17 May 2009


The ORDO which for so many years I have compiled ... IS currently being printed. I say this to reassure worried users; the TuftonPress/Church Union withdrew the publication of it from the Canterbury Press because of unresolved problems concerning the ideology of some of the advertisements which Canterbury Press included. The ORDO will be distributed by THE ADDITIONAL CURATES SOCIETY (Gordon Browning House, 8 Spitfire Road, BIRMINGHAM B24 9PB; Tel 0121 3825533; info@additionalcurates.co.uk). The 2010 edition will appear a little later than hitherto, but I trust its appearance will not be much longer delayed.

The ORDO will continue to provide full information of the Calendar both of the Modern Roman Rite and of Common Worship, plus the local calendars of the provinces of Canterbury and York, of Wales, Scotland, Dublin, and Armagh, and the modern Roman RC calendars for England and Wales.

It also provides full daily bible references for the readings at Mass and the Office in the Church of England, and in the current Roman Mass Lectionary. It includes full and, I hope, up-to-date directions for the particular observances of the Liturgical Year, according to modern Western usage. There are some historical explanations, and information from Orthodox sources which throw light on Western Liturgy.

It gives the full 1961 Divine Office Lectionary designed to complement the 1662 Prayer Book. And, in view of the growing interest in Traditional Liturgy, it gives growing amounts of guidance to those who wish to give their worship an increasing bias in a traditional direction (whether Prayer Book or Roman); although it does not yet give the full 1662 and Roman 1962 calendars.

Many Anglican users have valued the section on the Law of Worship of the Church of England, and have found it useful when confronted by bishops who ...


Anonymous said...

...who what?

Or do we just leave that up to our imagination? In my case you don't have to. If you knew my diocesan, you'd know.

As always, Father, looking forward to its publication, it is a major tool in the preparation of the forthcoming year, and it is with grateful thanks to God for your work in this area.


William said...

After the manner of the well-known testimonial for Pear's Soap ("Two years ago I used your soap, since when I have used no other") - I was introduced to your Ordo in my Diaconate year (1996), since when it has been my invariable guide in matters liturgical, with regard to both the quotidian Ordo Recitandi and the underlying historical, rubrical and canonical principles.

If this development means we are no longer to be confronted by advertisements from such bodies as the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and the Society of Catholic [sic] Priests [sic], then it will be well worth the wait.

C. A. Brand said...

Thanks, Fr. Hunwicke, I am very glad to hear that your Ordo will continue coming forth with readiness and decency. You may be interested to hear that your Ordo has been most useful and edifying as we move though the liturgical year at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, one of the Anglican Usage RC churches in the USA. May God bless your work and witness!

William Tighe said...

I hope to see Our Lady of Walsingham church for the first time when I attend this year's Anglican Use conference in June.

Canterbury Anglican said...

Dear Father,

I've always been curious to know why you feature the 1961 BCP Office Lectionary rather than the 1922 / 28 version. It was recently pre-printed with the deposited book and the Canterbury 'Diary & Desk Book' carries it. Any chance of it appearing in the Ordo?

Fr John Hunwicke said...

1961 is an improved version of 1922, revised in the light of two generations of experience. It seems to me obtuse to print the earlier unimproved version. And so, some years ago, I made the judgement that, since 1961 is what the ORDO has printed since its inception, the introduction now of 1922 would be an irritant to users who have employed the 1961 lectionary for decades of priestly life.

Unknown said...

One of the reasons why I find modern RC lectionaries, ordos, rubics and liturgies attractive is that they are so easy to use and understand whereas the C-of-E, especially in its Common Worship mode seems intent on making everything so complicated in that there seem to be about fifty different authorised alternatives to absolutely everything. Have they never read "Of ceremonies, why some are abolished and some retained"? Rome seems to have learned this lesson rather better tan we have.