Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for third week after Pentecost (June 25-July 1)


Sunday 25 June – Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

Lauds to Vespers: Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 462-3*

Monday 26 June - Class IV; SS John and Paul, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 463*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [167]

Tuesday 27 June - Class IV

Collect, MD 463*

Wednesday 28 June - Vigil of SS Peter and Paul, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter except for three readings and responsories, and collect of the feast 

Lauds to None: All as in the psalter for the day except for the collect, MD [166-7]

Vespers: I Vespers of SS Peter and Paul, MD [167] ff 

Thursday 29 June – SS Peter and Paul, Class I

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories, of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [169] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of feast; collect MD [171]

Vespers (of the feast): Antiphons and psalms from Common of Apostles, MD (13), Magnificat antiphon MD [173] 

Friday 30 June - Commemoration of St Paul, Class III; commemoration of St Peter

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of the feast, one reading of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [173] ff with festal psalms; note two collects under one ending

Prime to None: Antiphon etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms from common of Apostles, MD (13); rest from MD [178-9]


Saturday 1 July  Saturday of Our Lady [EF: The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Class I]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 1 in July

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

I Vespers of Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*

St Romuald OSB (June 19; Feb 7)

Fr Angelico

Today is the feast of St Romuald in some calendars - in the 1962 calendar his feast is celebrated in Feburary, but he actually died on June 19 and his feast has been restored to the date in most modern calenars.  The Martyrology says:
At Ravenna, St. Romuald, anchoret, founder of the monks of Carnaldoli, who restored and greatly extended monastic discipline, which was much relaxed in Italy. He is also mentioned on the 7th of February.
You can read more about the saint here.

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*

Feast of Corpus Christi



St Augustine tells us that:

By use of meat and drink men would fain that " they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more," and yet there is but one Meat and one Drink, Which doth work in them that feed thereon that " this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal put on immortality,"  namely communion with that general assembly and Church of God's holy children, who are "kept in perfect peace," and are "all one," fully and utterly.

And therefore it is, as men of God before our time have taken it, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath set before us His Body and His Blood in the likeness of things which, from being many, are reduced into one. In one loaf are many grains of corn, and one cup of wine the juice of many grapes.

And now He giveth us to know how that which He spake cometh to pass, and how indeed "this Man can give us His Flesh to eat," and His Blood to drink. "He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him." To dwell in Christ, therefore, and to have Him dwelling in us, is to "eat of that Bread and drink of that Cup."...

Tuesday of St Benedict: June readings



The readings for the old votive Office of St Benedict on Tuesday in June are as follows:

Reading 1: From the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians - But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him. But to us God hath revealed them, by his Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God; that we may know the things that are given us from God. Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom; but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined. But the spiritual man judgeth all things; and he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Reading 2: From the Second Book of the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great, Chapter Sixteen - At the same time a certain clergyman, that served in the church of Aquinum, was possessed: whom the venerable man Constantius, Bishop of the same city, sent unto many places of holy martyrs for help: but God's holy martyrs would not deliver him, to the end that the world might know what great grace was in the servant of God, Benedict: wherefore at length he was brought unto him, who, praying for help to Jesus Christ our Lord, did forthwith cast the old enemy out of the possessed man's body, giving him this charge: "Go your way, and hereafter abstain from eating of flesh, and presume not to enter into holy orders, for whensoever you shall attempt any such thing, the devil again will have power over you." The man departed safe and sound, and because punishment fresh in memory useth to terrify the mind, he observed for a time what the man of God had given him in commandment. But after many years, when all his seniors were dead, and he saw his juniors preferred before him to holy orders, he neglected the words of the man of God, as though forgotten through length of time, and took upon him holy orders: whereupon straightways the devil that before had left him entered again, and never gave over to torment him, until he had separated his soul from his body.

Reading 3: [Peter] This holy man, as I perceive, did know the secret counsel of God: for he saw that this clergyman was delivered to the power of the devil, to the end he should not presume to enter into holy orders.  [Gregory] Why should he not know the secrets of God, who kept the commandments of God: when as the scripture saith: He that cleaveth unto our Lord, is one spirit with him? Holy men, in that they be one with our Lord are not ignorant of his sense: for the same Apostle saith For what man knoweth those things which belong to man, but the spirit of man which is in him? Even so, the things which belong to God, no man knoweth, but the spirit of God. And to show also that he knew such things as belong to God, he addeth straight after: But we have not received the spirit of this world, but the spirit which is of God. And for this cause, again he saith: that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor it hath ascended into the heart of man, those things which God hath prepared for them that love him, but God hath revealed to us by his spirit.

Traditional Benedictine Ordo - First week after Pentecost (including Trinity Sunday (June 11 - 17 )

As usual, 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.

The Office this week

This week marks the start of time after Pentecost, so remember to drop all the Paschaltide alleluias added to verses etc, and use the normal time throughout the year antiphons, chapters etc, except where otherwise indicated for example for feasts.

Sunday is of course the exception to this, being the great feast of the Trinity, and a day to say Prime even if you don't usually, in order to recite the wonderful Athanasian Creed, which was almost certainly written around the time of St Benedict.

Note that from Monday onwards this week the default collect for the hours (except Prime and Compline) is of the First Sunday after Pentecost, not Trinity Sunday.

Tuesday of St Benedict

Note that as the first unimpeded Tuesday of the month occurs this week, the Votive Office of St Benedict on Tuesday on Tuesday would have been used on this day.  Votive Offices are not permitted, strictly speaking, under the 1962-3 rubrics, but have been revived as part of the modern Office, so it could certainly be said as a devotion at least if you wished.  The Matins readings for June will appear here and on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog the day before.

Matins this week

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal), the readings and responsories for all of the feasts this week can be found over at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

For Trinity Sunday, for some reason, the feast is not included in the Liber Responsorialis, but you can find sources for the chants for the responsories here.  Some, but not all of the texts for the antiphons can be found at Divinum Officium (with corresponding chants in the Nocturnale Romanum).

Note that Divinum Officium does not include a monastic version of the feast of Corpus Christi.  The Latin texts and chants, including a listing of the psalms, for the feast though are all available in the Liber Responsorialis (which you can download from CC Watershed) from page 119, and translations can be found at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

New to the traditional Benedictine Office?

And if you are new to the Benedictine Office, start here.


Ordo notes for the week


Sunday 11 June – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns (Invitatory antiphon, hymn, psalms, canticles, antiphons, Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the feast)

Lauds: Festal psalms, of the feast, MD 409 ff

Prime: Antiphon of the feast, after the psalms, the Athanasian Creed is said, MD 411* ff

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapters and versicle of the feast, MD 416* ff

Vespers: As for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 418* 

Monday 12 June – Class IV [EF: St John of Facundo; Commemoration of SS Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius]

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year (at Matins, short reading of the day of the week), collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

[I Vespers of Votive Office of Tuesday of St Benedict]

Tuesday 13 June - Class IV; St Anthony of Padua, memorial [EF: Class III; OF: Immaculate Heart of the BVM]

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [154]

[Matins to None: Votive Office of St Benedict]

Wednesday 14 June – St Basil the Great, 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: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64); collect MD [155]

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [155]

I Vespers of Corpus Christi: Psalms and antiphons, etc of the feast, MD 419*

Thursday 15 June – Corpus Christi, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

LaudsFestal psalms of Sunday with antiphons etc of the feast, MD 427* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle, MD 430-1*

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD 419* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 431*

Friday 16 June - Class IV

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

Saturday 17 June – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo]

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

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

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 432*

Tuesdays of St Benedict

File:Spinello Aretino Exorcism of St Benedict.jpg
 Spinello Aretino, 1387 Fresco S. Miniato al Monte, Florence 

Traditionally, Benedictines devoted the first free Tuesday of each month to a Votive Office of St Benedict.

Votive Offices, were, alas, abolished under the first of the twentieth century liturgical wreckovators popes, Pius X, but have been revived in the modern Liturgy of the Hours.

I've previously provided all of the texts for the hours:


But at Matins the readings are for the particular month.  Even if you don't say Matins, it is well worth reading and meditating on the Life of St Benedict, so here are the readings for June are as follows:

Reading 1: From chapter 2 of the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians -  As it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him.  But to us God hath revealed them, by his Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God; that we may know the things that are given us from God. Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom; but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined.  But the spiritual man judgeth all things; and he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.



R: Sanctus Benedictus plus appetiit mala mundi  perpeti quam laudes pro Deo laboribus fatigari * Quam vitae hujus favoribus extolli
V: Divina namque praeventus gratia magis ac magis ad superna animo suspirabat
R: Quam vitae hujus favoribus extolli
R St Benedict desiring rather the miseries of the world than the praises of men: rather to be wearied with labor for God's sake * than to be exalted with transitory commendation
V: For filled greatly with divine grace, his soul aspired to even higher things
R: Than to be exalted with transitory commendation 

Reading 2: From Book II of St Gregory's Dialogues, chapter 16  - At the same time a certain clergyman, that served in the church of Aquinum, was possessed: whom the venerable man Constantius, Bishop of the same city, sent to many places of holy martyrs for help: but God's holy martyrs would not deliver him, to the end that the world might know what great grace was in the servant of God, Benedict: wherefore at length he was brought to him, who, praying for help to Jesus Christ our Lord, forthwith cast the old enemy out of the possessed man's body, giving him this charge: "Go your way, and hereafter abstain from eating of flesh, and presume not to enter into holy orders, for whenever you shall attempt any such thing, the devil again will have power over you." The man departed safe and sound, and because punishment fresh in memory used to terrify the mind, he observed for a time what the man of God had given him in commandment. But after many years, when all his seniors were dead, and he saw his juniors preferred before him to holy orders, he neglected the words of the man of God, as though forgotten through length of time, and took on him holy orders: whereupon immediately the devil that before had left him entered again, and never ceased to torment him, until he had separated his soul from his body.

R: O laudanda sancti Benedicti merita gloriosa qui dum pro Christo patriam mundique sprevit pompam adeptus omnium contubernium beatorum * Et particeps factus praemiorum aeternorum
V: Inter choros confessorum splendidum possidet locum ubi ipsum fontem omnium intuetur bonorum
R: Et particeps factus praemiorum aeternorum
O praise the glorious merits of St Benedict who for Christ left his fatherland and the pomp of the world, and arrived at the companionship of all the blessed * And was made a partaker of eternal rewards
 V: He holds a splendid place among the chorus of confessors, where he gazes upon the font of all good
R: And was made a partaker of eternal rewards


Reading 3: [Peter] This holy man, as I perceive, knew the secret counsel of God: for he saw that this clergyman was delivered to the power of the devil, to the end he should not presume to enter into holy orders. [GREGORY]: Why should he not know the secrets of God, who kept the commandments of God: when as the scripture says: "He that cleaves to our Lord, is one spirit with him?" [PETER:] If he that cleaves to our Lord, be one spirit with our Lord, what is the meaning of that which the Apostle says: "Who knows the sense of our Lord, or who hath been his counselor?" for it seems very inconvenient to be ignorant of his sense, to whom being so united he is made one thing. [GREGORY:] Holy men, in that they be one with our Lord are not ignorant of his sense: for the same Apostle says: "For what man knows those things which belong to man, but the spirit of man which is in him? Even so, the things which belong to God, no man knows, but the spirit of God." And to show also that he knew such things as belong to God, he added straight after: "But we have not received the spirit of this world, but the spirit which is of God." And for this cause, again he says: "that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor it hath ascended into the heart of man, those things which God hath prepared for them that love him, but God hath revealed to us by his spirit."

R: Sanctissime confessor Christi Benedicte monachorum pater et dux *  Intercede pro nostra omniumque salute
V: Devotae plebi subveni sancta intercessione ut tuis adjuta precibus regna caelestia consequatur
R: Intercede pro nostra omniumque salute
V: Gloria Patri...
R: Intercede...
R: O Benedict, Most holy confessor of Christ, father and leader of monks, * Intercede for us and the salvation of all
V: Assist your devoted people with holy intercession so that with the help of your prayers they may reach the heavenly kingdom
R: Intercede for us and the salvation of all
V: Glory be...
R: Intercede...