Can you brilliant liturgy nerds help this… liturgy nerd cum computer geek?
From a reader:
Hi father Z!
I have spent the last two weeks constructing a digital-calendar-generator for the TLM/-62 (in Swedish, with celebrations according to the calendar found inside the new TLM handbook – that by the way even has a foreword by our bishop). It can now generate the entire liturgical calendar for any given year for at least the next 200 years (if I’ve constructed it correctly).
Now I’d be very happy to receive any help to correct the details in the generator – from you, someone you could direct me to, or through your blog commenters (if you choose to forward this to your readership).
As I am now finalising the generator I have come to doubt that I have treated the lower-rank celebrations correctly.
The printed calendar that I’ve taken my information from presents the lower rankings using the old system (S, Sd, D, Dm) and explains that all of them except S become ’3rd class’ in the “new” JXXIII system. What I wonder is:
1. When a Simplex (or are they supposed to be referred to as ’4th class’?) falls during Epiphanytide or ‘after Easter’
a. Is a proper liturgical color to be used or is the color of the season to be used (the latter is how I have interpreted Commemorations to work)?
b. is it a mandatory or optional celebration (like ‘opt. Mem’ in the new rite)?
2. If the same kind of celebration falls during Advent or Lent:
a & b as above
c. Does its rank somehow reduce to Commemoration (or do they even disappear) because of the higher rank of Lenten/Advent ferias?
3. Are ’3rd class’ celebrations ever affected in other ways than being stricken (because of collision with a higher ranked celebration)?
My questions probably sound like I don’t know a thing about these things, which is not false – I mainly want to have a working digital calendar for the old rite, since I am a liturgical nerd, not expert :)
Pax, and forgive my bad English
Okay, friends! Get to work!