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American Ordo

For more than 65 years, the Priests of the Sacred Heart have maintained and produced the American Ordo as a resource for pastors in Catholic parishes in the United States. This liturgical calendar lists feasts, colors, Masses and readings for every day of the year.

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Lenten Weekday
Color:
violet
Mass:
of Monday of the Second Week of Lent
Readings:
(230) Daniel 9:4b-10 Luke 6:36-38
Hours:
Week II of psalter and Lenten proper
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Lenten Weekday
Color:
violet
Mass:
of Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
Readings:
(232)
Jeremiah 18:18-20
Matthew 20:17-28
Hours:
Week II of psalter and Lenten proper
Lenten Weekday
Color:
violet
Mass:
of Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
Readings:
(233)
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Luke 16:19-31
Hours:
Week II of psalter and Lenten proper
Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Color:
violet
Mass:
of Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Readings:
(234)
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Hours:
Week II of psalter and Lenten proper
Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Color:
violet
Mass:
of Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Readings:
(235)
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Hours:
Week II of psalter and Lenten proper Evening Prayer I of the Third Sunday of Lent
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
Color:
violet
Mass:
of the Third Sunday of Lent or of First Scrutiny. Readings for Year A (28) permitted; must be used with First Scrutiny. Creed, Preface proper to Third Sunday of Lent if using Gospel of Samaritan Woman; if not, Preface I or II of Lent.
Readings:
(29)
Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25
or, Year A Readings: (28) Exodus 17:3-7
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Hours:
Week III of psalter and of Third Sunday of Lent The following readings may be used on any Lenten day this week, especially if the Gospel of the Samaritan Woman is not read on the Third Sunday of Lent: Readings: (236) Exodus 17:1-7 John 4:5-42
Monday of the Thrid Week of Lent
Color:
violet
Mass:
[Saint Casimir] of Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Readings:
(237)
2 Kings 5:1-15ab
Luke 4:24-30
Hours:
Week III of psalter and Lenten proper

Father Charles Yost, SCJ (1932 - 2017)

For 53 years, the American Ordo was compiled and edited by Fr. Charles Yost, SCJ.
He assumed the exacting, detail-oriented responsibilities in 1964 when he was a professor and librarian at Sacred Heart Monastery. It became a labor of love, to which he was devoted until his death at age 85 in July, 2017.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1958, Fr. Yost continued his education earning master’s degrees in theology and library science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Fr. Yost’s ministries included service as a missionary in Indonesia, an academic, a fundraiser, a parish priest and superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart retirement community.

Even in retirement Fr. Yost continued to serve our religious congregation in various capacities, including overseeing the preparation of the American Ordo. Fr. Yost actually compiled information for the liturgical calendar about six years in advance and then updated the material periodically to reflect changes from Rome in order to keep the Ordo completely current.

We are deeply grateful for Fr. Yost’s diligence and watchful eye. His generous spirit and his love the Church inspire our dedication to continue to produce the American Ordo to his high standards.