18 December 2009

EXPECTATIO PARTUS B MARIAE V

As I leaped out of bed this morning to say Lauds, my hand just happened to take up my 1874 Breviarium Romanum, so of course* I found myself saying the Office of our Lady's Expectation. Dom Prosper Gueranger reveals that today was the original, first millennium, date in Spain for the Annunciation, which, after being superseded* by the Roman date of March 25, survived there under the guise of the Expectation. It was granted by indult to very many dioceses throughout the world; and to England as a Greater Double*. Question: when the old Calendare for England was replaced by a separate Calendare for each of its new Pio Nono dioceses, why did the Expectation disappear?

The office consists of bits of the Annunciation office with Advent Office Hymns. Incidentally, the gentlemen who put together the post-Concilar Collectio Missarum recommended an Annunciation Mass today, December 18. But I shall say the glorious old Ember Mass.

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*Memories of that great Pontiff John, first Bishop of Ebbsfleet, who used to introduce, disconcertingly, "of course" into the retailing of all sorts of highly improbable pieces of information.

And let us not forget John's successor as Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Michael Houghton, whose Year's Mind occurs today. How mightily that See has been adorned in its less than two decades. And pray also for Eric Kemp, Bishop.

*Why do North Americans spell this as "superceded"?

*The Ifs of History - in the middle of the sixteenth century Spain and England did of course have but one King. If only ...

1 comment:

johnf said...

Father
What if?

You reminded me of an odd science fantasy book 'Pavane' which posits that Elizabeth gets assassinated, the Spanish Armada wins though, the Reformation is rolled back, and the march of technological progress is slowed down.

Wikipedia gives an account of it, and mentions some other historical divergence novels which I had never heard of until this morning which could be worth a read.