Ordo for the Tenth week after Pentecost

Sunday 24 July – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II [EF: Commemoration of St Christina]

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce Iam Lucis; canticle antiphon and collect MD 469*-70*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 470*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 470*

Monday 25 July - St James, Class II

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories for Nocturn II & III (of the feast) and collect

Lauds to Vespers: All from the Common of Apostles, MD (9) except for the collect, MD [201]

Tuesday 26 July –  SS Joachim and Anne, Class III [EF: St Anne]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of the feast; one reading of the feast; chapter verse Is 56:7

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [202] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds (omit 4), chapter and versicle of the feast, MD [205] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms of Sunday; proper texts of the feast, MD [206-7]

Wednesday 27 July - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Pantaleon]
  
Collect, MD 470*

Thursday 28 July – Class IV [EF: SS Nazarius and Celsus,Victor I, Innocent I]

Collect, MD 470*

Friday 29 July - Class IV;  SS Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, memorial  [EF: St Martha]

Collect, MD 470*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [207-8]

Saturday 30 July - Saturday of Our Lady; SS Abdon and Sennen, memorial

Matins: Reading of Saturday 4&5 in July

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [208]

I Vespers of the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, MD 450*

Ordo for the Ninth week after Pentecost

Sunday 17 July – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; St Leo IV, memorial [**in some places, SS Andrew Svoradi and Benedict; EF: Commemoration of St Alexius]

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon MD 468*; collect, MD 469*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [194]

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 469*

 **For SS Andrew Svoradi and Benedict, common of martyrs

Monday 18 July - Class IV [EF: St Camillus de Lellis]

Collect, MD 469*

Tuesday 19 July  – Class IV; St Vincent de Paul, memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 469*; commemoration at Lauds, MD [195]

If St Vincent Class I, Common of confessors

Wednesday 20 July – SS Jerome Aemiliani, Joseph Calanctius and John Baptist de la Salle, memorial

Collect, MD 469*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [195-6]

Thursday 21 July - Class IV [EF: St Lawrence Brindisi; Commemoration of St Praxedes]

Collect, MD 469*

Friday 22 July – St Mary Magdalen, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day; chapter, responsory from Common of Holy Women, MD (100); hymn, canticle antiphon and collect, MD [196] ff

Prime to None: Antiphon, etc from Common of Holy Women, MD (103); collect, MD [198]

Vespers:  Antiphons and psalms of the day; chapter and responsory from Common of Holy Women, MD (97); hymn etc from MD [198] ff

Saturday 23 July - Our Lady on Saturday; St Apollinaris, Memorial

Matins: Reading for Saturday 4&5 in July

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [200]

I Vespers of the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 449*

Feast of St Benedict (July 11)


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Today is the feast of Our Most Holy Father St Benedict.  St Gregory the Great started off his Dialogues, Book II as follows:
"There was a man of venerable life, blessed by grace, and blessed in name, for he was called "Benedictus" or Benedict. From his younger years, he always had the mind of an old man; for his age was inferior to his virtue. All vain pleasure he despised, and though he was in the world, and might freely have enjoyed such commodities as it yields, yet he esteemed it and its vanities as nothing.
He was born in the province of Nursia, of honorable parentage, and brought up at Rome in the study of humanity. As much as he saw many by reason of such learning fall to dissolute and lewd life, he drew back his foot, which he had as it were now set forth into the world, lest, entering too far in acquaintance with it, he likewise might have fallen into that dangerous and godless gulf.
Therefore, giving over his book, and forsaking his father's house and wealth, with a resolute mind only to serve God, he sought for some place, where he might attain to the desire of his holy purpose. In this way he departed, instructed with learned ignorance, and furnished with unlearned wisdom.
All the notable things and acts of his life I could not learn; but those few, which I mind now to report, I had by the relation of four of his disciples; namely, Constantinus, a most rare and reverent man, who was next Abbot after him; Valentinianus, who for many years had the charge of the Lateran Abbey; Simplicius, who was the third superior of his order; and lastly of Honoratus, who is now Abbot of that monastery in which he first began his holy life."
Happy feast day, and do enjoy this recording of the hymn for Lauds."

Ordo for the Eighth week after Pentecost

You can find notes on the feasts of the saints that occur this week here.  The most important one is of course St Benedict, and it is traditional to reread St Gregory's Life of St Benedict starting on the day of the feast.

Sunday 10 July  – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon MD 467-8*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 467-8*

(I Vespers of St Benedict, MD [184] ff with a commemoration of the Sunday, where the feast is Class I, such as Europe)

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

Vespers of St Benedict

Tuesday 12 July - Class IV, St John Gualbert, memorial

Collect, MD 467-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [193]

Wednesday 13 July - Class IV

Collect, MD 467-8*

Thursday 14 July  - St Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Class III

Matins: One reading, of the feast

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]

Terce to None: collect MD [194-5]

Friday 15 July - Class IV [EF: St Henry, Patron Saint of Benedictine Oblates]

Collect, MD 467-8*

Saturday 16 July - Saturday of Our Lady [**in some places, Our Lady of Einsiedeln; EF: Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 3 in July

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

**For Our Lady of Einsiedeln, Common of BVM

I Vespers of Ninth Sunday, MD 448-9*


Ordo for the Seventh week after Pentecost

Sunday 3 July - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; SS Processus and Martinian, memorial

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; collect and canticle antiphon, MD 466-7*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [184]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 467*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 467*

Monday 4 July - Class IV [**in some places, St Procopius]

Collect, MD 467*

For St Procopius, MD 35** ff

Tuesday 5 July Class IV [EF: St Anthony Mary Zacharia]

Collect, MD 467*

Wednesday 6 July - Class IV

Collect, MD 467*

Thursday 7 July - Class IV [EF: SS Cyril and Methodius]

Collect, MD 467*

Friday 8 July - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth of Portugal]

Collect, MD 467*

Saturday 9 July - Saturday of Our Lady [***in some places: SS John Fisher, bishop and Thomas More]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 2 in July

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

**For SS John Fisher and Thomas More, see MD 40** ff

I Vespers of Eighth Sunday, MD 448*

St Benedict Novena - July 2

Tomorrow is the day to start your Novena to St Benedict, leading up to the feast on July 11.

If you do say it, could I ask that you make one of your intentions the spiritual health and growth of all those participating in the Learn the Office mini-course I'm going to run?

Learn the Office Course

And for those still thinking about it, it is not too late.

The course is aimed at absolute beginners or people still struggling with the Diurnal, and will begin on July 11.  It is aimed at helping participants learn more about the traditional form of the Benedictine Office, including:

what the Office is, and how to prepare to say it;
finding your way around the Monastic Diurnal (or other Office books you can use);
how to say/sing Compline and Prime; and
how to get started on the other hours of the Office.

It will be structured so you can work through the material at your own pace, but to get the most out of it though, you will want to keep up with the group so you can participate in discussions on the material posted each week.

In order to follow the course you will need a copy of the Monastic Diurnal (ideally one of the recent editions published by Farnborough Abbey in English and Latin, but earlier/other versions can be used as well).

If you are interested, drop me an email so I can grant you access to the blog I will be using for this.

Feast of SS Peter and Paul


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El Greco
We celebrate, over the three days from July 28-30, the martyrdom of SS Peter and Paul.  You can read more about the main feast, in a homily of Pope Benedict XVI here.