The nice people at Angelus Press sent me a 2011 Ordo… the Ordo Divini Officii Persolvendi Missaeque Sacrificii Peragendi Pro Anno Domini 2011.
This Ordo is in accordance with the rubrics established by John XXIII in Rubricarum instructum of 25Jul 1960.
This is the usual paper-bound affair which will be sturdy enough to last the whole year even with a bit of flattening to get it to lie open.
It starts with the calendar year at January 2011 instead of the liturgical year at Advent in December. Odd. It makes the book less useful. I think they should reconsider that.
US feasts are included in this Ordo.
There is an amusing bit in the front of the book, by way of a preface. It has something of that combative spirit we expect from the SSPX!
Contrary to the assertions of some persons, there is nothing substantially different between earlier versions of the Missal/Breviary and the 1962 editions. Nothing contrary to the traditional Roman Catholic Faith is either contained or insinuated in the 1962 Missal and Breviary. No reputable theologian or liturgical expert of any standing has made any such assertion in this regard. With supplements and the [Ordo for Holy Week], the older editions of those liturgical books can easily continue to suffice for saying Mass and the Divine Office.
A conversation starter to be sure. Then, at the end of the preface…
Many older priests, having fewer duties and obligations, continued to say the additional orations and used the oler Breviary as before. In those days, nobody was upset or critical that they did. Who would complain if they did so today?
I appreciate having this Ordo. I haven’t had one of their ordos in the past, so it will be interesting to see how it differs from others I have seen.
Some helpful information is included. For example, the texts for the blessing of throats on St. Blaise Day.
I chuckled a bit at the note on p. ix under the excerpts from 1960 rubrics, where I read:
82. According to conditions and customs varying from one church to another and from one place to another – of this matter the local ordinary is the judge….
I wonder how often the SSPX priests are calling the local chancery for a ruling on processions are to be conducted on 24 April. I’d like to hear that conversation.
Also, during January there is the Octave of Christian Unity. They include some intentions for each day, such as “The submission of Anglicans to the Authority of the Vicar of Christ.”. Timely, but a little ironic.
In the back there are Appendices with the feasts for Dioceses of Canada and for Great Britain.
“But Father! But Father!” I can hear some of you saying even as you are reading to the end of this rather specialized entry. “Why aren’t you using an FSSP Ordo? Should you be supporting Angelus Press?”
Angelus Press prints good things and they send them to me. The FSSP hasn’t sent me an Ordo. If they had, I would be reviewing it. I have used the FSSP Ordo in the past.