Friday, 16 October 2009
Genesis of the Ordo
Despite Royal Mail's industrial action, official or otherwise, a most anxiously awaited envelope arrived this morning.
Thanks to the generosity of the affable, erudite, delightful and distinguished Fr. Peter Morgan I now have the historically precious copies of the Ordo from 1973 - 1975. I suspect that no other copy of the 1973 edition, that was published in three parts, exists so I am very grateful indeed to Fr. Morgan for giving me his own copies.
I will be writing about the history of the Ordo in due course. The first edition of the revived traditional Ordo was published at the instigation of Fr. Morgan for 1973 and compiled by John Tyson. The Ordo was customised for use by both the SSPX, containing specific entries 'Pro Inst. S. Pii X' ,and for the English clergy with entries 'In Anglia'. In those halcyon days the liturgical books of 1962 were a horror of the past and Traditionalists were enthusiastically trying to restore the old liturgy and meeting with some considerable success. In England over twenty diocesan priests rallied around Fr. Morgan's vibrant leadership and a network of Mass centres was established that largely remain today. For anyone interested in this period in England a hisory has been written by Ronald Warwick, 'The Living Flame', 1997 (ISBN 0 9530714 0 5), although it is sad to see how support fragmented after the takeover of the Saint Pius V Association and the infamous 1983 betrayal of the Traditional liturgy by the SSPX.
What, sadly, few people today appreciate is that it was the Traditional liturgy, not 1962, being celebrated in those days. Organisations like the Latin Mass Society also celebrated the old liturgy and ignored the 1971 'Heenan' indult's "permission" to use the 1967 rite with its Chairman, the kindly Geoffrey Houghton-Brown, stating in a letter to 'The Tablet' in 1971 that the Traditional Roman liturgy had not been 'officially' celebrated since the changes of Pius XII.
More on the history of the Ordo later. Meanwhile Ordo 2010 has been printed and is at the cutting stage and its marketing and posting must take priority.