Ordo for October 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 can be obtained by visiting the files section of the BenOfficeHelp Yahoo Group.

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 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.

October 2015

Thursday 1 October - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Remigius]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 477*

Friday 2 October – The Holy Guardian Angels, Class III

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

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and rest from MD [291] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds, Psalms of Sunday except for the last (Ps 137), rest from MD [295] ff

Saturday 3 October – Saturday of Our Lady; St Teresa of the Child Jesus, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 1 of October; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [297]

If Class I, see MD 45**

I Vespers of First Sunday of October, MD 457*/ Nineteenth after Pentecost, MD 478*

Sunday 4 October – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins:  First Sunday of October

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); note change of hymn: Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon, MD 478*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 478*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 478*

Monday 5 October  - SS Maurus and Placid, Class III

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

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and propers from MD [299] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [302] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms of Sunday; rest from MD [303] ff

Tuesday 6 October  - Class IV; St Bruno, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 478*; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [305]

Wednesday 7 October – The Rosary of Blessed Virgin Mary, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons of the feast with festal psalms of Sunday, proper texts of the feast

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of the feast with psalms from the Common of the BVM, MD (119), proper texts of the feast

Thursday 8 October - Class IV [EF: St Brigid]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 478*

Friday 9 October - Class IV [EF: St John Leonardi]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 478*

Saturday 10 October Our Lady on Saturday  [EF: St Francis Borgia]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 2 of October; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of October, MD 458*/ Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, collect MD 479*

Sunday 11 October – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II [EF: with a commemoration of the Maternity of Our Lady]

Matins: Sunday 2 of October

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 479*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 479*

Monday 12 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*

Tuesday 13 October - Class IV [EF: St Edward]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*

Wednesday 14 October - Class IV; St Callistus, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect MD 479*; at Lauds, for the commemoration, MD [314]

Thursday 15 October St Teresa, Class III


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

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday with chapter, hymn etc from MD [315] ff

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common of Virgins; collect, MD [316]

Friday 16 October Class IV [***in some places, St Gall; EF: St Hedwig, Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*

Saturday 17 October – Saturday of Our Lady  [EF: St Margaret Mary Alacoque]

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

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of October, MD 458-9*/ Twenty-first Sunday, MD 480*

Sunday 18 October – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; commemoration of St Luke, Evangelist, Class II

Matins:  Sunday 4 of October

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 480*; commemoration of St Luke at Lauds, MD [317] ff

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 480*

Monday 19 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Tuesday 20 October - Class IV [EF: St John Cantius]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Wednesday 21 October – Class IV; St Hilarion, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [318]

Thursday 22 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Friday 23 October - Class IV [EF: St Antony Mary Claret]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Saturday 24 October - Saturday of Our Lady [EF/***in some places, St Raphael]

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

For St Raphael, MD 51** ff

I Vespers of Christ the King, MD [318] ff

Sunday 25 October  – Feast of Christ the King, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday, rest for the feast, MD [322] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [324] ff

Vespers: All as for I Vespers, MD [318] ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD [326]

Monday 26 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481* (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

Tuesday 27 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481* 

Wednesday 28 October - SS Simon and Jude, Class II

All from the Common of Apostles except for the collect, MD [327]

Thursday 29 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481*

Friday 30 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481*

Saturday 31 October - Saturday of Our Lady, Class IV

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

I Vespers of All Saints

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