Ordo for May 2011


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. In particular, this should include (where they have been appointed):
  • the principal patron of your country, region or province as a Class I;
  • the principal patron of your diocese or territory;
  • the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of your diocese;
  • the patron of your town or city;
  • the anniversary of the dedication of your church;
  • the titular feast of your church;
  • the patron saint of your congregation or monastery (if you are an oblate);
  • the feast of the monasteries founder (if canonised or beatified); and
  • any saints specified in the calendar of your congregation.
Note that REF=Roman Extraordinary Form calendar.

May falls into the liturgical season of Eastertide.

Sunday May 1: Low Sunday, Class I

See MD 341*-345*

At Vespers, make a commemoration of St Joseph using the versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the feast, MD [125].

Monday May 2 St Joseph the Worker, Class I

[Note: For Ordinary of the Ferial Office in Paschaltide, see MD 346*.

Note especially that at:

Lauds and Vespers, chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle are of the season, from the temporale and are not included in the psalter section; Lauds and Vespers canticles have proper antiphons for each day of the week.]

For St Joseph: note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff.

Tuesday May 3: SS Alexander, Eventius And Theodolus, Memorial

Canticle antiphons MD 352*; Collect (of Low Sunday) MD 344*; for the Commemoration at Lauds, MD [138]

Wednesday May 4: St Monica, Memorial [REF: Class III]  **In Some Places, The Blessed English Martyrs, Class III

Collect MD 344*; Canticle antiphons MD 352-3*; Commemoration at Lauds, MD [139]

For The English Martyrs, see MD [24**]

Thursday May 5: St Pius V, Memorial [REF: Class III] 

Collect of Sunday MD 344*; Canticle antiphons MD 353*; for the Commemoration at Lauds, MD [140]

Friday May 6: Class IV

Collect of Sunday MD 344*; Canticle antiphons MD 353*

Saturday May 7 - Saturday of Our Lady [REF: St Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr, Cl III]

MD (134)ff: Note, antiphons and versicles from Prime to None have an Alleluia added to them

I Vespers MD 354*ff

Sunday May 8 – Second Sunday after Easter, Class II

See MD 356*ff

Monday May 9 – St Gregory Nazianzen, Class III

See MD [141]. At Lauds and Vespers, antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a confessor bishop.

Tuesday May 10: SS Gordian and Epimachis, Memorial [REF: St Antoninus, Bishop confessor, Class III]

Collect of Sunday MD 358*; Canticle antiphons MD 360*; for the commemoration, MD [141-2]

Wednesday May 11: SS Philip and James, Class II

See MD [142]ff

Thursday May 12 - SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, Memorial [REF: Class III] 

Collect of Sunday MD 358*; Canticle antiphons MD 361*; for the commemoration, MD [146]

Friday May 13 – St Robert Bellarmine, Memorial [REF: Class III] 

Collect of Sunday MD 358*; Canticle antiphons MD 361-2*; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [147]

Saturday May 14: Our Lady on Saturday; St Pachomius, Memorial [REF: Com. of St Boniface, Martyr]

See MD (134)ff; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [147-8]

I Vespers MD 362*ff

Sunday May 15: Third Sunday after Easter, Class II

See MD 363*ff

Monday May 16: Class IV [REF: St Ubald, Bishop, Confessor, Class III]

Collect of Sunday MD 363*ff; Canticle antiphons MD 365*

Tuesday May 17: Class IV [REF: St Paschal Baylon, Confessor, Cl III]

Collect of Sunday MD 363*ff; Canticle antiphons MD 365-6*.

Wednesday May 18: Class IV [REF: St Venantius, Mart, Class III]

Collect of Sunday MD 363*ff; Canticle antiphons MD 366*.

Thursday May 19: S Peter Celestine OSB Memorial [REF: Class III] **In Some Places St Dunstan, Class III

Collect of Sunday MD 363*ff; Canticle antiphons MD 366*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [148-9]

For St Dunstan, see MD [25**]

Friday May 20: Class IV [REF: St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor, Cl III]

Collect of Sunday MD 363*ff; Canticle antiphons MD 366-7*

Saturday May 21: Saturday of Our Lady

See MD (134)ff

I Vespers: MD 367*ff

Sunday May 22: Fourth Sunday after Easter, Class II

See MD 368*ff

Monday May 23: Class IV

Collect of the Sunday, MD 368*; Canticle antiphons MD 370*.

**I Vespers of Our Lady Help of Christians
Tuesday May 24: Class IV ;**In some places, Our Lady Help of Christians (patroness of Australia and other places), Class I

Collect MD 368*; Canticle antiphons MD 370-1*.

**For Our Lady Help of Christians, see MD 25**ff

Wednesday May 25: St Gregory VII OSB, Class III

See MD [149]. At Lauds and Vespers psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect and Magnificat antiphon.

Thursday May 26: St Augustine OSB, Class III/I [REF: St Philip Neri, Confessor, Class III]

See MD [149] – [150]. At Lauds and Vespers psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect.

If Class I, see MD 30**

Friday May 27: St Bede the Venerable OSB, Class III/I

See MD [150]. At Lauds and Vespers psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect.

If Class I, see MD 31**

Saturday May 28: Saturday of Our Lady [REF: St Augustine OSB, Class III]

See MD (134)ff

I Vespers, MD 372*ff

Sunday May 29: Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II

See MD 373*ff

Monday May 30: Rogation Day [REF: with com of St Felix, Pope, Martyr]

Collect MD 373-4*; Canticle antiphons MD 375*.

For notes on rogation days, go here.

Tuesday May 31: Rogation Day [REF: Queenship Of Our Lady, Class II]

Collect MD 373-4*; Canticle antiphons MD 375-6*.

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