Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Traditional Catholic Calendar


Catholic Hipsters love following the Traditional Catholic Calendar, that's for sure.

I first heard about the Traditional Calendar being in use today when I asked famous radio co-host Anna Mitchell why she leaves her Christmas lights up until Springtime.

It was at that point that she turned me on to the Traditional Catholic Calendar.

There are really four calendars that Catholic Hipsters may be speaking about when they use this broader term:
  • The General Roman Calendar of 1960
  • The General Roman Calendar of Pope Pius XII
  • The General Roman Calendar of 1954
  • The Tridentine Calendar
From the bottom up, we'll start with the Tridentine. This is a calendar of the saints to be honored in the course of the Liturgical Year, put together by Pope Pius V. It can be found in the Tridentine Breviary, and it came along with this decree:

 "No one whosoever is permitted to alter this letter or heedlessly to venture to go contrary to this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, precept, grant, indult, declaration, will, decree and prohibition. Should anyone, however, presume to commit such an act, he should know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul."

The General Calendar of 1954 was established by Pope Pius X and included some pretty rad new feast days, including the Feast of Christ the King.

The General Roman Calendar of Pope Pius XII is awesome because it was only in effect for six years, making it probably the hippest of all traditional Catholic calendars. He added the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and the feast of the Queenship of Mary.

But then, in 1960, St. John XXIII came along and changed it up again. His calendar was incorporated into the 1962 missal, and was able to have continued use today thanks to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his 2007 motto proprio. This calendar removed duplicate feast days and reduced the octaves down to just three (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost).

So, my dear Hipsters, which Traditional Catholic calendar do you prefer to load into your iPhone's Calendar app?  

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