We change season now, to that pre-Lent season of Septuagesimatide.
The Gospel for the Sunday is the parable of the workers in the vineyard, St Matthew 20:1-16, and you can find the Matins readings on it over at my lectio divina blog..
Getting ready for Lent
This season is traditionally intended to help us phase out of the Christmas season, and into Lent, so its time to start thinking about what book you might read this year by way of spiritual nourishment, what fasting and abstinence regime to adopt, what extra prayers you might say, and any other practices you might adopt for Lent this year by way of a penance.
You can find some notes I've previously written on what St Benedict has to say on the subject here.
The Office during Septuagesimatide
In terms of the Office itself, there are two key changes to take note of.
Firstly, at I Vespers on Saturday the Alleluia is formally 'buried', not to be used again in the Office until the Easter Vigil. This means you need to use the alternative formula in the opening prayers for each hour, and use the antiphons of the season to replace alleluias where they would otherwise be used with the psalms (such as on Sundays, and in the second Nocturn at Matins).
Secondly, at Vespers there is a Magnificat antiphon 'proper' for each day, which you can find in the Monastic Diurnal from page 161* onwards.
In the Benedictine Office (1962 calendar) this week:
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