Almost as much as style and colour or absence of clerical shirt, which Ordo or Lectionary is used by Anglican clergy reveals something about them. Unlike the consumer group I can't say I have done any trials, questionnaire's or canvassed any opinions on Ordos. So these are just my thoughts.
There are basically four Ordos/Lectionaries for the Church of England:
1. Church House Publishing
2. Fr Hunwicke's Ordo, now published by the Additional Curates Society but previously published by and therefore known as 'The Church Union Ordo'; for a while Canterbury Press published it and the amusingly placed large adverts for the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement roused the ire of a number of the Ordo's more conservative users
3. The SPCK Ordo
4. The Additional Curates Society or ACS Ordo (but different to n.2 above - yes, I know its confusing)
Church House Publishing
This is the 'official' version. The printing, typeface paper, size etc match Common Worship Daily Prayer. The Calendar is Common Worship (ie no Prayer Book provision and no extras). There is a lectern size and a Common Worship size version. It is clear, easy to read, manages to get both the related and continuous readings on the Sundays; it provides first evening prayers for all conceivable days when it might be prayed.
Fr Hunwicke's Ordo
Father Hunwicke is now a priest of the Ordinariate, it may be rather strange to have an Ordo for use in one church produced by a priest in another, but c'est la vie. Perhaps in the future the Ordinariate Ordo will be included (see note below)? Hunwicke's notes and asides in this Ordo (e.g.support of daily, even solitary, celebration by priests received strong statements in the past) were always worth waiting for each summer. This year's Ordo seems a little tame to me but the delay in Hunwicke's '(re-)ordination' to the priesthood in the Ordinariate was reputedly delayed because of comments on his famous blog so perhaps he is feeling a little chastened. Last year's Ordo also contained a number of errors which may be down to the pressure of that period in the compiler's life.
The principal features of the Ordo are:
- the Common Worship Daily Prayer lectionary
- the Daily Eucharistic lectionary
- the addition of the 1961 lectionary for the Office: this is a gentle revision of the 1922 lectionary (still authorised) removing the 'harmonised' reading of the synoptic gospels in that lectionary. I prefer this lectionary because the OT readings continue from Matins to Evensong; it is single year lectionary and has better coverage of Scripture. Several full printed lectionaries, many bound in with the Prayer Book, or even the fuller English Office, are around in second hand bookshops. It was also the first Office lectionary I knew, used by my parish priest in Winchester, Fr Robert Teare.
- Roman and Anglican Mass lections are printed making it very easy to spot differences;
- Roman and Anglican Sanctoral calendars are blended with differences noted, some additional observances are also included; non-canonised figures are included in the front matter rather than the daily entries which is not entirely helpful but for reasons of space probably necessary.
- Office Hymns from the English Hymnal are noted
- the four week psalter cycle of the Roman Office is noted
- helpful rubrical information for the celebration of Mass (Gloria, Creed, Prefaces etc)
This is my favourite Ordo because it includes so much in one entry and blends the Roman and Anglican provisions in a helpful way. It is, admittedly more cluttered than the Church House version because it contains more information, and is printed only in black. It is spiral bound so lies flat but may get in the way of a lectern Bible.
I am surprised that SPCK persevere with this, it too is printed in black only. The main addition is more detail on the Book of Common Prayer calendar and for those who use that it is probably necessary (although the Office lectionary is Common Worship). It is slightly thicker than the Church House version with a narrow spine and therefore need s a bit more massaging to lie flat. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is also included.
This is the 'anglo-Papalist' version and surely must be appealing to an ever shrinking market? No lectionary for the Office is given (assuming use of The Divine Office - what a shame they don't print the two year cycle of readings for the Office of Readings). Sunday lections are given but otherwise only references to the lectern edition of the Roman readings for Mass on Sundays and weekdays. Common Worship Sunday titles are printed but otherwise there is no attempt to refer to the Common Worship Calendar.
This Ordo is fundamentally for those who use the Roman Rite 100% within the Church of England. In order to adapt local calendars an appendix indicates which local (Roman) diocesan calendar residents of civil counties should use. Even the Days of Prayer adopted by the Roman bishops in England and Wales are given.
The Office provision includes hymn numbers given daily for Matins and Evensong both to the English Hymnal and also to Hymns for Prayer and Praise.
It is nicely printed with modern clip art in spiral bound form or for a binder available from ACS. The appendices often contain useful and interesting liturgical information on current development across the Tiber.
If you want good quality parish service booklets printing ACS have an excellent printing department who will produce whatever you ask for. They are also good for visiting cards, baptism and confirmation material etc. Go here. Also handy for cheap and cheerful chasubles.
A number of Religious Communities publish Ordos. The Society of Saint Francis publish their guide to use of the Daily Office SSF but it needs to be used in conjunction with the Church House lectionary. It provides the 'form' of the Office to be used on each day and also additional psalmody on Sundays when the CW provision is rather light.
The Community of the Servants of the Will of God at Crawley Down publish an annual Ordo. They still use the ASB Daily Office lectionary (they also use the ASB psalter so perhaps count as 'ASB fundamentalists ...'), their Ordo contains details for the celebration of Mass that match their very rich liturgy and many Orthodox additions to the Calendar.
Fr Simon Rundell
The best electronic version is produced by the creme de la creme of alt-liturgists Blessed's own Fr Simon (nice picture of Benediction at this summer's Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage on the front page, Fr Simon suitably zuchettad). It imports well into Outlook and Google Calendars, references Roman and Anglican sources, contains information including Collects and propers from Exciting Holiness. Fr Simon provides the CWDP provision in full together with Eucharistic readings for Sundays and weekdays. It is the must have electronic Ordo, in may ways replacing Fr Hunwicke's printed Ordo for Catholic Anglicans loyal to the church to which we do actually belong. References to the Roman psalter cycle are also given.
I am awaiting information from Fr Simon about an availability date for the coming year's Ordo.
9 Sept.: UPDATE: I have just heard from Fr Simon that his Ordo should be ready in a couple of weeks (unsurprisingly the Anglican components are proving to be the complicating matter), the best place to find it is here.
Church House Publishing
This is the e version of their printed Ordo, basic, simple, straightforward. All official lectionaries except the Additional Weekday Lectionary.
UPDATE 2 (9 Sept evening):
Father Simon Douglas reminds me via Twitter (@SimonADouglas) of Simon Kershaw's Oremus almanac available by subscription rather than download, I haven't used it so would be interested in comments from users, I assume it contains full Common Worship provision but no more. It may be found here.
The Ordinariate Ordo
Is available here.
It is, as one might expect, a rather eccentric document. (The Ordinariate's Customary should be out soon and will contain more detail). It includes collects, daily psalm references (BCP monthly cycle) and all that is needed for celebrating Matins and Evensong according to Cranmer' plan. The Daily Office readings are a terrible mish mash of the one year and two year cycles available for the Office of Readings. Since the one year cycle was a rather poor, filleted version of the two year anyway this creates a very odd lectionary. No doubt Fr Hunwicke and Msgr Burnham are working hard to develop something more satisfactory. I had hoped they would be able to get either 1922 or 1961 authorised which might have led to more resources becoming available for using these - perhaps an RSV version.The Ordinariate are already making use of the RSV rather than the Jerusalem Bible for Mass readings.
Additional Weekday Lectionary
This is the 'pillar' lectionary designed for circumstances where people attend the Office during the week but not regularly - such as Cathedrals. It is certainly being used at St Paul's in London. As far as I know it is not published in any of the Ordos available.