Giving thanks for the year past: Te Deum Laudamus

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There is a plenary indulgence to be gained if you participate in the public recitation of the Te Deum as thanksgiving on the last day of the year.  If said privately, it is a partial indulgence.  You can find the text here.



Remember too, that there is another plenary indulgence to be gained (under the normal conditions) for the public recitation of the Veni Creator on the first day of January.

Octave of the Nativity (aka Circumcision of Our Lord aka Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God)

New Year's Day is of course the Octave Day of Christmas.

At Matins in the Benedictine Office the readings are as follows:

Nocturn I: Romans 4:1-17
Nocturn II: Sermon of Pope St Leo
Nocturn III: Homily of St Ambrose
Gospel: Luke 2:21

Here are the third Nocturn readings:

(Reading 9): So the Child is circumcised. This is the Child of Whom it is said Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Made under the law to redeem them that were under the law. To present Him to the Lord.  In my Commentary on Isaiah I have already explained what is meant by being presented to the Lord in Jerusalem, and therefore I will not enter into the subject again. He that is circumcised in heart gaineth the protection of God, for the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous.

(Reading 10): Ye will see that as all the ceremonies of the old law were types of realities in the new, so the circumcision of the body signified the cleansing of the heart from the guilt of sin.  But since the body and mind of man remain yet infected with a proneness' to sin, the circumcision of the eighth day is also a type of that complete cleansing from sin which we shall have at the resurrection. This ceremony was also performed in obedience to the commandment of God: Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy unto the Lord. These words were written with especial reference to the delivery of the Blessed Virgin.

(Reading 11): Truly He That opened her womb was holy, for He was altogether without spot, and we may gather that the law was written specially for Him from the words of the Angel That Holy Thing Which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.Among all that are born of women the Lord Jesus Christ stood alone in holiness. Fresh from His immaculate Birth, He felt no contagion from human corruption, and His heavenly Majesty drove it away.

(Reading 12): If we are to follow the letter and say that every male that openeth the womb is holy, how shall we explain that so many have been unrighteous? Was Ahab holy? Were the false prophets holy? Were they holy on whom Elijah justly called down fire from heaven? But He to Whom the sacred commandment of the law of God is mystically directed is the Holy One of Israel; Who also alone hath opened the secret womb of His holy Virgin-bride the Church, filling her with a sinless fruitfulness to give birth to Christian souls.

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity

Giotto: Presentation in the Temple

This Sunday is the Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity.

Matins readings

At Matins in the traditional Benedictine Office the readings are as follows:

Nocturn I: Romans 1:1-19
Nocturn II: Sermon of Pope St Leo
Nocturn III: Homily of St Ambrose
Gospel: Luke 2: 33-40

The Benedictine Office this week in summary

Up until (and including) Wednesday, the Office is of the Octave of Christmas. From Wednesday, the 'Ordinary of nativitytide' is used.

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

Monday 30 December – Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II (First nocturn readings are from a homily of St Ambrose)

Tuesday 31 December – Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; commemoration of St Sylvester I (Readings from a Homily of St Leo)

Wednesday January 1 – Octave of the Nativity, Class I

Thursday January 2 – Class IV [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury] (Readings: Romans 5:1-12)

Friday January 3 - Class IV (Readings: Romans 6:1-18)

Saturday January 4 – Our Lady on Saturday; St Titus, memorial (Romans 7: 1-9; third reading of Our Lady)

St Thomas a Becket


In some countries today is the feast of St Thomas Becket, murdered in 1170 over a dispute over the rights of the Church with King Henry II.

Feast of the Holy Innocents


Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents.  The first Nocturn readings at Matins in the Benedictine Office are from Jeremiah 31: 15-23, while the Gospel is St Matthew 2:13-18.

The Second Nocturn readings are from a sermon of St Caesarius (sometimes ascribed to St Augustine, as it is over at the Divinum Officium website where you can also find the third Nocturn readings by St Jerome):

(Reading 5): Dearly beloved brethren, today we keep the birthday of those children, who, as we are informed by the Gospel, were massacred by the savage King Herod. Therefore let earth rejoice with exceeding joy, for she is the mother of these heavenly soldiers, and of this numerous host. The love of the vile Herod could never have crowned these blessed ones as hath his hatred.

(Reading 6): For the Church testifieth by this holy solemnity, that whereas iniquity did specially abound against these little saints, so much the more were heavenly blessings poured out upon them.Blessed art thou, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, which hast suffered the cruelty of King Herod in the slaughter of thy children; who art found worthy to offer at once to God a whole white-robed army of guileless martyrs!

(Reading 7): Surely, it is well to keep their birthday, even that blessed birthday which gave them from earth to heaven, more blessed than the day that brought them out of their mother's womb. Scarcely had they entered on the life that now is, when they obtained that glorious life which is to come.

(Reading 8): We praise the death of other martyrs because it was the crowning act of an undaunted and persistent testimony; but these were crowned at once. He That maketh an end to this present life, gave to them at its very gates that eternal blessedness which we hope for at its close. They whom the wickedness of Herod tore from their mothers' breasts are rightfully called the flowers of martyrdom; hardly had these buds of the Church shown their heads above the soil, in the winter of unbelief, when the frost of persecution nipped them.

Feast of St John the Evangelist


The readings for today's feast at Matins in the traditional Benedictine Office are as follows:

Nocturn I: First Letter of St John 1:1-10; 2:1-5a
Nocturn II: From St Jerome on Ecclesiastical Writers; Commentary on Galatians
Nocturn III: Homily of St Augustine

All can be found on the Divinum Officium website.  Here are the Second Nocturn readings, arranged as for the Benedictine Office:

(Reading 5): The Apostle John whom Jesus loved was a son of Zebedee, and brother of the Apostle James, who was beheaded by Herod soon after our Lord suffered. He was the last of the Evangelists to write his Gospel, which he published at the request of the Bishops of Asia, against Cerinthus and other heretics, and particularly against the then spreading doctrine of the Ebionites, who asserted that Christ had had no existence before Mary. It was therefore needful for the Evangelist to declare His Eternal and Divine Generation.

(Reading 6):In the fourteenth year after Nero, Domitian stirred up the second persecution, and John was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote his Apocalypse, which hath been explained by Justin the Martyr and Irenaeus.

(Reading 7): When Domitian was killed, the Senate annulled all his acts, on account of his savage cruelty, and the Apostle returned to Ephesus, during the reign of Nerva. He remained at Ephesus until the time of Trajan, and founded and governed all the Churches of Asia. There, in an extreme old age, he died, in the sixty-eighth year after the Lord's passion, and was buried near the city.

(Reading 8):The Blessed Evangelist John lived at Ephesus down to an extreme old age, and, at length, when he was with difficulty carried to the Church, and was not able to exhort the congregation at length, he was used simply to say at each meeting, My little children, love one another. At last the disciples and brethren were weary with hearing these words continually, and asked him, Master, wherefore ever sayest thou this only? Whereto he replied to them, worthy of John, It is the commandment of the Lord, and if this only be done, it is enough.

St Stephen the Protomartyr


Today is the feast of St Stephen, whose story is recorded in Acts 6:1-10; 7: 55-60 (first nocturn readings at Matins).  Here are the second Nocturn readings, from a Sermon of St Fulgenius (from Divinum Officium):

(Reading 5): Yesterday we were celebrating the birth in time of our Eternal King; to-day we celebrate the victory, through suffering, of one of His soldiers. Yesterday our King was pleased to come forth from His royal palace of the Virgin's womb, clothed in a robe of flesh, to visit the world; to-day His soldier, laying aside the tabernacle of the body, entereth in triumph into the heavenly palaces. The One, preserving unchanged that glory of the Godhead which He had before the world was, girded Himself with the form of a servant, and entered the arena of this world to fight sin; the other taketh off the garments of this corruptible body, and entereth into the heavenly mansions, where he will reign for ever. The One cometh down, veiled in flesh; the other goeth up, clothed in a robe of glory, red with blood.

(Reading 6): The One cometh down amid the jubilation of angels; the other goeth up amid the stoning of the Jews. Yesterday the holy angels were singing, Glory to God in the highest; to-day there is joy among them, for they receive Stephen into their company. Yesterday the Lord came forth from the Virgin's womb; to-day His soldier is delivered from the prison of the body.

(Reading 7): Yesterday Christ was for our sakes wrapped in swaddling bands; to - day He girdeth Stephen with a robe of immortality. Yesterday the new-born Christ lay in a narrow manger; to-day Stephen entereth victorious into the boundless heavens. The Lord came down alone that He might raise many up; our King humbled Himself that He might set His soldiers in high places.Why brethren, it behoveth us to consider with what arms Stephen was able, amid all the cruelty of the Jews, to remain more than conqueror, and worthily to attain to so blessed a triumph.

(Reading 8): Stephen, in that struggle which brought him to the crown whereof his name is a prophecy, had for armour the love of God and man, and by it he remained victorious on all hands. The love of God strengthened him against the cruelty of the Jews; and the love of his neighbour made him pray even for his murderers. Through love he rebuked the wandering, that they might be corrected; through love he prayed for them that stoned him, that they might not be punished. By the might of his love he overcame Saul his cruel persecutor; and earned for a comrade in heaven, the very man who had done him to death upon earth.

Happy Christmas!

c12th St Alban's Psalter


The second Nocturn readings at Matins today are from a Sermon of Pope St Leo (from Divinum Officium but divided as in the Benedictine Breviary):

(Reading 5): Dearly beloved brethren, Unto us is born this day a Saviour, Luke ii. 11. Let us rejoice. It would be unlawful to be sad to-day, for today is Life's Birthday; the Birthday of that Life, Which, for us dying creatures, taketh away the sting of death, and bringeth the bright promise of the eternal gladness hereafter. It would be unlawful for any man to refuse to partake in our rejoicing. All men have an equal share in the great cause of our joy, for, since our Lord, Who is the destroyer of sin and of death, findeth that all are bound under the condemnation, He is come to make all free.

(Reading 6): Rejoice, O thou that art holy, thou drawest nearer to thy crown! Rejoice, O thou that art sinful, thy Saviour offereth thee pardon! Rejoice also, O thou Gentile, God calleth thee to life! For the Son of God, when the fulness of the time was come, which had been fixed by the unsearchable counsel of God, took upon Him the nature of man, that He might reconcile that nature to Him Who made it, and so the devil, the inventor of death, is met and beaten in that very flesh which hath been the field of his victory.

(Reading 7): When our Lord entered the field of battle against the devil, He did so with a great and wonderful fairness. Being Himself the Almighty, He laid aside His uncreated Majesty to fight with our cruel enemy in our weak flesh. He brought against him the very shape, the very nature of our mortality, yet without sin. Heb. iv. 15. His birth however was not a birth like other births for no other is born pure, nay, not the little child whose life endureth but a day on the earth. To His birth alone the throes of human passion had not contributed, in His alone no consequence of sin had had -part. For His Mother was chosen a Virgin of the kingly lineage of David, and when she was to grow heavy with the sacred Child, her soul had already conceived Him before her body. She knew the counsel of God announced to her by the Angel, lest the unwonted events should alarm her. The future Mother of God knew what was to be wrought in her by the Holy Ghost, and that her modesty was absolutely safe.

(Reading 8): Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us give thanks to God the Father, through His Son, in the Holy Ghost: Who, for His great love wherewith He loved us, hath had mercy on us and, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, Eph. ii. 4, 5, that in Him we might be a new creature, and a new workmanship. Let us then put off the old man with his deeds (Col. iii. 9); and, having obtained a share in the Sonship of Christ, let us renounce the deeds of the flesh. Learn, O Christian, how great thou art, who hast been made partaker of the Divine nature, 2 Pet. i. 4, and fall not again by corrupt conversation into the beggarly elements above which thou art lifted. Remember Whose Body it is Whereof thou art made a member, and Who is its Head, (1 Cor. vi. 15.) Remember that it is He That hath delivered thee from the power of darkness and hath translated thee into God's light, and God's kingdom, (Col. i. 13.)


Vigil of the Nativity



The Matins readings of the day (on Matthew 1:18-21) are from a Homily of St Jerome (from Divinum Officium):

Reading 1: Why was the Lord conceived of an espoused virgin rather than of a free? First, for the sake of the genealogy of Mary, which we have obtained by that of Joseph. Secondly, because she was thus saved from being stoned by the Jews as an adulteress. Thirdly, that Himself and His mother might have a guardian on their journey into Egypt. To these, Ignatius, the martyr of Antioch, has added a fourth reason namely, that the birth might take place unknown to the devil, who would naturally suppose that Mary had conceived by Joseph.

Reading 2: Before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. She was found, that is, by Joseph, but by no one else. He had already almost an husband's privilege to know all that concerned her. Before they came together. This doth not imply that they ever did come together the Scripture merely showeth the absolute fact that up to this time they had not done so.

Reading 3: Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. If any man be joined to a fornicatress they become one body; and according to the law they that are privy to a crime are thereby guilty. How then can it be that Joseph is described as a just man, at the very time he was compounding the criminality of his espoused? It must have been that he knew her to be pure, and yet understood not the mystery of her pregnancy, but, while he wondered at that which had happened, was willing to hold his peace.

Fourth Sunday of Advent


This Sunday is the fourth in Advent, and the week marks the start of Christmastide (note that there are of course twelve days of Christmas!).

This week in the Benedictine Office

Sunday 22 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins readings:
Nocturn I:  Isaiah 35: 1-10; Is 41:1-4
Nocturn II: Sermon of Pope St Leo
Nocturn III: Homily of St Gregory the Great
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6

Monastic Diurnal (MD): MD 45* ff; at Vespers O Rex gentium MD 36*
Antiphonale Monasticum (AM): AM 226 ff; O Antiphon, AM211

Monday 23 December – Monday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

Matins readings: Is 41:8-16
MD: Antiphons from MD 37*; Ordinary of Advent; Benedictus antiphon (Ecce completa) MD 45*; O Emmanuel, MD 36*
AM: Antiphons AM 212; Benedictus antiphon AM 220; O antiphon, AM 211

Tuesday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

Matins readings: Nocturn I: Homily of St Jerome; Nocturn II: Romans 1:4
MD: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 54* ff
AM: AM 232

CHRISTMASTIDE

I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58* ff ; AM 236ff

Wednesday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a Second Class Octave


Matins readings: Isaiah 9:1-6, 40:1-8; 52:1-6; Sermon  21 of St Leo; Homilies of St Jerome, St Gregory, St Ambrose and St Augustine; Gospel: Mt 1:1-16
 MD 61* ff; AM 240 ff

Thursday 26 December – St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

Matins readings: Acts 6:1-10 & 7:54-60; Sermon of St Fulgentius; Homily of St Jerome; Mt 23:34-39
MD 83* ff; AM 250 ff

Friday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II


Matins readings: I John 1:1-10, 2:1-5; St Jerome on Ecclesiastical writers and commentary on Galatians; Homily of St Augustine; John 21:19-24
MD 90* ff; AM 255ff

 Saturday 28 December - Holy Innocents, Class II


Matins readings: Jeremiah 31:15-23; Sermon of St Caesarii; Homily of St Jerome; Mt 2:15-18
MD 97* ff; AM 260 ff

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

Matins readings: Romans 1:1-19; Sermon of St Leo; Homily of St Ambrose; Luke 2:33-40

MD 77* ff; AM 265 ff

Feast of St Thomas


Today is the feast of the apostle Thomas.

The readings at Matins are:

Nocturn I: Common of Apostles (I Corinthians 4:1-15)
Nocturn II: on the life of the saint (see below) and sermon of St Gregory
Nocturn III: Homily of St Gregory (also at Divinum Officium)
Gospel: John 20: 24-29

On the life of St Thomas:

(Reading 5): The Apostle Thomas, called Didymus, or the Twin, was a Galilean. After the descent of the Holy Ghost, he went into many provinces to preach Christ's Gospel. He gave knowledge of the rules of Christian faith and life to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, and Bactrians. He went last to the East Indies. Here he provoked the anger of one of the idolatrous kings, because the holiness of his life and teaching, and the number of his miracles, drew many after him, and brought them to the love of Christ Jesus. He was therefore condemned, and slain with lances. He crowned the dignity of the Apostleship with the glory of martyrdom, on the Coromandel coast, not far from Madras.

Ember Friday of Advent (December 20)



Today's Gospel is St Luke 1: 39-47.  Here are the Matins readings, by St Ambrose (from Divinum Officium), on it:

Reading 1: When any one asketh another for credence, he is bound to give some reasonable ground. And so the Angel, when he announced to Mary the counsel of God, gave, as a proof, the conception of Elizabeth, then aged and barren, that Mary might perceive, by this example, that with God nothing is impossible. When the holy Virgin had heard it, she arose and went to visit her cousin. She did not go to see if what she had heard was true, because she did not believe God, or because she knew not who the messenger had been, or yet because she doubted the fact adduced in proof. She went joyfully as one who hath received a mercy in answer to his vow goeth to pay the same. She went with devotion, as a godly person goeth to execute a religious duty. She went into the hill country in joyful haste. And is it not something that she went up into the hills? God was already in her womb, and her feeling bore her continually upward. The grace of the Holy Spirit knoweth no slow working.

Reading 2: Godly women will learn from the example of the Mother of God to take a tender care of their kinswomen who are with child. In pursuance of this charity, Mary, who had hitherto remained alone at home, was not deterred by her maidenly shyness from entering on a public journey; she faced for this end the hardships of mountain travelling; and encountered with a sense of duty the weary length of the way. The Virgin left her home, and went into the hill country with haste, unmindful of the trouble, and remembering only the office to which her cousinly love prompted her, in spite of the delicacy of her sex. Maidens will learn from her not to idle about from house to house, to loiter in the streets, nor to take part in conversations in public. Mary, as she was hasteful to pass through the public roads, so was she slow again to enter on them she abode with her cousin about three months.

Reading 3: As the modesty of Mary is a pattern for the imitation of all maidens, so also is her humility. She went to see Elizabeth, like one cousin going to visit another, and as the younger to the elder. Not only did she first go, but she first saluted Elizabeth. Now, the purer a virgin is, the humbler ought she to be. She will know how to submit herself to her elders. She that professeth chastity ought to be a very mistress of humility. Lowly-mindedness is at once the very ground in which devotion groweth, and the first and principal rule of its teaching. In this act of the Virgin then we see the greater going to visit and to succour the lesser Mary to Elizabeth, Christ to John.

Ember Wednesday of Advent (December 18)



Today is Ember Wednesday of Advent, and today in the Office at Matins the readings are a homily of St Ambrose on the Gospel of the day, St Luke 1:26-38 (translation from Divinum Officium):

Reading 1: The mysteries of God are unsearchable, and it is especially declared by a Prophet, that a man can hardly know His counsels. Wisd. ix. 13. Nevertheless, some things have been revealed to us, and we may gather from some of the words and works of the Lord our Saviour, that there was a special purpose of God, in the fact that she who was chosen to be the mother of the Lord was espoused to a man. Why did not the power of the Highest overshadow her before she was so espoused? Perhaps it was lest any might blasphemously say that she had conceived in adultery the Holy One.

Reading 2: And the Angel came in unto her. Let us learn from this Virgin how to bear ourselves, let us learn her modesty, let us learn by her devout utterance, above all let us learn by the holy mystery enacted. It is the part of a maiden to be timid, to avoid the advances of men, and to shrink from men's addresses. Would that our women would learn from the example of modesty here set before us. She upon whom the stare of men had never been fixed was alone in her chamber, and she found herself alone with Angels. There was neither companion nor witness there, that what passed might not be debased in gossip and the Angel saluted her.

Reading 3: The message of God to the Virgin was a mystery, which it was not lawful for the mouth of men, but only of Angels, to utter. For the first time on earth the words are spoken The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee. The holy maiden heareth, and believeth. At length she said Behold the handmaid of the Lord be it unto me according to thy word. Here is an example of lowliness, here is a pattern of true devotion. At the very moment that she is told she is chosen to be the mother of the Lord she at once declareth herself His handmaid. The knowledge that she was mother of God caused in the heart of Mary only an act of humility.


Liturgical Calendar for the Traditional Benedictine Office: Summary

This post provides a calendar according to the rubrics for the 1962-3 Office and general calendar of the Benedictine Order for the 2013-14 liturgical year, starting from the current week.

It sets out the feasts only without notes on the Office, so may be of particular use to those familiar with the rubrics.  More detailed notes on the Office of each day are provided in separate posts covering each month.

A hardcopy of the full 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.

BENEDICTINE LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR 2013-14

Sunday 15 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)
Monday 16 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Eusebius]
Tuesday 17 December – Tuesday in the third week of Advent, Class II
Wednesday 18 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II
Thursday 19 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II
Friday 20 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II
Saturday 21 December – St Thomas, Apostle, Class II; commemoration of Ember Saturday in Advent

Sunday 22 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I
Monday 23 December – Monday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II
Tuesday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I
Wednesday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a Second Class Octave
Thursday 26 December – St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II
Friday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II
Saturday 28 December - Holy Innocents, Class II

Sunday 29 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [in some places, St Thomas Beckett, Class I]
Monday 30 December – Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II
Tuesday 31 December – Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; commemoration of St Sylvester I
Wednesday January 1 – Octave of the Nativity, Class I
Thursday January 2 – Class IV [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury]
Friday January 3 - Class IV
Saturday January 4 – Our Lady on Saturday; St Titus, memorial

Sunday 5 January –  Second Sunday after the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus]
Monday 6 January – Epiphany of Our Lord, Class I
Tuesday 7 January – Class IV
Wednesday 8 January – Class IV
Thursday 9 January – Class IV
Friday 10 January – Class IV; St Paul the First Hermit, memorial
Saturday 11 January – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 2 of Jan) [EF: Commemoration of St Hyginus]

Sunday 12 January - First Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II [EF: Feast of the Holy Family; in some places, St Benedict Biscop]
Monday 13 January -– Commemoration of Our Lord’s Baptism, Class II
Tuesday 14 January – Class IV; St Hilary [EF: Class III] and St Felix, memorials
Wednesday 15 January - Class IV [**In some places, Our Lady of Prompt Succour, Class I; EF: St Paul the First Hermit]
Thursday 16 January – Class IV; St Marcellus I, memorial [EF: Class III]
Friday 17 January - St Anthony, Class III
Saturday 18 January - Saturday of Our Lady  [EF: Commemoration of St Prisca; St Peter's Chair]

Sunday 19 January – Second Sunday after the Epiphany; Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial
Monday 20 January - SS Fabian and Sebastian, Class III
Tuesday 21 January - St Agnes, Class III (Class II for monasteries of nuns) [**in some places, St Meinrad, Class I]
Wednesday 22 January – Class IV; St Vincent, memorial [EF: and St Anastasius;**in some places, St Meinrad]
Thursday 23 January – Class IV; St Emerentiana, memorial [EF: St Raymond Pennafort]
Friday 24 January – Class IV; St Timothy, memorial [EF: Class III]
Saturday 25 January – Conversion of St Paul, Class III

Sunday 26 January –  Third Sunday after Epiphany; St Polycarp, memorial
Monday 27 January – St John Chrysostom, Class III
Tuesday 28 January - Class IV; St Cyril of Alexandria, memorial [EF: St Peter Nolasco]
Wednesday 29 January – Class IV; St Frances de Sales, memorial [EF: Class III]
Thursday 30 January – Class IV [EF: St Martina]
Friday 31 January – Class IV; St John Bosco, memorial
Saturday February 1 - St Ignatius, Class III

Sunday February 2 - Purification of the BVM, Class II
Monday February 3 - Class IV; St Blase, Memorial
Tuesday February 4 - Class IV [EF: ST Andrew Corsini]
Wednesday February 5 – St Agatha, Class III
Thursday February 6 - Class IV [EF: St Titus]
Friday February 7 – St Romuald, Class III
Saturday February 8 - Class IV, Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St John of Matha]

Sunday February 9 - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Class II
Monday February 10 - St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, Class II (Class I for nuns)
Tuesday February 11 - Class IV [EF: Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary]
Wednesday February 12 - Class IV [EF: The Seven Founders of the Servite Order]
Thursday February 13 - Class IV
Friday February 14 - Class IV; St Valentine, memorial [in Europe: SS Cyril and Methodius]
Saturday February 15 - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 3 of Feb) [EF: SS Faustinus and Jovita]

Sunday February 16 - Septuagesima Sunday, Class II
Monday February 17 – Class IV
Tuesday February 18 – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Simeon]
Wednesday February 19 - Class IV
Thursday February 20 - Class IV
Friday February 21 - Class IV
Saturday February 22 - Chair of St Peter, Class III

Sunday February 23 – Sexagesima, Class II;  St Peter Damian, memorial
Monday February 24 - St Matthias, Class II
Tuesday February 25 - Class IV (in some places St Walburga, Class I)
Wednesday February 26 - Class IV
Thursday February 27 - Class IV [EF: St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows]
Friday February 28 - Class IV
Saturday March 1 - Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 1 of March)

Sunday March 2 – Quinquagesima Sunday, Class II
Monday March 3  – Class IV
Tuesday March 4 – Class IV (Shrove Tuesday) [EF: St Casimir]
Wednesday March 5  – Ash Wednesday, Class I
Thursday March 6  – Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Class III; SS Perpetua and Felicitas, memorial
Friday March 7 - Friday after Ash Wednesday, Class III; St Thomas Aquinas, memorial
Saturday March 8 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Class III [EF: St John of God]

Sunday March 9 – First Sunday of Lent, Class I
Monday March 10 - Monday in the first week of Lent, Class III ; The Forty Martyrs, Memorial
Tuesday March 11 – Tuesday in the first week of Lent, Class III
Wednesday March 12  – St Gregory the Great OSB, Class II; Commemoration of Ember Wednesday
Thursday March 13 – Thursday in the first week of Lent, Class III
Friday March 14  – Ember Friday of Lent, Class II
Saturday March 15 – Ember Saturday of Lent, Class II

Sunday March 16  – Second Sunday of Lent, Class I
Monday March 17 – Monday in the second week of Lent, Class III [***in some places, St Patrick, Class I]
Tuesday March 18 – Tuesday in the second week of Lent, Class III; St Cyril, Memorial 
Wednesday March 19 – St Joseph, Class I
Thursday March 20 – Thursday in the second week of Lent, Class III [**in some places, St Cuthbert, memorial]
Friday March 21 – St Benedict, Class I
Saturday March 22 – Saturday in the second week of Lent, Class III [**in some places, St Nicolas of Flue, memorial]

Sunday March 23  – Third Sunday of Lent, Class I
Monday March 24 – Monday in the third week of Lent, Class III [EF: St Gabriel]
Tuesday March 25 - Annunciation of the BVM, Class I
Wednesday March 26 - Wednesday in the third week of Lent, Class III
Thursday March 27 – Thursday in the third week of Lent, Class III; St John Damascene, Memorial
Friday March 28 – Friday in the third week of Lent, Class III [EF: St John of Capistran; Seven Sorrows of BVM]
Saturday March 29 – Saturday in the third week of Lent, Class III

Sunday March 30 – Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday), Class I
Monday March 31 - Monday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III
Tuesday April 1 - Tuesday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III
Wednesday April 2 – Wednesday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III [EF: St Frances of Paula, Memorial]
Thursday April 3 – Thursday in the fourth week of Lent Class III
Friday April 4 – Friday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III; St Isidore, Memorial
Saturday April 5 – Saturday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III [EF: St Vincent Ferrer, Memorial]

Sunday April 6 – First Passion Sunday, Class I
Monday April 7 – Monday in first Passion Week, Class III
Tuesday April 8 – Tuesday in first Passion Week, Class III
Wednesday April 9 – Wednesday in first Passion Week, Class III
Thursday April 10 - Thursday in First Passion week
Friday April 11 – Friday in first Passion Week, Class III; St Leo I, Memorial
Saturday April 12 – Saturday in First Passion Week, Class III

Sunday April 13 – Second Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday, Class I
Monday April 14 – Monday in Holy Week, Class I
Tuesday April 15 - Tuesday in Holy Week, Class I
Wednesday April 16 – Wednesday in Holy Week, Class I
Thursday April 17 – Maundy Thursday, Class I
Friday April 18 – Good Friday, Class I
Saturday April 19 – Holy Saturday, Class I

Sunday April 20  – Easter Sunday, Class I with a Class I Octave
Monday April 21 - Monday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Tuesday April 22 – Tuesday in Octave of Easter, Class I
Wednesday April 23 - Wednesday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Thursday April 24 – Thursday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Friday April 25 – Friday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Saturday April 26 – White Saturday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Sunday April 27 - Low Sunday, Class I 
Monday April 28 – Class IV [EF: St Paul of the Cross]
Tuesday April 29 – SS Odo, Majolus, Odilo and Hugh, Class III [EF: St Peter of Verona]
Wednesday April 30 – Class IV; St Catherine of Siena, Memorial
Thursday May 1 –  St Joseph the Worker, Class I
Friday May 2 – St Athanasius, Class III
Saturday May 3 – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 1 of May); SS Alexander, Eventius And Theodolus, memorial

Sunday May 4 – Second Sunday after Easter, Class II; St Monica, memorial
Monday May 5 - Class IV; St Pius V, memorial
Tuesday May 6 - Class IV
Wednesday May 7 – Class IV [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]
Thursday May 8 – Class IV
Friday May 9 - St Gregory Nazianzen, Class III
Saturday May 10 – Saturday of Our Lady; SS Gordian and Epimachis, memorial [EF: St Antoninus]

Sunday May  11 - Third Sunday after Easter, Class II; Commemoration of SS Philip and James
Monday May 12 - Class IV; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, memorial [EF: and Domitilla]
Tuesday May 13 – Class IV; St Robert Bellarmine, memorial
Wednesday May 14 – Class IV; St Pachomius, memorial [EF: Commemoration of St Boniface]
Thursday May 15 – Class IV [EF: St John Baptist de la Salle]
Friday May 16 – Class IV [EF: St Ubald]
Saturday May 17 – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 3 of May) [EF: St Paschal Baylon]

Sunday May 18 – Fourth Sunday in Eastertide, Class II
Monday May 19 - Class IV; St Peter Celestine, Memorial (EF: Class III) **In Some Places St Dunstan
Tuesday May 20 - Class IV [EF: St Bernardine of Siena]
Wednesday May 21 - Class IV
Thursday May 22 - Class IV
Friday May 23 - Class IV
Saturday May 24 – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 4 of May) [In some places, Our Lady Help of Christians, Class I]

Sunday 25 May – Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II
Monday May 26 – St Augustine OSB, Class III/I [EF: St Philip Neri, Class III]; Rogation Day
Tuesday May 27 - St Bede the Venerable OSB, Class III/I; Rogation Day
Wednesday May 28 - Vigil of the Ascension, Class II; Rogation Day
Thursday May 29 - The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I
Friday May 30 – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi]
Saturday May 31 – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 5)

Sunday 1 June - Sunday after the Ascension, Class II
Monday 2 June -  Class IV; SS Marcellinus and Peter, memorial [EF: and St Erasmus]
Tuesday 3 June - Class IV
Wednesday 4 June - Class IV [EF: St Francis Caracciolo]
Thursday 5 June - St Boniface, Class III
Friday 6 June - St Norbert, Class III
Saturday 7 June - Whitsun Eve (Vigil of the Pentecost), Class I


Sunday 8 June - Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave
Monday 9 June - Whit Monday (Monday within the Octave of Pentecost), Class I
Tuesday 10 June - Whit Tuesday, Class I
Wednesday 11 June – Ember Wednesday, Class I
Thursday 12 June - Whit Thursday, Class I
Friday 13 June - Ember Friday, Class I
Saturday 14 June - Ember Saturday, Class I

Sunday 15 June - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I
Monday 16 June - Class IV
Tuesday 17 June - Class IV [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo]
Wednesday 18 June - Class IV; St Ephrem Syrus, SS Mark and Marcellianus, memorials
Thursday 19 June - Corpus Christi, Class I
Friday 20 June - Class IV [EF: ST Silverius]
Saturday 21 June - Saturday of Our Lady; St Aloysius Gonzaga, memorial [EF: Class III]

Sunday 22 June - Second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II
Monday 23 June - Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class II
Tuesday 24 June - Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class I
Wednesday 25 June - Class IV [EF: St William, Class III]
Thursday 26 June - Class IV; SS John and Paul, memorial
Friday 27 June – Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Class I
Saturday 28 June - Vigil of SS Peter and Paul, Class II

Sunday 29 June – SS Peter and Paul, Class I
Monday 30 June -  Commemoration of St Paul, Class III
Tuesday 1 July - Class IV [EF: Precious Blood]
Wednesday 2 July - Visitation of the BVM, Class II
Thursday 3 July – Class IV; SS Processus and Martinian, memorial [EF: St Irenaeus]
Friday 4 July - Class IV [**in some places, St Procopius]
Saturday 5 July - Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 1 of July) [EF: St Anthony Mary Zaccaria]

Sunday 6 July - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II
Monday 7 July - Class IV [EF: SS Cyril and Methodius]
Tuesday 8 July - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth of Hungary]
Wednesday 9 July - Class IV [***in some places: SS John Fisher, bishop and Thomas More]
Thursday 10 July - Class IV [EF: Seven Holy Brothers and SS Rufina and Secunda]
Friday 11 July – (Translation of the Relics of) St Benedict, Class II (in Europe: Class I) [OF: St Benedict; EF: Commemoration of Pius I]
Saturday 12 July – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 2 July); St John Gualbert, memorial [EF: Class III]

Sunday 13 July - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II
Monday 14 July  - St Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Class III
Tuesday 15 July - Class IV [EF: St Henry, Patron Saint of Benedictine Oblates]
Wednesday 16 July - Class IV [**in some places, Our Lady of Einsiedeln; EF: Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel]
Thursday 17 July – Class IV; St Leo IV, memorial [**in some places, SS Andrew Svoradi and Benedict; EF: Commemoration of St Alexis]
Friday 18 July - Class IV [EF: St Camillus de Lellis]
Saturday 19 July – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 3 of July); St Vincent de Paul, memorial [EF: Class III]

Sunday 20 July – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Class II; SS Jerome Aemiliani, Joseph Calanctius and John Baptist de la Salle, memorial
Monday 21 July - Class IV [EF: St Lawrence Brindisi]
Tuesday 22 July – St Mary Magdalen, Class III
Wednesday 23 July - Class IV; St Apollinaris, Memorial
Thursday 24 July - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Christina]
Friday 25 July - St James, Class II
Saturday 26 July - SS Joachim and Anne, Class III [EF: St Anne]

Sunday 27 July - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II
Monday 28 July – Class IV [EF: SS Nazarius and Celsus; Victor I; Innocent I]
Tuesday 29 July - Class IV;  SS Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, memorial  [EF: St Martha]
Wednesday 30 July - Class IV; SS Abdon and Sennen, memorial
Thursday 31 July - St Ignatius, Class III
Friday 1 August - Class IV; The Holy Maccabees, memorial
Saturday 2 August - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 1 Aug); St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, memorial

Sunday 3 August – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost/First Sunday of August, Class II
Monday 4 August - St. Dominic, Class III
Tuesday 5 August – Class IV; Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, memorial
Wednesday 6 August - Transfiguration of Our Lord, Class II
Thursday 7 August - Class IV; SS Sixtus II, Felicissimus and Agapitus, memorial [EF: St Cajetan]
Friday 8 August – Class IV; St Cyriacus, memorial [EF: St John Mary Vianney]
Saturday 9 August – Vigil of St Lawrence, Class III

Sunday 10 August – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II/Second Sunday of August ; Commemoration of St Lawrence
Monday 11 August - Class IV; St. Tiburtius, Memorial
Tuesday 12 August  – Class IV; St. Clare, memorial
Wednesday 13 August  - Class IV; SS Pontianus and Hippolytus, memorial [EF: SS Hippolytus and Cassian]
Thursday 14 August – Vigil of the Assumption, Class II          
Friday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I
Saturday 16 August - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 3 of Aug)

Sunday 17 August – Tenth Sunday after Pentecos/Third Saturday of August, Class II
Monday 18 August - Class IV; St Agapitus, memorial
Tuesday 19 August - Class IV [EF: St John Eudes]
Wednesday 20 August - St Bernard, Class III
Thursday 21 August – Class IV; St Bernard Ptolemy, memorial [EF: St Jane Frances de Chantal]
Friday 22 August - Class IV; St Timothy, memorial [EF: Immaculate Heart of the BVM]
Saturday 23 August - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 4 of Aug) [EF: St Philip Benizi]

Sunday 24 August – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost/Fourth Sunday of August; Commemoration of St Bartholomew
Monday 25 August  - Class IV [in some places/EF: St Louis]
Tuesday 26 August - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Zephyrinus]
Wednesday 27 August - Class IV [EF: St Joseph Calasanctius]
Thursday 28 August – St Augustine of Hippo, Class III; St Hermes, memorial
Friday 29 August - Beheading of St John the Baptist, Class III
Saturday 30 August – Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 5 of August); SS Felix and Adauctus, memorial [EF/***in some places, St Rose of Lima]

Sunday 31 August - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/Fifth Sunday of August, Class II
Monday 1 September - Class IV [***In some places, St Vibiana; EF: Commemoration of St Giles]
Tuesday 2 September - Class IV [EF: St Stephen]
Wednesday 3 September - St Pius X, Class III [***In some places St Seraphia]
Thursday 4 September - Class IV
Friday 5 September - Class IV [EF: St Laurence Justinian]
Saturday 6 September – Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 1 of Sept)

Sunday 7 September  - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost/First Sunday of September, Class II [**In some places, St Cloud, Confessor, Class I]
Monday 8 September  - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class II [EF: with a commemoration of St Hadrian, Martyr]
Tuesday 9 September - Class IV; St Gorgonius, memorial
Wednesday 10 September – Class IV [EF: St Nicholas of Tolentino]
Thursday 11 September  - Class IV; SS Protus and Hyacinth, memorial
Friday 12 September – Class IV [EF: Most Holy Name of Mary]
Saturday 13 September - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 2 Sept)

Sunday 14 September - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Second Sunday of September, Class II; Commemoration of the Exaltation of Holy Cross
Monday 15  September – The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class III (EF: Class II)
Tuesday 16 September – Class IV; SS Cornelius and Cyprian, memorials
Wednesday 17 September - Class IV; St Hildegard, memorial [EF: Commemoration of the Imprinting of the Stigmata of St Francis; OF: St Hildegard, Solemnity]
Thursday 18 September - Class IV [EF: St Joseph of Cupertio]
Friday 19 September - Class IV [EF: St Januarius and companions]
Saturday 20 September - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 3 Sept) [EF: and commemoration of St Eustace and Companions]

Sunday 21 September - Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Third Sunday of September, Class II ; Commemoration of St Matthew
Monday 22 September - Class IV; St Maurice and Companions, memorial [EF: St Thomas of Villanova]
Tuesday 23 September  - Class IV; St Linus I, memorial
Wednesday 24 September - Ember Wednesday, Class II;  [EF: and Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom]
Thursday 25 September– Class IV
Friday 26 September - Ember Friday, Class II [EF: and Commemoration of SS Cyprian and Justina]
Saturday 27 September  - Ember Saturday, Class II; SS Cosmas and Damian, memorial

Sunday 28 September - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Fourth Sunday of September, Class II
Monday 29 September - Dedication of St Michael the Archangel, Class I
Tuesday 30 September – St Jerome, Class III
Wednesday 1 October - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Remigius]
Thursday 2 October – The Holy Guardian Angels, Class III
Friday 3 October – Class IV; St Teresa of the Child Jesus, memorial [EF: Class III]
Saturday 4 October – St Francis, Class III

Sunday 5 October - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost/First Sunday of October
Monday 6 October  - Class IV; St Bruno, memorial [EF: Class III]
Tuesday 7 October – The Rosary of Blessed Virgin Mary, Class III
Wednesday 8 October - Class IV [EF: St Brigid]
Thursday 9 October - Class IV [EF: St John Leonardi]
Friday 10 October Class IV [EF: St Francis Borgia]
Saturday 11 October - Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 2 of Oct) [F: Maternity of Our Lady]

Sunday 12 October – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Second Sunday of October, Class II
Monday 13 October - Class IV [EF: St Edward]
Tuesday 14 October  - Class IV; St Callistus, memorial [EF: Class III]
Wednesday 15 October St Teresa, Class III
Thursday 16 October – Class IV [***in some places, St Gall; EF: St Hedwig, Class III]
Friday 17 October – Class IV [EF: St Margaret Mary Alacoque]
Saturday 18 October – St Luke, Evangelist, Class II

Sunday 19 October – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Fourth Sunday of October, Class II
Monday 20 October - Class IV [EF: St John Cantius]
Tuesday 21 October – Class IV; St Hilarion, memorial
Wednesday 22 October - Class IV
Thursday 23 October  - Class IV [EF: St Antony Mary Claret]
Friday 24 October - Class IV [EF/***in some places, St Raphael]
Saturday 25 October - Saturday of Our Lady (Sat 5 of October); SS Chrysanthus and Daria, memorial

Sunday 26 October – Feast of Christ the King, Class I
Monday 27 October - Class IV
Tuesday 28 October - SS Simon and Jude, Class II
Wednesday 29 October - Class IV
Thursday 30 October - Class IV
Friday 31 October - Class IV\
Saturday 1 November – All Saints, Class I

Sunday 2 November – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost/First Sunday of November, Class II
Monday 3 November – All Souls, Class I (transferred)
Tuesday 4 November – Class IV; St Charles Borromeo, memorial [EF: Class III]
Wednesday 5 November – Class IV
Thursday 6 November – Class IV
Friday 7 November – Class IV
Saturday 8 November – Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 2 of November); The Four Crowned, Martyrs, memorial

Sunday 9 November – Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost/Third Sunday of November, Class II; Commemoration of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (St John Lateran)
Monday 10 November – Class IV; St Theodore, memorial [EF: St Andrew Avellino]
Tuesday 11 November - St Martin of Tours, Class II
Wednesday 12 November – Class IV; St Mennes, memorial [EF: St Martin I]
Thursday 13 November – All Saints of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Didacus]
Friday 14 November – All Souls of the Benedictine Order, Class II [EF: St Josaphat]
Saturday 15 November – Our Lady on Saturday (Sat 3); St Albert the Great, memorial [EF: Class III]

Sunday 16 November – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost/Fourth Sunday of November, Class II
Monday 17 November - St Gertrude, Class II/III [EF: St Gregory Thaumaturgis]
Tuesday 18 November - Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter and Paul, Class III
Wednesday 19 November - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth]
Thursday 20 November – Class IV [**In some places: St Edmund; EF: St Felix of Valois]
Friday 21 November – Presentation of the BVM, Class III; Commemoration of St Columba
Saturday 22 November - St Caecilia, Class III

Sunday 23 November – Twenty Fourth and last Sunday after Pentecost/Fifth Sunday of November, Class II
Monday 24 November - Class IV;  SS John of the Cross and Chrysogonus, memorials [EF: St John of the Cross]
Tuesday 25 November – Class IV; St Catherine, memorial [EF: Class III]
Wednesday 26 November – Class IV; St Sylvester, memorial [EF: Class III]
Thursday 27 November – Class IV
Friday 28 November – Class IV
Saturday 29 November – Our Lady on Saturday; St Saturinus, memorial [**in some places Blessed Richard, Hugo, John memorial]

Sunday 30 November – First Sunday of Advent, Class I


November 2014

The calendar (Ordo) for the traditional Benedictine Office provided below 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.

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

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

November 2014

Saturday 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, MD [335] ff

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts from I Vespers, MD [328]; psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD [328]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [336]; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 459*/MD 480*

Sunday 2 November – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: First Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 480*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 480*

Monday 3 November – All Souls, Class I (transferred)

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] ff

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

Vespers: As for the Office of the Dead  with collect etc MD [341] ff

Compline: MD [341] ff

Tuesday 4 November – Class IV; St Charles Borromeo, memorial [EF: Class III]

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

Lauds to Compline: All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 480*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [344-45]

Wednesday 5 November – Class IV

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Thursday 6 November – Class IV

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Friday 7 November – Class IV

All as for Friday in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Saturday 8 November – Our Lady on Saturday; The Four Crowned, Martyrs, memorial

Matins to None: At Matins, reading 3 of  Saturday 2 ; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [345]

I Vespers: MD (106)

Sunday 9 November – Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (St John Lateran)

Common of the Dedication of a Church, MD (114)

Monday 10 November – Class IV; St Theodore, memorial [EF: St Andrew Avellino]

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect, MD 481*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [346]

Tuesday 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, MD [349] ff

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

Wednesday 12 November – Class IV; St Mennes, memorial [EF: St Martin I]

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 481*; for the commemoration, MD [352-53]

Thursday 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, MD [356] ff

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

Friday 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)

Saturday 15 November – Our Lady on Saturday; St Albert the Great, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading 3 of Saturday 3; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration, MD [362-3]

I Vespers: Fourth Sunday of November, MD 460*; collect of Twenty-Third Sunday, MD 482*

Sunday 16 November – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins:  Fourth Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 482*; commemoration, MD [344-5]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 482*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 482*

Monday 17 November - St Gertrude, Class II/III [EF: St Gregory Thaumaturgis]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and three readings and responsories of the feast (if Class II, antiphons, readings and responsories of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [363] ff; festal psalms

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, psalms of Monday

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, psalms from the Common of Virgins

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

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday with the rest from the Common for the Dedication of a Church, MD (114); collect, MD [371]

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

All as in the psalter for Wednesday; collect, MD 482*

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

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect, MD 482*

For St Edmund see MD 58**

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

Prime to None: Antiphons and rest as appropriate from the Common of feasts of the BVM with psalms of Friday; collect, MD [371]

Saturday 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 Saturday

I Vespers: Fifth Sunday of November, MD 461*; collect of the last Sunday after Pentecost, MD 487*

Sunday 23 November – Twenty Fourth and last Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins:  Fifth Sunday of November for Nocturns I&II readings

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 487*

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

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 487*

Monday 24 November - Class IV;  SS John of the Cross and Chrysogonus, memorials [EF: St John of the Cross]

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemorations, MD [382]

Tuesday 25 November – Class IV; St Catherine, memorial [EF: Class III]

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

Wednesday 26 November – Class IV; St Sylvester, memorial [EF: Class III]

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

Thursday 27 November – Class IV

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

Friday 28 November – Class IV

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

Saturday 29 November – Our Lady on Saturday; St Saturinus, memorial [**in some places Blessed Richard, Hugo, John memorial]

Matins:  Reading 3 of Saturday 4&5;

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff ; for the commemoration, MD [385]

ADVENT

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

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater henceforward

Sunday 30 November – 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, MD 4* ff with Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 6* ff

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