Sometimes I’ve seen “traditionalist” bemoan the elimination of all but two Octaves on the OF calendar. It occurs to me that we still have certain octaves in all but name. For example, there is no longer a formal octave of the Epiphany…yet isn’t that basically what we’ve observed this past week? Whether Epiphany was celebrated last Sunday or this past Monday, the entire week has continued the “spirit” of Epiphany, and tomorrow is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, a mystery traditionally associated with the Epiphany. Tonight when I prayed Evening Prayer I, the rubrics instructed me to pray the Psalms for the Epiphany…bringing home for me this notion that today is, in all but name, an Octave of the Epiphany.
Another example would be the Assumption. There’s no longer a formal octave of the Assumption, yet a week after we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady’s Queenship…again, seems to me an octave in all but name.
Just a thought.