Ordo for November 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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November 2015

Sunday 1 November – All Saints, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [331] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the twenty-third Sunday, MD 482*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

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 482*

Monday 2 November  - All Souls, Class I

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

Tuesday 3 November - Class IV

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

Lauds to Compline: All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [344-5]

Thursday 5 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Friday 6 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Saturday 7 November – Our Lady on Saturday

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 1 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff;

I Vespers of Third Sunday of November, MD 460*/Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, MD 485*


Sunday 8 November – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Fifth Sunday remaining after Epiphany, Class II ; The Four Crowned, Martyrs, memorial

Matins: Third Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 485*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [345]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 485*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 485*

Monday 9 November -Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (St John Lateran), Class II

All from the Common for the Dedication of a Church, MD [345]

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [346]

Wednesday 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

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

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 485*; for the commemoration, MD [352-3]

Friday 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

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

Saturday 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) with a commemoration of All Souls  

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of November, MD 460*/Sixth remaining Sunday after Epiphany, MD 486*

Sunday 15 November – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Sixth remaining after Epiphany), Class II; St Albert the Great, memorial

Matins: Fourth Sunday of November

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*; for the commemoration, MD [362-3]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 486*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 486*

Monday 16 November – Class IV [EF: St Gertrude]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

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

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

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

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

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 486*

For St Edmund see MD 58**

Saturday 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: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday; 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 Saturday; collect, MD [371]

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

Sunday 22 November – Twenty-sixth and last Sunday after Pentecost

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 23 November - St Clement, Class III; St Felicas, memorial

Matins: responsories and reading three of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [377] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, proper texts of the feast, psalms of Monday

Vespers: Antiphons from Lauds; proper texts and psalms from Common of a martyr, MD (36); Magnificat antiphon, MD [382]

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

All as in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemorations, MD [382-3]

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

All as in the psalter; collect MD 487*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [383-4]

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

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

Friday 27 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 487*

Saturday 28 November – Saturday of Our Lady

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 4&5 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff;

ADVENT

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

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater henceforward

Sunday 29 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

Ordinary of the Office in Advent up to 17 December

The Ordinary for the Office in Advent is set out in the Monastic Diurnal at 8-17*.

In general, Sundays in Advent are all first class, with their own proper antiphons and proper texts (chapter etc).  The Lauds antiphons are used from I Vespers of Saturday until II Vespers, using the normal principles (that is, the fourth antiphon is omitted at Vespers; the first antiphon is used at Prime, the second at Terce, etc, skipping the fourth as usual). These antiphons are then used for the minor hours throughout that week (MD 13*ff puts them together to make it easier to find the right antiphon for the relevant hour).

The ordinary days of Advent are of the third class. As usual, the collects are from the previous Sunday (with the exception of the Ember days in week three of Advent, which have their own particular collects).

On days when a feast is celebrated (such as the Immaculate Conception) a commemoration of Advent (canticle antiphon, versicle and collect, said after the collect of the feast) is always made at both Lauds and Vespers. 

Lauds and Vespers: Have canticle antiphons set for each day.  Note also that the chapter, hymn, responsory etc are from the Ordinary of Advent (MD 9*; 15*);

Prime to None: Have antiphons for each week of Advent, set out at MD 13* ff.  At Terce to None, the chapter and versicle are for the season, also set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal.

Monday 30 November - St Andrew, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles; antiphons and readings of the feast, psalms from Common of Apostles

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [2] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 17*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast with psalms of Monday

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn of Lauds; psalms from the Common, MD (13); responsory etc, MD [7-8]; commemoration of the feria, MD 17*

2 comments:

brianosboblate said...

Terra,
Regarding Vespers I for the 4th Sunday of November/6th Sunday remaining after Epiphany (aka 25th Sunday after Pentecost), if I look at the rubrics on [360] it appears as if we have the option to say the aforementioned Vespers I followed by the Vespers I of All Souls of the Benedictine Order if we so desire. At the very least, if I interpret the Concurrence table correctly, we should do a commemoration of All Souls.
Also, as you mention the Collect for Compline in your notes, I take it regardless of what we do at Vespers I, Compline is for All Souls of the order?

Kate Edwards said...

Thanks Brian - The reference to Compline is an error, and I believe you are correct about the commemoration.

I don't have access to a Diurnal at the moment as I am away from home, but my breviary seems to suggest that the option of saying I Vespers after the Office of the day doesn't apply to Sundays (which technically includes Vespers of Saturday).