One of the stark differences which are apparent to anyone who has sat down and compared the calendars of the 1909 and 1962 editions of the Dominican breviary is the utter lack of octaves of saints in the latter edition. The 20th Century took its toll on the wonderful liturgical practice which extended the feasts of so many saints beyond their feast day. Yesterday would have begun the Octave of St. Catherine, which would have been celebrated from April 30 - May 7.
Even though the Order no longer celebrates this octave, it is a wonderful private devotion that we can make to St. Catherine, one of the most famous and glorious of the saints who adorn our wonderful Order and an effective mans of deepening our devotion to her. Every day during the octave, a commemoration was made at Lauds and Vespers using the proper versicle/responsory, Benedictus/Magnificat antiphons from the Dominican Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the collect from the feast.
Even if you pray the Liturgy of the Hours, you can still make this commemoration part of your daily Office, by reciting it from May 1 - May 7. Traditions like this fed the spiritual lives of so many saints and holy men and women of our Order. They mark out places in time for us to remember those that came before us in this venerable religious order that is now 800 years old. We would do well, in my opinion, to begin to return to some of these liturgical traditions.