The new, post-conciliar liturgical calendar for the Teresian Carmel was approved 20 October 1971 by the Holy See. Annibale Bugnini, C.M., Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, wrote to the Prefect, clarifying the following:
- “Considering the spiritual value for the Order of the figures of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, the Sacred Congregation has deemed it opportune to grant an exception to the norms of the Calendar and to grant their celebration at the rank of a solemnity;
- “The memorial of St. Teresa Margaret Redi should be celebrated on 1 September, because it coincides with the feast of St. Bonaventure on 15 July; and,
- “After careful study, this Congregation does not consider the memorial of St. Simon Stock to be appropriate, as long as the uncertainty about his historical figure persists” [St. John Paul II later granted the celebration of the memorial of St. Simon Stock].
This calendar remained in effect until Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, signed the decree on 16 July 2019 approving a thorough revision of the calendar.
We are grateful to Father Iván de Jesús Mora Pernía, O.C.D. for providing these historical details from the Discalced Carmelite archives. Please visit his Efemérides Carmelitanas Spanish-language blog to learn more about the history of the Discalced Carmelites. Our featured image is courtesy of the Discalced Carmelite friars in the Krakow province.