Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ordo notes for the first week of Lent (Feb 18-24)

The First Sunday of Lent marks the start of the Lentan rubrics in the office, which you can read up on here.

Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek.


THE ORDO


Sunday 18 February – First Sunday of Lent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory (Non sit vobis), hymn (Ex more, LH 52-3), readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts from MD 186*/AM 341 ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 188* ff

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; rest from I Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 190*/AM 345 ff                       

Monday 19 February – Monday in the first week of Lent, Class III

Matins: Ordinary of Lent: Invitatory as for throughout the year; hymn of the season (Ex more); chapter verse Is 1:16-18; three readings of the Lent day

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter etc from the Ordinary of Lent, MD 190*/AM 338 ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195*/AM 346

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego) as noted in the psalter

Terce to None: Ordinary of Lent as noted in the psalter section; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn from the Ordinary of Lent, MD 193*/AM 336 ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195-6*/AM 346

Tuesday 20 February – Tuesday in the first week of Lent, Class III

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Lent; canticle antiphons and collect of the day, MD 196*/AM 347

Wednesday 21 February – Ember Wednesday of Lent, Class II

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Lent; canticle antiphons and collect, MD 197*/AM 348

Thursday 22 February – Thursday in the first week of Lent, Class III; Chair of St Peter, memorial

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Lent; canticle antiphons and collects of the day, MD 197-8*/AM 349; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [69]/AM 825-6

Friday 23 February – Ember Friday of Lent, Class IISt Peter Damian, memorial

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Lent; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 198-9*/AM 350; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [73]/AM 350

Saturday 24 February - St Matthias, Class II; Commemoration of Ember Saturday of Lent

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles, LH 134 ff except for the Gospel, and twelve readings and responsories of the feast

Lauds to None: All as in the common of Apostles, MD (9)/AM 622, with collect, MD [73]/AM 827; at Lauds, commemoration of the Ember Day, MD 199*/AM 351

Vespers: I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Lent, MD 199*/AM 351 ff

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Getting ready for Lent 2018

This week marks the start of Lent, with Ash Wednesday, so it is time to start preparing if you haven't already.

The Office from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before the first Sunday of Lent


Although Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, this period was something of a later add-on to Lent to make up the correct number of days (given that Sundays are not counted for fasting and other purposes).

The liturgy does intensify, with special canticle antiphons each day at both Lauds and Vespers, and two collects each day (the one listed as for Lauds is also used at Matins and Terce to None; the other is for Vespers) but the rest of the Office at Lauds to Vespers remains that of  'throughout the year'.

This is, though, a good time to start practicing the Office hymns for Lent, and read through the rubrics for Lent.

The Rule on the observance of Lent


This is a good time, I think, to reread Chapter 49 of the Rule of St Benedict, on the observance of Lent.  Take a look also at chapters 41 and 48.

I've also written a couple of posts drawing out its application which you can find here:



Suggestions for something extra by way of prayer...


If you are looking for something extra by way of prayer for Lent, consider these suggestions:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ordo notes for the week of Quinquagesima Sunday (Feb 11-17)

Monday and Tuesday this week are part of Septuagesimatide, and you can notes on the rubrics of Septuagesimatide here.  

From Ash Wednesday onwards we are technically in Lent, but while the liturgy does intensify, with special canticle antiphons for both Lauds and Vespers each day, the rest of the Office at Lauds to Vespers remains that of  'throughout the year' up until Sunday.

Note that from Ash Wednesday onwards:
  • the ferial canticle is used at Lauds;
  • the collect for Lauds is also used at Matins, Terce, Sext and None;
  • the concluding prayers of the hour (from the Kyrie eleison) are said kneeling.


Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek.


THE ORDO



Sunday 11 February – Quinquagesima Sunday, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon for the Sunday (Preoccupemus faciem Domini); hymn Primo dierum (from the psalter); readings, responsories and collect of the Sunday

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Quinquagesima, MD 173*/AM 326 ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 177*/AM 330 ff 

Monday 12 February – Class IV [EF: The Seven Founders of the Servite Order, Class III]

Collect, MD 176*/AM 328 for Matins, Lauds, and Terce to None; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 179*/AM 331

Tuesday 13 February – Class IV

Collect, MD 176*/AM 328; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 179*/AM 332

Wednesday 14 February –– Ash Wednesday, Class I

[Note: The feast of St Valentine is not marked in the Office this year]

MatinsAll as throughout the year except that for Nocturn II antiphons of Septuagesima as noted in the psalter; three readings of the day

Lauds and Vespers: All as in the psalter for Wednesday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 180-1*/AM 332-3

Terce to None: collect of the day

Thursday 15 February –– Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Class III [EF: commemoration of SS Fautinus and Jovita]

All as in the psalter for throughout the year, except for three readings and responsories of the day at Matins; canticle antiphons and collect, MD 181-2*/AM 334

Friday 16 February – Friday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

All as in the psalter for throughout the year, except for the readings, collect and canticle antiphons, MD 182-3*/AM 334-5

Saturday 17 February -– Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

All as in the psalter for throughout the year, except for the readings, collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 183*/AM 335

I Vespers of the First Sunday of Lent: antiphons and psalms of Saturday, rest from MD 184*/AM 340

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ordo notes for the week of Sexagesima Sunday (Feb 4-10)

This week is the second in the season of Septuagesimatide, and you can find notes on the rubrics of Septuagesimatide here.  The key thing to remember is that the word Alleluia is not used after I Vespers of this Sunday, and so alternative antiphons for phrases are substituted in.

The notes below relate to the variable parts of the Office only, so should be read in conjunction with the Learn to Say the  Benedictine Office notes provided elsewhere on the blog.

Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek.

THE ORDO


Sunday 4 February – Sexagesima Sunday, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon for the Sunday (Preoccupemus faciem Domini); hymn Primo dierum (from the psalter); readings, responsories and collect of the Sunday

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Sexagesima, MD 164*/AM 319 ff with Sunday psalms

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 168*/323 ff

Monday 5 February – St Agatha, Class III

Matins:  Invitatory antiphon and hymn from the Common of Virgins (LR 211-12), responsories and third reading of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [52]/AM 807 ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds (omitting the fourth) with Psalms 109, 111, 112 (from Sunday Vespers) and 126 (None); chapter from Lauds, rest, MD [57]/AM 810

Tuesday 6 February - Class IV [EF: St Titus, Class III]; Waitangi Day (NZ)

Matins: Note: Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima; three readings of the day

Lauds, Terce to Vespers: Collect, MD 163*at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 170-1*/AM 324

Wednesday 7 February – St Romuald, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Confessor (LR  190); psalms and antiphons of the day; reading 1&2 of the feria (combine readings 2&3; use responsories 1&3 of the feria), reading and responsory 3 of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day, with the rest from the Common of a Confessor, MD (75)/AM 672; collect, MD [58]/AM 810

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from Common; Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from Common, Collect of the feast

Thursday 8 February – Class IV [EF: St John of Matha, Class III]

Collect, MD 163*/AM 810; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 170-1*/AM 325

Friday 9 February – Class IV [EF: ST Cyril of Alexandria, Class III]

Collect, MD 163*/AM 810; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 170-1*/AM 325

If the feast of St Scholastica is Class I, I Vespers of the feast (MD [58]/AM 812)

Saturday 10 February - St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, Virgin, Class II (Class I for monasteries of nuns)

Matins: LR 288 ff - Invitatory and hymn of the feast; antiphons of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins; twelve readings and responsories of the feast, Gospel from the Common of Virgins

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons etc from MD [62]/AM 815 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD [65] ff

Vespers:  Psalms from Common of Virgins, MD (84); proper texts, MD [59]/AM 818 ff; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 171* ff/AM 326

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ordo notes for the week of Septuagesima Sunday (Jan 28-Feb 3)

The notes below are designed to assist those wishing to say the Benedictine Office according to the officially approved 1962 books (noting that older books can readily be adapted to this end).

You can find notes on the rubrics of Septuagesimatide here.  The key thing to remember is that the word Alleluia is not used after I Vespers of this Sunday, and so alternative antiphons for phrases are substituted in.


They provides notes on the variable parts of the Office only, so should be read in conjunction with the Learn to Say the  Benedictine Office notes provided elsewhere on the blog.


Key to the abbreviations:
MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)

AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek.


THE ORDO


Sunday 28 January – Septuagesima Sunday, Class II

[The feast of St Cyril is not marked in the Office this year]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon for the Septuagesimatide Sundays (Preoccupemus faciem Domini); hymn Primo dierum (from the psalter); readings, responsories and collect of the Sunday; note that the Alleluia is not used, antiphons for Septuagesima instead.

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 154*/AM 312 ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc for the day from MD 158-9*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, responsory, hymn etc for the day, from MD 159*/AM 315 ff

Monday 29 January – Class IV; St Francis de Sales, memorial [EF: Class III]

**For St Frances as Class I, see MD 21**

Matins: Note: In Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima henceforth; three readings of the day (feria II after Septuagesima Sunday)

Collect, MD 157*/AM 313

Laudsfor the commemoration, MD [44–5]/AM 665/798

Vespers: Magnificat antiphon MD 161*/AM 316

Tuesday 30 January – Class IV [EF: St Martina]

Collect, MD 157*/AM 313; Magnificat antiphon for Vespers, MD 161*/AM 317

Wednesday 31 January – Class IV; St John Bosco, memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 157*/AM 313

Lauds: for the commemoration, MD [45-6]/AM 743 (plus collect from SupAM 35 or Missal or Diurnal)

Vespers: Magnificat antiphons MD 161*/317


Thursday 1 February - St Ignatius, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a martyr (LR 148); psalms and antiphons of the day; reading 1&2 of the feria (combine readings 2&3; use responsories 1&3 of the feria), third reading and responsory  of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day, the rest from the Common of one martyr, MD (31)/AM 641; collect of the feast, MD [46]/AM 800

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc from the common

Friday 2 February - Purification of the BVM, Class II

Matins: Invitatory of the feast, Ecce venit ad templum, LR 433; hymn, psalms and antiphons from the Common of feasts of the BVM, LR 245; Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the feast

Lauds: Proper antiphons and texts for the feast, MD [49]/AM 802 ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds; chapter, versicle and collect of the feast at Terce to None

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms and propers from Common of BVM, MD (119)/AM 800, Magnificat antiphon, MD [51-2]/AM 805

****Compline: Antiphon of Our Lady, Ave Regina Caelorum, MD 266/AM 175 or 179 (and henceforward)

Saturday 3 February  Saturday of Our Lady; St Blase, Memorial

Matins: Reading 3 of Our Lady, Saturday 1 in February

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [52]/AM 737/805

I Vespers of Sexagesima Sunday, MD 162*/AM 318 ff

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From the martyrology: Conversion of St Paul; St Poppo OSB (Jan 25)


1467 Polish

Today in the Extraordinary Form, Ordinary Form and traditional Benedictine Office we celebrate the famous conversion of St Paul:

"The conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, which occurred in the second year after the Ascension of our Lord."

Bamberg, Church of SS Peter and George

The martyrology also mentions, however, St Poppo, an eleventh century monastic reformer:

"At Marchiennes in France, St. Poppo, priest and abbot, renowned for his miracles."

St Poppo had a colourful life, as the Catholic Encyclopedia chronicles:

"Abbot, born 977; died at Marchiennes, 25 January, 1048. He belonged to a noble family of Flanders; his parents were Tizekinus and Adalwif. About the year 1000 he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with two others of his countrymen. Soon after this he also went on a pilgrimage to Rome. He was about to marry a lady of noble family, when an impressive experience led him to seek another mode of life. As he was journeying late at night a flame burst forth over his head and his lance radiated a brilliant light. He believed this to be an illumination of the Holy Spirit, and soon after, 1005, he entered the monastery of St. Thierry at Reims."

He was appointed to head a number of monasteries to aid their reform in the spirit of Cluny, working under the guidance of St Richard of Saint-Vannes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SS Timothy and Suranus, Abbot (Jan 24)



Today in the Office we celebrate in the Office the feast of St Timothy, of whom the martyrology says:

"At Ephesus, St. Timothy, disciple of the apostle St. Paul, who ordained him bishop of that city.  After many labours for Christ, he was stoned for rebuking those who offered sacrifices to Diana, and shortly after went peacefully to his rest in the Lord."

But also mentioned is St Suranus:

"Also, blessed Suranus, abbot, who lived in the time of the Lombards."

The saint is mentioned in Book I of St Gregory's Dialogues:

"At such time as I yet lived in the Monastery, I understood by the relation of certain religious men, that in the time of the Lombards, in this very province called Sura and not far off, there was an holy Abbot called Suranus, who bestowed upon certain prisoners, which had escaped their hands, all such things as he had in his Monastery: and when he had given away in alms all his own apparel, and whatsoever he could find either in the monks' cells or in the yards, and nothing was left: suddenly the Lombards came thither, took him prisoner, and demanded where his gold was: and when he told them that he had nothing, they carried him to an hill hard by, where there was a mighty great wood in which a certain prisoner that ran away from them had hid himself in an hollow tree. There one of the Lombards, drawing out his sword, slew the foresaid venerable Abbot, whose body as it fell to the ground, suddenly all the hill together with the wood did shake, as though the earth by that trembling had said, that it could not bear the weight of his holiness and virtue."