Ordo for January 2014


This calendar (Ordo) for the traditional Benedictine Office has been prepared accordance with the calendar and rubrics of the Monastic Breviary of 1963 for use by all Benedictine monasteries and oblates attached to them.  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.

Variations from the calendar

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.

While the Benedictine Calendar generally follows the structure of the 1962 Roman Extraordinary Form (EF) Calendar, the monastic calendar, it does differ from it in some respects, and the calendar below generally indicates where there are feasts of the EF calendar that are omitted or celebrated differently in the Benedictine general calendar.

Monastic Diurnal

A number of Catholic and other books are available to say the Benedictine Divine Office in its traditional form and calendar.

These include the two volume 1963 Breviarium Monasticum (out of print), the Antiphonale Monasticum (containing the chants for the day hours and available through the monastery of Le Barroux and elsewhere), and books for the individual hours available through Clear Creek Abbey in the US and on lulu.

The most useful starting point for most people, however, will surely be the Monastic Diurnal (MD) published by Farnborough Abbey.  Originally intended for novices and those religious travelling outside the monastery, it provides the day hours (Lauds to Compline) in a parallel English/Latin text version with translations prepared by monks of that monastery in the first half of the twentieth century. The current edition is essentially the 1963 edition of that book, which carried an imprimatur.  

Accordingly, the calendar provided here provides page references to the MD, and instructions on how to say the Benedictine Office using that book can also be found on the blog (see the right hand sidebar). Please 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.

Key to abbreviations

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

Hardcopy and emails of the Ordo

A hardcopy of the Ordo for the year can be obtained by visiting the files section of the BenOfficeHelp Yahoo Group.

Alternatively, weekly emails of the Ordo can be obtained by subscribing to the Traditional Benedictine Spirituality Yahoo Group.

 If you have comments, questions or corrections to offer, please use the comment function on the blog or  contact the author at australiaincognita@gmail.com.

JANUARY 2014

Wednesday January 1 – 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* ff, 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 Terce, Sext and None, the antiphons is as for throughout the year; the chapter and versicle are particular to Nativitytide (set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal, as well as at MD 122*-123*.

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

Thursday January 2 – Class IV [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury]

Matins: Readings for 2 January

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons for Thursday throughout the year; chapter, responsory, hymn, Benedictus antiphon and collect for the Nativity, MD 120-22*

Prime: All as for Thursday ‘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 122-23*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms for Thursday with chapter, responsory, hymn and Magnificat antiphon for Nativitytide, MD 123-25*

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Friday January 3 - Class IV

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

Saturday January 4 Our Lady on Saturday; St Titus, memorial

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, MD (133) ff.  At Matins, reading 3 is of Saturday 1 of January; at Lauds for the commemoration, MD 125-26*

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after the Nativity: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday, MD 249; rest from MD 113 -15*

Sunday 5 January –  Second Sunday after the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus]

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons 50, 117, 62 etc as in the psalter; rest, MD 116* ff

Prime to None: MD 118*-119*

EPIPHANYTIDE

I Vespers of the Epiphany: MD 126* ff: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn for the feast with Sunday psalms, MD 203 ff; a commemoration of the Sunday, MD 119*

Monday 6 January – Epiphany of Our Lord, Class I

Matins: Of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129* ff, 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 132-33* 

Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, as at I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon from MD 133*

Tuesday 7 January – Class IV

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

Wednesday 8 January – Class IV

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

Thursday 9 January – Class IV

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

Friday 10 JanuaryClass IV; St Paul the First Hermit, memorial

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Friday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day V, MD 136*; collect MD 136*; for the commemoration, MD [23]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide

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

Saturday 11 January – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: Commemoration of St Hyginus]

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)

I Vespers of Sunday after Epiphany - MD 140*ff

Sunday 12 January - First Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II [EF: Feast of the Holy Family; in some places, St Benedict Biscop]

For feast of the Holy Family, MD 3** ff

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; chapter etc, MD 142* ff;
Prime to Vespers: Antiphons etc from MD 144* ff

**St Benedict, MD 10-11**

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

Matins:  Nocturn 1 readings for the Monday after the First Sunday; rest of the feast

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

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 129*

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 132*-133* and collect, MD 140*

Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, as at I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon from MD 133*; collect, MD 140*

TIME THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Tuesday 14 January – Class IV; St Hilary [EF: Class III] and St Felix, memorials

All as for Tuesday throughout the year; collect MD 142*; for the commemorations, MD [24-5]

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

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

For Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MD 11-16**

Thursday 16 January – Class IV; St Marcellus I, memorial [EF: Class III]

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

Friday 17 January - St Anthony, Class III

Matins: Reading 3 of the feast

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

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

Saturday 18 January - Saturday of Our Lady  [EF: Commemoration of St Prisca; St Peter's Chair]

Matins: Saturday 3 of January

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady on Saturday after Christmas, MD (133) ff

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

Sunday 19 January – Second Sunday after the Epiphany; Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphons from MD 146-7*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [26]

Terce to None: All as in the psalter for Sunday, collect MD 147*

Vespers: As in the psalter with canticle antiphon, MD 147*

Monday 20 January - SS Fabian and Sebastian, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day; rest from common of many martyrs, MD (43); collect MD [27]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [27]

Tuesday 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, 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 Tuesday

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

Vespers: MD [31] ff

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

Wednesday 22 January – Class IV; St Vincent, memorial [EF: and St Anastasius;**in some places, St Meinrad]

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

For St Meinrad, Class II, MD 20**

Thursday 23 January – Class IV; St Emerentiana, memorial [EF: St Raymond Pennafort]

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

Friday 24 January – Class IV; St Timothy, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as for Friday throughout the year, with the collect, MD 147*; at Lauds, for the commemoration MD [35–6]

Saturday 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: I Vespers of Sunday, MD 147-48*

Sunday 26 January –  Third Sunday after Epiphany; St Polycarp, memorial

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphon from MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [42-3]

Prime to None: All as in the psalter for Sunday, collect MD 148*

Vespers: As in the psalter with canticle antiphon, MD 149*

Monday 27 January – St John Chrysostom, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64), collect and Magnificat antiphon, MD [43]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [43]

Tuesday 28 January - Class IV; St Cyril of Alexandria, memorial [EF: St Peter Nolasco]

All as in the psalter for Tuesday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [44]

Wednesday 29 January – Class IV; St Frances de Sales, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration, MD [44–5]

**As Class I, see MD 21**

Thursday 30 January – Class IV [EF: St Martina]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect, MD 148*

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

All as in the psalter for Friday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [45–46]


3 comments:

Ron said...

​​Regarding the instructions for last evening's Vespers (1/12/14), the ordo says:

For feast of the Holy Family, MD 3** ff

Prime to Vespers: Antiphons etc from MD 144* ff

The proper says to use the psalms from the Common of the BVM yet the pages above say to use Sunday's psalms. Which should it have been? Thank you and God bless!

Kate Edwards said...

Ron - Consistent with the heading for that date, the instructions I've given are, as always, for the First Sunday after Epiphany, which is what the General Benedictine Calendar prescribes. For that Sunday the Vespers psalms are for the Sunday as noted.

The reference to the feast, which is I presume where you are looking at the reference to the Common of the BVM, is just to point you to the correct page and instructions for it if you are not following the standard calendar.

Ron said...

Makes sense now. Thank you!