Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New year!



Rule of St Benedict
Codex Sangallensis
I'd like to wish all readers a happy and holy new year - and a reminder to join in the public recitation of the Te Deum in thanksgiving for the year on December 31, and the Veni Creator on January 1 to gain the plenary indulgences attached to them (partial if said privately).

I'd also like to let you know about a couple of projects that I've already started on, but will hopefully push along further in the new year, and am posting elsewhere, that may be of interest.

Matins readings

First, over at my Lectio Divina blog I'm in the process of compiling lists of all the Matins readings for the Benedictine Office, grouped by liturgical season (and there will be a separate post for major feasts of saints).

I'll put indexes of links (masterposts) in the sidebar for future reference, though at the moment I'm also posting weekly lists that also show the readings for any feasts that interrupt the normal seasonal cycle (you can subscribe to these by email through the link on the blog).

In the past over there I've posted English translations of most of the Sunday Gospels, and Third Nocturn readings on them; links to past posts can be found in the masterposts.  Over the course of 2016 I'll try to fill in the gpas, as well as go back and fill in the first and second nocturn readings for the Sunday cycle (where I can find an online version of them).

Lectio divina around the liturgical cycle of readings

I've also previously posted notes over at the Lectio Divina blog on each of the Gospels, spread over a three month cycle (so you can read all of them in a year).  I've put up a masterpost for the notes on St Matthew, and plan to fill out gaps in them over the next quarter.  I'll also try and make the notes on the other Gospels more accessible in the same way, as well as provide brief notes on the books of the Bible being read in the Office (at Matins).

Reading the Rule of St Benedict

Thirdly, I'm planning a series, starting in the new year, offering some reading notes on the Rule of St Benedict, and you find these over at my new Lectio Regula blog (it is easier to keep topics separate rather than clog up this one I think).

Each day I'll provide both the English and the Latin, divided up over four months in the traditional arrangement.  I'll also try and provide some notes of my own on it (though no guarantees that I'll comment on every part of the Rule, though I will certainly do my best).

I'm not planning to provide a complete or polished commentary on the Rule, but rather to focus in on some particular aspects of it, mostly around the way that St Benedict uses Scripture, and the links between the Rule and the shape of the Benedictine Office.  I've written a post that sets out some of the main themes I plan to focus on that you can read here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Notes on the saints and feasts (and former feasts) of January

At various times on this blog I've posted notes on the feasts celebrated in the Benedictine calendar of 1962, so I thought that this year I would attempt to put together links to those notes for each month, so herewith the first installment.

I've also included links to posts and other resources on  saints of particular Benedictine interest, including those whose feasts are celebrated by particular congregations or monasteries (please do point me to any I'm missing).

1 January 

Octave Day of Christmas

The Octave Day of Christmas (aka New Year) is one of those feasts that have gone through a few incarnations in recent years.

Traditionally, today is the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord. The feast celebrates the first time the blood of Christ was shed, and thus the beginning of the process of the redemption of man. It also serves to demonstrate that Christ was fully human, and his obedience to Biblical law.

In the 1962 Calendar (including the Benedictine Universal Calendar), all of the traditional texts for the feast are retained, but the name is dropped in favour of the Octave Day. In the Novus Ordo calendar, the Feast was dropped altogether, and it has become the Feast of Mary, Mother of God...

For more:
Whatever happened to the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord?

2 January  

St Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas a Becket), bishop & martyr















Once was...Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

3 January  

Once was...Octave Day of St John the Evangelist

4 January 

St Titus, bishop &confessor

5 January 

Once was...vigil of the Epiphany

Saints of the martyrology: SS Telesphorus, Apollinaris, Emiliana

6 January

Feast of the Epiphany
More on the Epiphany
Twelfth Day

Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday after Epiphany or Holy Family?
Pick your feast

7 January – Class IV

Still Christmastide... But not the Octave of the Epiphany!

8 January

Not the third day in the Octave

9 January 

Not the fourth day in the Octave

10 January 

St Paul the first hermit, confessor



St Peter Orseleo OSB

Not the fifth day in the Octave of the Epiphany

St Gregory of Nyssa (wiki) (Benedictine Confederation 1975 calendar)

11 January 

Not the sixth day in the Octave of the Epiphany

12 January

St Benedict Biscop OSB - English Congregation



13 January

Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord

14 January

St Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor
St Felix Nola, priest and martyr

15 January 

Our Lady of Prompt Succor (wiki)

SS Maurus and Placid, disciples of St Benedict (Benedictine Confederation 1975 calendar; 5 October in the 1962 calendar)

16 January 

St Marcellus I (Pope & martyr)

St Honorius of Fondi

17 January 



St Antony, abbot

18 January 

St Prisca (wiki)

St Peter's Chair (see 22 Feb)

19 January 

SS Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, martyrs

St Wulfstan OSB (wiki) (English Congregation)

20 January 

St Fabian (Pope) and St Sebastian, martyrs

21 January

St Agnes virgin and martyr  

St Meinrad OSB, martyr

22 January 

from the martyrology: St Vincent of Saragosa and St Anastasius

23 January 

St Emerentiana 

24 January 

St Timothy, bishop & martyr


25 January 

Conversion of St Paul (commemoration of St Peter)
From the martyrology: St Poppo OSB

26 January 

St Polycarp, bishop and martyr
From the martyrology: St Paula

St. Robert, St. Alberic and St. Stephen, Abbots of Citeaux (New Clairvaux website) - Optional Memorial (Benedictine Confederation 1975 calendar)

St Bathildis (wiki), Queen of France (Le Barroux)

27 January 

St John Chrysostom, bishop, confessor & doctor Matins reading on the saint

28 January 

St Cyril of Alexandria, bishop, confessor, doctor Matins reading

29 January

St Frances de Sales, bishop, confessor, doctor Matins reading (Roman Office)

30 January 

St Adelgundis OSB (wiki)

31 January

St John Bosco

St Alban Roe OSB, priest and martyr  (English Congregation)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ordo for Christmastide, from the first Sunday within the Octave

Sunday 27 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; Commemoration of St John the Evangelist

Matins: as for the Nativity except for the readings and responsories

Lauds to None: MD 77* ff'; commemoration of St John, MD 92*

Vespers of the Nativity, Magnificat antiphon, MD 82*; commemoration of St John, MD 96*

Monday 28 December - Holy Innocents, Class II; Fourth day in the Octave of Christmas

Matins: Common of several martyrs, except for the invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 97* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc MD 97* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm   = Ps 131]; proper texts, MD 101* ff

Tuesday 29 December –  Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [in some places, St Thomas Beckett, Class I]

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day

Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61*ff

Prime to None:  Antiphons and proper texts of the Nativity

Vespers: of the Nativity

Wednesday 30 December  –  Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day

Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61*ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Nativity

Vespers: of the Nativity [4th psalm   = Ps 131]

Thursday 31 December - Seventh Day within the Octave; commemoration of St Sylvester

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day

Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61*ff; for the commemoration, MD 103-4*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Nativity

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104* ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)

Friday 1 January – Octave of the Nativity, Class I

Matins: Proper antiphons etc, psalms of Christmas

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 108* ff, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 108*

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 111* ff

Vespers:  As for I Vespers, MD 104* ff, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 113* 

Compline: Marian Antiphon, Alma Redemptoris Mater

Saturday 2 January - Class IV; Office of Our Lady on Saturday [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury]

Matins: Saturday 1 of January

Lauds:  As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD (133)

Prime to None: As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Antiphons MD (134) and (for Terce to None) collect MD (133)

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after the Nativity, MD 113* ff

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Christmas!

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May you have a happy and holy Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ordo for the Fourth Week of Advent/Christmas

Notes on the Office during the season of the Nativity can be found here.

The Matins readings for Sunday can be found here; the readings for the rest of the week at Matins will be up on the lectio divina blog in due course.

Sunday 20 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 48* ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 45* except for Antiphon for Magnificat, O clavis David MD 36*

Monday 21 December – St Thomas, Class II

All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (9), except for the Canticle antiphons, MD [22] and collect, MD [23].

Note that in the commemoration of the feria at Lauds, the Benedictus antiphon Nolite timere, MD 43* is said; Vespers: Magnificat antiphon, O Oriens, MD 36* (with versicle and collect of Advent IV)

Tuesday 22 December - Tuesday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 37-8*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, Consurge; collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 37-8*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 38*; texts of Advent, MD 14*ff; collect, MD 12*

Vespers: Antiphons, MD 37-8* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Rex Gentium, MD 36*

Wednesday 23 December - Wednesday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 38-9*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, Ecce completa sunt, MD 45*; collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 38-9*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 39*; texts of Advent, MD 14*ff; collect, MD 12*
Vespers: Antiphons, MD 38-9* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Emmanuel, MD 36*

Thursday 24 December – Vigil of the Nativity

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings of the feast; antiphons and psalms of the day; readings of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday), MD 44 with antiphons and proper texts, MD 54* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 54*

Terce to None: Antiphons and texts, MD 57* ff

I Vespers of the Nativity: MD 58* ff

Friday 25 December – Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a II Class Octave

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, festal psalms, MD 61* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 64* ff

Vespers: Antiphons, psalms and proper texts, MD 65* ff

Saturday 26 December - Second day in the Octave of Christmas; St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

Matins: Common of martyrs except for the Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 83* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, MD 83* ff

Vespers of St Stephen: Vespers of the Nativity [4th psalm   = Ps 131], with proper texts of the feast, MD 87* ff; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 77*

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The O Antiphons

Here in Australia it is 17 December, a date that marks the start of our Christmas novena, a period of increased intensity in the Office.

This is actually the most complex period of the year in terms of saying the Office, since you have to juggle the antiphons for the day, psalms of the day, and the proper texts for Advent.  The reward, though, comes in the richness of the texts, above all in the O Antiphons for the Magnificat.

They are of course most commonly sung in their plainchant form.  But I have to admit I kind of like the idea of an O antiphon flashmob...

Monday, December 14, 2015

Blog reorganisation

Just to let readers know I've done a little tidying up of the blog, and in particular transferred a lot of the links I had in sidebars to new pages, which can be accessed from the links on the top bar (under the blog title).

There are now pages for the Ordo (though I'll keep current month stuff in the sidebar), learning the Office, Benedictine spirituality and Office related resources.

Most of this material is not new, just (hopefully) a bit better organised.

There is one new section of material you want to take a look at though, and that is the Office Resources page.  Contains listings of chant books for the Office available online, books about the hymns of the Office and a lot more.  I'd love to add in any other useful resources you are aware of that I may have missed.

PS Feedback on the org, especially if you hate it and want me to put something back n the sidebars, is welcome!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ordo for the Third Week of Advent

Note that from Thursday this week the rubrics become more complicated, with antiphons for day of the week a the hours, and the start of the O antiphons at Vespers. You can read more on the rubrics for this period here.

Sunday 13 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 31*ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62); collect (except at Prime)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 28* except for canticle antiphon, MD 35*

Monday 14 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 41-2*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 3, proper texts of Advent

Tuesday 15 December  -– Tuesday in the third week of Advent, Class III
 [EF: St Eusebius]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 42*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 3, proper texts of Advent

Wednesday 16 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II 

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9*ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 42*; collect, MD 42-3*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 3, proper texts of Advent

Thursday 17 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 39*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 43*; collect, MD 43*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Thursday, MD 39*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 39*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 43*

Vespers: Antiphons, MD 39* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*

Friday 18 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 39-40*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect, MD 44*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Friday, MD 39*

Terce to None:  Psalms for throughout the week with antiphons, MD 40*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 44*

Vespers: Psalms of Friday with Antiphons, MD 39-40* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Adonai, MD 35*; collect, MD 44*

Saturday 19 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 40*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect, MD 45*

Prime: Antiphon, MD 40*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 41*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 45*

I Vespers for the fourth Sunday of Advent, MD 45*ff; O Antiphon for the Magnificat, O radix Iesse, MD 36*

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ordo for the Second Week of Advent

This post provides the ordo for the second week of Advent.  You may also wish to consult my more detailed notes on saying the Office in Advent.  I've also placed a PDF of the structure of the Office during Advent guide I posted a few days ago in the BenOfficeHelp Yahoo Group.

In addition, for those who want to say Matins, or would like to use the readings for lectio divina purposes, I've put them up over at my Lectio Divina Notes blog.  I will add a list of the daily readings for this week in due course.

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Sunday 6 December – Second Sunday of Advent, Class I

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 22* ff; psalms of Sunday 

At Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62

Monday 7 December – St Ambrose, Class III

Matins: Third reading of the feast; Chapter verse for a Confessor Bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday in Advent; chapter etc from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64); collect, MD [10]; commemoration of the feria, MD 26-7*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts from Common of a Confessor Bishop with psalms of Monday, collect MD [10]

I Vespers of the Immaculate Conception: Antiphons and proper texts, MD [11] with psalms from the Common of the BVM MD (119); commemoration of the feria, MD 27*

Tuesday 8 December - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest from MD [13] ff ; for the commemoration of the feria: versicle, MD 11*; canticle antiphon, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast

Vespers: Psalms of I Vespers of the BVM, MD (119); antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [11] ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD [17]; for the commemoration of the feria: versicle, MD 17*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Wednesday 9 December – Wednesday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*
Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

Thursday 10 December – Thursday in the second week of Advent, Class III [**in some places, Blessed Mark Barkworth, John Roberts and companions, memorial; EF: Commemoration of St Melchiades]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27-28*; collect, MD 11*
Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

For Bl.  Mark Barwkworth, MD 2**

Friday 11 December - Friday in the second week of Advent, Class III St Damasus, memorial [EF: Class III]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 28*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [17-8]

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

Saturday 12 December – Saturday in the second week of Advent, Class III [EF: in some places, Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

 Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 28*

I Vespers of Third Sunday in Advent, MD 28* ff

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Office during Advent (up to December 16)

In view of a couple of queries I've received, I thought it might be useful to share again this quick reference guide to saying the Office during Advent up to December 16.  You can find it with more detailed notes in my post on the Rubrics for Advent.

Note that it doesn't give you the page numbers for the canticle antiphons each day - you will need to consult the Ordo for those.  It also needs to be adjusted for any feasts, for which again, consult the Ordo!

If you have any questions, please do leave a comment, if you want to ask, it probably means ten other people do too, but just haven't gotten around to it... 

Matins

Opening as usual (Domine labia mea aperies…)
Psalm 3
Invitatory antiphon for Advent (MB 14), Regem venturum Dominum with Ps 94
Hymn for Advent: Verbum supernum prodiens
Nocturn I: psalms and antiphons of the day
                 Versicles for Advent, MB 14
                 3 readings and responsories (for the particular day and week of Advent)
Nocturn II: psalms and antiphons of the day
                   Chapter and versicle for Advent
Closing prayers
                 
 Lauds

Opening prayers and invitatory psalms as usual
Psalms and antiphons of the day (up until 17 December)
Chapter, responsory and hymn for Advent, MD 9*
Canticle antiphon for the day and week of Advent
Collect of the previous Sunday, MD 11*

Prime

Opening prayers
Antiphon for week of Advent: Week I (Iucundare/Be glad), MD 13*
Psalms of day
Chapter, versicle and closing prayers as usual

Terce
Opening prayer and hymn as usual;
Antiphons for the week of Advent (Week I, Urbs/Sion), MD 13*;
Psalms for day;
Chapter and versicle for Advent, MD 14* or psalter;
Closing prayers as usual;
Collect of the week, MD 11*

Sext
Opening prayer and hymn as usual;
Antiphons for the week of Advent (Week I, Ecce/Behold), MD 14*;
Psalms for day;
Chapter and versicle for Advent, MD 14* or psalter;
Closing prayers as usual;
Collect of the week, MD 11*

None

Opening prayer and hymn as usual;
Antiphons for the week of Advent (Week I, Ecce/Behold), MD 15*;
Psalms for day;
Chapter and versicle for Advent, MD 15* or psalter;
Closing prayers as usual;
Collect of the week, MD 11*

Vespers

Opening prayers as usual
Psalms and antiphons of the psalter
Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of Advent,  MD 15*- 17*
Magnificat antiphon for the day and week of Advent/Magnificat

Compline

Starts MD 25

Marian Antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater, MD 265

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ordo for the First week of Advent

The liturgical year commences anew!

Notes on the rubrics for Advent (which require a little extra care) can be found here.  The key is to remember that Lauds and Vespers have their own special chapters, hymns and so forth for the season, as well as antiphons for the canticles for each day of the week.  Note that Prime to None also have antiphons for the week (the antiphons of Sunday).

Sunday 29 November – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons and readings of Sunday I in Advent

Lauds: Proper antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn etc, MD 4* ff with Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 6* ff

Vespers: Proper texts as for I Vespers, MD 1* except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 8*; with psalms of Sunday

Monday 30 November - St Andrew, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles; antiphons and readings of the feast, psalms from Common of Apostles

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [2] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 17*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast with psalms of Monday

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn of Lauds; psalms from the Common, MD (13); responsory etc, MD [7-8]; commemoration of the feria, MD 17*

Tuesday 1 December – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Wednesday 2 December – Wednesday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Peter Chrysologus, memorial [EF: St Bibiana]

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, proper texts of the season (Chapter, hymn etc), MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration, MD [8-9]

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 1, proper texts of Advent

Thursday 3 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Francis Xavier, memorial  [EF: St Peter Chrysologus; St Barbara]

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9]

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 1, proper texts of Advent

For St Francis Xavier as a Class I feast, see MD 1**

Friday 4 December – Friday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Peter Chrysologus; St Barbara] [Some monasteries: Illation of the relics of St Benedict]

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, proper texts of the season, MD 9*ff; canticle antiphons, MD 19*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 1, proper texts of Advent

Saturday 5 December  - Saturday in the first week of Advent [EF: Commemoration of St Sabbas]

Lauds: Psalms of the day, proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphon, MD 19*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 1, proper texts of Advent

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Advent, MD 19* ff

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Apologies for the Ordo...

A couple of apologies...

Some will have noticed the Ordo for next year gradually appearing on the blog or in your reader/email.

Apologies on the lateness of getting out next year's Ordo.  Illness, work pressures and other things have delayed me getting to the final proofread, but I will get the task completed before the new liturgical year commences.

Secondly, apologies to subscribers to the blog who are currently being besieged by emails of random Ordos for months of 2016.  Feel free to delete the emails unread (unless of course you'd care to do a proofread and help catch any mistakes that I may have missed...)!  I'm afraid I haven't been able to think of a sensible way of posting the individual months without it being emailed out, sorry.

Finally, in terms of making the Ordo readily accessible, as with this year, once it is complete you will be able to access the Ordo either:

  • for each month, from the blog;
  • posts coming out each week, available either from the blog or by subscribing to it (you can sign up on the blog for posts to be emailed out);
  • in PDF for the whole year posted to the Benedictine office help yahoo group. 
If there are any other options you'd like me to consider, or suggestions/comments on the Ordo itself, now is a good time to email me.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Twenty-sixth and last Sunday after Pentecost


Sunday 22 November – Twenty-sixth and last Sunday after Pentecost

Matins:  Fifth Sunday of November for Nocturns I&II readings

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 487*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 487*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 487*

Monday 23 November - St Clement, Class III; St Felicas, memorial

Matins: responsories and reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [377] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, proper texts of the feast, psalms of Monday

Vespers: Antiphons from Lauds; proper texts and psalms from Common of a martyr, MD (36); Magnificat antiphon, MD [382]

Tuesday 24 November - Class IV;  SS John of the Cross and Chrysogonus, memorials [EF: St John of the Cross]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemorations, MD [382-3]

Wednesday 25 November – Class IV; St Catherine, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [383-4]

Thursday 26 November – Class IV; St Sylvester, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 487*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [384]

Friday 27 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 487*

Saturday 28 November – Saturday of Our Lady

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 4&5 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff;

ADVENT

Vespers: I Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, MD 1*

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater henceforward

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ordo for the twenty-fifth week after Pentecost (6th remaining after Epiphany)


Sunday 15 November – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Sixth remaining after Epiphany), Class II; St Albert the Great, memorial

Matins: Fourth Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*; for the commemoration, MD [362-3]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 486*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*

Monday 16 November – Class IV [EF: St Gertrude]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

Tuesday 17 November - St Gertrude, Class II/III [EF: St Gregory Thaumaturgis]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and three readings and responsories of the feast (if Class II, antiphons, readings and responsories of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [363] ff; festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, psalms of Tuesday

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins

Wednesday 18 November - Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Class III

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Wednesday with the rest from the Common for the Dedication of a Church, MD (114); collect, MD [371]

Thursday 19 November - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

Friday 20 November – Class IV [**In some places: St Edmund; EF: St Felix of Valois]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

For St Edmund see MD 58**

Saturday 21 November – Presentation of the BVM, Class III; Commemoration of St Columba

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from the Common of feasts of the BVM; reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday; rest from the Common of feasts of the BVM except for the canticle antiphons, collect, and commemoration at Lauds, MD [371] ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and rest as appropriate from the Common of feasts of the BVM with psalms of Saturday; collect, MD [371]



I Vespers of the Fifth Sunday of November, MD 461*; collect of the last Sunday after Pentecost, MD 487*

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Interested in saying the Benedictine Office?

If you've just bought a book to say the traditional Benedictine Office with, such as the (Farnborough edition) Monastic Diurnal, or are considering doing so, let me welcome you to a wonderful source of spiritual nourishment!

There are, though, some things you need to consider before embarking on this journey.

(1) The traditional Benedictine Office is said in Latin.

The Monastic Diurnal provides the text of the Office in both Latin and English, however the English is not approved for liturgical use, it is there for study purposes only.  Pope Benedict XVI confirmed in Universae Ecclesiae that permission to use the 1962 books is for the Latin text only.  While that clarification was made specifically in relation to the Roman Office, it almost certainly applies to the Benedictine as well.

That doesn't mean you have to have studied Latin formally though - you just need to learn to pronounce the words adequately (for example by listening to monastic podcasts of the Office, or working with sound files or videos of the psalms), and get a general sense of what it is that you are saying.

(2) The traditional Benedictine Office is properly sung

While monks and nuns away from their monasteries can and do just say the Office quietly to themselves, the Benedictine Office is properly sung.  This reflects the instruction of numerous of the Fathers who attested to the benefits of singing the psalms, which are the core of the Benedictine Office.

You don't have to be an expert singer  though, or know Gregorian chant - most monasteries sing at least some of their Office each day on one note.  But if you are interested in Benedictine spirituality, you should at least try and make the effort to listen to the Office being sung, and/or sing it yourself, as a  regular part of your regime.

 (3) The Monastic Diurnal is keyed to the 1962 Extraordinary Form calendar

The Office and the Mass are linked, and the calendar used in the Diurnal is that of the 1962 Extraordinary Form, with some small differences in saints and a few feast days to reflect its use by Benedictines.  In particular:

  • the collect used each day at most of the hours (except Prime and Compline) is normally the same as at Sunday or the weekday Mass;
  • the 'antiphons'  used on feast days and Sundays normally reflect the feasts celebrated at Mass.
It is possible to use the traditional calendar for the Office and the modern one for Mass, but this is obviously not ideal.  And it is possible to adapt the Office as set out in the Diurnal to reflect the modern calendar, but most people find that this requires too much effort.

(4)  The Monastic Diurnal only covers the day hours of the Office

The Diurnal contains the 'hours' of Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline, those parts of the Office that are said during the day (prayers said at first light to those said before bed).

It is not compulsory (for laypeople) to say any or all of these hours, and for most people one or two hours (Prime and Compline are good choices for morning and evening prayer for example) will be enough.

If you really want to say all of the psalms, however, be aware that the Diurnal does not include the Night Office, Matins, and there is no equivalent semi-official Latin-English book for Matins.

(5) The Benedictine Office contains a lot of repetition

If you said all of the day hours (ie those contained in the Diurnal), you would be saying 26 psalms each day.  That adds up to 182 in total each week.

But although this form of the Office spreads all of the psalms over the course of a week, St Benedict wanted a lot of the psalms to be repeated each day, presumably because he thought those particular psalms were important for the formation of his particular spirituality.  

In fact overall, ten psalms are said every day in the Benedictine office (Ps 3, 4, 50(51), 90 (91), 94 (95), 133 (134), and 148-150).  An additional nine psalms (the first of the Gradual Psalms, 119(120)-127(8)) are said five days a week.

The hours repeated psalms - Compline is the same each night, five of the psalms at Lauds each day, Terce to None are the same five times a week - give the individual hours a particular flavour, and contain key messages worth memorising.  

But if you are looking for lots of variety, you either need to pick your hours (Prime doesn't have any repeated psalms, and Vespers is normally different each day, aside from special sets of psalms used on feasts) or consider whether this is really the Office for you.  In fact Matins is the workhorse of the Benedictine Office with twelve different psalms each day.

(6) The Monastic Diurnal uses the Vulgate 

It is also worth noting that the Diurnal uses the traditional Vulgate translation of the Psalms into Latin (attributed to St Jerome), not the 1979 'neo-Vulgate' Latin on the Vatican site and used by some monasteries (ie monasteries using the Ordinary Form of the Mass but retaining Latin for the Office).

There are key advantages to using the traditional Vulgate.  First, it is closer or identical to the Latin used by the Fathers, so lines up better with the Patristic readings used in the Office.  It also aligns with the antiphons and other texts used in the chants of the Office.  Moreover, as it turns out, the 1979 neo-Vulgate is rapidly proving to be a product of its time, with more recent scholarship (reflecting research based on the Dead Seas Scrolls in particular) casting down on the desirability of many of the translation decisions taken.

It does mean, however, that the numbering of the psalms mostly does not line up with modern Bibles.

I should also note that there is a version of the Benedictine Office available using the neo-Vulgate published by Solesmes, however there is no official English version of it.

(7) Learning the Office requires effort

Finally, in part because of the factors listed above the Office takes some effort to learn how to say correctly.

The traditional Benedictine Office is quite different to the modern Liturgy of the Hours in many respects, and the Diurnal is not a very user friendly book.  The Diurnal does include most of the instructions necessary to say the Office (albeit with a bit of work), but it does not contain a translation of the full 1962 rubrics.

The Diurnal basically assumes you already know the rubrics and are familiar with this form of the Office.  Accordingly, you will almost certainly need some help to learn to say it.

And given that this is liturgy, the formal, official prayer of the Church, and not just a devotion, being prepared to make that effort is important.

(8) How to get started

If the above hasn't put you off, and you are interested in doing a comprehensive course on the Benedictine Office, contact me, Kate Edwards.  The course is free, self-paced, and uses a mix of text, videos and podcasts, and can be accessed through a private blog.

In the meantime, you should check out my post on finding your way around the Diurnal.

The best place to start in terms of actually saying the Office is Compline.  

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ordo for twenty-fourth week after Pentecost (5th after Epiphany)


Sunday 8 November – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Fifth Sunday remaining after Epiphany, Class II ; The Four Crowned, Martyrs, memorial

Matins: Third Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 485*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [345]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 485*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 485*

Monday 9 November- Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (St John Lateran)

All from the Common for the Dedication of a Church, MD [345]

Tuesday 10 November – Class IV; St Theodore, memorial [EF: St Andrew Avellino]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [346]

Wednesday 11 November - St Martin of Tours, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons, readings etc of the feast; psalms from the Common of a Confessor Bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [346] ff with festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (68); proper texts of the feast, MD [350] ff

Thursday 12 November – Class IV; St Mennes, memorial [EF: St Martin I]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration, MD [352-3]

Friday 13 November – All Saints of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Didacus]

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [353] ff with festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and other texts, MD [358], psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD (47)

Saturday 14 November – All Souls of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Josaphat]

All as for All Souls Day, MD [337] ff except for the collects, MD [360] ff (note the separate collect for Prime)

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of November, MD 460*/Sixth remaining Sunday after Epiphany, MD 486* with a commemoration of All Souls

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ordo for twenty third week after Pentecost


Sunday 1 November – All Saints, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [331] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the twenty-third Sunday, MD 482*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts from I Vespers, MD [328]; psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD [328]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [336]; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 482*

Monday 2 November  - All Souls, Class I

Matins: All as for Office of the Dead except for the readings and responsories

Lauds: Of the Dead, MD (163) with additional prayers set out for the feast, MD [337] ff

Prime to None:  The usual opening prayers, hymn and antiphon are omitted; see the instructions MD [338] ff

Vespers: As for the Office of the Dead  with collect etc MD [341] ff

Tuesday 3 November - Class IV

MatinsReadings for Tuesday in the first week of November (note that there are henceforth three readings each day)

Lauds to Compline: All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Wednesday 4 November – Class IV; St Charles Borromeo, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [344-5]

Thursday 5 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Friday 6 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Saturday 7 November – Our Lady on Saturday

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 1 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff;

I Vespers of Third Sunday of November, MD 460*/Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, MD 485*

Ordo for November 2016

This calendar (Ordo) for the traditional Benedictine Office has been prepared accordance with the calendar and rubrics of the Monastic Breviary of 1963 for use by all Benedictine monasteries.

It is intended as an aid to those who wish to say the Benedictine Office using the order of the psalms and prayers as specified in St Benedict’s Rule and developed as part of the patrimony of the Order of St Benedict.

Variations from the calendar

Individual monasteries may, however, observe their own Ordos and use rubrics that differ somewhat from those specified in the Monastic Breviary.

In addition to the feasts specified in the calendar, it will be necessary to add in any local feasts particular to the monastery, parish, diocese and country.

While the Benedictine Calendar generally follows the structure of the 1962 Roman Extraordinary Form (EF) Calendar, the monastic calendar, it does differ from it in some respects, and the calendar below generally indicates where there are feasts of the EF calendar that are omitted or celebrated differently in the Benedictine general calendar.

Monastic Diurnal

A number of Catholic and other books are available to say the Benedictine Divine Office in its traditional form and calendar.

These include the two volume 1963 Breviarium Monasticum (out of print), the Antiphonale Monasticum (containing the chants for the day hours and available through the monastery of Le Barroux and elsewhere), and books for the individual hours available through Clear Creek Abbey in the US and on lulu.

The most useful starting point for most people, however, will surely be the Monastic Diurnal (MD) published by Farnborough Abbey.  Originally intended for novices and those religious travelling outside the monastery, it provides the day hours (Lauds to Compline) in a parallel English/Latin text version with translations prepared by monks of that monastery in the first half of the twentieth century. The current edition is essentially the 1963 edition of that book, which carried an imprimatur.  
Accordingly, the calendar provided here provides page references to the MD, and instructions on how to say the Benedictine Office using that book can also be found on the blog (see the right hand sidebar). Please note that the Diurnal is not page numbered sequentially, but differentiates sections of the book by use of asterisks, square brackets and so forth.

Matins is not included in the Diurnal, but occasional notes (generally where the hour does not follow the normal pattern) have been included here for the benefit of those who use other books to say that hour.

If you have comments, questions or corrections to offer, please use the comment function on the blog or  contact the author at australiaincognita@gmail.com.

Key to abbreviations

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

THE ORDO

Tuesday 1 November – All Saints, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [331] ff with festal psalms

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts from I Vespers, MD [328]; psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD [328]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [336]

Wednesday 2 November - All Souls, Class I

Matins: All as for Office of the Dead except for the readings and responsories

Lauds: Of the Dead, MD (163) with additional prayers set out for the feast, MD [337] ff

Prime to None:  The usual opening prayers, hymn and antiphon are omitted; see the instructions MD [338] ff

Vespers: As for the Office of the Dead  with collect etc MD [341] ff

Thursday 3 November - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 484*

Friday 4 November – Class IV; St Charles Borromeo, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 484*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [344-5]

Saturday 5 November – Saturday of Our Lady

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 1 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Third Sunday of November, MD 460*/ Fifth Sunday Remaining after Epiphany, MD 485*

Sunday 6 November  - Fifth Sunday Remaining after Epiphany, Class II (25th Sunday after Pentecost)

Matins: Third Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 485*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 485*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 485*

Monday 7 November – Class IV

Matins: Three readings henceforward; third week of November

Lauds to Compline: All as in the psalter; collect, MD 485*

Tuesday 8 November – Class IV; The Four Crowned, Martyrs, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration, MD [345]

Wednesday 9 November - Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (St John Lateran), Class II

Lauds to Vespers: See MD [345]; All from the Common for the dedication of a Church, MD (114) ff

Thursday 10 November – Class IV; St Theodore, memorial [EF: St Andrew Avellino]

Collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [346]

Friday 11 November - St Martin of Tours, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons, readings etc of the feast; psalms from the Common of a Confessor Bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [346] ff with festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (68); proper texts of the feast, MD [350] ff

Saturday 12 November – Saturday of Our Lady; St Mennas, memorial [EF: St Martin I]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 2 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff ; for the commemoration, MD [352-3]

I Vespers of the fourth Sunday of November, MD 460*/Sixth Remaining after Epiphany, MD 486*

Sunday 13 November - Sixth Sunday Remaining after Epiphany, Class II; Commemoration of All Saints of the Benedictine Order

Matins: Fourth Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 486*; for the commemoration, MD [356]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 486*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*

Monday 14 November – All Souls of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Josaphat]

All as for All Souls Day, MD [337] ff except for the collects, MD [360] ff (note the separate collect for Prime and Compline)

Tuesday 15 November –  Class IV; St Albert the Great, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*; for the commemoration, MD [362-3]

Wednesday 16 November – Class IV [EF: St Gertrude]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

Thursday 17 November - St Gertrude, Class II/III [EF: St Gregory Thaumaturgis]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and three readings and responsories of the feast (if Class II, antiphons, readings and responsories of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [363] ff; festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, psalms of the day

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins

Friday 18 November - Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Class III

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day with the rest from the Common for the Dedication of a Church, MD (114); collect, MD [371]

Saturday 19 November - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Elizabeth of Hungary]

Matins to None: At Matins, Saturday 4&5 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff;

I Vespers of the Fifth Sunday of November, MD 461*/Last Sunday after Pentecost, MD 487*

Sunday 20 November – Twenty-Seventh and last Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Fifth Sunday

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 487*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 487*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 487*

For St Edmund see MD 58**

Monday 21 November – Presentation of the BVM, Class III; Commemoration of St Columba

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from the Common of feasts of the BVM; reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day; rest from the Common of feasts of the BVM except for the canticle antiphons, collect, and commemoration at Lauds, MD [371] ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and rest as appropriate from the Common of feasts of the BVM with psalms of the day; collect, MD [371]

Tuesday 22 November – St Caecilia, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from the Common of Virgins; reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [373] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast as appropriate, MD [373] ff with psalms of the day

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn from Lauds, MD [373] ff; psalms from Common of Virgins MD (84); responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD [377]

Wednesday 23 November - St Clement, Class III; St Felicitas, Memorial

Matins: Responsories and reading three of the feast.

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [377] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, proper texts of the feast, psalms of the day

Vespers: Antiphons from Lauds; proper texts and psalms from Common of a martyr, MD (36); Magnificat antiphon, MD [382]

Thursday 24 November - Class IV;  SS John of the Cross and Chrysogonus, memorials [EF: St John of the Cross]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemorations, MD [382-3]

Friday 25 November – Class IV; St Catherine of Alexandria, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [383-4]

Saturday 26 November – Saturday of Our Lady; St Sylvester, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to None: At Matins, Saturday 4&5 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [384]

I Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, MD 1* (psalms of Saturday with antiphon, chapter etc of I Vespers)

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater, MD 265 henceforward

Sunday 27 November – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons and readings of Sunday I in Advent

Lauds: Proper antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn etc, MD 4* ff with Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 7* ff

Vespers: Proper texts as for I Vespers, MD 1* except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 8*; with psalms of Sunday

Monday 28 November – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*;

Prime: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphon for Advent wk I, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Advent, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*

Tuesday 29 November – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Saturninus, memorial

Psalms of Tuesday with Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk I, MD 13* ff); collect (Sunday I), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [385]

Wednesday 30 November - St Andrew, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles; antiphons and readings of the feast, psalms from Common of Apostles

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [3] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 18*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast with psalms of the day

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn of Lauds; psalms from the Common, MD (13); responsory etc, MD [7-8]; commemoration of the feria, MD 18*