Ordo for November 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.

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.



NOVEMBER 2013


Friday 1 November – All Saints, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [331] ff with festal psalms

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts from I Vespers, MD [328]; psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD [328]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [336]

Saturday 2 November – All Souls, Class I

Matins: All as for Office of the Dead except for the readings and responsories

Lauds: Of the Dead, MD (163) with additional prayers set out for the feast, MD [337]

Prime to None:  The usual opening prayers, hymn and antiphon are omitted; see the instructions MD [338] ff

I Vespers of First Sunday of November, MD 459*/Fourth Sunday remaining after Epiphany, MD 484*

Sunday 3 November – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Fourth Sunday remaining after Epiphany), Class II

Matins: First Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 484*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 484*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 484*

Monday 4 November – Class IV; St Charles Borromeo, memorial

Matins: Readings for Monday in the first week of November (note that there are henceforth three readings each day)

Lauds to Compline: All as for Monday in the psalter; collect, MD 484*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [344]-[345]

Tuesday 5 November – Class IV

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 484*

Wednesday 6 November – Class IV

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 484*

Thursday 7 November – Class IV

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 484*

Friday 8 November – Class IV; The Four Crowned, Martyrs, memorial

All as in the psalter for Friday; collect, MD 484*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [345]

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

Lauds to Vespers: See MD [345]; All from the Common for the dedication of a Church, MD (114) ff; at Vespers, make a commemoration of the Sunday: third Sunday of November, MD 460*/collect of the fifth Sunday remaining after Epiphany, MD 485*

Sunday 10 November – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany), Class II; St Theodore, memorial

Matins: Third Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 485*; for the commemoration, MD [346]  

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 485*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 485*

Monday 11 November - St Martin of Tours, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons, readings etc of the feast; psalms from the Common of a Confessor Bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [346] ff with festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (68); proper texts of the feast, MD [350] ff

Tuesday 12 November – Class IV; St Mennas, memorial [EF: St Martin I]

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration, MD [352]-[353]

Wednesday 13 November – All Saints of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Didacus]

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [353] ff with festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and other texts, MD [358], psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD (47)

Thursday 14 November – All Souls of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Josaphat]

All as for All Souls Day, MD [337] ff except for the collects, MD [360] ff:  (note the separate collect for Prime and Compline)

Friday 15 November – Class IV; St Albert the Great, memorial

All as in the psalter for Friday; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration, MD [362-3]

Saturday 16 November – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Gertrude]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 4 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff. 

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of November, MD 460*/Sixth remaining Sunday after Epiphany, MD 486*

Sunday 17 November – Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Sixth Sunday after Epiphany), Class II; St Gertrude, Commemoration (for monasteries of nuns)

Matins: Fourth Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*. (In monasteries of nuns where St Gertrude is Class II, make a commemoration of the saint, MD [366])

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 486*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*

Monday 18 November - Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Class III

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday with the rest from the Common for the Dedication of a Church, MD [371]

Tuesday 19 November - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth]

All as in the psalter for Tuesday; collect, MD 486*

Wednesday 20 November – Class IV [**In some places: St Edmund; EF: St Felix of Valois]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday; collect, MD 486*

For St Edmund see MD 58**

Thursday 21 November – Presentation of the BVM, Class III; Commemoration of St Columba

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from the Common of feasts of the BVM; reading three of the feast

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Thursday; rest from the Common of feasts of the BVM except for the canticle antiphons, collect, and commemoration at Lauds, MD [371] ff

Friday 22 November - St Caecilia, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from the Common of Virgins; reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [373] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast as appropriate, MD [373] ff with psalms of Friday

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn from Lauds, MD [373] ff; psalms from Common of Virgins MD (84); responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD [377]

Saturday 23 November – St Clement I, Class III; St Felicitas, memorial

Matins: Responsories and reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [377] ff with festal psalms of Sunday

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, proper texts of the feast

I Vespers of the Fifth Sunday of November, MD 461*/Twenty-Fourth and Last Sunday after Pentecost, MD 487*

Sunday 24 November – Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Twenty-fourth and last), Class II; St John of the Cross, memorial

Matins: Fifth Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 487*; for the commemoration (note the commemoration of St Chrysogonus is omitted this year), MD [382]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 487*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 487*

Monday 25 November – Class IV; St Catherine, memorial

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [383]-[384]

Tuesday 26 November – Class IV; St Sylvester, memorial

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 487*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [384]

Wednesday 27 November – Class IV

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 487*

Thursday 28 November – Class IV

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 487*

Friday 29 November – Class IV; St Saturinus, memorial [**in some places Blessed Richard, Hugo, John memorial]

All as for Friday in the psalter; collect, MD 487*; for the commemoration, MD [385]

Saturday 30 November - St Andrew, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles; antiphons and readings of the feast, psalms from Common of Apostles

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [2] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast with psalms of Saturday

Vespers: I Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, MD 1*

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater henceforward



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