The Kalendar appearing here contains in the third column the information provided in the printed Sarum Kalendars such as that found at the front of the Breviarium 1531. In the fourth column appears the information found in the Pica which appear scattered throughout the Breviarium. Generally speaking the latter takes precedence over the former where they differ. This Kalendar is provided firstly as a guide to those who wish to follow the Sarum Liturgical Kalendar throughout the course of the year, and secondly for those who wish to gain an understanding of the nature of a typical Sarum or pre-Tridentine liturgical year. These Kalendars follow the Gregorian or Western calendar rather than the Julian calendar.
Hymnal in English (Draft Edition)
The Martirology is read daily in the Capitular Office after the Office of Prime.
There appears to be no extant Sarum Martirology stemming directly from Salisbury. However several MS Latin Martirologies, such as that in British Museum Harl. MS 2785. appear to be of Sarum Use.
The Sarum English Martirology available here is an edition of that prepared by Richard Whytford and printed by Wynken de Worde in 1526. Contractions have been spelled out and punctuation modernized, but the orthography follows the original.
Readers may also wish to refer to the edition of the same Martirology issued by the Henry Bradshaw Society in 1893, which contains an informative introduction as well as comparative notes.
Another important source is John Clarke Crosthwaite, The Book of Obits and Martyrology of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Commonly Called Christ Church, Dublin (Dublin: Irish Archaeological Society, 1844).
We hope to make a Latin Sarum Martirology available in due course.
The Sarum Statutes, Latin and English (ed. Wordsworth, 1911)
Statuta et consuetudines ecclesiae cathedralis Beatae Mariae Virginis sarisberiensis
An Obit Kalendar of Salisbury Cathedral
The Obit Kalendar is a record of the deaths of important personages connected with a particular church. This document is the Obit Kalendar of Salisbury Cathedral. The Obits would be read at the Capitular Office (following Prime) after the reading of the Martirology. See Breviary, Psalter, Prime: .
The Sarum Tonary is a theoretical work that demonstrates the proper use of the Psalm Tones and other tones of the Office and Mass. An edition of this work is available at The Sarum Tonary. (Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum)
Simple Office Tones
These Tones are intended for those who wish to sing the antiphons and responsories on a regular basis but lack sufficient ability or resources to do so.
Simple Antiphon Tones
Simple Responsory Tones
Ordinale Sarisburiense (complete, May 2018)
A Transliteration of BL Harley 1001, Folios 1R – 116V . by John Allen Hackney
Fascicule 1: Folios 1R – 54V. Ad Horas : Temporale.
Fascicule 2: Folios 55r – 83v. Ad Horas : Sanctorale.
Fascicule 3: Folios 84r – 110v. De Missa: Temporale.
Appendix II.A. Kalendar.
Appendix II.B. Feasts and their Classifications.
Fascicule 4: 101v – 116v. De Missa : Sanctorale.
This edition of the sole exemplar of a revised old ordinal of Salisbury Cathedral is based on the manuscript source in the British Library, Harley MS 1001. The manuscript, sometimes called the ‘Risby Ordinal’, was written in the first quarter of the 14th century, likely copied from a source of c. 1270. For just over 100 years, Walter H. Frere’s edition of some parts of this ordinal, published in The Use of Sarum, II, has been the only readily available edition for studying this important manuscript. Unfortunately, Frere’s work is deliberately incomplete, as it includes only those portions of the Ordinal that differ materially from later sources. The resulting text is, in some sections, unusable and even nonsensical without constant reference to another source. This edition, in contrast, is a transliteration of the complete text of the manuscript, including all the marginal notes. While the result is a document with many extra pages of mere cues for antiphons, psalms, readings, and so forth, the necessary context for the rubrics is maintained.
Many thanks to John Hackney for this excellent piece of scholarship.
Venitare in the King James Version
Stephen Gallagher has provided an excellent and practical English Sarum Venitare following the texts of the King James Bible (rather than the Book of Common Prayer). With his permission, and with thanks, we are pleased to host this Venitare here (revised October 2019).
Sound files for the Venitare in the King James Version
Thanks to Stephen Gallagher for providing these recordings of the King James Venitare.
p. 01a: Advent 1 [5:33]
p. 01b: Advent ferias [4:08]
p. 01c: Advent 2 [7:25]
p. 01c: Advent 3 [8:13]
p. 02a: Advent Ember Days [5:13]
p. 02b: Advent IV [6:20]
p. 02c: Vigil of Nativity [6:31]
p. 02d: Nativity [6:33]
p. 03a: St. Stephen [6:09]
p. 03b: St. John [6:37]
p. 04a: Epiphany Octave [6:32]
p. 04b: Sundays after Octave of Epiphany [7:26]
p. 04c: Monday in the Octave of the Epiphany &c. [5:03]
p. 05a: Tuesday in the Octave of the Epiphany &c. [4:03]
p. 05b: Wednesday in the Octave of the Epiphany &c. [4:09]
p. 05c: Thursday in the Octave of the Epiphany &c. [4:16]
p. 06a: Friday in the Octave of the Epiphany &c. [3:58]
p. 06b: Saturday in the Octave of the Epiphany &c. [3:58]
p. 06c: Transfiguration [6:23]
p. 06d Sexagesima Quinquagesima [7:16]
p. 07a: First Sunday of Lent [8:33]
p. 07b: Second Sunday of Lent [6:03]
p. 07c Third Sunday in Lent [7:24]
p. 08a: Fourth Sunday in Lent [8:02]
p. 08b: Passion Sunday [5:34]
p. 08c: Passiontide ferias [4:15]
p. 08d: Palm Sunday [7:38]
p. 09a: Easter Day [5:44]
p.09b: Easter Octave Ferial [5:19]
p. 09c: Eastertide Sundays [7:24]
p. 10a: Eastertide ferias; Vigil of Pentecost [4:10]
p. 10b: Ascensiontide [7:07]
p. 10c: Whitsundide [7:21]
p. 10d: Trinitytide through Octave [7:07]
p. 10e: Corpus Christi [9:10]
p. 11a: Sunday after Trinity until August 28 [6:26]
p. 11b: Sundays after Aug 28 to Sep 27 [8:47]
p. 11c: Sundays after Sep 27 to Oct 28 [7:14]
p. 12a: Sundays after Oct 28 to Advent [6:48]
p. 12b: St. Andrew [8:22]
p. 12c: St. Thomas, Common of Apostles [7:01]
p. 13a: Holy Innocents, Common of Saint [5:13]
p. 13b: Conversion of St. Paul [6:10]
p. 13c: Presentation/Purification [8:43]
p. 14a Annunciation common of BVM [7:53]
p. 14c: Nativity of St. John the Baptist; Common of John the Baptist [7:01]
p. 15b: St. Matthew; Common of Evangelists [7:06]
p. 15c: St. Michael [7:54]
p. 16b: Common of Martyrs [4:21]
The Psalter from the American Book of Common Prayer 1928 Pointed to the Latin Psalm Tones as Adapted for the English Text by Jeffrey Cooper.
This Psalter uses a new system of pointing developed by Jeffrey Cooper. With his permission, and with thanks, we are pleased to host this Psalter here (revised November 2017). This Psalter maybe freely downloaded, stored, printed, and performed for non commercial purposes only.
We are pleased to host on this site beautifully prepared editions of the Sarum Office of Compline in contemporary English. Thanks go to Emil Salim for assembling these booklets, which cover the following seasons:
Compline 1: Advent.
Compline 5: The Octave of Epiphany.
Compline 6: Ordinary Time.
Compline 7: The Third Sunday of Lent.
Compline 9: Ferias in Passion Week.
Compline 14: From Low Sunday to the Vigil of the Ascension.
Ibadat Penutup, Sarum Compline in Indonesian, prepared by Emil Salim.