Saturday, July 8, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for the fifth week after Pentecost (July 9 - 15)

As usual, the notes below provide page references for the parts of the Office that vary from the psalter this week, with page references to the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal.

The notes assume you understand the basic structure of each hour, and the quirks of the Diurnal.  Accordingly, if you are new to the Office, you should first read through the notes on the Diurnal in general, and the particular hour or hours you are planning to say here.  The absolutely crucial posts are finding your away around the DiurnalDiurnal traps and shortcuts and notes on the hymns, chapters, responsories and versicles.

Feast of St Benedict

This week marks the second of the two feasts of St Benedict.

The feast was originally one celebrated in French monasteries, celebrating the (claimed) theft of the relics of SS Benedict and Scholastica by monks of Fleury around 670 AD (for which all concerned were excommunicated by the Pope of the time).

Monte Cassino, however, have always denied that the relics claimed by Fleury were genuine, and in the twentieth century the feast received a makeover, focusing it more on St Benedict's legacy.  In that light, St Benedict was proclaimed patron of Europe by Blessed Paul VI in 1964, and so this date is a solemnity there (even though several other saints have subsequently been added as co-patrons).

The net result from a practical point of view is that for those saying Matins, the responsories and other texts for the feast provided in the Liber Responsorialis are not those used in the modern version of the feast, so you need a twentieth century breviary to find the correct ones.  Lectio Divina Notes blog will, however, provide those readings and responsories I have had time to transcribe and/or translate.  I haven't been able to identify a source for the chants however (if anyone has them, please do let me  know!).

Our Lady on Saturday

The reading for the Office of Our Lady on Saturday this coming Saturday is from a homily of St Bede, and will appear on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog

St Henry, co-patron of Oblates

St Henry, for some inexplicable reason, doesn't rate even a memorial in the Benedictine 1962 calendar, but do keep him in mind next Saturday!


Odo for the week



Sunday 9 July  Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

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

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 464-5*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 464-5*

Vespers: All as in the psalter; Magnificat antiphon, MD 465*

Monday 10 July - Class IV [EF: Seven Holy Brothers and SS Rufina and Secunda]

Collect, MD 464-5*
*I Vespers of St Benedict (if feast is Class I)

Tuesday 11 July – (Translation of the Relics of) St Benedict [OF: St Benedict; EF: Commemoration of Pius I]

Matins: (Three nocturns), Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons etc for the feast with psalms of a confessor not a bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and other texts of the feast, MD [185] ff; festal psalms

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons from Lauds, chapter etc of the feast

Vespers of St Benedict

Wednesday 12 July – Class IV, St John Gualbert, memorial

Collect, MD 464-5*; for the commemoration, MD [193]

Thursday 13 July  Class IV

Collect, MD 464-5*

Friday 14 July – St Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a Confessor bishop; antiphons and psalms of the day; one reading of the feast; chapter of a confessor bishop

Lauds to Vespers: MD [193] ff: Antiphons and psalms of the day, other texts from common of a confessor bishop.  At Vespers, Magnificat antiphon for a doctor; collect MD [194-5]

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common

Terce to None: collect MD [193-4]

Saturday 15 July – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Henry, Patron Saint of Benedictine Oblates]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 3 in July

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 446-7*


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