The liturgical occasion names are in Latin; for the most part they are those employed by Hesbert in Corpus Antiphonalium Officii. When there is a choice between variants of the name of a saint not included in any of the sources surveyed in CAO, the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina (Brussels: Society of Bollandists, 1898-1901) has been consulted.
Because the Cantus file structure provides only twenty characters in
the field for liturgical occasions, many designations are extremely
For this reason, each entry in the tables referenced here includes the
name used within the Cantus database, an English translation of it, and
a month and day for the occasion, if applicable. Also
are the eight-digit "Liturgical Occasion Codes" found in the 144-column
versions of the Cantus indices (see below for details). These are
some of the most commonly-used abbreviations:
||Octave of feast X|
||During the Octave of feast X|
||First day, second day, etc. of feast X|
||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.|
||"Sabbato" or Saturday|
||"Dominica" (Sunday) or "Domini" (of the Lord)|
||"Inventio" (finding of a saint's relics)|
||"Translatio" (moving of a saint's relics)|
Please note the distinction between "Oct." and ",8" -- the former specifically designates the single day that falls one week after the original feast (the Octave), while the latter designates the entire week following the original feast (including the Octave).
There is also an important distinction between "Die 2" and "Fer. 2" ("Feria 2"): "Die 2" means "day 2" or the day after a feast; "Feria 2" means "day 2 of the week," i.e., Monday. The former usually applies to feasts that move throughout the week (e.g., Christmas) while the latter applies to feasts that do not (e.g., Easter Sunday or Ascension Thursday).
Saints' designations include the most common anglicized version of
name and Latin or orthographic variants as space allows, their type,
their feast day. For example:
|Aegidii||Aegidius (Giles), Abbot||Sep.1|
|Praejecti||Praejectus (Prix), Bishop Martyr||Jan.25|
It should be noted that in the Middle Ages, feast days for saints
not as stable as they are now, and sometimes varied from place to
moreover, some dates have been changed since Vatican II. Thus, some of
the dates in this file may not reflect the practices recorded by the
we have indexed; for possible local variations, please consult F. G.
Biographical Dictionary of the Saints (St. Louis: B. Herder Book
1924; reprinted, Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1969).