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  • Preconciliar Reforms of the Dominican Rite Liturgy: 1950–1962
  • Augustine Thompson, O.P. (bio)
Augustine Thompson

Fr Augustine Thompson, O.P., a priest of the Western Dominican Province, is Professor of Church History at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley CA, and author of Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125–1325, as well as other books and articles on Church history.

Footnotes

1. Second rev. ed. (New York: Wagner, 1945). A good starting bibliography for publications and legislation on the Dominican liturgy from 1955 to 1976 may be found in Dominique Dye, “Relevé des modifications du rit O.P et des indications pour la vie liturgique dans l’Ordre de 1955 à 1977,” Analecta Sacri Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum [hereafer ASOFP], 43 (1977): 277306. For the period from 1946 to 1955, one may start by consulting the tables of contents of the numbers of the Analecta for that period.

2. The section on parish work may be found in Acta Capituli generalis diffinitorum sacri Ordinis FF Praedicatorum Washingtonii: In conventu Immaculatae Conceptionis a die 18 ad diem 25 septembris 1949 (Rome: Curia Generalitia, 1949), nn. 12131, pp. 7375. For this reference and how it was understood, I thank Fr. Antoninus Wall, O.P

3. Sacra Congregatio Rituum [hereafter SCR], “Decretum de solemni Vigilia paschali instauranda” (9 Feb. 1951), ASOFP, 30 (19511952): 13536. This experimental permission was renewed by the SCR on 11 Jan. 1952, also giving the order permission to adopt it: ibid., 22526.

4. ASOFP, 30 (19511952): 438 (due out in 1953).

5. See the service in the Dominican Missal then in use: Missale s. Ordinis Praedicatorum (Rome: Hospitio Magistri Ordinis, 1933), 17990.

6. SCR, “De factutativa celebratione instaurata Vigiliae paschalis ad triennuium” (5 Mar. 1952), ASOFP, 30 (19511952): 22729.

7. SCR, “Decretum generale quo liturgicus Hebdomadae sanctae ordo instauratur” (16 Nov. 1955), ASOFP, 32 (19551956): 227. The Dominican experimental period was extended by an SCR decree of 15 Jan. 1955: ASOFP, 32 (19551956): 35.

8. In “Maxima Redemptionis Nostrae” (16 Nov. 1955), to take effect on 25 Mar. 1956 (Palm Sunday), printed in ASOFP, 32 (19551956): 22736.

9. Letter of Master General [hereafter MG] Michael Brown (1 Feb. 1957), ASOFP, 33 (195758): 32. SCR Decretum (9 Apr. 1957) finally approving Dominican drafts: ASOFP, 33 (195758): 14350.

10. Cantus Gregoriani ad ordinem Hebdomadae sanctae iuxta ritum Ordinis Praedicatorum instauratum (Rome: S. Sabina, 1959).

11. Ordo Hebdomadae sanctae iuxta ritum Ordinis Praedicatorum instauratum (Rome: S. Sabina, 1960). Promulgated by SCR on 4 Jun. 1959 (Prot. No. 152/959).

12. E.g., Use of tabernacles not bolted down for Holy Thursday reposition reprobated: ASOFP, 33 (195758); SCR permission spreading out the rites of baptism over Lent: ASOFP, 35 (19611962): 65455.

13. Missale iuxta ritum Ordinis Praedicatorum (Rome: S. Sabina, 1965), 14065.

14. “De ratione psallendi recto tono,” ASOFP, 31 (19531954): 4958; cf. Humbert of Romans, Opera de vita vegulari, ed. Joachim Joseph Berthier (Rome: A. Befani, 1888), 2: 100.

15. A SCR decree (13 Jul. 1949), ASOFP, 29 (19491950): 139, had already allowed use of electronic organs.

16. Acta Capituli generalis electivi s. Ordinis FF Praedicatorum, Romae (1117 Apr. 1955) (Rome: Curia Generalitia, 1955), n. 8487. The chapter was also concerned about adding saints to the Litany without permission; they forbade this: ibid., nn. 7879.

17. Completorii libellus iuxta ritum s. Ordinis Praedicatorum (Rome: S. Sabina, 1957).

18. ASOFP 33 (195758): 48092; and, continued, ibid., 34 (1959): 1425.

19. SCR decree (N. 611357), in ASOFP, 33 (195758): 8384.

20. SCR. decree (prot. num. 6307594 Feb. 1959), in ASOFP, 34 (19591960): 2930.

21. For “needs of the times” and liturgy, see Vatican II, Sacrosanctum concilium, c. 79.

22. ASOFP, 33 (195758): 292 (candles); ASOFP, 34 (19591960): 175 (habits): Acta Capituli generalis diffinitorum s. Ordinis FF. Praedicatorum, Calarogae (2430 Sept. 1958) (Rome: Curia Generalitia, 1958) n. 116 (name of Sundays) and n. 143 (litany).

23. Ibid., n. 141 (no unauthorized changes) and n. 145 (liturgical commission).

24. Events announced in ASOFP, 33 (195758): 44151.

25. Breviarium iuxta ritum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum (Rome: S. Sabina, 1947). The liturgist of the Order, Fr. Ansgar Dirks, explained these changes in a series of notes published in ASOFP, 27 (19451946): 7173, 226229; 28...

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