SS Felix and Adauctus/in some places, St Rose of Lima (Aug 30)


The Glorification of Felix and Adauctus
Carlo Innocenzo Carlone
 From the martyrology:

"The feast of St. Rose of St. Mary, virgin, whose birthday is the 26th of this month.

At Rome, on the Ostian road, the martyrdom of the blessed priest Felix, under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. After being racked he was sentenced to death, and as they led him to execution, he met a man who spontaneously declared himself a Christian, and was forthwith beheaded with him. The Christians not knowing his name, called him Adauctus, because he was added to St. Felix and shared his crown."

St Augustine of Hippo (Aug 28)



Today is the feast of St Augustine in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, as well as the Benedictine 1962 calendar.

From the martyrology:

"At Hippo Regius, in Africa, the birthday of St. Augustine, bishop and famous Doctor of the Church. Converted and baptized by the blessed bishop Ambrose, he defended the Catholic faith with the greatest zeal against the Manicheans and other heretics, and after having sustained many other labors for the Church of God, he went to his reward in heaven. His relics, owing to the invasion of barbarians, were first brought from his own city into Sardinia, and afterwards taken by Luitprand, king of the Lombards, to Pavia, where they were deposited with due honors. "

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (EF/Benedictine 1962)/21st Sunday in Ordinary Time


At I Vespers (for the fourth Sunday of August) the Magnificat antiphon in the Benedictine Office alludes to the readings from the first chapter of Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), set for Matins on Sunday.

The Gospel this Sunday in the Extraordinary Form/Benedictine 1962 calendar, alluded to in the antiphons for the Benedictus and Magnificat, is from St Luke 9, Our Lord cures ten lepers.

In the Ordinary Form the Gospel is St John 6:60-69, the continuation of the bread of life discourse.

St Bartholomew (Aug 24)


From the martyrology:

"The Apostle St. Bartholomew, who preached the Gospel of Christ in India. He passed thence into the Greater Armenia, where, after converting many to the faith, he was flayed alive by the barbarians, and beheaded by order of king Astyages, and thus he terminated his martyrdom. His sacred body was first carried to the island of Lipara, then to Benevento, and finally to Rome in the island of the Tiber, where it is venerated by the pious faithful."

The calling of St Bartholomew (aka Nathaniel) is chronciled in St John's Gospel.

Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History states that after the Ascension, Bartholomew went on a missionary tour to India, where he left behind a copy of the Gospel of Matthew. Other traditions record him as serving as a missionary in Ethiopia, Mesopotamia, Parthia, and Lycaonia.  He is also credited, along with his fellow apostle Jude, with having brought Christianity to Armenia.

St Timothy (Benedictine)/Immaculate Heart of Mary (EF)/Queenship of the BVM - Aug 22



Jacopo di Montepulciano, c1340
 From the martyrology:

"At Rome, on the Ostian road, the birthday of the holy martyr Timothy. After he had been arrested by Tarquinius, prefect of the city, and kept for a long time in prison, as he refused to sacrifice to the idols, he was scourged three times, subjected to the most severe torments, and finally beheaded."

St Timothy was martyred in 311.

St Bernard Ptolemy OSB/ St Jane Frances de Chantal (EF)/St Pius X (OF) - Aug 21


From the martyrology:

"At Siena, in Tuscany, blessed Bernard Ptolemy, abbot and founder of the Congregation of Olivetans."

and

"At Annecy, in Savoy, the festival of St. Jane Frances Fremiot de Chantal, foundress of the Order of Nuns of the Visitation of St. Mary, who is commemorated on the 13th of December."

St Bernard of Clairvaux (Aug 20), Class III/OF Memorial

From the martyrology:

"In the territory of Langres, the demise of St. Bernard, first abbot of Clairvaux, illustrious for virtues, learning, and miracles. He was declared Doctor of the universal church by the Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VIII. "

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


This Sunday's Gospel in the Extraordinary Form is the Parable of the Good Samaritan, from St Luke 10.  The Magnificat antiphon at I Vespers signals the start of the reading of the Book of Wisdom at Matins on Sunday.

In the Ordinary Form the Gospel is St John 6:51-58, 'I am the living bread' (but stopping just short of the verses on 'hard sayings'!

St Agapitus, Memorial (Aug 18)


St Agapitus was martyred at the age of 15 for being a Christian around 267 AD.

St Hyacinth (EF), Aug 17


St Hyacinth (1185-1257) was a Dominican from Poland.

Educated in Paris and Bologna, he started out as a secular priest, but while in Rome he witnessed a miracle performed by Saint Dominic, and thereafter received the habit from him.

"One of his miracles is connected with a Mongol attack on a monastery in Kiev. Hyacinth was about to save a monstrance (or possibly a ciborium, it is unknown exactly which one) containing the Blessed Sacrament when he heard the voice of the Blessed Virgin Mary asking him to take her too. So he decided to take also the statue of the Holy Virgin. Despite the fact that it weighed far more than he could normally lift, it became miraculously weightless. Thus he saved both the Blessed Sacrament and the statue of Our Lady."

Assumption of the BVM (Aug 15)

St Maximilian Kolbe (OF)/Vigil of the Assumption (EF/Benedictine), Aug 14


Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz, in 1939.  You can read more about his inspiring life here.

Today is also the Vigil of the Assumption in the traditional calendar.




SS Pontianus, Pope and Hippolytus, Martyrs, Memorial (August 13)


Pope Pontian
Today we celebrate the feasts of both a Pope and his rival anti-Pope, happily reconciled in the end.

Both were deported to the Sardinian salt mines, and died after harsh treatment there.  Pope St Pontian resigned in 235 in order to allow a successor to be elected in his stead.

The legend for St Hipppolytus however is more colourful, as the martyrology relates:

"At Rome, blessed Hippolytus, martyr, who gloriously confessed the faith, under the emperor Valerian. After enduring other torments, he was tied by the feet to the necks of wild horses, and being cruelly dragged through briars and brambles, and having all his body lacerated, he yielded up his spirit. On the same day, suffered also blessed Concordia, his nurse, who being scourged in his presence with leaded whips, went to our Lord; and nineteen others of his house, who were beheaded beyond the Tiburtine gate, and buried with him in the Veran field."

Ordo for December 2012



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.

A PDF file of this Ordo can be obtained here.


Saturday 1 December – Our Lady on Saturday [**in some places Blessed Richard, Hugo, John, abbots and companions, martyrs, memorial]

Matins: Reading 1 for Saturday 1 in December

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff

For Blessed Richard et al: MD 1**

ADVENT

I Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent MD 1* ff (note: Antiphons and texts for first Sunday of Advent, with psalms of Saturday)

Compline: Marian antiphon is Alma Redemptoris Mater

Sunday 2 December – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons and readings of Sunday I in Advent

Lauds: Proper antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn etc from MD 4* ff; psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime: Antiphon, MD 6*

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 7* ff

Vespers: Proper texts as for I Vespers, MD 1* except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 8*; with psalms of Sunday

Ordinary of the Office in Advent up to 17 December

The Ordinary for the Office in Advent is set out in the Monastic Diurnal at 8-17*.

In general, Sundays in Advent are all first class, with their own proper antiphons and proper texts (chapter etc).  The Lauds antiphons are used from I Vespers of Saturday until II Vespers, using the normal principles (that is, the fourth antiphon is omitted at Vespers; the first antiphon is used at Prime, the second at Terce, etc, skipping the fourth as usual). These antiphons are then used for the minor hours throughout that week (MD 13*ff puts them together to make it easier to find the right antiphon for the relevant hour).

The ordinary days of Advent are of the third class. As usual, the collects are from the previous Sunday (with the exception of the Ember days in week three of Advent, which have their own particular collects).

On days when a feast is celebrated (such as the Immaculate Conception) a commemoration of Advent (canticle antiphon, versicle and collect, said after the collect of the feast) is always made at both Lauds and Vespers. 

Lauds and Vespers: Have canticle antiphons set for each day.  Note also that the chapter, hymn, responsory etc are from the Ordinary of Advent (MD 9*;15*);

Prime to None: Have antiphons for each week of Advent, set out at MD 13* ff.  At Terce to None, the chapter and versicle are for the season, also set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal.

Monday 3 December – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Francis Xavier, Confessor, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration, MD [9]

Prime: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphons for Advent wk I, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*

For St Francis Xavier as a Class I feast, see MD 1**

Tuesday 4 December – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Peter Chrysologus, Class III; St Barbara, memorial]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphons for Advent wk I, MD 13*ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Wednesday 5 December – Wednesday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Sabbas, Memorial]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Wednesday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphons for Advent wk I, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Wednesday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Thursday 6 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Nicholas, Memorial [EF: Class III]
 Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Thursday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration, MD [9-10]

 Prime: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphon for Advent wk I, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Thursday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 18*; collect, MD 11*

Friday 7 December – St Ambrose, Class III

Matins: Third reading of the feast; Chapter verse for a Confessor Bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Friday in Advent; chapter etc from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64); collect, MD [10]; commemoration of the feria, MD 11*&19*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts from Common of a Confessor Bishop with psalms of Friday, collect MD [10]

I Vespers of the Immaculate Conception, MD [11] ff , with a commemoration of the feria, versicle MD 17*, collect MD 11*, canticle antiphon MD 19*

Saturday 8 December – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest from MD [13] ff.  For the commemoration of the feria: versicle, MD 11*; canticle antiphon, MD 19*; collect, MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast

Vespers: Psalms of I Vespers of the BVM, MD (119); antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [11] ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD [17]. Commemoration of the Sunday,  MD 21-22*

Sunday 9 December – Second Sunday of Advent, Class I

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 22* ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers of Advent II, MD 19* except for canticle antiphon, MD 26* with Sunday psalms

Monday 10 December – Monday in the second week of Advent, Class III [**in some places, Blessed Mark Barkworth, John Roberts and companions, martyrs, memorial]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 26-7*; collect, MD 11*
Prime: Antiphon for week II, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphons of Advent wk II, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Tuesday 11 December - Tuesday in the second week of Advent, Class III; St Damasus I, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration, MD [17-18]

Prime: Antiphon for week II, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphons of Advent wk II, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Wednesday 12 December – Wednesday in the second week of Advent, Class III [**In some places, Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

Psalms of Wednesday with Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None, antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 27*

[For Our Lady of Guadeloupe, use Common of the BVM, MD (119)]

Thursday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18] ff, with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 11*/18*

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds; chapter etc of the feast as appropriate; psalms of Thursday

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds, psalms, chapter, responsory and hymn from Common of Virgins, MD (84); commemoration of the feria, MD 17*/11*/27*

Friday 14 December Friday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Psalms of Friday with Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None, antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 28*

Saturday 15 December - Saturday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Psalms of Saturday with Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphon MD 28*

I Vespers of Third Sunday in Advent, MD 28* ff

Sunday 16 December – Third Sunday in Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 31*ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62); collect (except at Prime), MD 11* or MD 31* or MD 33*

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 28* except for canticle antiphon, MD 35* with Sunday psalms

Office in Advent between December 17 and 23

The days between December 17 and 23 are Class II ferias, and reflecting this, the liturgy intensifies.

Lauds to Vespers: A set of antiphons for the psalms each day of the week are used, set out at MD 37* ff

Lauds: Note that a couple of the Benedictus antiphons are said on specific dates (see MD 41*).

Vespers: The 'O Antiphons' (MD 35*) are sung with the Magnificat, displacing the Magnificat antiphon that would otherwise be said on these days (in the third week of Advent). 

Monday 17 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Psalms of Monday with antiphons of the day, MD 37*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 41-2*; Collect (Sunday III), MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Monday, MD 37*

Terce to None: Psalms of Monday with antiphons, MD 37*; texts of Advent, MD 14*ff; collect MD 11*

Vespers: Psalms of Monday with Antiphons, MD 37* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia MD 35*

Tuesday 18 December – Tuesday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Psalms of Tuesday with antiphons of the day, MD 37-8*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 42*; Collect (Sunday III), MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Tuesday, MD 37*

Terce to None: Psalms of Tuesday with antiphons, MD 38*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect MD 11*

Vespers: Psalms for throughout the week with antiphons, MD 37-8* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Adonai, MD 35*

Wednesday 19 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Psalms of Wednesday with antiphons of the day, MD 38-9*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9*ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 42*; Collect MD 42-3*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Wednesday, MD 38*

Terce to None:  Psalms for throughout the week with antiphons, MD 38-9*; texts of Advent, MD 14*ff; collect MD 42-3*

Vespers: Psalms of Wednesday with Antiphons, MD 38-9* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O radix Jesse, MD 36*; collect MD 42-3*

Thursday 20 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Psalms of Thursday with antiphons of the day, MD 39*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 43*; Collect (Sunday III), MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Thursday, MD 39*

Terce to None: Psalms for throughout the week with antiphons, MD 39*; texts of Advent, MD 14*ff; collect MD 11*

Vespers: Psalms of Thursday with Antiphons, MD 39* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O clavis David MD 36*

Friday 21 December – St Thomas, Apostle, Class II; commemoration of Ember Friday in Advent

MD [22] ff : All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (9), except for the Canticle antiphons for the Benedictus and Magnificat, MD [22] and collect, MD [23].

At Lauds, commemoration of the feria: versicle, MD 11*, Nolite timere, MD 43*, collect MD 44*

At Vespers, commemoration of the feria, versicle, MD 17*, O Oriens, MD 36*, collect MD 44*

Saturday 22 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

Lauds: Psalms of Saturday with antiphons of the day, MD 40*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect MD 45*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Saturday, MD 40*

Terce to None: Psalms for throughout the week with antiphons, MD 40*; texts of Advent, MD 14*ff; collect MD 45*

I Vespers for the fourth Sunday of Advent, MD 45*ff; O Antiphon for the Magnificat, O Rex gentium, MD 36*

Sunday 23 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 48* ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 45* except for O Antiphon for Magnificat, O Emmanuel MD 36*

Monday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings of the feast; antiphons and psalms of Monday; readings of the feast.

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday, MD 44 with antiphons and proper texts, MD 54* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 54* with Monday psalms

Terce to None: Monday psalms with antiphons and texts, MD 57*ff

CHRISTMASTIDE - NATIVITY

I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58*ff (Sunday psalms with antiphons and texts from MD 58*ff)

Tuesday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a II Class Octave

All of the feast; MD 61*ff

Matins: Of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, festal psalms, MD 61* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 64* ff

Vespers: Antiphons, psalms and proper texts, MD 65* ff

Wednesday 26 December – St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

Matins: Common of martyrs except for the Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 83*ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, MD 83* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD87* ff

Thursday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 90*ff

Prime to None: Antiphons MD 90* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD 94* ff

Friday 28 December - Holy Innocents, Martyrs, Class II

Matins: Common of several martyrs, except for the invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 97*ff

Prime to None: Antiphons MD 97* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD101* ff

Saturday 29 December – Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [in some places, St Thomas Beckett, Class I]

See MD 103*:
Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity; two nocturns with 3 readings of the day.

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, festal psalms, MD 61* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 64* ff

Vespers: antiphons and psalms of the Nativity, MD 65*; chapter, short responsory etc of the Sunday, MD 75*ff

Sunday 30 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II

Matins: as for the Nativity except for the readings and responsories

Lauds to None: MD 77* ff

Vespers of the Nativity, Magnificat antiphon MD 82*

Monday 31 December – Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; commemoration of St Sylvester I

See MD 103*:
Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day.

Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61*ff; for the commemoration, MD 103*-4*

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of Nativity

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104*ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (August 12)/Nineteenth in Ordinary Time



The Gospel in the Extraordinary Form this Sunday, reflected in the canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, is St Mark 7:31-37, Jesus heals the deaf and dumb man.

The first Nocturn readings at Matins for the second Sunday of August, are from Ecclesiastes Chapter 1.   The Magnificat antiphon for I Vespers, however, comes from Sirach 24:4.

In the Ordinary Form the Gospel is St John 6:35-51 ('I am the bread of life').

St Clare (August 11, OF); St Tibertius, memorial; St Susanna




From the martyrology:

"At Assisi in Umbria, the birthday of St. Clare, virgin, the first of the Poor Ladies of the Order of Friars Minor. Being celebrated for holiness of life and miracles, she was placed among the holy virgins by Pope Alexander IV...

At Rome, between the two laurels situation about three miles from the city, the birthday of St. Tiburtius, martyr, under the judge Fabian, in the persecution of Diocletian. After he had walked barefooted on burning coals and confessed Christ with increased constancy, he was put to the sword."

In the Extraordinary Form:

"Also at Rome, the holy virgin Susanna, a woman of noble race, and niece of the blessed Pontiff Caius. She merited the palm of martyrdom by being beheaded in the time of Diocletian."

Feast of St Lawrence (August 10)


Fra Angelico 1447-50
From the martyrology:

"At Rome, on the Tiburtine Way, the birthday of the blessed archdeacon Lawrence, martyred during the persecution of Valerian. After much suffering from imprisonment, from scourging with whips set with iron or lead, from hot metal plates, he at last completed his martyrdom by being slowly consumed on an iron instrument made in the form of a gridiron. His body was buried by blessed Hippolytus and the priest Justin in the cemetery of Cyriaca, in the Agro Verano."

SS Sixtus II, Felicissimus and Agapitus, memorial (August 7)



From the martyrology (for August 6):


"At Rome, on the Appian Way, in the cemetery of Callistus, the birthday of blessed Sixtus II, pope and martyr, who received the crown of martyrdom in the persecution of Valerian by being put to the sword. Also, the holy martyrs Felicissimus and Agapitus, deacons of blessed Sixtus; Januarius, Magnus, Vincent, and Stephen, subdeacons, all of whom were beheaded with him and buried in the cemetery of Praetextatus. With them suffered also blessed Quartus, as is related by St. Cyprian."

Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6)

Raphael
From the martyrology:

"On Mount Tabor, the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ."


Tenth Sunday after Pentecost/18th in Ordinary Time


The Sunday canticle antiphons refer to this Sunday's Gospel in the Extraordinary Form, from St Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the pharisee and the publican.

The first Magnificat antiphon for I Vespers refers to the First Nocturn readings for the first Sunday of August, which are from Chapter 1 of the Book of Proverbs.

St Dominic (August 4)



From the martyrology:

"St. Dominic, confessor, founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, who on the sixth day of this month rested in peace."

You can read more about the saint here.

Also today:
 
"In the village of Ars, in the diocese of Belley, France, the birthday of St. John Baptist-Mary Vianney, priest and confessor, renowned for his devotion as a parish priest.  Pope Pius XI placed him in the number of the saints, ordered that his feast should be observed on the 9th day of this month, and appointed him as the heavenly patron of all parish priests."
 
And

"At Rome, St. Perpetua, who was baptized by the blessed apostle Peter. She converted to the faith her son Nazarius and her husband Africanus, buried the remains of many holy martyrs, and finally went to our Lord endowed with an abundance of merit."

St Lydia (August 3)

From the martyrology:

"At Philippi in Macedonia, St. Lydia, a dealer in purple, who was the first to believe in the Gospel when the apostle St. Paul preached in that city, as is related by St. Luke in the Acts of the Apostles..."

"At Naples in Campania, St. Aspren, bishop, who was cured of a sickness by the apostle St. Peter, and after being baptized, was made bishop of that city..."

"Among the Indians, bordering on Persia, the martyrdom of holy monks and other Christians who were put to death after suffering diverse torments, during the persecution of the Church of God by King Abenner."

St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori (August 2)



From the martyrology:

"At Nocera dei Pagani in Campani...St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, founder of the Congregation of our most Holy Redeemer, bishop of Santa Agata dei Goti, and confessor. Noted for his zeal for souls, his writings, and his example, Pope Gregory XVI added him to the canon of saints, and Pius IX declared him to be a doctor of the Universal Church. Pius XII established him as heavenly patron of all moral theologians and of those who hear Confession...founder of the Congregation of our most Holy Redeemer, bishop of Santa Agata dei Goti..."

You can read more about the saint here.

The Holy Maccabees (August 1)


Stattler, 1842
From the martyrology:

"At Antioch, the martyrdom of the seven brothers, the holy Machabees, martyrs, and their mother, who suffered under King Antiochus Epiphanes. Their relics were transferred to Rome, and placed in the church or St. Peter in Chains."

Today is also the anniversary of the dedication of that Church.