Ordo for May 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

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MAY 2015

 Friday May 1 –  St Joseph the Worker, Class I

Note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff:

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast

Saturday May 2 – St Athanasius, Class III

Lauds: Psalms of Saturday, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [138] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [138]

I Vespers of Fourth Sunday in Eastertide: MD 367*ff

Sunday May 3 – Fourth Sunday after Easter, Class II; SS Alexander, Eventius and Theodolus, memorial

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 368* ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138-9]

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide; chapter verse, versicle and collect from MD 368* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn from MD 354*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 370*

Monday May 4 - Class IV; St Monica, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter in Eastertide; collect, MD 368*; canticle antiphons, MD 370*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [139-40]

Tuesday May 5 - Class IV; St Pius V, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter in Eastertide; collect, MD 368*; canticle antiphons, MD 370*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [140] 

Wednesday May 6 - Class IV

All as in the psalter in Eastertide; collect, MD 368*; canticle antiphons, MD 371*

Thursday May 7 – Class IV [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]

All as in the psalter in Eastertide; collect, MD 368*; canticle antiphons, MD 371*

Friday May 8 – Class IV

All as in the psalter in Eastertide; collect, MD 368*; canticle antiphons, MD 371-2*

Saturday May 9 - St Gregory Nazianzen, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of Saturday, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [141] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [141]

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Easter, MD 372* ff

Sunday May 10 – Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II; SS Gordian and Epimachis, memorial [EF: St Antonius]

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 373* ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [141-2]

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter for Sunday

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle and collect, MD 373* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn, MD 354*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 375*

Monday May  11  - SS Philip and James; Rogation Day

Matins: Common of Apostles for time after Easter with readings for the feast.

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and canticle antiphons of the feast, MD [142-6], rest from the Common of Apostles in Eastertide, MD (23) ff .  At Lauds and Vespers, festal psalms.

Tuesday May 12 - Class IV; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, memorial; Rogation Day [EF: Class III, and Domitilla]

All as in the psalter for Eastertide; canticle antiphons MD 375-6*, collect, MD 372-3*; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [146] 

Wednesday May 13 Vigil of the Ascension, Class II; St Robert Bellarmine, memorial; Rogation Day

Lauds to None: all as for ordinary of Paschaltide; collect, MD 372-3*; Benedictus antiphon MD 376*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [147]

ASCENSIONTIDE

I Vespers of the Ascension, see MD 376* ff

Thursday May 14  - The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms with proper antiphons and texts of the feast, MD 379* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast
Vespers: as for I Vespers, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 383*

Ordinary of Ascensiontide

In the pre-1962 calendar this period was an 'octave', and remnants of the octave can be found in the Office as it now stands.  The rubrics for this period on MD 383* ff.

Lauds: The antiphons are as for Eastertide; the chapter, short responsory, versicle and Benedictus antiphon (note that this is used each day except where displaced by a feast, Sunday etc) are set out at MD 383* ff.

Prime to None: The appropriate antiphons, chapter etc are set out in the psalter.

Vespers: The (single) antiphon is alleluia, as for Eastertide; the chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle and Magnificat antiphon are set out at MD 388*

Friday May 15 – Class IV [EF: St John Baptist de la Salle]

Psalms of Friday with Ordinary of Ascensiontide, MD 383* ff; collect, MD 386*

Saturday May 16 – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Ubald]

Matins to None: At Matins reading for Saturday 3. Lauds to None, MD (134) ff  Note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them

I Vespers of the Sunday after the Ascension: MD 388* ff

Sunday May 17 – Sunday after the Ascension, Class II

Lauds: Festal psalms with three antiphons (alleluia- canticle – alleluia); chapter etc from MD 389* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, chapter etc from MD 391* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter and hymn of Lauds; responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD 393*

Monday May 18 - Class IV

All as for Monday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386

Tuesday May 19 - Class IV; St Peter Celestine, Memorial [EF: Class III] **In Some Places St Dunstan, Class III

All as for Tuesday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [148-9]

For St Dunstan, see MD [25**]

Wednesday May 20 - Class IV [EF: St Bernardine of Siena]

All as for Wednesday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

Thursday May 21 - Class IV

All as for Thursday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

Friday May 22 - Class IV

All as for Friday in Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

Saturday May 23 - Whitsun Eve (Vigil of the Pentecost), Class I

Lauds to None: All as for Saturday during Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

PENTECOST

I Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393* ff (including psalms of the feast)

Sunday May 24 - Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave

Lauds: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD 396* ff; festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle of the feast, MD 400*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Vespers: All as for I Vespers, MD 393* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 402-3*

Monday 25 May –  Whit Monday, Class I

[Note: In Australia and some other places this is the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians; due to the Octave, it is transferred to next week in the EF calendar]

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday, including the psalms, except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Tuesday May 26 – Whit Tuesday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403-4*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Wednesday May 27 – Ember Wednesday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Wednesday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 404-5*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Thursday May 28 - Whit Thursday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Thursday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Friday May 29 -Ember Friday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Friday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405-6*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Saturday May 30 Ember Saturday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Saturday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to None: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 406-7*; at Terce hymn, Veni Creator

TIME AFTER PENTECOST (THROUGHOUT THE YEAR)

The Ordinary of the Office for time throughout the year is set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal.

I Vespers of the Most Holy Trinity, MD 407* ff

Compline: Marian Antiphon Salve Regina from henceforward

Sunday May 31 – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms, rest of the feast, MD 409 ff

Prime: The Athanasian Creed is said

Vespers: As for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 418*

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