16 November 2022

ORDO ... ... ORDO!

This is a time of the year when those of us who offer daily the August Sacrifice ... and /or say the Divine Office ... find our minds turning to the thought of Next Year's ORDO. 

One really does need an ORDO to know what's going on liturgically, day by day.

Real traddies, using the Sarum Rite, needed to resort to PICA, of which Thomas Cranmer wrote "the nombre and hardnes of the rules called the pie and the manifold changings of the service, was the cause, that to turne the boke only, was so hard and intricate a matter, that many times, there was more busines to fynd out what should be read, then to read it when it was founde out."

Coming down to near-modernity: in the Good Old Days when the Roman Rite was endearingly complex, and the Ordo was in Latin, the one to get was one which still survives annually today, and which I very strongly commend: the Saint Lawrence Press Ordo [59 Sandscroft Avenue, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7EJ]. There you found and still find the full glory of privileged octaves, common vigils, doubles of the Second Class, you name it, all just as it was before Bugnini's chum Eugenio Pacelli, sometimes known as Pius XII, started the long gruesome process still known by the gullible as 'Reform'. These were the days (1923) when Mgr Ronald Knox wrote a spoof review of " ... the unpretentious but tastefully produced booklet that reaches us from Burns, Oates, & Washbourne, entitled Ordo Recitandi Divini Officii, etc., (1/6 net). The author modestly preserves anonymity, nor does he betray his identity by any marked individuality of treatment; but his colleagues will be glad to welcome a piece of solid work from his pen, and will not fail to recognise his painstaking attention to detail and his terse, nervous Latinity ... "

In the C of E, we often used the Ordo of the nearest Popish diocese; thus one can work out that Eric Mascall's The Ultra Catholic (1959) probably lived within the geographical Archdiocese of Westminster: "The psalms of Dahvid I recite in heaven's own native Latin./And though I don't quite understand those awkward moods and tenses,/ My ordo recitandi's strict Westmonasteriensis." [The Wantage Sisters still produced up to 1969 an English ORDO " ... in strict accordance with the use of the Western Church."]

Back down to earth and the Novus Ordo: I still edit annually an Anglican ORDO; curiously, the calendars of readings  currently guaranteed by the Authority of the General Synod are (I mean this seriously) very much more complex than Pie or anything in Sarum, so you do need a lectionary. The Ordinariate offers an extremely nice ORDO based upon the (much preferable) Anglican rules of 1961. 

The Latin Mass Society provides a very neat (and recently reconfigured) ORDO for the 1962 rite. The SSPX ... I think ....

One thing to check: do you need an ORDO which provides for local Saints? If so, you should make sure you get an ORDO which does actually do this. It really does matter; around this time of the year, various dioceses prescribe(d) S Willibrord; S Justus; Holy Abbots Hugh Cook, Richard Whiting, and John Beche. 

TODAY ... for example ... you wouldn't want to have missed S Edmund Rich, of Abendon, Oxford, and Canterbury, Patron of the Catholic diocese of Portsmouth ... would you? 

Or ... in the next few days ... S Margaret of Scotland, S Hugh, S Hilda or S Edmund of Edmundsbury ...

The LMS ORDO does give all such local information; so does an American SSPX ORDO, which encompasses all the dioceses of the the entire Anglophone world. 


Thomas F. Miller said...

Dear Fr.,

The apparent hyperlinks in your boldened text such as the name of the recommended printing house did not work.

Do you take contributions?

Minnesota USA

Jesse said...

Father: You might like to add to your list the annual ordo (in Latin) of the traditionalist Benedictines of l'Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, which is made freely available online for the use of persons who pray the Office from the Breviarium Monasticum.

The pertinent page on the abbey's website still gives only the version for 2021–2022, but I imagine that it will be updated soon: https://www.barroux.org/en/ordo-liturgique-en.html

pdm said...

A further piece of information for you, Fr: UVS Scotland now produces its own LMS-style ordo with the national and diocesan propers of Scotland.

William said...

Very important to celebrate S Edmund of Abingdon. His day reminds me year-by year that having been a Canon of the Cathedral Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in New Sarum should not be considered a barrier to sainthood.

Grant Milburn said...

So why do we say "as easy as pie"?
(Wikipedia suggests the idiom may have been ironic at first.)

Rubricarius said...

For those interested ordering details for The Saint Lawrence Press ordo.

Claudio Salvucci said...

The FSSP Ordo for the Province of North America accounts for the local feasts of the US and Canada. It even has two feasts--St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Jan. 4) and St. John Neumann (Jan. 5)--that were added post-1962 but while the 62 Missal was still in effect.