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:
- 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.
- The three “-gesima” Sundays are restored.
- Rogation days before Ascension, and the Ember days in the four seasons of the year are restored.
- 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)