Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for second week after Pentecost (June 18 - 24)

The notes below are designed to help you say one or more hours from the Benedictine Office according to the 1962-3 rubrics.

The page references are to the 2004 and later editions published by Farnborough Abbey, so if you are using an earlier edition of the Diurnal, the Antiphonale Monasticum or a breviary, you may need to hunt around a bit to get them to line up.

If you are new to the Benedictine Office, start here.

The Office this week

The Office this week is of time throughout the year, using the texts to be found in the psalter section of your Diurnal.

The collect used at the hours apart from Prime and Compline from Monday up until and including Thursday is of the second Sunday after Pentecost.

The key feasts are of the Sacred Heart on Friday, which displaces the Vigil of St John the Baptist, and the Nativity of John the Baptist on Saturday.

Matins notes (Note: Matins is not in the Diurnal)

As usual, the Matins readings and responsories for Sunday and feasts can be found over at the the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

Second Sunday after Pentecost: As for all Sundays after Pentecost, the best source for everything except the readings is the Clear Creek Matins booklet (English and Latin), supplemented by the book of Liturgical Readings (or the texts provided on my Lectio Divina Notes blog).

If you want to sing some or all of the hour, the hymn, invitatory and antiphons can be found in the Peter Standhofe Psalterium PDF (see the resources collection on the Benedictine Matins Blog) and sources for the responsories can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

Feast of the Sacred Heart: Those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal) and/or using older breviaries should note that the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus seems to have received a makeover after Pope Pius XI raised it to the equivalent of a solemnity in 1928.

The result is that the antiphons and responsories for the feast provided in the Liber Responsorialis are not the same as those set out in the 1963 breviary, and the feast in the monastic form is not available on Divinum Officium.

The net result is that while some of the chants and texts are available from the Nocturnale Romanum, and the invitatory antiphon and hymn can be found in the Liber Hymnarius, some are missing.  I've provided a set of texts and listed sources for the chants of the responsories that I have been able to locate here. but that still leaves a few responsories and antiphons unaccounted for, so if anyone knows of a source for these, please do let me know!

Nativity of St John the Baptist: The chants and texts for the feast (including a listing of the proper psalms) other than the readings can be found in the Liber Responsorialis (download from CC Watershed) from page 345; translations of the readings can be found in the Liturgical Readings book.  Not all of the readings for the feast are available online, but those that are can be found arranged as for the Benedictine Office  on the Lectio Divina Notes blog.


NOTES ON THE ORDO


Sunday 18 June – Second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter with readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: Psalm scheme 1 (50, 117, 62); Hymn Ecce iam noctis, MD 55; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 461-2*

Prime to None: As for throughout the year on Sunday

Vespers: As throughout the year in the psalter, collect and canticle antiphon, MD 462*

Monday 19 June - Class IV; St Gervase and Protase, Memorial [EF: St Juliana Falcionieri]

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the Second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 432*; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [157]

Tuesday 20 June – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Silverius]

Collect, MD 432*

Wednesday 21 June - Class IV; St Aloysius Gonzaga, memorial

Collect, MD 432*; for the commemoration, MD [157-8]

Thursday 22 June - Class IV [EF: ST Paulinus]

Matins to None: Collect, MD 432*

I Vespers of the Sacred Heart, MD 432* ff

Friday 23 June – Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

Lauds: Antiphons and other texts of the feast with festal psalms, MD 439* ff; for the memorial, MD [158]

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD 442* ff

Vespers: Antiphons of the feast, MD 443-4* with psalms of I Vespers of Corpus Christi, MD 419*; texts for the Sacred Heart, MD 444*; commemoration of St John the Baptist, MD [161]

Saturday 24 June - Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

Lauds:  Festal psalms of Sunday; antiphons etc of the feast, MD [161] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons etc, MD [164-5]

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of Lauds; Psalms from I Vespers of Apostles, MD (2); Magnificat antiphon, MD [165]; commemoration of the Sunday MD 445*

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