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Friday, January 2, 2015
Octave Day of St. Stephen

Very little information is readily available on the Internet for the celebrations that were part of the Catholic Calendar before the 1950s when changes to the Missal became more profound.  The 1962 Roman Catholic Missal does not include some of these older celebrations (e.g. the Octave Days for all Octaves except Christmas, Pentecost, and Easter).

Those interested in the Breviary for the Octave Day of St. Stephen should click here.

For the first half of the 20th century, octaves were ranked in the following manner, which affected holding other celebrations within their time frames:

  • Privileged Octaves
    • Privileged Octaves of the First Order
      • Octave of Easter
      • Octave of Pentecost
    • Privileged Octaves of the Second Order
      • Octave of Epiphany
      • Octave of Corpus Christi
    • Privileged Octaves of the Third Order
      • Octave of Christmas
      • Octave of the Ascension
      • Octave of the Sacred Heart
  • Common Octaves
    • Octave of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM
    • Octave of the Solemnity of St. Joseph
    • Octave of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist 
    • Octave of Saints Peter and Paul
    • Octave of All Saints 
    • Octave of the Assumption of the BVM
  • Simple Octaves
    • Octave of St. Stephen
    • Octave of St. John the Apostle
    • Octave of the Holy Innocents 
Like St. John the Evangelist and the Holy Innocents, the Octave of St. Stephen was a simple octave. The collect prayer for this Octave was as a result only said on the Octave Day and not on the intervening days within the Octave.  Moreover, since today is the Holy Name of Jesus, the Mass was said for the Holy Name and not said with propers for the Octave of St. Stephen. Rather, a 2nd collect was added for this Octave Day and a commemoration was made during the praying of Lauds.


del_button January 2, 2015 at 7:55 AM
Anonymous said...

Anyone who is interested in the Old Liturgy, before the changes of the late 20th cent. should get hold of a copy of the (all Latin) traditional Ordo,published by St Lawrence Press.They have an excellent blog with details of how the old liturgy works. It harmonises well with the old mIssals and books like The Liturgical Year of Dom Gueranger.

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