Ordo for May 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.

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. 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.

Wednesday 1 May - St Joseph the Worker, Class I

Note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff:

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast with psalms of Monday

Vespers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast

Thursday 2 May – St Athanasius, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of Thursday, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [138] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [138]

Friday 3 May – Class IV; SS Alexander, Eventius And Theodolus, memorial
[Note in pre-1962 calendar retained by some monasteries, Finding of Holy Cross, Class II]

All as in the psalter for Friday in Eastertide; collect, MD 368*; canticle antiphons MD 371*-372*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138]

Saturday 4 May – Saturday of Our Lady; St Monica, memorial [**In some places, The Blessed English Martyrs, Class III]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 1 in May

Lauds to None: MD (134) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [139].  Note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them

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

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Easter, MD 372* ff

Sunday 5 May – Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II; St Pius V, memorial

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 373* ff; for the commemoration, MD [140] 

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter for Sunday

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle and collect, MD 374* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn, MD 354*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 375*

Monday 6 May – Class IV; Rogation Day

All as in the psalter for Monday during Eastertide; collect, MD 373*-374*; canticle antiphons MD 375*

Tuesday 7 May - Class IV; Rogation Day [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]

All as in the psalter for Tuesday during Eastertide with collect, MD 373-374*; Canticle antiphons MD 375*-376*

Wednesday 8 May - Vigil of the Ascension, Class II; Rogation Day

Lauds to None: all as for ordinary of Paschaltide; collect, MD 373*-374*; Benedictus antiphon MD 376*

ASCENSIONTIDE

I Vespers of the Ascension, see MD 376* ff

Thursday 9 May - The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I

Lauds to Vespers: MD 379* ff

Ordinary of Ascensiontide

In the pre-1962 calendar this period was an 'octave', and remnants of the octave can be found in the Office as it now stands.  The rubrics for this period on MD 383* ff.

Lauds: The antiphons are as for Eastertide; the chapter, short responsory, versicle and Benedictus antiphon (note that this is used each day except where displaced by a feast, Sunday etc) are set out at MD 383* ff.

Prime to None: The appropriate antiphons, chapter etc are set out in the psalter.

Vespers: The (single) antiphon is alleluia, as for Eastertide; the chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle and Magnificat antiphon are set out at MD 388*

Friday 10 May – Class IV; SS Gordian and Epimachis, memorial [EF: St Antoninus]

Psalms of Friday with Ordinary of Ascensiontide, MD 383* ff; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [141]-[142]

Saturday 11 May - SS Philip and James, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles for time after Easter with readings for the feast

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and canticle antiphons of the feast, MD [142]-[146], rest from the Common of Apostles in Eastertide, MD (23) ff; at Lauds, festal psalms; at Vespers, commemoration of the Sunday after Ascension, MD 388* ff

Sunday 12 May - Sunday after the Ascension, Class II; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, memorial

Lauds: Festal psalms with three antiphons (alleluia- canticle – alleluia); chapter etc from MD 389* ff; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [146] 

Prime to None: Antiphons, chapter etc from MD 391* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon (Alleluia, etc…); chapter and hymn of Lauds; responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD 393*

Monday 13 May – Class IV; St Robert Bellarmine, memorial

All as for Monday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration, MD [147]

Tuesday 14 May – Class IV; St Pachomius, memorial [EF: Commemoration of St Boniface]

All as for Tuesday in Ascensiontide; collect MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [147]-[148]

Wednesday 15 May – Class IV [EF: St John Baptist de la Salle]

All as for Wednesday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

Thursday 16 May – Class IV [EF: St Ubald]

All as for Thursday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

Friday 17 May – Class IV [EF: St Pascal Babylon]

All as for Friday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

Saturday 18 May - Whitsun Eve (Vigil of the Pentecost), Class I

Lauds to None: All as for Saturday during Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

PENTECOST

I Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393* ff (including psalms of the feast)

Sunday 19 May – Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave

Lauds: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD 396* ff; festal psalms of Sunday
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle of the feast, MD 400*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Vespers: All as for I Vespers, MD 393* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 402*-403*

Monday 20 May - Whit Monday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday, including the psalms, except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Tuesday 21 May - Whit Tuesday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403-4*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Wednesday 22 May – Ember Wednesday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Wednesday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 404-5*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Thursday 23 May - Whit Thursday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Thursday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405*. At Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Friday 24 May - Ember Friday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Friday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405-6*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Saturday 25 May - Ember Saturday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Saturday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to None: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 406-7*; at Terce hymn,Veni Creator

TIME AFTER PENTECOST (THROUGHOUT THE YEAR)

The Ordinary of the Office for time throughout the year is set out n the psalter section of the Diurnal.

I Vespers of the Most Holy Trinity, MD 407* ff

Compline: Marian Antiphon Salve Regina from henceforward

Sunday 26 May - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms, rest of the feast, MD 409 ff

Prime: The Athanasian Creed is said

Vespers: As for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 418*

Monday 27 May – St Bede the Venerable, Class III [**In some places, Our Lady Help of Christians (patroness of Australia and other places), Class I, transferred from May 24]

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday, rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78); collect, MD [150]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [150]

Tuesday 28 May – Class IV [

All as for Tuesday throughout the year; collect for the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

Wednesday 29 May – Class IV

Matins to None: All as for Wednesday throughout the year; collect, MD 418*

I Vespers of Corpus Christi: Psalms and antiphons, etc of the feast, MD 419*

Thursday 30 May - Corpus Christi, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons etc of the feast, MD 427* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle, MD 430*-431*

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD 419* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 431*

Friday 31 May - Class IV

All as for Friday throughout the year; collect for the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*


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