11 December 2020


(1) The happy day has arrived when comes plopping onto our doormats the Saint Lawrence Press ORDO. I enthusiastically commend this admirable publication to readers who are not already familiar with it.

It gives 2020-2021 according to the Calendar of the Roman Rite as it existed in 1939; that is, before Ven Pius XII acquired the collaboration of Hannibal Bugnini and began the series of changes which ended up with the Missal of S Paul VI. OK, you might not be in a position to use this ORDO; you might not even wish to use it; but it is quite an education to visit a world of First Vespers, Vigils, Octaves ... the world our fortunate forefathers inhabited for centuries. Frankly, you will hardly imagine how different that world was.

(2) The Latin Mass Society of GB ORDO. The rites of 1962 as encouraged by Summorum Pontificum.

(3) American ... No Publisher cited ... I think it is SSPX ... Ordo Divini Officii persolvendi missaeque Sacrificii peragendi, but text in English. Also 1962. It includes (which (2) doesn't) information for owners of pre-1960 Breviaries about which bits to miss out because the legislation of 1961 removed them. Gives the local additions for English speaking dioceses.

(3) The ORDO I compile: Novus Ordo  information and Chuch of England information from post 1960. Lots of notes recommending 'traddy' ways of doing these modern rites. Contains the 1961 Office Lectionary I describe in the next paragraph.

(4) New kid on the block ... the Ordinariate ORDO. The English Ordinariate has now, happily, come into line with the American and Australian Ordinariates in providing its informtion for the Divine Office from the Church of England's 1961 Office Lectionary, which was based on the lectionary traditions of the Latin Chuch in the years after S Gregory the Great. (3) also contains this Lectionary.

A few misprints; and its main teething problems seem to be things like not giving proper readings for Candlemass, or Our Lady of Walsingham ... not giving some solemnities First Evensongs ...

Its page 59 seems to me strangely familiar ... some arrangements and options remind me of something I've seen elsewhere ... 

It would have been nice if they had given me an acknowledgement!!


Prayerful said...

I've ordered the St Lawrence Ordo for a few years. This should serve as reminder. Taken with their blog, it shows how the liturgical books of 1960-62 were suffering a steady impoverishment, which would culminate in the Montini-Bugnini disaster called the New Order of Mass.

Brian M said...

There are also Ordos available for the 1963 Monastic Diurnal, from Le Barroux and from Katrina of the Saints Shall Arise blog.

Ryan Carey said...

I use both the St. Lawrence Press and the St. Gertrude the Great. They are practically the same, but the SGG is often more explicit and less terse, which is good for those learning the older rubrics without help. And the SGG has the USA propers is it, which the St. Lawrence does not, desirable for those of us who live in the USA.

Rubricarius said...


The original Roman editions of the Ordo were prolix indeed. There is an example from 1588 here The majority of twentieth century editions I have looked at, although all more expanded than the sixteenth century style, do not incline to extensive explanations.

Many years ago the former compiler of the LMS Ordo Arthur Crumly, a good friend, was of the view that with the effects of a century of liturgical innovation it would be more appropriate to have editions of the Ordo that gave fuller explanations. I disagreed and still do that it is better to reproduce something which seeks to replicate the style of ordines of the period. As to local feasts both Arthur and his successor, explain in the preface to their Ordo the complex issues involved in that so my view has been that in the current crisis sticking with the Universal Calendar is acceptable.

As to the SGG effort being 'practically the same' that is not surprising as they shamefully cut and pasted from the SLP edition so our esteemed 'blog host is not alone in having had his work plagiarised. It is strange that groups who consider it a mortal sin to attend the Masses of others seem to consider the Commandment of 'Thou shalt not steal' does not apply to them.

Shaun Davies said...

Does anyone know of an Ordo for the Monastic rite pre-1955; the equivalent of the St Lawrence Press Ordo but for use with the old Monastic office (not the Le Barroux [1963] edition mentioned above ? It would be interesting to see a really detailed Sarum Use ordo and/or pre-Pius X. That would be a case of having your cake, eating it and practising gluttony on it.