Update: USA Ordinariate Calendar

The Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the USA has released its own proper liturgical calendar, and it is is even available already to download. Thus it is possible now to confirm some of the details regarding the English Ordinariate’s calendar by extension. Wonderfully, just those issues regarding the reform of the Calendar after the Council that were lamented in a post last month are the ones remedied, and more. The details of note:

  1. As in England, Ordinary Time will no longer be referred to, being replaced by Sundays after Epiphany or Sundays after Trinity, thus ensuring the whole liturgical year is now explicitly anchored and referenced to the mysteries of salvation.
  2. The three “-gesima” Sundays are restored.
  3. Rogation days before Ascension, and the Ember days in the four seasons of the year are restored.
  4. The Octave of Pentecost is restored, to be marked properly except for the readings which will be of the particular weekday. (I shall check again to see how they determine the day to choose for the readings if they do not resume what it is now called Ordinary Time till after Trinity. I suspect it will follow the standard Roman calendar in this case).

This is wonderful news and reclaims much of the logic that is absent in the current Latin Ordinary Form calendar. The restoration of the Octave of Pentecost is a great surprise. There is the old and famous story that on the first Monday after Pentecost subsequent to the reform of the Calendar in the wake of the Council, Pope Paul VI walked into the sacristy to find, to his confusion, green vestments, not red, laid out. He was told by an assistant that the Octave of Pentecost had been abolished. When he asked who had approved that change, the answer came, to his tearful chagrin, “You did, your Holiness”. While perhaps the calendar had indeed laboured under far too many octaves prior to the council, to the detriment of the temporal rhythm of the liturgical year, the loss of the Octave of Pentecost, which bridged the passing from Paschal Season culminating in the celebration of the definitive establishment of the Church to the quieter flow of the rest of the year, was widely lamented.

Perhaps we might get it back, too, in the fullness of time.

(thanks to Fr Stephen for the tip off)

5 thoughts on “Update: USA Ordinariate Calendar

  1. Salve, Pater !

    Good news for the Ordinariate in the USA !

    I presume a Decree will have been issued from the Congregation for Worship, as happened with the Ordinariate in England & Wales.

    In my opinion ( I can’t honestly say “in my humble opinion” because I’m not humble), this is what the novus ordo temporale could and should look like. It would not, I think, require yet another edition of the 1970 Missale Romanum (already in its third edition). I am thinking of the revised 1960 calendar which did not require a new edition, until it was incorporated into the editio typica of 1962. Similarly, the Holy Week reforms which were introduced ad experimentum in 1951 were not fully incorporated into the Missal until the editio typica of 1955. It would not, I think, require a new lectionary ; the lections for “Sundays in Ordinary Time” would presumably be used for Sundays after Epiphany, the -gesimas, and Sundays after Pentecost. I’m not sure about certain days, but the compilers of the ordo missae celebrandi could, I am sure, work things out. If the Ordinariates can work out how to do it, then so could we !

    I hope someone in Rome is at least thinking about this, or, better still, reading this, (well, you never know,) pending a more thorough revision of the 2002 Missale Romanum.

    Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing the Ordinariate liturgy once it receives the recognitio of Rome.

    Floreant the Ordinariates !

    Pax et bonum



    1. Salve Petrus.

      It struck me last night that the hoped-for reform of the calendar seemed to be likely as a result of the “mutual enrichment” encouraged between the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms. Now I am wondering if, in fact, the Calendar might be reformed via the Ordinariate, and that a parallel “mutual enrichment” might be underway that has escaped the notice of most of us, at least in its potential extent.

      Most of the logistical questions could be solved by a well-produced Ordo that clearly marked by the current Latin nomenclature along with the more traditional. The readings would remain the same as for the Latin Ordinary Form. One question that I am yet to answer, for example, is what the proper would be for the Octave of Pentecost: the Proper of Pentecost Sunday used throughout the Octave, or a new octave proper?

      Fascinating times!



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