Ordo for the Third week of Advent



The Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent in the traditional calendar is St John 1:19-28.

The O Antiphons 

Note that from Wednesday, the rubrics for the Office change.

The days between December 17 and 23 are Class II ferias, and reflecting this, the liturgy intensifies.

In particular a special set of antiphons for the psalms each day of the week are used for the day hours, set out at MD 37* ff.  In addition:
  • At Lauds: Note that a couple of the Benedictus antiphons are said on specific dates (see MD 41*).
  • At Vespers: The 'O Antiphons' (MD 35*) are sung with the Magnificat, displacing the Magnificat antiphon that would otherwise be said on these days (in the third week of Advent).
Sunday 14 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* with Sunday psalms

Monday 15 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 41-42*; collect, MD 11*

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

Tuesday 16 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 17 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of day, MD 38-9*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 42*; collect, MD 42-3*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Wednesday, MD 38*

Terce to None:  Antiphons, MD 38-9*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 42-3*

Vespers: Psalms of Wednesday with Antiphons, MD 38-9* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*; collect, MD 42-3*

Thursday 18 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 39*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 43*; collect (Sunday III), MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Thursday, MD 39*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 39*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 11*

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

Friday 19 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, 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 radix Iesse, MD 36*; collect, MD 44*

Saturday 20 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 40*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect, MD 45*
P
rime: 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 Clavis, MD 36*

Ordo for the Second week of Advent


The Gospel for this Sunday in the traditional calendar (to which the Lauds and Vespers canticle antiphons refer) is St Matthew 11:2-10.

You can also find notes on the first of the Advent canticles used at Matins on Sunday here.

In the Office this week...

Sunday 7 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
At Vespers: Commemoration of the Immaculate Conception, MD [17] (versicle and antiphon), MD [15-16] (collect)

Monday 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 26-27*; 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*

Tuesday 9 December – Tuesday 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

Wednesday 10 December – Wednesday 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*; collect, MD 11*

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

Thursday 11 December – Thursday in the second week of Advent, Class III; St Damasus, memorial [EF: Class III; in some places: Our Lady of Guadeloupe;]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27-8*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [17-8]

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

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

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 28*; collect, MD 11*

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

Saturday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 28*
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds
Terce to None: Antiphons and collect of Lauds; chapter etc of the feast

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

Ordo for the First week of Advent



This week marks the start of the new liturgical year, with the first Sunday of Advent.

The season of Advent is the most complicated in the calendar so far as the Office goes, so do take the opportunity to read through the notes on the Office in Advent.

In particular, it is important to remember that all of the Sundays of Advent are first class, and so have their own antiphons and proper texts.  During the week, the chapter, responsory and hymn for Lauds and Vespers are not those set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal (or breviary) but are for the season.

Benedictine Office for the First Week of Advent

Sunday 30 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 1 December – 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 the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*

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

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration, MD [8-9]

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

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 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**

Thursday 4 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III [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*

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

Friday 5 December – Friday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: Commemoration of St Sabbas]

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 6 December - Saturday in the first week of Advent; St Nicholas, memorial

Lauds: Psalms of the day, proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphon, MD 19*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9-10]

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

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

Ordo for January 2015

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 and oblates attached to them.  This Ordo 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.

Key to abbreviations

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

Hardcopy and emails of the Ordo

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JANUARY

Thursday Jan 1 – 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

The Ordinary of the Office after the Octave of the Nativity (January 2-5)

At all hours, antiphons and psalms are of the day of the week as set out in the psalter for ‘throughout the year and in Nativitytide’.

At Matins, the Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter are of the season, and three readings are of the date.

At Terce, Sext and None, the antiphons is as for throughout the year; the chapter and versicle are particular to Nativitytide (set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal, as well as at MD 122*-123*.

At Lauds and Vespers, the chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle and canticle antiphon are for the season, and can be found at MD 119*-125*.

Friday Jan 2 – Class IV [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury]

Matins: Readings for 2 January
Lauds: Psalms and antiphons for Friday throughout the year; chapter, responsory, hymn, Benedictus antiphon and collect for the Nativity, MD 120-2*
Prime: All as for Friday ‘throughout the year and Nativitytide’
Terce to None:  All as for throughout the week in the psalter, with chapter, versicle and collect for Nativitytide, MD 122-3*
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms for Friday with chapter, responsory, hymn and Magnificat antiphon for Nativitytide, MD 123-5*

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Saturday Jan 3 - Our Lady on Saturday

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, MD (133) ff.  At Matins, reading 3 is of Saturday 1 of January; at Lauds for the commemoration, MD 125-26*

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after the Nativity: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday, MD 249; rest from MD 113-5*

Sunday Jan 4 Second Sunday after the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus]; St Titus, memorial

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons 50, 117, 62 etc as in the psalter; rest, MD 116* ff; for St Titus, MD 125*
Prime to None: MD 118-9*
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, hymn etc from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon MD 119*

Monday 5 Jan –  Class IV

Psalms of Monday with ordinary of Nativitytide, MD 119-25*; collect MD 122*

EPIPHANYTIDE

I Vespers of the Epiphany: MD 126* ff: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn for the feast with Sunday psalms, MD 203 ff

Tuesday 6 Jan – Epiphany of Our Lord, Class I

Matins: Of the feast
Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129* ff, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 129*
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 132-3*
Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, as at I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon from MD 133*

The Ordinary of the Office in Epiphany (January 7-12)

Epiphanytide is part of the greater season of Christmastide, hence at all hours, antiphons and psalms are of the day of the week as in the psalter for ‘throughout the year and in Nativitytide’.

At Matins, the Invitatory antiphon, hymn, versicles, responsories and chapter are of the season.

At Lauds and Vespers, the chapter, responsory, hymn, and versicle are for the season, and can be found at MD 133-9*.  There are proper antiphons for the canticles set for each day.

Wednesday 7 Jan – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day II, MD 135*; collect MD 136*
Prime to None: Antiphons etc of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day II, MD 139*

Thursday 8 Jan – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133*ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day III, MD 135*; collect MD 136*
Prime to None: Antiphons etc of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day III, MD 139*

Friday 9 Jan – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Friday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day IV, MD 135*; collect MD 136*
Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Friday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day IV, MD 139*

Saturday 10 JanOur Lady on Saturday; St Paul the First Hermit, memorial

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady throughout the year except for collect for after the Nativity; reading 3 for Saturday 2 of January
Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, see MD (133) ff
(Note the Benedictus antiphon, collect, and antiphons for Prime to None for the season)

I Vespers of Sunday after Epiphany - MD 140*ff

Sunday 11 Jan – First Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II [EF: Feast of the Holy Family]

For feast of the Holy Family, MD 3** ff

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; chapter etc, MD 142* ff;
Prime to None: Antiphons etc from MD 144*ff
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday with chapter, responsory and hymn of I Vespers, MD 140*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 146*

Monday 12 Jan - Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day V, MD 136*; collect MD 136*
Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; Chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day V, MD 139*

Tuesday 13 Jan -– Commemoration of Our Lord’s Baptism, Class II

All is said as on the feast of the Epiphany, MD 129* ff.  Note:

Matins:  Nocturn 1 readings for the Tuesday after the First Sunday; rest of the feast.
Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129*, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44; collect, MD 140*.
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 129*.
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 132-133* and collect, MD 140*.
Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, as at I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon from MD 133*; collect from MD 140*.

TIME THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Ordinary of Time Throughout the Year

From now until Septuagesima, the Offices uses the default texts set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal or Breviary for ‘time throughout the year’.

Wednesday 14 Jan – Class IV; St Hilary [EF: Class III] and St Felix, memorials

All as for Wednesday throughout the year; collect MD 142*; for the commemorations, MD [24-5]

Thursday 15 Jan - Class IV [**In some places, Our Lady of Prompt Succour, Class I; EF: St Paul the First Hermit]

All as for Thursday throughout the year; collect MD 142*

For Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MD 11** ff

Friday 16 Jan – Class IV; St Marcellus I, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as for Friday throughout the year; collect MD 142*; for the commemoration, MD [25]

Saturday 17 Jan - St Anthony, Class III

Matins: Reading 3 of the feast
Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Saturday; the rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78); collect MD [26]
Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [26]

I Vespers of Second Sunday of Epiphany: Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 146*

Sunday 18 Jan - Second Sunday after the Epiphany

All as in the psalter for Sundays throughout the year.

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphon, MD 147*

Prime to None: All as in the psalter for Sunday, collect MD 147*

Vespers: As in the psalter with canticle antiphon, MD 147*

Monday 19 Jan - Class IV; Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial

All as in the psalter for Monday; collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [26].

Tuesday 20 Jan - SS Fabian and Sebastian, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day; rest from common of many martyrs, MD (43); collect MD [27]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect MD [27]

Wednesday 21 Jan - St Agnes, Class III (Class II for monasteries of nuns) [**in some places, St Meinrad, Class I]

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from the Common of Virgins, lessons 1&2 of the day, lesson 3 and responsories of the feast.

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD [27] ff with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44.

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, with psalms of Wednesday.

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [30] ff

Vespers: MD [31] ff

For St Meinrad, Class I, MD 16**ff

Thursday 22 Jan – Class IV; St Vincent, memorial [EF: and St Anastasius;**in some places, St Meinrad]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect MD 147*; at Lauds, for the commemoration, MD [34].

For St Meinrad, Class II, MD 20**

Friday 23 Jan – Class IV; St Emerentiana, memorial [EF: St Raymond Pennafort]

All as for Friday throughout the year, collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, see MD [35].

Saturday 24 Jan – Saturday of Our Lady; St Timothy, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady throughout the year except for collect for after the Nativity; reading 3 for Saturday 4&5 of January

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, see MD (133) ff; at Lauds, for the commemoration MD [35–6]

Vespers: I Vespers of Sunday, MD 147-8*

Sunday 25 Jan  - Third Sunday after Epiphany

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphon from MD 148*

Prime to None: All as in the psalter for Sunday, collect MD 148*

Vespers: As in the psalter with canticle antiphon, MD 149*

Monday 26 Jan –  Class IV; St Polycarp, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as for Monday in the Office; collect MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [42-3]

Tuesday 27 Jan – St John Chrysostom, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64), collect and Magnificat antiphon, MD [43]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [43]

Wednesday 28 Jan - Class IV; St Cyril of Alexandria, memorial [EF: St Peter Nolasco]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [44]

Thursday 29 Jan – Class IV; St Frances de Sales, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration, MD [44–5]

**As Class I, see MD 21**

Friday 30 Jan – Class IV [EF: St Martina]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect, MD 148*

Saturday 31 Jan – Our Lady on Saturday; St John Bosco, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady throughout the year except for collect for after the Nativity; reading 3 for Saturday 4&5 of January; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [45–6]

I Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, MD 153-4*

Ordo for December 2014



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 and oblates attached to them.

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

DECEMBER 2014

Monday 1 December – 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 the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*

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

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration, MD [8-9]

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

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 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**

Thursday 4 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III [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*

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

Friday 5 December – Friday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: Commemoration of St Sabbas]

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 6 December  - Saturday in the first week of Advent; St Nicholas, memorial

Lauds: Psalms of the day, proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphon, MD 19*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9-10]

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

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

Sunday 7 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

At Vespers: Commemoration of the Immaculate Conception, MD [17] (versicle and antiphon), MD [15-16] (collect)

Monday 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 26-27*; 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*

Tuesday 9 December – Tuesday 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

Wednesday 10 December – Wednesday 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*; collect, MD 11*

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

Thursday 11 December – Thursday in the second week of Advent, Class III; St Damasus, memorial [EF: Class III; in some places: Our Lady of Guadeloupe;]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27-8*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [17-8]

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

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

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 28*; collect, MD 11*

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

Saturday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 28*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and collect of Lauds; chapter etc of the feast

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

Sunday 14 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* with Sunday psalms

Monday 15 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 41-42*; collect, MD 11*
Prime to None: Antiphons for week 3, proper texts of Advent

Tuesday 16 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 17 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of day, MD 38-9*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 42*; collect, MD 42-3*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Wednesday, MD 38*

Terce to None:  Antiphons, MD 38-9*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 42-3*

Vespers: Psalms of Wednesday with Antiphons, MD 38-9* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*; collect, MD 42-3*

Thursday 18 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 39*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 43*; collect (Sunday III), MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Thursday, MD 39*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 39*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 11*

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

Friday 19 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, 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 radix Iesse, MD 36*; collect, MD 44*

Saturday 20 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, 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 Clavis, MD 36*

Sunday 21 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); Benedictus Antiphon for December 21, Nolite Timere, MD 50*

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

Monday 22 December – Monday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 37*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 52*; collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 37*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 37*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 12*

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

Tuesday 23 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, Ecce completa sunt, MD 45*; 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 Emmanuel, MD 36*

Wednesday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

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

CHRISTMASTIDE

I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58* ff  (Sunday psalms with antiphons and texts from MD 58* ff)

Thursday 25 December – The 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

Friday 26 December – 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: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD 87* ff

Saturday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 90* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc, MD 90* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD 94* ff

Sunday 28 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; Commemoration of Holy Innocents

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

Lauds to None: MD 77* ff'; for the commemoration, MD 99*

Vespers of the Nativity, Magnificat antiphon, MD 82*

Monday 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 to None: Psalms of Monday with antiphons and proper texts of the Nativity

Vespers: of the Nativity

Tuesday 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; 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)

Wednesday 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)

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost




This is one of those rare years where the Twenty-fourth Sunday really is the last of the year, and thus we avoid the seemingly endless repetition of the propers for it at Mass!  The Gospel is St Matthew 24:13-25, a warning of the end times.

Benedictine Office for the week of the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday 23 November – Twenty Fourth and last Sunday after Pentecost/Fifth Sunday of November, Class II
Monday 24 November - Class IV;  SS John of the Cross and Chrysogonus, memorials [EF: St John of the Cross]
Tuesday 25 November – Class IV; St Catherine, memorial [EF: Class III]
Wednesday 26 November – Class IV; St Sylvester, memorial [EF: Class III]
Thursday 27 November – Class IV
Friday 28 November – Class IV
Saturday 29 November – Our Lady on Saturday; St Saturinus, memorial [**in some places Blessed Richard, Hugo, John memorial]

You can find further details of how to say the Office on these days in the Ordo for November.


Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost




This Sunday's Gospel is St Matthew 9:18-26, the healing of the woman with an issue of blood and the raising of the ruler's daughter.

Benedictine Office for the week of the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday 16 November – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost/Fourth Sunday of November, Class II
Monday 17 November - St Gertrude, Class II/III [EF: St Gregory Thaumaturgis]
Tuesday 18 November - Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Class III
Wednesday 19 November - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth]
Thursday 20 November – Class IV [**In some places: St Edmund; EF: St Felix of Valois]
Friday 21 November – Presentation of the BVM, Class III; Commemoration of St Columba
Saturday 22 November - St Caecilia, Class III

You can find further details of how to say the Office on these days in the Ordo for November.