I Vespers - Magnificat antiphon refers to the Matins first nocturn readings, II Samuel 12:1-16, where Nathan brings David to repentance for his sins.
Sunday Lauds and Vespers: Canticle antiphons refer to the Matins (and Mass) Gospel, Mk 8:1-9, story of the loaves and fishes.
Sunday 11 July: [Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II] ** (Translation of the Relics of) St Benedict, Patron of Europe, Class I
In 1964 Pope Paul VI declared St Benedict patron of Europe, hence the current solemnity in Europe, many monasteries and many other places, but where it is second class, it is superseded by the (seventh) Sunday.
The Seventh Sunday Scriptural readings are I King 1: 1-15 (dealing with intrigues over the succession to David), see the Magnificat antiphon for I Vespers (subject of a famous coronation anthem by Handel); and Mt 7: 15-21 (sermon on the Mount, see Lauds and Vespers canticle antiphons).
Monday 12 July: St John Gualbert OSB, Abbot, Memorial
Wednesday 14 July: St Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Class III
Franciscan saint, whose life can be read about here.
Saturday 17 July: Our Lady on Saturday, St Leo IV, OSB Pope and Confessor, Memorial
Sunday 18 July: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
I Vespers: Canticle antiphon refers to I Kings 9:1-14 (Solomon completes the building of the Temple); Lauds and II Vespers refer to the Gospel, Luke 16:1-9 (crafty steward parable).
Monday 19 July: St Vincent de Paul, Memorial
Tuesday 20 July: SS Jerome Aemiliain, Joseph Calanctius and John Baptist de la Salle, Confessors, Memorial
Todays saints are all founders of religious orders - St Jerome Aemilian (1481 - 1537), founder of the Somaschi Priests, and patron saint of orphans; St Joseph Calasanctius (1557-1648) founded the Order of Piarists; St John Baptiste de la Salle (1651-1719) was the founder of the Christian brothers.
Thursday 22: St Mary Magdalen, Class III
Today is the feast of the most famous penitent saint, St Mary Magdalene, often titled 'apostle to the apostles' by the early Fathers. Few saints have attracted so many attempts at revisionist history. Longstanding protestant horror at the idea of a sinner turned saint has gained new followers amongst those attempting to make her a feminist heroine, while conspiracy theorists have seized on assorted apocryphal works on her life. The traditional Latin liturgy, however, insists on her identity as both the penitent woman and the sister of Lazarus and Martha.
Friday 23 July: St Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr, Memorial
St Apollinaris was an illustrious bishop of Ravenna during the second century.
Sunday 25 - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
I Vespers: The Old Testament scriptural reading at Matins is 2 Kings 1: 1-10, and the Magnificat antiphon reminds of us triumphant death and succession as prophet by Elisha, detailed in chapter 2.
Lauds and Vespers: Canticle antiphons refer to the Gospel for this Sunday, Luke 19: 41-47 and Jesus' lament for Jerusalem, followed by the cleansing of the Temple.
Monday 26 July: SS Joachim and Anne, Parents of the BVM, Class III
Tradition, drawing on the (non-canonical) Gospel of James, gives us Saints Joachim and Anne as the names of the father and mother of the Mother of God. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that "the apocryphal character of these writings, that is to say, their rejection from the canon, and their ungenuineness do not imply that no heed whatever should be taken of some of their assertions; side by side, indeed, with unwarranted and legendary facts, they contain some historical data borrowed from reliable traditions or documents; and difficult though it is to distinguish in them the wheat from the tares, it would be unwise and uncritical indiscriminately to reject the whole."
Thurs 29 – SS Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, Martyrs, Memorial
Today's saints are all early martyrs - Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice were siblings martyred under Diocletian. Nothing is known of St Felix beyond his name, not least because of a longstanding confusion between him and an antipope of the same name.
Fri 30 – SS Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs, Memorial
Traditionally thought to be Persian martyrs under the persecutions of Decius, these saints have been pruned from the modern calendar due to doubts about the authenticity of the traditions surrounding them.
Sat 31 – St Ignatius, Confessor, Class III
Today is the feast of the famous soldier turned priest, the founder of the Jesuits.