New, 2012 Ordo has arrived

Thanks to the kind folks at Angelus Press, I have a new Ordo for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. 


“But Father! But Father”, some people are about to ask, with a rising pitch:  “Why do you write about this Ordo from the publishers of the SSPX?!? Some people say they are [whispering…] schismatics!  Shouldn’t you be using the Ordo from the… the… well… some other Extraordinary Form Ordo?”

Angelus Press took the time and effort to send me the Ordo.  Others have not.

Who are those other publishers of an Ordo, by the way?

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  1. Ossus says:

    I believe FSSP produces a yearly Ordo.

    Link below:

  2. A notable feature of the FSSP Ordo is the inclusion of English translations of the Ritus servandus (“The Rite to be Observed in the Celebration of Mass”) and De defectibus (“On Defects that Can Occur in the Celebration of Mass”), which describe in much more detail than the 1962 rubrics themselves what to do and not to do. I’d think these translations would be invaluable to new priests learning the TLM if their Latin is not sufficient to read them in the (all-Latin) 1962 Missale Romanum itself.

    Some claim that the omission of the De defectibus from the missal of Paul VI was a severe defect that has led to defects in the celebration of the Novus Ordo.

  3. HyacinthClare says:

    If I’d known you wanted an FSSP ordo, I could have ordered you one at the same time I ordered mine. Do I know a mailing address for you? Apparently everybody else does….

  4. momoften says:

    My sons have the 2012 ordo from FSSP and have used that for the last few years. It is nicely done.
    It would be interesting to see a comparison of the two though……

  5. Mike Morrow says:

    Henry Edwards wrote: “A notable feature of the FSSP Ordo is the inclusion of English translations of the Ritus servandus (“The Rite to be Observed in the Celebration of Mass”) and De defectibus (“On Defects that Can Occur in the Celebration of Mass”), which describe in much more detail than the 1962 rubrics themselves what to do and not to do. ”

    I possess a 50-year-old standard ORDO for 1962 published by B. Herder Company for middle-southern US dioceses. I’ve always treasured this book used at my parish, which was given to me (an altar server) by a well-regarded priest named Fr. John J. McDonald (RIP). Ordos from that era were intended for celebrant use, all text in Latin, and never used by laity. Its first 90 pages contain the entire “Rubricae generales” from the 1960 Missale Romanum. But…oddly…it contains nothing from the “Ritus servandus” or “De defectibus” articles.

    Publishers of today’s popular ordos should include the traditional “Rubricae generales”, plus the “Ritus servandus” and “De defectibus”. It surprises me that the SSPX, which more than any other organization prevented the willful extermination of Catholic tradition and now has an outstanding publishing house, does not include such obvious enhancements to the ordo they publish. English text would be entirely satisfactory and perhaps more generally useful, now that lay use is common and many priests have minimal Latin proficiency. A question of translation fidelity could be resolved by consulting the original Latin text at the front of every altar missal.

    It is also essential that all the authoritative Vatican documents related to the regularization of the Mass (Summorum Pontificum, Universae Ecclesiae, etc.) are included.

  6. cstei says:

    The FSSP Ordo only costs $10. It is well made and the customer service is great. I have been to their bookstore and was treated like a king. Why not buy one?

  7. heway says:

    Try Biretta Books. Believe they have the 2012 Ordo – EF. St John Cantius Parish.

  8. I get the FSSP’s ordo and this reminds me I need to order it now.

  9. Mike Morrow says:

    Forgive me while I correct the classic “senior moment” error I made in my posting here yesterday. My parish assistant pastor in 1962 was Fr. John J. McDaniel, not McDonald. Any remembrance of the most important priest in one’s life deserves to be accurate. He was a young man then, who died of cancer within the decade. May he rest in peace.

  10. Maltese says:

    I find it highly amusing that some avoid Angeles Press yet will read from Knopf and gobble-up dime-store Romance novels!

    And, for the record, not only are the SSPX not schismatic, but it is licit to go to their masses.

  11. Giambattista says:

    It’s really nice that Angelus Press sent an Ordo your way, Father. [They are the only ones who do. I think they actually want to SELL some.]

    I have used Ordo’s from several different sources over the years. What I like about the Angelus Press version is that it is not spiral bound and that each day has its own little entry (as opposed to a grid format). I find that a spiral bound book is harder for me to carry along with other books because it is thicker on one end. I do like the Angelus Press Ordo.

    As far as other Ordo publishers, I have used the SSPV Ordo (IH Mary in Black Eagle, MT) to pray the Office according to Divino Afflatu rubrics (this Ordo is entirely in Latin) and the FSSP Ordo from Fraternity Publications in Scranton, PA.

    I really need to get moving and order a 2012 Ordo. I’ll probably just get one, although there have been years I’ve had Ordo’s from multiple sources. This blog post makes me realize I need to make a decision about Ordo’s…soon! :)

  12. Speravi says:

    I have used both the FSSP ordo and the one sold by Angelus Press. Sometimes I have found the directives (for seasons or particular feasts) to be clearer in the FSSP. However, I find the data for the breviary to be much better in the Angelus Press. It has been a couple of years now since I have bought the FSSP, but they are both nice.

    A second point: I am not entirely sure who publishes the “Angelus Press” ordo. I have looked in the past and been unable to ascertain the exact publisher. Most Angelus Press printed books have their logo on them. This does not. Preserving Christian Publications sells the same ordo; but the ordo has nothing printed in it to trace its publication to them either. Perhaps it is some sort of joint effort in which all parties agree to leave their name out. Perhaps it is published by some other very small SSPX friendly publisher and then distributed by PCP and Angelus Press. I don’t know, but it seems to be some sort of reprint of an old ordo which is then modified for the current year. For example, it lists days for the dedication of local diocesan Cathedrals. However, some of these places have been rededicated after major wreckovations etc. Thus the days in which some dioceses celebrate local feasts and the dates of local feasts in this ordo do not always correspond. This is one of the reasons why I think that it is a reprint of an old ordo with updates. These incongruities, of course, would have little effect on the average Catholic and they are in an appendix, not in the main entries of the ordo.

  13. gloriainexcelsis says:

    I also have had the FSSP Ordo for several years – and like HyacinthClare I wonder how to get a mailing address. I do not like PayPal and have wanted to send donations from time to time.

  14. Banjo pickin girl says:

    It’s readily available and easy to find.

  15. Centristian says:

    The worship office of my diocese (in whose employ I am) orders a single copy of the SSPX’s Angelus Press Ordo through my office every year…and I don’t know why.

  16. wolfeken says:

    Looking at the 2012 Ordo, it sure is a boring liturgical year! [A contradiction in terms!] The only major things out of the ordinary I see in 2012 are 1) the Annunciation transfered to March 26; 2) Nativity of Saint John the Baptist dominating June 24 with the regular Sunday commemorated; and 3) Most Precious Blood displacing the Sunday on July 1. Zzzzzzzzzz…

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