Saturday, 27 December 2014

Nidaros ordo

Sunday 28 December. HOLY INNOCENTS, martyrs, double. Commemorations of the Octaves of the Nativity, St Stephen, and St John.
Monday 29. ST THOMAS, archbishop and martyr, double. Comm. Octt. Nat., Steph., John, Innoc.
Tuesday 30. Office of the Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity. Comm. Octt. Steph., John, Innoc., Thos.
Wednesday 31. St Silvester, pope and confessor, simple. Comm. Octt. Nat., Steph., John, Innoc., Thos.
Thursday 1 January 2015. CIRCUMCISION OF THE LORD, summum. Comm. Octt. Nat., Steph., John, Innoc., Thos.
Friday 2. Octave of St Stephen, three lessons. Comm. Octt. John, Innoc., Thos, Circ.
Saturday 3. Octave of St John, three lessons. Comm. Octt. Innoc., Thos, Circ.

The anthem after Compline is Nesciens mater.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Introit for the fourth Sunday of Advent, sung by Jerycho

And while we've got the lads here, this is the only recording I know of the troped Gloria Spiritus et alme, in honour of the blessed Virgin. Spiritus et alme was the sole trope to be found in the ordo missae of the Missale Nidrosiense.

And here is an Alleluia egregie - but not the one found in the office of St Magnus: different text, different tone. Nevertheless fabulous.

Nidaros ordo

At the urging of Ttony, I persist with my attempt at an ordo for the Use of Nidaros. If you are a sixteenth-century cleric incardinated into one of the Nidrosian sees, I strongly advise you to check with your bishop before accepting the accuracy of anything I post here!

Sunday 21 December. FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Anthem: O virgo virginum.
Monday 22. ST THOMAS, apostle, double. O virgo virginum.
Tuesday 23. St Thorlac, bishop and confessor, simple. O virgo virginum.
Wednesday 24. Vigil of the Nativity. Nesciens mater.
Thursday 25. NATIVITY OF THE LORD, summum. Commemoration of St Anastasia, virgin martyr, at the second Mass. Nesciens mater.
Friday 26. ST STEPHEN, prothomartyr [sic], greater double. Com. of the Octave of the Nativity. Nesciens mater.
Saturday 27. ST JOHN, apostle and evangelist, greater double. Comm. Octt. Nat. & Steph. Nesciens mater.

'Doubting' Thomas is displaced by the Sunday from his usual day. Music from the office of St Thorlac is presented on the new CD Aquilonis by Norway's Trio Medieval. This is not it, but it will give you an idea of how good they are:

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Nidaros ordo

Sunday 14 December. THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Com. Ss Nichasius and companions. Anthem: De te virgo.
Monday 15. Feria II. Ne timeas.
Tuesday 16. Feria III. Ne timeas.
Wednesday 17. Feria IV. The Magnificat antiphon O sapientia is doubled. O virgo virginum.
Thursday 18. Feria V. O virgo virginum.
Friday 19. Feria VI. O virgo virginum.
Saturday 20. Sabbatum. O virgo virginum.

Hmmm. Actually, I do need to get my head around octaves before I plunge into the post-Christmas melée. Do you mind if we set this aside until, say, Septuagesima. I should have got my eye in by then.

Happy Translation of St Magnus!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Nidaros ordo

Sunday 7 December. SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Com. Oct. Andr. Anthem: De te virgo.
Monday 8. CONCEPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY. Summum. Com. Oct. Andr. De te virgo.
Tuesday 9. St Anne, mother of Mary, semidouble. Com. Oct. Conc. Ne timeas.
Wednesday 10. Feria IV. Com. Oct. Conc. Ne timeas.
Thursday 11. Ss Victoricus & Fuscian, martyrs, three lessons. Comm. St Damasus, and Oct. Conc. Ne timeas.
Friday 12. Feria VI. Com. Oct. Conc. Ne timeas.
Saturday 13. St Lucy, virgin martyr, simple. Comm. translation of St Magnus, and Oct. Conc. De te virgo.

Monday, 1 December 2014

This week in Nidaros

Stumbling along in the firm footprints of Rubricarius and Ttony, I will attempt during this liturgical year to bring you an "ordo as if" - in this case, as if the Church in Norway had rejected the Protestant Reformation (but adopted the Gregorian kalendar!), retaining the Use of Nidaros as it stood in 1519. Well, why not? This will be light on detail and full of errors until I have got a firmer grasp of the "pie" - the rubrics governing the transference of concurring feasts - which differs from the rubrics of the Roman books. I will try to make each weekly fuller and more accurate as we go through the year, but if I don't start now I'll never do it.

November 30. FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Antiphon after Compline: De te virgo.
December 1. SAINT ANDREW, apostle, greater double (transferred from yesterday). De te virgo.
2. Feria III. Commemoration of the Octave of St Andrew. Ne timeas.
3. Feria IV. Com. Oct. Andrew. Ne timeas.
4. St Barbara, virgin martyr, simple. Com. Oct. Andrew. Ne timeas.
5. Feria VI. Com. Oct. Andrew. Ne timeas.
6. ST NICHOLAS, bishop confessor, double. Com. Oct. Andrew. De te virgo.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

News from Nowhere 7

The latest and very excellent issue of Latin Liturgy just came through the door. My "News from Nowhere" column mentions various webpages, which you can access by clicking on the links below:

the official Vatican website;

the motu proprio "Summorum pontificum" - in English;

essays on liturgical subjects from the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff;

the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales;

the Liturgy Office of the Bishops' Conference;

the Resources page;

the General Instruction on the Roman Missal;

the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours;

introduction to the Rite of Confirmation;

introduction to Church Dedication;

Order of Christian Funerals - General Introduction;

the liturgical calendar (Ordinary Form);

the liturgical calendar (Extraordinary Form);

dates of moveable feasts;

excerpts from the chant booklet Jubilate Deo;

guide to music for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament;

traditional prayers;

links page;

Celebrating the Mass (2005) - of historical interest only;

the Roman Missal website;

Latin texts for composers;

bookmark with text of the interpolation of St Joseph into the Latin Eucharistic Prayers;

list of participation aids;

the Association for Latin Liturgy's own website;

and the Association's new Facebook page.

I hope these links are useful. Latin Liturgy is the journal of the Association for Latin Liturgy and is sent free to all members. Join today!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Evening class: Discovering Hymns

Ever wanted to know more about your favourite hymns? This course looks at the history of Christian hymns, exploring their musical, literary and theological qualities and uncovering the stories behind their creation. This course equips students with a more informed and critical view of hymns without taking away their pleasure in singing them. Learn a lot and have fun!

Tutor: Dr Ben Whitworth
Venue: Kirkwall Grammar School
Wednesdays from 24th September
8 meetings
7.00-9.00 p.m.
Course fee: £56
Max: 20 students

Please enrol by Friday 29 August: click here for further details.

Thursday, 14 August 2014