8 March 2010

The Five Wounds pro aliquibus locis.

At the back of preconciliar missals, there is delightfully readable appendix of Masses which may only be used by indult in particular places. For example, on the Fridays of Lent the following Votives may be used:
After Ash Wednesday: The Holy Thorns of the Crown of Christ.
Week 1: The Sacred Spear and Nails of OLJC.
Week 2: The Most Sacred Shroud of OLJC.
Week 3: The Sacred Five Wounds of OLJC.
Week 4: The Most Precious Blood of OLJC.
(In Passion Week, of course, the main body of the Missal gives the Seven Sorrows of the BVM. Interestingly, the Third Typical Edition of the postconciliar Missal gives an alternative Collect for the ferial Mass this day: a new collect of our Lady of Sorrows.)

You will remember that the old English Votive of the Five Wounds consisted essentially of another Mass, the Votive of the Passion, with a few clauses added and a whole lot of very 'medieval' material before the Gospel. Aliquibus locis gives the same Votive of the Passion as the Mass of the Five Wounds, but with different Collect, Secret, and Postcommunion.

By an unfortunate oversight in the period before Vatican II, the relevant Roman Dikastery never got round to constructing a Local Calendar for the Diocese of Oxford. So I have had to do one for my own use when saying the Old Rite (for no ORDO is complete without the addition of the local Calendar). My general principle has been the obvious one; Oxford Diocese includes three counties each of which belongs to a different RC diocese. So I have taken, from the Calendars of those dioceses, the feasts which relate to the counties of the Diocese of Oxford. But I have made one or two additions.

When the people of many parts of England rose in rebellion against Edward Tudor in 1549, carrying the Banner of the Five Wounds in front of them, there was one respect in which the peasantry of the South West was fortunate. There was an Exeter man, Vowell, a strong Protestant but a fair historian, who left an account of their insurrection. Other areas lacked a historian, so that we know very little of what happened in them. But we do have lists of those whom the government ordered to be executed in Oxfordshire - and of where they were to be killed. And the list makes clear that this is only the tip of an iceberg; that very many disaffected have already been killed.

So it seemed to me appropriate to incorporate the Feast of the Five Wounds into my Calendare ad usum cleri Oxoniensis.

3 comments:

Rubricarius said...

I have mixed views about these PAL feasts in Lent.

The Lenten Choral Office was rather lengthy and the multiplication of double feasts an attempt to mitigate this.

Joshua said...

Which day is the Feast of the Five Wounds?

I recall the Passionists still keep this feast, of the Glorious Wounds, in Eastertide, perhaps in the second week thereof...

Rubricarius: weren't these special Passion feasts brought in at a time when the multiplication of saints' days was overwhelming the ferial Masses of Lent - so instituting these feasts restored something of the proper focus of the season, viz. Our Lord's suffering for our sakes?

Fr John Hunwicke SSC, said...

As I said, on the Friday of the third week of Lent ... didn't I??