Ordo for August 2015

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 this blog.

 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.

August 2015

Saturday 1 August - Saturday of Our Lady; The Holy Maccabees, memorial

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 1; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [209-10]

I Vespers of First Sunday in August, MD 451* (Canticle antiphon)/Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, collect, MD 470*

Sunday 2 August – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, memorial

Matins: First Sunday in August

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce Iam Lucis; canticle antiphon and collect MD 469-70*; for the commemoratin at Lauds, MD [210]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 470*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 470*

Monday 3 August - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 470*

Tuesday 4 August - St. Dominic, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day; rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78) ff; Collect, MD [211]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [211]

Wednesday 5 August – Class IV; Dedication of the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, memorial  [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 470*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [211-2].

Thursday 6 August - Transfiguration of Our Lord, Class II

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest from MD [212] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [214] ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday, MD 203; antiphons etc, MD [216] ff

Friday 7 August - Class IV; SS Sixtus II, Felicissimus and Agapitus, memorial [EF: St Cajetan]

All as in the psalter, collect MD 470*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [219]

Saturday 8 August – Saturday of Our Lady; St Cyriacus, memorial [EF: St John Mary Vianney; Australia/NZ: St Mary of the Cross]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 2 ; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [219-20]

I Vespers of Second Sunday in August, MD 451* (Canticle antiphon)/Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, MD 471* (collect)

Sunday 9 August – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins:  Sunday 2 of August

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect MD 470-1*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 471*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 471*

Monday 10 August  - St Lawrence, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the feast, MD [221] with festal psalms, MD 44; rest from MD [222-3]

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds with chapter etc, MD [223] ff

Vespers: Antiphons, MD [225] with psalms from the Common of a Martyr, MD (36); rest from MD [225] ff

Tuesday 11 August - Class IV; St. Tiburtius, Memorial

All as in the psalter, collect, MD 471*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [227-8]

Wednesday 12 August  – Class IV; St. Clare, memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 471*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [228]

Thursday 13 August  - Class IV; SS Pontianus and Hippolytus, memorial [EF: SS Hippolytus and Cassian]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 471*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [228-9]

Friday 14 August – Vigil of the Assumption, Class II          

Matins: Three readings for the Vigil

Lauds to None: All as for Friday in the psalter with collect of the Vigil, collect, MD [229]

I Vespers of the Assumption, MD [230] ff

(Note that there is a choice of Office: the ‘new’ Office composed after the formal declaration of the dogma, MD [230] ff, or the older version, MD [238] ff)

Saturday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Lauds: MD [233] ff or MD [241] ff – Festal psalms with texts of the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons and chapters of the feast

Vespers: All as for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon; commemoration of Sunday 3 of August, MD 451-2*/Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, collect, MD 472*

Sunday 16 August - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Readings for  Sunday of August 3

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 471-2*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 472*

Monday 17 August - Class IV [EF: ST Hyacinth]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 472*

Tuesday 18 August - Class IV; St Agapitus, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 472*; for the commemoration, MD [245]

Wednesday 19 August - Class IV [EF: St John Eudes]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 472*

Thursday 20 August - St Bernard, Class III

Matins: One reading, of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from the Common of a Confessor, MD (78) or from MD [246] ff

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect of the feast, MD [245]

Friday 21 August – Class IV; St Bernard Ptolemy, memorial [EF: St Jane Frances de Chantal]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 472*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [249]

Saturday 22 August - Saturday of Our Lady; St Timothy, memorial [EF: Immaculate Heart of the BVM]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [250]

I Vespers of the Sunday 4 of August, MD 452*/Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 472-3*

Sunday 23 August -Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Sunday 4 of August

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 472-3*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect, MD 473*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 473*

Monday 24 August – St Bartholomew, Class II

Matins: Nocturn II & III readings of the feast, rest from the Common of Apostles

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (9) ff except for the collect, MD [250]

Tuesday 25 August  - Class IV [in some places/EF: St Louis]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 473*

*For St Louis, MD 42**

Wednesday 26 August - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Zephyrinus]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 473*

Thursday 27 August - Class IV [EF: St Joseph Calasanctius]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 473*

Friday 28 August – St Augustine of Hippo, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day with rest from the Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64) except for the Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD [251]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [251]

Saturday 29 August - Beheading of St John the Baptist, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD [252] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [254] ff

I Vespers of Sunday 5 of August, MD 452* and Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, collect MD 473-4*

Sunday 30 August - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; SS Felix and Adauctus, memorial [***in some places, St Rose of Lima]

Matins: Sunday 5 of August

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 473-4*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [257]

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 473-4*

For St Rose, see MD 43**

Monday 31 August - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 473-4*

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