Saturday, May 15, 2010

Calendar for late May/June

The following Calendar derives chiefly from the Book of Common Prayer of 1662


17. Of Octave - W; PP
18. Of Octave - W; PP
19. Of Octave (St Dunstan) - W; PP
20. Octave Day of Ascension - W; PP
21. Feria - W
22. Feria - W

26. Of Octave & Ember Day (St Augustine of Canterbury) R; PP
27. Of Octave (Venerable Bede) R; PP
28. Of Octave - Ember Day - R; PP
29. Of Octave - Ember Day - R; PP

31. Feria - G


1. St. Nicomede, Martyr - R
2. Feria - G
3. Feria - G
4. Feria - G
5. St Boniface - R

6. TRINITY 1 - G
7. Feria - G
8. Feria - G
9. Feria - G
10. Feria - G (1928 PBCP - Corpus Christi - W)
12. Feria - G

13. TRINITY 2 - G
14. Feria - G
15. Feria - G
16. Feria - G
17. St Alban, Martyr - R
18. Feria - G
19. Feria - G

20. TRINITY 3 - (Edward, K. Wessex) - G
21. Feria - G
22. Feria - G
23. Fast - V/W
25. Feria
26. Feria - G

27. TRINITY 4 - G
28. Fast - V/R
29. ST PETER - R
30. Feria - G

It should be noted that any day named in CAPITALS should have both a first and second Evensong. Lesser feasts have only a first Evensong. The lesson for the Lesser Feasts should be taken from the Common provided in the Proposed BCP of 1928.


  1. I very much wished you keep the English Colour sequence in which everything from Easter until Trinity Sunday was white with the exception of Holy Cross day. It is a little strange using red for White Sunday, etc. Then to use English Red for the Sundays after Trinity instead of Roman Green, especially since the Bible from Genesis to Revelations makes it clear that Red is our Lord's colour.

    Can we not resist Rome even in these little things?

  2. I am actually much more interested Sadly, that battle of the color sequences was lost a hundred years ago, despite some fairly vigorous rearguard actions. In any case, the surviving late mediaeval English Pontificals (of which, admittedly there are only a handful) suggest that by the 15th century, apart from Lent Array and the use of Red in Passiontide, the more elaborate version of the English Use was approximating to that of Rome anyway. Of course, many rural parishes simply had a Ferial set of vestments, a Festal set of vestments, and Lent Array. It also has to be remembered that the BCP refers us to the reign of Edward VI, not Edward I, so it is permissible to take account of late mediaeval developments in ceremonial custom.

  3. Canon Tallis,

    Perhaps I am missing something, but I don't ever recall Holy Cross Day falling between Pascha and Trinity Sunday in the Anglican calendar. I know that, in some places, the Sunday Next before Advent was Trinity Sunday at one point in history (a practice I would personally prefer!), but I was not aware of English Church observing that practice.

    As for Liturgical Colors, I use the following cycle, based on an amalgamation of Lutheran, Anglican, and Roman practice.

    Christmas Octave - Gold
    Between octave and Epiphany Day - White
    Epiphany Octave - Gold
    After Octave through Transfiguration Sunday - White
    Monday after Transfiguration to Shrove Tuesday - Green
    Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Lent V - Violet
    Lent V through Maundy Thursday - Passion Red
    Good Friday and Holy Saturday - Black
    Easter Octave - Gold
    After Octave through Rogation Wednesday - White
    Ascension Thursday and Octave - Gold
    Friday and Saturday before Pentecost - White
    Pentecost Octave (including Trinity Sunday) - Red
    Monday after Trinity through Sunday next before Advent - Green
    Advent - Blue


  4. Father Lyons,

    The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is on 3 May. Another title for it was the Invention of the Holy Cross and it celebrated the finding of same during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.

    I follow the use of St John Hope and Cuthbert Atchley's English Liturgical Colours which is also to be found in the Alcuin Club's Directory of Ceremonial, Vol I. Briefly it runs:

    Advent, Blue.
    Christmas Day, Best or White
    The Octave through that of Epiphany, White
    The Sundays after the Oct. of Epiphany, Red.
    PreLent, Blue
    1st Four Weeks of Lent, Lenten Array,
    Passiontide, Deep Red
    Easter through the Octave of Whitsunday (with the exception of the Invention of the Holy Cross) White.
    Sundays after Trinity, Red.

    On the question of the late pontifical's, it has been pointed out to me that they almost never reflected what was done in either the cathedrals and parishes but were the property of the particular bishops and usually reflected their hope for papal perferment. The prayer book rubric is very time specific and refers to that use that was legal by the acts of parliament during the second year of Edward Vi which was that of Sarum having been made so when convocations suppressed all other uses in either 1570 or 1571. At the time that The Directory of Ceremonial was first published the committee of the Alcuin Club consisted of the cream of English liturgical scholars, men whose work is still quoted by all those who want to be taken seriously in that field. Nothing equivalent can be said of the writer of Ritual Notes. Even the contributing editors of the Roman New Liturgical Movement blog look with favor on the English color sequence. For me it is a simple matter of following the best scholarship in obeying the Ornaments Rubric in the 1662 prayer book.

  5. My own parish leans towards the "English Use" so I do deart from the Roman Color sequence in using Red for Passiontide, and I have a strong desire to introduce Lenten Array, but as for the rest I think the W/R/V/G sequence is too well entrenched - dang it!

    If I were to have my druthers I would go with the following:

    Advent - Blue/Purple
    Christmas through to Epiphany Octave - White
    After Epiphany - Red
    'Gesimas - Blue/Purple
    Lent - Lent Array (Unbleached Linen)
    Passiontide - Dark Red
    Eastertide and Ascensiontide - White
    Whitsunday and six days following - Red (White if preferred)
    Trinity Sunday - White
    After Trinity - Red

    Confessors - Yellow (Green where Red is used as Feria color) or White
    Martyrs - Red
    Virgins - White
    Widows - White

    However, I think folks these days would be confused by red as the feria colour. I agree with you about the Pontificals being a bit dubious. However, there are quite a lot of green vestments recorded in inventories from the 1540s and 1550s, so I think green may have been gaining ground as a feria colour around that time.

    In my own parish I stick with the sequence Dearmer suggested in the 9th edition of the Parson's Handbook, which is a compromise, but a workable one.


  6. Canon Tallis,

    Thanks... after digging out my 1662 BCP, I see what you mean, and failed to connect the "Invention" with the general term of Holy Cross Day.

    Colorwise, I am with +Peter on having a hard time wrapping my mind around red as the Ferial color... though I'd have a less difficult time if a division of Trinitytide was made (ala the old Methodist Hymnal) of Pentecost Season and Kingdomtide.

    My goal over the next two years is to get a gold and black set (which, in parish usage for me, consists of a stole and a chalice veil). I have something of an oddball approach to Prayer Book Catholicisim - skewed towards the simple. I wear cassock, surplice, and stole for Eucharist and other Sacramental Rites, with Gown and Bands for the Offices. That being said, I am an Incense nut, and I do include elevations, genuflections, beating of the breast, etc. in my liturgical celebrations. I also have Icons all over the place, including for our Altar cross, and am planning to get Altar Cards made soon.