Ordo for November 2010

Herewith the Benedictine Ordo according to the general calendar for the Order, and rubrics approved in 1961/2, with page references to the Monastic Diurnal (MD) published by Farnborough Abbey, 2004

You will of course need to add in any local feasts celebrated in your monastery, parish, diocese and country. Where appropriate, cross-references have been made to the Roman Extraordinary Form calendar (REF) - note however that these references are not comprehensive, but merely intended as aids for those attending the EF mass.

November in liturgical time

November is 'time throughout the year' up until November 28, so use the antiphons and texts indicated under that heading in the psalter, unless they are displaced by a feast as indicated below. 

For Advent rubrics, see the notes here.

Please do let me know if you have any queries or corrections.

Monday 1 November - All Saints, Class I

See MD [331]ff - antiphons and other texts of the feast with festal psalms (at Vespers, psalms of the Common of Martyrs)

Tues 2 – All Souls, Class I

See MD [337] – Lauds and Vespers of the Dead from (163) with the additional prayers set out for the feast.

Note that at Prime to None the usual Deus in adjutorium, hymn and antiphon are omitted; see the instructions MD [338]ff.

Compline begins with the examination of conscience and Confiteor, and includes the Nunc Dimittis, MD [342]

Wed 3 – Class IV [REF – St Martin of Pores, Memorial, **in some places, St Winifred]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday with the collect of the Sunday, MD 482* (from 23rd Sunday PP)

Thurs 4 – St Charles Borromeo, Bishop and Confessor, Memorial

All as in the psalter with the collect of the Sunday, MD 482*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD[344]

Fri 5 – Class IV

All as in the psalter with the collect of the Sunday, MD 482* (from 23rd Sunday PP)

Sat 6 – Saturday of Our Lady

MD (129)ff

I Vespers of 24th Sunday/Third Sunday of November, MD 460*; collect MD 485*

Sun 7 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

as for the Fifth Sunday remaining after Epiphany, MD 485*

Mon 8 – The Four Crowned, Martyrs, Memorial

All as in the psalter with the collect of the Sunday, MD 485*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [345]

Tues 9 – Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (St John Lateran), Class II

See MD [345] – all as in the Common for the dedication of a Church, MD (114)

Wed 10 – St Theodore, Martyr, Memorial

All as in the psalter, with collect of Sunday, MD 485*; at Lauds, make a commemoration, MD [346]

Thurs 11 – St Martin of Tours, Bishop and Confessor, Class II

See MD [346]ff

Fri 12 – St Mennas, Martyr, Memorial [REF: St Martin, Pope, Martyr, Class III]

All as in the psalter, with collect of Sunday, MD 485*; At Lauds make a commemoration MD [352]

Sat 13 – All Saints of the Benedictine Order, Class II [REF: St Didacus, Confessor, Class III]

See MD [353]ff

I Vespers of the fourth Sunday of November, MD 460*, collect MD 486*

Sunday November 14 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost

All as for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, MD 486*

Mon 15 – All Souls of the Benedictine Order, Class II (transferred from previous day)

See MD [353]ff.

Note that the rubrics provide two options: the Office as said on All Souls Day at all hours, with particular collects for today, or the Office of the Day immediately followed by the Office of the Dead (Matins, Lauds and Vespers).  If taking the latter option, make a commemoration of St Albert at Lauds of the day.

Tues 16 – feria [REF: St Gertrude, Virgin, Class III]

All as in the psalter with the collect of Sunday, MD 486*

Wed 17 – St Gertrude the Great OSB, Class III (Class II for nuns) [REF: St Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop, Confessor, Class III;**in some places, St Hilda, Virgin]

See MD [363]ff

Thurs 18 – Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Class III

See MD [371].  Prime to None, use antiphons and proper texts from Common for the Dedicatin fo a Church, MD (117).

Fri 19 – Class IV [REF: St Elizabeth, Widow]

All as in the psalter with the collect of Sunday, MD 486*

Sat 20 – Saturday of Our Lady [**In some places: St Mechtild OSB, Class III **St Edward, King and Martyr, Class III ;REF: St Felix of Valois, Confessor, Class III]

MD (129)ff

For St Edmund see MD 58**

I Vespers of the fifth Sunday of November, MD 461*; Collect MD 487*

Sunday November 21 – Last ('24th') Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

MD 487*

Mon 22 – St Caecilia, Virgin and Martyr, Class III

See MD [373]ff

Tues 23 – St Clement I, Pope and Martyr, Class III; St Felicitas, memorial

See MD [377]ff

Wed 24 – St John of the Cross, Confessor and Doctor, Memorial

Collect of Sunday, MD 487*; for the commemoration see MD [382-3]

Thurs 25 – St Catherine, Virgin and Martyr, memorial

Collect of Sunday, MD 487*; for the commemoration see MD [383-4]

Fri 26 – St Sylvester OSB, Abbot, Memorial

Collect of Sunday, MD 487*; for the commemoration see MD [384]

Sat 27 – Saturday of Our Lady

MD (129)ff

First Vespers for Sunday I in Advent – MD 1*ff

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater (used from here on until 1 Feb)

Sunday November 28 – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

MD4*ff

Mon 29 – Class III; St Saturninus, memorial

See notes on the Ordinary of the Ferial Office in Advent, MD 9*

Matins: Advent invitatory antiphon and hymn; readings for Monday week I of Advent.


Lauds: Chapter, responsory and hymn for Advent, MD 9*; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17*; MD 11* ; St Saturninus, memorial, MD [385]

Prime: Antiphon for Advent Wk I (Iucundare/Be glad), MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphons for Advent Wk I, MD 13*-15*; Chapter and versicle for Advent (MD 14* or psalter); Collect of the week, MD 11*.

Vespers: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of Advent, MD 15*- 17*; Magnificat antiphon for Monday, Advent Wk I, MD 17*; Collect MD 11*

Tues 30 - St Andrew, Apostle, Class II

See MD [2]; make a commemoration of the feria at Lauds and Vespers.

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles; antiphons for the feast with psalms from common of Apostles; readings for all three nocturns for the feast.


Lauds: See MD [2]ff; Proper antiphons and other texts for the feast with festal psalms.

After the collect of the feast, make a commemoration of the Advent day, using the Benedictus antiphon for Tuesday Wk I (MD 17*), versicle for Advent (MD11*), and collect for wk I (MD 11*).

Prime to None: antiphon and other proper texts for the feast, MD [6].

Vespers: See MD [7] ff:

Antiphons from Lauds, omitting the fourth with psalms from Common of Apostles, MD (13);
Chapter & hymn from Lauds;
responsory, versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD [7].
after the collect of the feast, make a commemoration of the Advent day, using the Magnificat antiphon for Tuesday Wk I (MD 17*), versicle for Advent (MD17*), and collect for wk I (MD 11*).

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