12 November 2015

ORDO; and Pope Francis

I notice that other blogs are recommending ORDOs for next year. For those who are Ordinary Form chaps and chappesses, but would enjoy something which somewhat elevates bog-standard Bugnini, I commend the ORDO which I still compile, Order for the Eucharist and for Morning and Evening prayer in the Church of England 2016. It gives full information both for the Novus Ordo Roman Rite (Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal) and for the Church of England (Common Worship). Tufton Books. (By the way, it starts with Advent.)

For those who would like something unusual and really quite exciting, I recommend (if you haven't tried it already) the ORDO done by the St Lawrence Press. It will remind you of the days before Ven Pius XII started out on his career of liturgical 'reform'. In other words, it offers you the Roman Rite as it was in 1939. You will discover an exotic world in which feasts always had a First Vespers; greater feasts had Vigils; greatest ones had Octaves. You will be surprised to realise how much of what we label 'Bugnini' was really imposed before the Council and before S John XXIII.

Of course, its actual use today would be totally illegal. I am not encouraging anything so improper. No way could you possibly ... er ...

... what am I saying ...

 ... Pope Francis, by word and example, has insistently made clear his dislike of Pharisaical people who make a fuss about sticking to the rules and think they are better than everybody else because they do so. Yes! In this pontificate, you need not be legalistic pedants! Get up out of the Seat of Moses! Use this ORDO now, quickly, in case our beloved Holy Father is succeeded by someone pharisaical! Could be your last chance!

6 comments:

Doodler said...

There is always the Ordo produced by The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham! I also find the LMS Ordo a useful 'appendix'!

Rubricarius said...

Thank you, Esteemed Father, for the 'plug'. A complimentary copy of Ordo MMXVI will arrive on your doormat next week.

Marc Puckett said...

I've happily used the SLP Ordo for most of the past year (my first with it). A layman, it will be the least of reproaches, as I tremble before the Seat of Judgment, that I didn't use the EF breviary. You poor clerics!

ansgerus said...

As laymen like myself, Father, I guess it is welcomed by the Church if we pray the Office independent on the Version. In principle, I agree that 1939 is very good in different aspects (under Pius X a nice balance was found between the Sanctuale and the Needs of the daily propers). But, after having been praying "1939" for several years, in the last time I am recognizing more and more that the earlier, pre-Pius X versions of the Office might be "the real thing" - even though the Temporale often is sacrificed - because the daily Office itself gets a marvelous integrity which was in many cases lost with the reforms of Pius X. The reforms of Pius X are the first centralistic liturgy reforms prescribing an artificial, new liturgy which had not been growing organically over many decades and centuries, but were the result of "expert" meetings behind closed doors. Especially the new Psalter Ordo is completely artificial, and I wonder for what benefit it was invented, besides for saving a little time in the daily praying of the hours. It was a "man made liturgy", as we could say with Benedict XVI, which then was further worsened in 1949 (new Psalter), 1955 (give-up of many Octaves and other important elements) and 1962, which hopefully more and more people are considering as just a transitory version on the way to the Novus Ordo.

Ivan said...

Ansgerus, you can always try the Benedictine office from 1962. You can buy the Monastic Diurnal on the internet (from the Farnborough Abbey, if I am not mistaken). That way you are praying, if I am not mistaken, liturgically (since there are abbeys which use the old rite breviarium), and you will a psalter arrangement which would probably satisfy your needs. You can check it here: http://www.gregorianbooks.com/gregorian/www/www.kellerbook.com/Monastic.htm

Rubricarius said...

Ivan, the problem with that edition of the Monastic Office is that the rite was heavily revised in the 1920s, many of the changes not being seen in the secular Office until 1960 and beyond. Although the Psalterium remained intact - except for the last three days of Holy Week and the Office of the Dead - some of the changes were bizarre such as having the Miserere in the ferial Office of Paschaltide.