Each year I compile for my own benefit (and for the benefit of my parish) a Liturgical Calendar or Ordo and as usual release it into the public domain for the benefit of anyone who would want to use it.
Beginning in Advent 2009 and running until the eve of Advent 2010, this calender is designed to be imported into a calendar program, such as Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook etc and from there can be synched to your PDA, iPhone or (in my case) Blackberry.
You can download it without charge from http://www.saintthomaselson.org.uk/143/ All I ask is that you undertake to pray for me and our ministry and mission here at S. Thomas the Apostle, Elson – call it Prayerware if you like!
I have included in the zip file three versions a) the .ics iCalendar file for most programs b) the .vcs vCalendar for Palm, although this will be the last year of this subfunctional version and c) a Version of .ics optimised for Windows Calendar for Vista. I have not included this year a hack for versions of Outlook 2003 – it really is time you upgraded!
As I mentioned earlier, this calendar is primarily for me, so you might find it a little too Roman for you, but STE is a Roman Rite AngloCatholic Parish, and you have to accept that devotion to Our Lady, Saints and the RCL Lectionary (as used by the Lutherans as well as the Romans) is what this is. It coincides 90% of the time with the Common Worship Lectionary anyway. Alternatively, you might consider it too Anglican for you because there are references to some Anglican divines and extracts from the wonderful Exciting Holiness book. These are the people who write and tell me that my holy orders are invalid and that I am a layman in the eyes of their church.If either of these scenarios trouble you, I suggest you compile your own.
(If Anglican orders are invalid, why did the Pope send the Archbishop of Canterbury a Pectoral Cross, the same one sent to all the Bishops of the Roman Church? A funny gesture to make towards a layman, eh?)
In the Calendar, each day contains information about daily mass readings, the divine office week and other useful liturgical information. Certain festivals also feature information from Exciting Holiness, for example for the 4th Oct:
Francis of Assisi – Memorial
Anglican Calendar: Trinity 18
Today is a Feast
Lectionary Year: C Weekday Readings:2
First Reading:First Reading: Galatians 1:6-12
Psalm: Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 111:1-2, 7-8, 9, 10
Gospel: Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 or From this reading First Reading: Galatians 6:14-18
Biography of the Saint of the Day from Exciting Holiness (first edition):
Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Friars Minor
4 October — Lesser Festival — Religious — White
Francis was born in Assisi in central Italy either in 1181 or the following year. He was baptised Giovanni but given the name Francesco by his father, a cloth merchant who traded in France and had married a French wife. There was an expectation that he would eventually take over his father s business but Francis had a rebellious youth and a difficult relationship with his father. After suffering the ignominy of imprisonment following capture whilst at war with the local city of Perugia, he returned a changed man. He took to caring for disused churches and for the poor, particularly those suffering from leprosy. Whilst praying in the semi-derelict church of St Damian, he distinctly heard the words: Go and repair my church, which you see is falling down. Others joined him and he prepared a simple, gospel-based Rule for them all to live by. As the Order grew, it witnessed to Christ through preaching the gospel of repentance, emphasising the poverty of Christ as an example for his followers. Two years before his death, his life being so closely linked with that of his crucified Saviour, he received the Stigmata, the marks of the wounds of Christ, on his body. At his death, on the evening of 3 October 1226, his Order had spread throughout western Christendom.
O God, you ever delight to reveal yourself
to the child-like and lowly of heart:
grant that, following the example of the blessèd Francis,
we may count the wisdom of this world as foolishness
and know only Jesus Christ and him crucified,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
A reading from the prophecy of Micah.
With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
This is the word of the Lord. Micah 6. 6-8
RThe Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
[and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song. R
Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. R
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his name. R Psalm 150
A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Galatians.
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule — peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
This is the word of the Lord. Galatians 6. 14-18
Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Jesus said to his disciples, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you — you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This is the gospel of Christ. Luke 12. 22-34
you made your church rich
through the poverty of blessèd Francis:
help us like him not to trust in earthly things
but to seek your heavenly gifts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
compiled from a variety of Liturgical Sources for his own use by Fr. Simon Rundell SCP
(email@example.com) and made available to others as PRAYERWARE: Available without cost or charge except that your prayers are asked for Fr. Simon and the Parish of S.Thomas the Apostle, Elson
see http://www.saintthomaselson.org.uk/ Other worship resources available at http://www.agnusdei.org.uk/
I hope you will find it useful.
Pray for us…