Saturday, June 28, 2014

Feast of SS Peter and Paul, and third week after Pentecost


This Sunday the feast of SS Peter and Paul displaces the Third Sunday after Pentecost; the feast also features a vigil.  You can find the Gospel and readings on it here.

The Office this week in summary

Sunday 29 June – SS Peter and Paul, Class I
Monday 30 June -  Commemoration of St Paul, Class III
Tuesday 1 July - Class IV [EF: Precious Blood]
Wednesday 2 July - Visitation of the BVM, Class II
Thursday 3 July – Class IV; SS Processus and Martinian, memorial [EF: St Irenaeus]
Friday 4 July - Class IV [**in some places, St Procopius]
Saturday 5 July - Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 1 of July) [EF: St Anthony Mary Zaccaria]

You can find more details of how to say the Office this week in the Ordos for  June  and July.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nativity of St John the Baptist




The feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist is so important it warrants a vigil: you can find the Matins readings for it here.  The readings for the feast itself will also be on my Lectio Divina blog.

And don't forget to sing the famous vespers hymn (the medieval equivalent of the Sound of Music's 'Doh a deer').

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Second Sunday after Pentecost


The Gospel for the Second Sunday after Pentecost is St Luke 14: 16-24, the parable of the great supper.

The week ahead in the 1962 Benedictine Office in summary

This is a busy week, with two first class feasts (so don't forget I Vespers the day before!).

Sunday 22 June - Second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II
Monday 23 June - Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class II
Tuesday 24 June - Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class I
Wednesday 25 June - Class IV [EF: St William, Class III]
Thursday 26 June - Class IV; SS John and Paul, memorial
Friday 27 June – Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Class I
Saturday 28 June - Vigil of SS Peter and Paul, Class II

You can find more to help you say the Office correctly this week in the Ordo for June.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Feast of Corpus Christi


Is there a feast more in need of recovery in the Church today?  Introduced to counter lack of belief in transubstantiation, the texts for the feast of Corpus Christi were famously composed by St Thomas Aquinas.

The Novus Ordo version of the feast, predictably leaves out some of the most important verses of the reading from 1 Corinthians 11:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, [24] and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."  [25] In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." [26] For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. [27] Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. [28] Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. [29] For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. 

You can find the Gospel for the feast, and the third nocturn Matins readings on it here.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Trinity Sunday



This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, and with this feast, the Office returns to 'time throughout the year' texts.

You can find the Gospel and third nocturn Matins readings for the feast, though, here.

Sunday 15 June - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I
Monday 16 June - Class IV
Tuesday 17 June - Class IV [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo]
Wednesday 18 June - Class IV; St Ephrem Syrus, SS Mark and Marcellianus, memorials 
Thursday 19 June - Corpus Christi, Class I 
Friday 20 June - Class IV [EF: ST Silverius]
Saturday 21 June - Saturday of Our Lady; St Aloysius Gonzaga, memorial [EF: Class III]

You can find more detailed instructions on saying the Office this week in the Ordo for June.

PS Don't forget that the Salve Regina has returned to Compline!




Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pentecost and its Octave


This Sunday is the feast of Pentecost, which has a first class Octave attached to it, so the next week is one long Sunday...albeit with some Ember Days to be observed.

Sunday 8 June - Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave
Monday 9 June - Whit Monday (Monday within the Octave of Pentecost), Class I
Tuesday 10 June - Whit Tuesday, Class I
Wednesday 11 June – Ember Wednesday, Class I
Thursday 12 June - Whit Thursday, Class I
Friday 13 June - Ember Friday, Class I
Saturday 14 June - Ember Saturday, Class I

You can find more detailed instructions for the Office during the week in the Ordo for June.