About Catholic Ordos
Catholic Ordos and Their Uses
The Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours
and Celebration of the Eucharist
What is a Catholic Ordo?An Ordo is essentially a guide for clergy to aid in preparation of the liturgy. It contains a calendar of the Liturgical year (Advent to the final day before the next Advent) and contains directions concerning the Office and Mass to be said for each day. It includes some indication of fast days, special feasts, special devotions, and devotions and feasts of particular importance to certain dioceses.
The use of an Ordo dates back, in different forms, to the Middle Ages. Guides for directing and offering instruction as to the form of Mass and Office for each day of the year were among the early books printed with the invention of the printing press. Some of the earlier versions, including one from 1475, included instruction for all possible years, not one specific year. Even with the advent of the printing press, books could be costly, so disposable, annual books didn’t catch on right away. The exact date of origin of the annual Ordo as is used today is not known for sure, though it seems to have grown in popularity in the 1700s.
From the Preface of the Catholic Ordo, also called The Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist:
“This Ordo provides readers with the following:
Daily Precis: To encourage the homily “as an integral part of the service” and to assist in its preparation, a brief précis of the readings for each day of the liturgical year is provided.
Responsorial Psalm: To further assist in preparation of the Liturgy of the Word, the responsorial psalm for each day is given.
Suggested Prayers: To further enable the scriptures to cast their light on the celebration as a whole, suggestions are made on the ferias of Ordinary Time as to which prayers from the Sacramentary might best provide a connection with the readings of the day, especially the gospel.”
It also includes Monthly Papal intentions, Necrology (to remember in prayer deceased bishops, priests and deacons who served in the diocese), pastoral notes (suggestions to enrich particular seasons or celebrations, as permitted by liturgical norms), and some brief biographical data on saints listed in the liturgical calendar.
How is a Catholic Ordo Used?
An Ordo is primarily designed for the clergy, to assist bishops, priests and deacons in preparing for the Mass. It contains information on what Masses are to be said, what feasts take precedence, and has information and suggestions to help the clergy put together an informative homily. It also indicates on what days funeral Masses and Nuptial and other ritual Masses are permitted and not permitted. Additionally, those who study the liturgy and those who teach about the liturgy may find the Ordo a useful resource.
How Do You Select a Catholic Ordo?
The general edition of the Ordo is available in English and Spanish. The general edition is not specific to any diocese or archdiocese. It is especially popular with deacons and lectors. It contains most of the standard information of the Ordo, but does not contain the Necrology since it is not specific to one province.
To select an Ordo specific to your diocese, you simply need to find the region your diocese is listed under. The regional Ordo will contain the Necrology and other information particular to the dioceses it covers.
Complete Region List for the 2009 Ordo -
Region 1 - Allentown, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton.
Region 2 - Anchorage, Portland, Seattle, Baker, Boise, Fairbanks, Juneau, Spokane, Yakima.
Region 3 - Atlanta, Mobile, Biloxi, Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh, Savannah.
Region 4 - Baltimore, Washington DC, Wilmington.
Region 5 - Belleville, Peoria, Springfield IL.
Region 6 - Bismark, Fargo, Great Falls-Billings, Helena, Rapid City, Sioux Falls.
Region 7 - Boston, Fall River, Springfield MA, Worchester.
Region 8 - Brooklyn, Rockville Center.
Region 9 - Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Syracuse.
Region 10 - Burlington, Manchester, Portland ME.
Region 11 - Chicago, Joliet, Rockford.
Region 12 - Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Steubenville, Toledo, Youngstown.
Region 13 - Denver, Santa Fe, Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Gallup, Las Cruces, Phoenix, Pueblo, Tucson.
Region 14 - Detroit, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, Saginaw.
Region 15 - Dubuque, Omaha, Davenport, Des Moines, Grand Island, Lincoln, Sioux City.
Region 16 - Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwich, Providence RI.
Region 17 - Indianapolis, Evansville, Ft. Wayne-S. Bend, Gary, Lafayette IN.
Region 18 - Kansas City, St. Louis, Dodge City, Jefferson City, Kansas City-St. Joseph, Little Rock, Salina, Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Wichita.
Region 19 - Los Angeles, Fresno, Monterey, Orange CA, San Bernadino, San Diego.
Region 20 - Louisville, Arlington, Covington, Lexington, Owensboro, Richmond, Wheeling-Charleston.
Region 21 - Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Pensacola-Tallahassee, St. Augustine, St, Petersburg, Venice.
Region 22 - Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Cross, Madison, Superior.
Region 23 - Newark, Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, Trenton.
Region 24 - New Orleans, Alexandria, Baton Rouge , Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette LA, Lake Charles, Shreveport.
Region 25 - New York, Albany.
Region 26 – Philadelphia.
Region 27 - St. Paul & Minneapolis, Crookston, Duluth, New Ulm, St. Cloud, Winona.
Region 28 - Galveston-Houston, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Laredo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Tulsa, Tyler, Victoria TX.
Region 29 - San Francisco, Agana, Caroline Islands, Chalan Kaoa, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Samoa, Pago Pago, San Jose CA, Santa Rosa CA, Stockton.
Region 30 - General Edition.
Region 40 – General Edition in Spanish.