline, no Preces.


16. Feria, Simplex, White. Ferial Office of Paschaltide. At Mattins, Te Deum. At Lauds, Dominical antiphons and psalms, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Sext, of the preceding Sunday), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface, Ite Missa est. Vespers of the following day (change to red, Alleluia antiphon and psalms from the Psalter), Paschal Suffrage. At Compline, Preces.

17. S. Anicetus, PM, Simplex, Red. Office from the Psalter and the Common of Martyrs in Paschaltide. At Mattins, one nocturne: antiphon Alleluia w/ psalms from the Psalter, lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, lesson 3 of the feast, Te Deum. At Lauds, antiphons from the Common w/ Dominical psalms, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Sext), Gloria, 2nd. orations of Our Lady, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Paschal Preface. Vespers of the following day (change to white, Alleluia antiphon and psalms from the Psalter), Paschal Suffrage. From now through None tomorrow, proper doxology of the Incarnation sung in the melody of the BVM at the hymns of the Hours. At Compline, Preces.

18. Saturday of the BVM, Simplex, White. Office from the Psalter and the Common. At Mattins, one nocturne: antiphon Alleluia w/ psalms from the Psalter, lessons 1 and 2 (=2&3 combined) from the occurring Scripture, lesson 3 from the Common, Te Deum. At Lauds, antiphons from the Common w/ Dominical psalms, Paschal Suffrage. At Prime, Dominical Preces. At Mass (after Sext), Gloria, 2nd. orations of the Holy Ghost, 3rd. orations for the Church or the Pope, no Credo, Preface of the BVM (Et te in veneratione). Vespers of the following Sunday, Paschal Suffrage. At Compline, Preces.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dominica Resurrectionis et Octava Paschae MMXV

Solemnitas Solemnitatum!
The Paschal Octave is privileged such that no other feast whatsoever may be celebrated during the octave. The first three days of the octave are Duplex I Classis and admit of no commemorations, save for Vespers on Tuesday for any concurring feast the next day. The remaining four weekdays of the octave are Semiduplex in rite and rank and admit commemorations of any occurring and/or concurring Simplex and Semiduplex feasts. Occurring Duplex feasts are transferred to the first free day after Low Sunday.

The Office of the Octave is peculiar and more primitive. There are are no capitula, hymns, or short responds at any of the Hours; the antiphon Haec Dies replaces these throughout.

Sunday, 5 April 2015
Pascha, the Resurrection of Our Lord
Duplex I Classis, White w/ Privileged Octave

Proper Festal Office. At Mattins, Invitatory Surrexit, no hymn, one nocturne, Te Deum. At Lauds, antiphons proper with Dominical psalms, Haec Dies, Bened. Ant. Et valde mane, Collect from the Day Mass, Double Alleluia after Benedicamus Domino and its response. At Prime and the Hours, psalms sung in a special melody without antiphon, Haec Dies, Collect.


The Mass of the Day follows Terce. Gloria, no Comms., Gradual, Alleluia, and Sequence Victimae Paschali laudes, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Agnus Dei is sung as usual, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response, Last Gospel from S. John.

II Vespers of the feast, antiphons from Lauds w/ Sunday psalms, Haec Dies, Magnif. Ant. & Magnificat, Collect, Double Alleluia after Benedicamus Domino and its response. At Compline, the psalms are sung in Tone 8G and followed (not preceded) by a quadruple Alleluia antiphon, Nunc Dimittis sung in a special melody without antiphon, Haec Dies, Collect, Regina Coeli.


Monday, 6 April. Monday in the Paschal Octave, Duplex I Classis, White. Office as on Sunday except for proper lessons and responds at Mattins and proper Bened. Ant. and Magnif. Ant. and Collect for Monday. Proper Mass, Gloria, no Comms., Gradual, Alleluia, Sequence, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response. II Vespers of the Monday, no Comms.

Tuesday, 7 April. Tuesday in the Paschal Octave, Duplex I Classis, White. Office as on Sunday except for proper lessons and responds at Mattins and proper Bened. Ant. and Magnif. Ant. and Collect for Tuesday. Proper Mass, Gloria, no Comms., Gradual, Alleluia, Sequence, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response. II Vespers of the Tuesday, no Comms.

Wednesday, 8 April. Wednesday in the Paschal Octave, Semiduplex, White. Office as on Sunday except for proper lessons and responds at Mattins and proper Bened. Ant. and Magnif. Ant. and Collect for Wednesday. Today and through Saturday, the antiphons at the Major Hours are not doubled. Proper Mass, Gloria, no Comms., Gradual, Alleluia, Sequence, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response. II Vespers of the Wednesday, no Comms.

Thursday, 9 April. Thursday in the Paschal Octave, Semiduplex, White. Office as on Sunday except for proper lessons and responds at Mattins and proper Bened. Ant. and Magnif. Ant. and Collect for Thursday. Proper Mass, Gloria, no Comms., Gradual, Alleluia, Sequence, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response. II Vespers of the Thursday, no Comms.

Friday, 10 April. Friday in the Paschal Octave, Semiduplex, White. Office as on Sunday except for proper lessons and responds at Mattins and proper Bened. Ant. and Magnif. Ant. and Collect for Thursday. Proper Mass, Gloria, no Comms., Gradual, Alleluia, Sequence, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response. II Vespers of the Friday, no Comms.

Saturday 11 April. Sabbato in Albis, Semiduplex, White.* Office as on Sunday except for proper lessons and responds at Mattins and proper Bened. Ant. and Magnif. Ant. and Collect for Saturday Proper Mass, Gloria, no Comms., Greater Alleluia & Sequence, Credo, Paschal Preface (Et in hoc potissimum die) and Communicantes, Double Alleluia after Ite Missa est and its response.

 After None, the Proper Office of the Octave ceases, and the Office returns to the normative format. Vespers of the following Low Sunday: triple Alleluia antiphon w/ Pss. 143, 144, 145, 146, & 147, Chapter and Hymn Ad Regias Agni dapes, Magnif. Ant. & Magnif., Collect of the following Sunday, no Comms. At Compline, Triple Alleluia antiphon for the psalms, Te lucis sung in the Paschal melody w/ proper paschal doxology., Double Alleluia added to the short respond.

* The Duplex feast of S. Leo the Great occurring on 11 April is transferred this year to Wednesday, 15 April, the first day after Low Sunday which does not contain a feast of nine lessons.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sabbato Sancto MMXV

Each day of Majoris Hebdomadae the CTO will feature a detailed daily Ordo.

Saturday, 4 April 2015
Holy Saturday
Duplex I Classis, Violet to White

Late in the evening on Good Friday, 15 unbleached wax candles are lit on a triangular candelabrum (hearse); these will be extinguished one by one, starting from the bottom ends on up, after each psalm of Mattins and Lauds is sung The Office today is completely Proper and is stripped bare to its primitive form. The minor doxology Gloria Patri is now omitted entirely until the Paschal Vigil Mass. There is no Invitatory or Hymn; the lessons are read without conclusions and no responses are made. Mattins begin immediately with the first antiphon; three nocturnes as in the Proper, no Te Deum.

At Lauds: Antiphons from the Proper w/ Pss. 50, 91, 62-66, Canticle of Ezechial (from Tuesday's Lauds), and 148-149-150, there is no Chapter or Hymn, Bened. Ant. proper. The Benedictus sung, the lights of the church are extinguished, and the solitary lit candle atop the hearse is taken and hidden behind the altar whilst the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps. 50 again, and Collect are prayed. The Collect's conclusion is said silently, and then there is the loud strepitus. The candle is returned to the hearse, extinguished, and all depart in silence. There is no final Marian antiphon until Compline of Holy Saturday.

Early in the morning, the Little Hours are prayed consecutively. These are recited without chant; all begin immediately with the usual psalms for these Hours after which follow the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect (again the conclusion is silent). The Martyrology is omitted today.

The triple reed carried by the deacon
Photo taken from the St. Lawrence Press blog
After None, the great Paschal Vigil begins. The colour is violet; the Celebrant in cope, the ministers in folded chasubles. The New Fire is struck from a flint and is blessed, and then the light from the fire is carried by the deacon (having changed into white dalmatic) on a triple reed into the darkened church. The deacon chants the Exsultet during which the grains of incense are affixed to and the light from triple reed is used to light the Paschal candle. The 12 Old Testament propechies follow, the deacon having resumed his violet folded chasuble. The ceremony then moves to the Baptistry at which the baptismal water is blessed and confected; the font is incensed. The vigil concludes with a shorter version of the Litany of the Saints, the invocations doubled. Meanwhile, the sacred ministers change into white vestments with the joyful dalmatic and tunicle; folded chasubles will not return again until the Pentecost vigil seven weeks hence.

The joy of the Resurrection is now vesperally anticipated but not fully. Mass of the Paschal Vigil follows in the usual way, except that the acolytes do not carry candles for the Gospel and the Agnus Dei and Pax are omitted. The Gloria is sung during which the bells are rung (having been silent since Maundy Thursday's Gloria) and the holy images are unveiled. There are no commemorations. After the Epistle, the Alleluia, silenced since First Vespers of Septuagesima, resounds again. The Credo is not sung (being not fully Pascha). Paschal Preface w/ Et in hac nocte and Proper Communicantes in the Canon. After Communion, a short form of Vespers is sung w/ Triple Alleluia antiphon (doubled) w/ Ps. 116; Magnif. Ant. Vespere autem sabbati and Magnificat during which the altar is incensed as usual during Vespers; the Celebrant and everyone else are then incensed in the usual order. The Postcommunion prayer doubles as the Collect of Vespers and both the Mass and Vespers conclude with Ite Missa est, alleluia, alleluia. The Last Gospel is said as usual. Lent thus endeth with these Vespers coinciding with midday.

Compline is sung later in the afternoon or early evening using a special format appointed for this evening; the Office continues to employ a primitive form during the octave to follow. All begins as usual, but the psalms are prayed without antiphon. There is no hymn or short respond. The antiphon from Vespers Vespere autem sabbati is used as the antiphon for the Nunc Dimittis. Then the Collect and all that follow concluding with the Regina Coeli sung for the first time.

Feria Sexta in Parasceve MMXV

Each day of Majoris Hebdomadae the CTO will feature a detailed daily Ordo.

Friday, 3 April 2015
Good Friday
Duplex I Classis, Black

Late in the evening on Maundy Thursday, 15 unbleached wax candles are lit on a triangular candelabrum (hearse); these will be extinguished one by one, starting from the bottom ends on up, after each psalm of Mattins and Lauds is sung The Office today is completely Proper and is stripped bare to its primitive form. The minor doxology Gloria Patri is now omitted entirely until the Paschal Vigil Mass. There is no Invitatory or Hymn; the lessons are read without conclusions and no responses are made. Mattins begin immediately with the first antiphon; three nocturnes as in the Proper, no Te Deum.

At Lauds: Antiphons from the Proper w/ Pss. 50, 142, 62-66, Canticle of Habacuc, and 148-149-150, there is no Chapter or Hymn, Bened. Ant. proper. The Benedictus sung, the lights of the church are extinguished, and the solitary lit candle atop the hearse is taken and hidden behind the altar whilst the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps. 50 again, and Collect are prayed. The Collect's conclusion is said silently, and then there is the loud strepitus. The candle is returned to the hearse, extinguished, and all depart in silence. There is no final Marian antiphon until Compline of Holy Saturday.

Traditional Good Friday Rite with Pope John XXIII in 1959
Early in the morning, the Little Hours are prayed consecutively. These are recited without chant; all begin immediately with the usual psalms for these Hours after which follow the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect (again the conclusion is silent). The Martyrology is omitted today.

After None, the Mass of the Presanctified is celebrated; the vestments and altar crucifix veil are black. The deacon and subdeacon wear folded chasubles. The proper Liturgy follows with two lessons and Passion according to S. John, the solemn collects, the veneration of the Cross, the great procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the repository whilst the regal Vexilla Regis is sung, and the Presanctified Mass proper. Communion is not distributed to the faithful, and Vespers immediately follow (recited or sung per ad libitum chants for the antiphons). The altar is stripped again after Vespers.

Compline is recited, not sung, in the later afternoon/early evening without candles or ceremony. The Confiteor, Misereatur, and Indulgentiam are prayed and then Pss. 4, 30 (1-6), 90, and 133 followed by the Nunc Dimittis. All then kneel and recite the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect Visita quaesumus (again the conclusion is silent).

Later in the evening, Tenebrae of Holy Saturday; details in the next entry.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Feria Quinta in Coena Domini MMXV

Each day of Majoris Hebdomadae the CTO will feature a detailed daily Ordo.

Thursday, 2 April 2015
Maundy Thursday 
Duplex I Classis, Violet (Office) & White (Mass)

Late in the evening on Spy Wednesday, 15 unbleached wax candles are lit on a triangular candelabrum (hearse); these will be extinguished one by one, starting from the bottom ends on up, after each psalm of Mattins and Lauds is sung The Office today is completely Proper and is stripped bare to its primitive form. The minor doxology Gloria Patri is now omitted entirely until the Paschal Vigil Mass. There is no Invitatory or Hymn; the lessons are read without conclusions and no responses are made. Mattins begin immediately with the first antiphon Zelus domus tuae and Ps. 68; three nocturnes as in the Proper, no Te Deum.

At Lauds: Antiphons from the Proper w/ Pss. 50, 89, 62-66, Canticle of Moses (Exodus), and 148-149-150, there is no Chapter or Hymn, Bened. Ant. proper. The Benedictus sung, the lights of The lights of the church are extinguished, and the solitary lit candle atop the hearse is taken and hidden behind the altar whilst the Christus factus est, Pater noster, Ps. 50 again, and Collect are prayed. The Collect's conclusion is said silently, and then there is the loud strepitus. The candle is returned to the hearse, extinguished, and all depart in silence. There is no final Marian antiphon until Compline of Holy Saturday.

Early in the morning, the Little Hours are prayed consecutively. These are recited without chant; all begin immediately with the usual psalms for these Hours after which follow the Christus factus est, Pater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect (again the conclusion is silent). The Martyrology is omitted today and the next two days.

After None, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated; the vestments and altar crucifix veil are white. The deacon and subdeacon wear dalmatic and tunicle. At Masses celebrated by the local Ordinary, the holy oils are blessed during this Mass. At Mass, the Gloria is sung at which time the bells are rung and will then be silent until the Gloria on Holy Saturday; in place of bells during that intervening time, a crepitaculum or wooden clapper is used at the Sanctus, Consecration, etc. There is only a Gradual (no Tract) as is normative on Thursdays during Lent. The Credo is sung. Preface of the Holy Cross, Ite Missa est. The Last Gospel of S. John is prayed as usual, and then a procession to bear the Blessed Sacrament to the well adorned Altar of Repose follows the Mass. After a little while at the altar of repose, all return to the Church, the ministers changing into choir dress, and Vespers are recited (or sung per the ad libitum chants available) without ceremony which should occur close to the time of midday. The altar(s) is(are) then stripped after Vespers, leaving only the covered Crucifix (again draped in violet) and six candlesticks upon it.

Mandatum with a bishop -
Photo courtesy of S. Gertrude the Great
by way of the S. Lawrence Press Blog
A little while later in the early afternoon, the Mandatum takes place. The ministers are in violet; the Celebrant in cope, the Deacon and Subdeacon in folded chasubles. They enter the church; the deacon chants again the Gospel of the earlier Mass today, and the Celebrant then removes his cope and puts on an apron (or an amice) and proceeds to wash the feet of 12 men whilst are sung the chants Mandatum novum, etc. The ceremony concludes with a few short verses and responses and a final prayer. All then depart in silence.

Compline is recited, not sung, in the later afternoon/early evening without candles or ceremony. The Confiteor, Misereatur, and Indulgentiam are prayed and then Pss. 4, 30 (1-6), 90, and 133 followed by the Nunc Dimittis. All then kneel and recite the Christus factus estPater noster, Ps, 50, and Collect Visita quaesumus (again the conclusion is silent).

Later in the evening, Tenebrae of Good Friday; details in the next entry.