Ordo for June 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

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June 2015

Monday 1 June - Class IV [In some places, Our Lady Help of Christians, Class I, transferred] [EF: St Angela Merici]

All as for Monday throughout the year; collect for the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

*For Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 25** ff

Tuesday 2 June -  Class IV; SS Marcellinus and Peter, memorial [EF: and St Erasmus]

All as for Tuesday throughout the year; collect, MD 418*; for the commemoration, MD [151]

Wednesday 3 June - Class IV

All as for Wednesday throughout the year; collect, MD 418*

I Vespers of Corpus Christi: Psalms and antiphons, etc of the feast, MD 419*

Thursday 4 June - Corpus Christi, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons etc of the feast, MD 427* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle, MD 430-1*

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD 419* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 431*

Friday 5 June - St Boniface, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and Antiphons of Friday with rest from Common of a martyr, MD (32); collect MD [152]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [152]

Saturday 6 June - St Norbert, Class III

Matins: One reading, of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64); collect, MD [152]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [152]

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 432*

Sunday 7 June - Second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Lauds: Psalm scheme 1 (50, 117, 62); Hymn Ecce iam noctis, MD 55; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 461-2*

Prime to None: As for throughout the year on Sunday

Vespers: As throughout the year in the psalter, collect and canticle antiphon, MD 462*

Monday 8 June - Class IV [In some places: Immaculate Heart of Mary]

All as in the psalter for Monday throughout the year; collect, MD 462*

Tuesday 9 June - Class IV; SS Primus and Felician, memorial [**in some places, St Columba]

All as in the psalter for Tuesday throughout the year; collect, MD 462*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [153]

Wednesday 10 June  - Class IV [EF: St Margaret of Scotland]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday throughout the year; collect, MD 462*

Thursday 11 June -  St Barnabas, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Thursday, rest from Common of an Apostle, MD (10); collect, MD [153-4]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [153-4]

I Vespers of the Sacred Heart, MD 432* ff

Friday 12 June – Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and other texts of the feast with festal psalms, MD 439* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons from Lauds, chapter etc, MD 442* ff

Vespers: Antiphons of the feast, MD 443-4* with psalms of I Vespers of Corpus Christi, MD 419*; texts for the Sacred Heart, MD 444*

Saturday 13 June - Saturday of Our Lady; St Anthony of Padua, memorial [EF: Class III; OF: Immaculate Heart of the BVM]

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff; at Matins reading of Saturday 2 in June; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [154]

I Vespers of Third Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*

Sunday 14 June – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 462-3*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 463*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 463*

Monday 15 June  – St Vitus, memorial [EF: also SS Modestus and Crescentia]

Collect, MD 463*; at Lauds for the commemoration, MD [155]

Tuesday 16 June - Class IV

Collect, MD 463*

Wednesday 17 June - Class IV [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo]

Collect, MD 463*

Thursday 18 June - Class IV; St Ephrem Syrus, SS Mark and Marcellianus, memorials [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 463*; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [156-7]

Friday 19 June  - Class IV; St Gervase and Protase, Memorial [EF: St Juliana Falcionieri]

Collect, MD 463*; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [157]

Saturday 20 June -  Saturday of Our Lady [EF: ST Silverius]

Matins to None: At Matins reading of Saturday 3 in June; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*

Sunday 21 June - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; St Aloysius Gonzaga, memorial

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 463-4*; for the commemoration, MD [157-8]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 464*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 464*

Monday 22 June - Class IV [EF: ST Paulinus]

All as in the psalter for Monday throughout the year; collect, MD 464*

Tuesday 23 June - Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class II

Matins: readings and collect of the feast

Lauds to None: All as in the psalter for Tuesday except for the collect, MD [158]

I Vespers of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, MD [159] ff

Wednesday 24 June - Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class I

Lauds:  Festal psalms of Sunday; antiphons etc of the feast, MD [161] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons etc, MD [164-5]

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of Lauds; Psalms from I Vespers of Apostles, MD (2); Magnificat antiphon, MD [165]

Thursday 25 June - Class IV [EF: St William, Class III]

All as in the psalter for Thursday throughout the year; collect, MD 464*

Friday 26 June - Class IV; SS John and Paul, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 464*; for the collect at Lauds, MD [167]

Saturday 27 June - Saturday of Our Lady

Matins to None: At Matins reading of Saturday 4  in June; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 446*

Sunday 28 June - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; Commemoration of the Vigil of SS Peter and Paul

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis ; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 464-5*; commemoration of the vigil, MD [166-7]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 464-5*

Vespers: I Vespers of SS Peter and Paul, MD [167] ff with a commemoration of the Sunday, MD 464-5*

Monday 29 June – SS Peter and Paul, Class I

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories, of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [169] ff with festal psalms;

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds; chapter and versicles of feast; collect MD [171]

Vespers (of the feast): Antiphons and psalms from Common of Apostles, MD (13), Magnificat antiphon MD [173]

Tuesday 30 June -  Commemoration of St Paul, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of the feast, one reading of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [173] ff with festal psalms; note two collects under one ending

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, Chapter etc of the feast; collects as at Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms from common of Apostles, MD (13); rest from MD [178-9]


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