May 18, 2009

Despite being in California, my monastery chose to stick with celebrating the Ascension on the fortieth day of the Resurrection.

The day to which Scripture testifies.

The pastoral reasons some U.S. bishops have for moving the observance of the Ascension to the Sunday after, that is, to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, don't apply to monks.


Blogger Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Huzzah for Prince of Peace Abbey!!!!!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Dean Whiery said...

In those areas where the local ordinary moves a traditional feast to a Sunday, in addition to monastic foundations, are diocesan churches and oratories allowed to celebrate the Feast on its original day? What about the Breviary, both for those bound to praying the Hours and those who do so voluntarily?

11:36 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Diocesan churches and diocesan oratories must follow the directives and permissions of the pertinent ecclesiastical ordinary, the bishop.

Benedictine monasteries have the superior as ecclesiastical ordinary and are under the house customary and the constitution of their congregation of monasteries. Benedictine monasteries have some relative autonomy from the local bishop in the matter of their house liturgical calendar.

Those who are bound to the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) by Church law -- i.e., bishops, priests, deacons, religious -- follow whatever calendar they are bound to legitimately.

Those who take up the Liturgy of the Hours on their own, such as laypersons, generally follow their bishop and diocese, but may be free to follow another legitimate calendar. For example, lay Carmelites ("Third Order") or "lay Benedictines" (oblates), may privately follow the calendar of the monastery to which they are attached. Nonetheless, they do best to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in harmony with the calendar used where they attend in Mass. It would make no sense for such a person to pray the Liturgy of the Hours for Ascension today, but with the possibility of attending Mass of the Ascension only on the following Sunday. In that case, such a person ought to pray today the Liturgy of the Hours for Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, and on the coming Sunday to pray the Liturgy of the Hours for the Ascension because of attending the Mass of the Ascension on that day.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Fr. Stephanos

I'm glad to see Prince of Peace is following Tradition. I'm a Catholic convert but grew up in a Catholic neighborhood in Detroit. I wish I could experience the Holy Days as I remember they were celebrated, it seems it would be very beneficial. I sometimes wonder if too much isn't being sacrificed to convenience, leading too many of us to take our faith for granted.

Thanks for your blog.

11:04 AM  

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