Ordo for January 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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JANUARY

Thursday Jan 1 – Octave of the Nativity, Class I

Matins: Proper antiphons etc, psalms of Christmas
Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 108* ff, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 108*
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 111* ff
Vespers:  As for I Vespers, MD 104* ff, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 113* 
Compline: Marian Antiphon, Alma Redemptoris Mater

The Ordinary of the Office after the Octave of the Nativity (January 2-5)

At all hours, antiphons and psalms are of the day of the week as set out in the psalter for ‘throughout the year and in Nativitytide’.

At Matins, the Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter are of the season, and three readings are of the date.

At Terce, Sext and None, the antiphons is as for throughout the year; the chapter and versicle are particular to Nativitytide (set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal, as well as at MD 122*-123*.

At Lauds and Vespers, the chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle and canticle antiphon are for the season, and can be found at MD 119*-125*.

Friday Jan 2 – Class IV [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury]

Matins: Readings for 2 January
Lauds: Psalms and antiphons for Friday throughout the year; chapter, responsory, hymn, Benedictus antiphon and collect for the Nativity, MD 120-2*
Prime: All as for Friday ‘throughout the year and Nativitytide’
Terce to None:  All as for throughout the week in the psalter, with chapter, versicle and collect for Nativitytide, MD 122-3*
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms for Friday with chapter, responsory, hymn and Magnificat antiphon for Nativitytide, MD 123-5*

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Saturday Jan 3 - Our Lady on Saturday

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, MD (133) ff.  At Matins, reading 3 is of Saturday 1 of January; at Lauds for the commemoration, MD 125-26*

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after the Nativity: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday, MD 249; rest from MD 113-5*

Sunday Jan 4 Second Sunday after the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus]; St Titus, memorial

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons 50, 117, 62 etc as in the psalter; rest, MD 116* ff; for St Titus, MD 125*
Prime to None: MD 118-9*
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, hymn etc from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon MD 119*

Monday 5 Jan –  Class IV

Psalms of Monday with ordinary of Nativitytide, MD 119-25*; collect MD 122*

EPIPHANYTIDE

I Vespers of the Epiphany: MD 126* ff: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn for the feast with Sunday psalms, MD 203 ff

Tuesday 6 Jan – Epiphany of Our Lord, Class I

Matins: Of the feast
Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129* ff, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 129*
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 132-3*
Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, as at I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon from MD 133*

The Ordinary of the Office in Epiphany (January 7-12)

Epiphanytide is part of the greater season of Christmastide, hence at all hours, antiphons and psalms are of the day of the week as in the psalter for ‘throughout the year and in Nativitytide’.

At Matins, the Invitatory antiphon, hymn, versicles, responsories and chapter are of the season.

At Lauds and Vespers, the chapter, responsory, hymn, and versicle are for the season, and can be found at MD 133-9*.  There are proper antiphons for the canticles set for each day.

Wednesday 7 Jan – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day II, MD 135*; collect MD 136*
Prime to None: Antiphons etc of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day II, MD 139*

Thursday 8 Jan – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133*ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day III, MD 135*; collect MD 136*
Prime to None: Antiphons etc of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day III, MD 139*

Friday 9 Jan – Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Friday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day IV, MD 135*; collect MD 136*
Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Friday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day IV, MD 139*

Saturday 10 JanOur Lady on Saturday; St Paul the First Hermit, memorial

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady throughout the year except for collect for after the Nativity; reading 3 for Saturday 2 of January
Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, see MD (133) ff
(Note the Benedictus antiphon, collect, and antiphons for Prime to None for the season)

I Vespers of Sunday after Epiphany - MD 140*ff

Sunday 11 Jan – First Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II [EF: Feast of the Holy Family]

For feast of the Holy Family, MD 3** ff

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; chapter etc, MD 142* ff;
Prime to None: Antiphons etc from MD 144*ff
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday with chapter, responsory and hymn of I Vespers, MD 140*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 146*

Monday 12 Jan - Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day V, MD 136*; collect MD 136*
Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; Chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day V, MD 139*

Tuesday 13 Jan -– Commemoration of Our Lord’s Baptism, Class II

All is said as on the feast of the Epiphany, MD 129* ff.  Note:

Matins:  Nocturn 1 readings for the Tuesday after the First Sunday; rest of the feast.
Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129*, with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44; collect, MD 140*.
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 129*.
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 132-133* and collect, MD 140*.
Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, as at I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon from MD 133*; collect from MD 140*.

TIME THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Ordinary of Time Throughout the Year

From now until Septuagesima, the Offices uses the default texts set out in the psalter section of the Diurnal or Breviary for ‘time throughout the year’.

Wednesday 14 Jan – Class IV; St Hilary [EF: Class III] and St Felix, memorials

All as for Wednesday throughout the year; collect MD 142*; for the commemorations, MD [24-5]

Thursday 15 Jan - Class IV [**In some places, Our Lady of Prompt Succour, Class I; EF: St Paul the First Hermit]

All as for Thursday throughout the year; collect MD 142*

For Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MD 11** ff

Friday 16 Jan – Class IV; St Marcellus I, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as for Friday throughout the year; collect MD 142*; for the commemoration, MD [25]

Saturday 17 Jan - St Anthony, Class III

Matins: Reading 3 of the feast
Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Saturday; the rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78); collect MD [26]
Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [26]

I Vespers of Second Sunday of Epiphany: Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 146*

Sunday 18 Jan - Second Sunday after the Epiphany

All as in the psalter for Sundays throughout the year.

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphon, MD 147*

Prime to None: All as in the psalter for Sunday, collect MD 147*

Vespers: As in the psalter with canticle antiphon, MD 147*

Monday 19 Jan - Class IV; Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial

All as in the psalter for Monday; collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [26].

Tuesday 20 Jan - SS Fabian and Sebastian, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day; rest from common of many martyrs, MD (43); collect MD [27]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect MD [27]

Wednesday 21 Jan - St Agnes, Class III (Class II for monasteries of nuns) [**in some places, St Meinrad, Class I]

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from the Common of Virgins, lessons 1&2 of the day, lesson 3 and responsories of the feast.

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD [27] ff with festal (Sunday) psalms, MD 44.

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, with psalms of Wednesday.

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [30] ff

Vespers: MD [31] ff

For St Meinrad, Class I, MD 16**ff

Thursday 22 Jan – Class IV; St Vincent, memorial [EF: and St Anastasius;**in some places, St Meinrad]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect MD 147*; at Lauds, for the commemoration, MD [34].

For St Meinrad, Class II, MD 20**

Friday 23 Jan – Class IV; St Emerentiana, memorial [EF: St Raymond Pennafort]

All as for Friday throughout the year, collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, see MD [35].

Saturday 24 Jan – Saturday of Our Lady; St Timothy, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady throughout the year except for collect for after the Nativity; reading 3 for Saturday 4&5 of January

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady after Christmas, see MD (133) ff; at Lauds, for the commemoration MD [35–6]

Vespers: I Vespers of Sunday, MD 147-8*

Sunday 25 Jan  - Third Sunday after Epiphany

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphon from MD 148*

Prime to None: All as in the psalter for Sunday, collect MD 148*

Vespers: As in the psalter with canticle antiphon, MD 149*

Monday 26 Jan –  Class IV; St Polycarp, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as for Monday in the Office; collect MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [42-3]

Tuesday 27 Jan – St John Chrysostom, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Tuesday, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64), collect and Magnificat antiphon, MD [43]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common, collect from MD [43]

Wednesday 28 Jan - Class IV; St Cyril of Alexandria, memorial [EF: St Peter Nolasco]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [44]

Thursday 29 Jan – Class IV; St Frances de Sales, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect, MD 148*; for the commemoration, MD [44–5]

**As Class I, see MD 21**

Friday 30 Jan – Class IV [EF: St Martina]

All as in the psalter for Thursday; collect, MD 148*

Saturday 31 Jan – Our Lady on Saturday; St John Bosco, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady throughout the year except for collect for after the Nativity; reading 3 for Saturday 4&5 of January; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [45–6]

I Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, MD 153-4*

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