Ordo for January 2013


This calendar has been prepared in accordance with the calendar and rubrics provided in the Breviarium Monasticum summorm pontificum cura recognitum pro omnibus sub regula S. P. Benedicti militantibus, issued by the Abbot Primate at Rome on 1 January 1963.

It should be noted, however, that individual monasteries may observe their own Ordos and use rubrics that differ somewhat from those specified in the Monastic Breviary.

Moreover, 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. In particular, this should include (where they have been appointed) the:

• principal patron of the country, region or province as a Class I;
• principal patron of the diocese or territory;
• anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of the diocese;
• patron of the town or city;
• anniversary of the dedication of the church;
• titular feast of the church;
• patron saint of the congregation or monastery;
• feast of the monasteries founder (if canonised or beatified); and
• saints specified in the calendar of the monastery's congregation.

It should be noted that while the Benedictine Calendar generally follows the structure of the 1962 Roman Extraordinary Form (EF) Calendar, the monastic calendar omits some feasts to be found in the Roman calendar and adds others.  In addition, feasts may be of different levels: many third class feasts in the 1962 Roman calendar for example, appear in the Benedictine as memorials only.  Cross-references to the Roman Extraordinary Form (EF) calendar have been included where the Mass of the day is likely to be different to that specified in the Benedictine calendar.

Page references labeled MD are to the Monastic Diurnal published by Farnborough Abbey in accordance with those rubrics.  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.

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. Every effort has been made to make this Ordo as accurate as possible, but if any errors are identified, please advise the author at australiaincognita@gmail.com or through a comment on the blog.


NATIVITYTIDE

Tuesday 1 January – 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*, 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 Lauds and Vespers, the chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle and canticle antiphon are for the season, and can be found at MD 119*-125*.

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

Wednesday 2 January – Class IV [EF: Most Sacred Name of Jesus; in some places, **St Thomas of Canterbury]

Matins: Readings for 2 January

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons for Wednesday throughout the year; chapter, responsory, hymn, Benedictus antiphon and collect for the Nativity, MD 120*-122*

Prime: All as for Wednesday ‘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*-123*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms for Wednesday with chapter, responsory, hymn and Magnificat antiphon for Nativitytide, MD 123*-125*

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Thursday 3 January – Class IV

Psalms of Thursday with ordinary of Nativitytide, MD 119*-125*; collect MD 122*

Friday 4 January Class IV; St Titus, memorial

Psalms of Friday with ordinary of Nativitytide, MD 119*-125*; collect MD 122*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD 125-126*

Saturday 5 JanuarySaturday of Our Lady [EF: Commemoration of St Telesphorus]

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, MD (133) ff.  At Matins, reading 3 is Saturday 1 of January.

EPIPHANYTIDE

I Vespers of the Epiphany: MD 126* ff: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn for the feast, MD 126*-129* with Sunday psalms, MD 203 ff

Sunday 6 January – Epiphany of Our Lord: Class I

Matins: Of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129*, 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*-133*

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*-139*.  There are proper antiphons for the canticles set for each day.

Monday 7 January – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; 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 Monday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day II, MD 139*

Tuesday 8 January – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Tuesday; 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 Tuesday; Chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day III, MD 139*

Wednesday 9 January – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; 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 Wednesday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day IV, MD 139*

Thursday 10 January - Class IV; St Paul the First Hermit, memorial

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday Chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus antiphon Day V, MD 136*; collect MD 136*; after the collect make a memorial of St Paul, MD [23]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day V, MD 139*

Friday 11 January – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Friday Chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day VI, MD 136*; 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 VI, MD 139*

Saturday 12 January – Saturday of Our Lady [**in some places: St Benedict Biscop, Class I]

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)

For St Benedict Biscop, see MD 10**

Vespers: All as for I Vespers of the Epiphany except for the collect: MD 126*ff: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn for the feast, MD 126*-129* with Sunday psalms, MD 203 ff; collect MD 140*

Sunday 13 January-– Commemoration of Our Lord’s Baptism, Class II

Matins: Readings for Nocturn I of the First Sunday of Epiphany, for Nocturns II and III of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for Epiphany, MD 129*, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44; collect from MD 140*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 129*

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapters, versicle and collect of Epiphany, MD 132*-133* and collect from MD 140*

Vespers: Antiphons for Epiphany, 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’.

Monday 14 January – Class IV; St Hilary and St Felix, memorials

All as for Monday throughout the year; collect MD 142* (First Sunday after Epiphany); for the commemorations, MD [24]-[25]

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

All as for Tuesday throughout the year; collect MD 142* (First Sunday after Epiphany).

For Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MD 11**-12**

Wednesday 16 January – Class IV; St Marcellus I, memorial

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

Thursday 17 January - St Anthony, Class III

Matins: Reading 3 of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; the rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78) and collect MD [26]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [26]

Friday 18 January - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Prisca]

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

Saturday 19 January – Saturday of Our Lady; SS Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial

Matins: Reading 3 of third Saturday of January

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady on Saturday after Christmas, MD (133) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [26]

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

Sunday 20 January – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

All as in the psalter for Sundays throughout the year; at Lauds, Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne Rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphons from MD 146*-147*

Monday 21 January - 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 Monday

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

Vespers: MD [31] ff

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

Tuesday 22 January – Class IV; St Vincent, memorial [**in some places, St Meinrad]

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

For St Meinrad, Class II, MD 20**

Wednesday 23 January – Class IV; St Emerentiana, memorial

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

Thursday 24 January – Class IV; St Timothy, memorial

All as for Thursday throughout the year, with the collect, MD 147*; at Lauds, for the commemoration MD [35] – [36]

Friday 25 January – Conversion of St Paul, Class III

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, readings and collect of the feast; rest as in the psalter

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD [36]ff with festal (Sunday psalms, MD 44), with collects of St Paul and St Peter under one conclusion

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, with psalms of Friday

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [39] ff with hymns and psalms [for 'throughout the week'].  Collect of St Paul, MD [39]

Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, MD [40] with psalms for the Common of Apostles, MD (13).  Chapter, responsory etc for the feast, with collects of St Paul and St Peter under one conclusion

Saturday 26 January – Saturday of Our Lady; St Polycarp, memorial

Office of Our Lady on Saturday, MD (133) ff; at Lauds, for the commemoration MD [42]– [43].

SEASON OF SEPTUAGESIMA

The "pre-Lent" season of Septuagesima

 At I Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, the Alleluia is solemnly ‘buried’ with a double Alleluia added to the closing versicle.  At Compline and henceforward, the Alleluia is not said, and the Alleluia in the opening prayer for each hour is replaced by ‘Laus tibi Domine…’

At Vespers, the Magnificat antiphon is proper to the day.

I Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday: Psalms and antiphons as in the psalter for Saturday, but with chapter, responsory, hymn etc from MD 153*-154*.  Note the double alleluia.

Sunday 27 January – Septuagesima Sunday, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons from MD 154* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc for the day from MD 153* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc for the day from MD 158*-159*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday from the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn etc for the day, from MD 159*                        

Monday 28 January – Class IV; St Cyril of Alexandria, memorial

All as for Monday in Septuagesima with collect MD 157*-158*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [44], and Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 161*

Tuesday 29 January – Class IV; St Frances de Sales, memorial

All as in the psalter for Tuesday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157*-158*; for the commemoration, MD [44]– [45], and Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 161*

**As Class I, see MD 21**

Wednesday 30 January – Class IV

All as in the psalter for Wednesday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157*-158*; Magnificat antiphon MD 161*

Thursday 31 January – Class IV; St John Bosco, memorial

All as in the psalter for Thursday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157*-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [45]– [46]; for the Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 162*

5 comments:

JofIndia said...

First of all, thank you for your truly splendid work!
But can I ask if you know where I could purchase a Benedictine pre-Vatican II, Book of Matins?

Many apologies if this was an inappropriate place to pose the question.

Kate Edwards said...

Thank you.

Unfortunately there is no good single source for Matins.

If you are happy with Latin only, the two volume Breviarum Monasticum 1963 includes all the hours, including Matins.

After that you are looking at various partial versions or Anglican translations.

The most useful is probably Matins according to the Benedictine Ritual put out by the monks of Clear Creek (available through their website or lulu). It contains the psalms and prayers for each day of the week in Latin and English, but doesn't cover feasts.

Lancelot Andrewes press also put out a Matins book in English.

I've written more on this here:

http://saintsshallarise.blogspot.com.au/2009/06/books-for-matins.html

JofIndia said...

Thank you that information. It's very useful.

BenedictineBee said...

Go to Clear Creek Monastery. They have Matins, it is in paperback with Latn/English. It sounds like what you are looking for!

BenedictineBee said...

Am so sorry. I now see the answer is already printed.