Simplified Sarum Ordo

Here is my simplified Sarum calendar from December 2020 to end of November 2021. I have given only the Sundays and Feasts, so you are advised to consult the rubrics of the missal, breviary, pie and customary to establish priories of memories and suchlike. I hope in time to develop a methodology to produce a complete ordo for each year.

This ordo can be freely printed for liturgical use or reference.

You can also refer to Dr William Renwick’s perpetual Sarum calendar:

This kalendar is valid for all years.  It consists of three sections.  Section 1 runs from January 1-January 14.  At this point Section 2 begins.  Section 2 has five parts, each corresponding to one of the five weeks during which Septuagesima, Easter, and all the other days of the moveable part of the year occur.  Section 3, again valid for all years, takes up the kalendar during the week July 29-August 4 and completes the year.
Sections 1 and 3 (single document)
-Section 2, year 1: Septuagesima falls on January 18-24; Easter falls on March 22-March 28.
-Section 2, year 2: Septuagesima falls on January 25-31; Easter falls on March 29-April 4.
-Section 2, year 3: Septuagesima falls on February 1-7; Easter falls on April 5- 11.
-Section 2, year 4: Septuagesima falls on February 8-14; Easter falls on April 12-April 18.
-Section 2, year 5: Septuagesima falls on February 9-15; Easter falls on April 19-April 25.

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5 Responses to Simplified Sarum Ordo

  1. T J W Graham says:

    Fr Anthony, have you seen this recently published book on Sarum?
    I’d be interested in knowing more about the book as it is quite expensive without a very good recommendation.

    • Some extracts from a FB thread:

      Well, my copy of RJ Urquhart’s Ceremonies of the Sarum Missal arrived today. It was a bit of a gamble as the book isn’t cheap, but I have to say that so far I am very impressed. It is meticulously researched, and laid out rather as a shorter Fortescue and O’Connell. Where things are uncertain, he clearly says so.

      Those who are devotees of Percy Dearmer, however, won’t find that take on Sarum represented here, nor the Alcuin Club’s BCP/Sarum hybrid. Urquhart exclusively uses the books as published before the Reformation, and devotes some space to exploring the place of Sarum in the Roman Catholic communion after that time.

      That being said, I’m sure that those of the Anglican persuasion will find much of use and interest here.


      Mine arrived. It is very interesting. Pg 60, footnote 30 mentions the Rt Rev J M Gallagher, O. Praem. saying the Traditional Norbertine Rite. Does anyone know when this was?

      +Hugh Allan O. Praem. tells me that the Traditional Norbertine rite never ceased to be said, and that this footnote is untruthful.

      Fr Gallagher was a fine priest and used to talk about the traditional O.Praem. rite with great affection. Though he celebrated the EF in Storrington, I don’t remember him using the O.Praem. rite there, though he may have done so after his departure to Manchester.

      Thanks for the info! Does the book focus on the mass, or does it also cover the office? thanks

      Largely the Mass only.

      I have that now. As I mentioned in another post, there’s a listing of dates from Mary I to date covering Roman Catholic use of Sarum elements from continued use of Sarum among some Recusants until the mid eighteenth century and the form for the reception and installation of the Bp of Westminster followed the old form for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    • I might buy it one day, but I am giving priority to Dr William Renwick’s Office books.

      • T Graham says:

        That’s helpful, it is mainly about celebrations of Mass then rather than the office.

        There does seem to be an inching forward with Sarum.

      • Fr Sean Finnegan and Dr William Renwick are doing the most work. I might have had some influence over the years and others have picked up the seeds I planted. My Archbishop allows it without restriction and two priests are using Sarum in England with the blessing of Bishop Damien Mead. Unfortunately the bus was missed in the Ordinariate and no RC bishops show any sign of making it an option in their dioceses. What we can be grateful for is that it isn’t just me and my romantic dreams!

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