Ordo for the week of the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas

Sunday 28 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; Commemoration of Holy Innocents

Matins: as for the Nativity except for the readings and responsories
Lauds to None: MD 77* ff'; for the commemoration, MD 99*
Vespers of the Nativity, Magnificat antiphon, MD 82*

Monday 29 December –  Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [in some places, St Thomas Beckett, Class I]

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day
Prime to None: Psalms of Monday with antiphons and proper texts of the Nativity
Vespers: of the Nativity

Tuesday 30 December –  Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day
Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61*ff; for the commemoration, MD 103-4*
Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Nativity
I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104* ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)

Wednesday 31 December - Seventh Day within the Octave; commemoration of St Sylvester

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day
Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61* ff; for the commemoration, MD 103-4*
Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Nativity

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104* ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)


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]

MatinsReadings 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*

Ordo for the Fourth week of Advent/Christmastide

Sunday 21 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 48* ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62); Benedictus Antiphon for December 21, Nolite Timere, MD 50*

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 45* except for Antiphon for Magnificat, O Oriens MD 36*

Monday 22 December – Monday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 37*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 52*; collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 37*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 37*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 12*

Vespers: Antiphons, MD 37* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Rex Gentium, MD 36*

Tuesday 23 December - Tuesday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 37-8*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, Ecce completa sunt, MD 45*; collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 37-8*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 38*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 12*

Vespers: Antiphons, MD 37-8* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Emmanuel, MD 36*

Wednesday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings of the feast; antiphons and psalms of Wednesday; readings of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday), MD 44 with antiphons and proper texts, MD 54* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 54*

Terce to None: Antiphons and texts, MD 57* ff

CHRISTMASTIDE

I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58* ff  (Sunday psalms with antiphons and texts from MD 58* ff)

Thursday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a II Class Octave

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, festal psalms, MD 61* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 64* ff

Vespers: Antiphons, psalms and proper texts, MD 65* ff

Friday 26 December – St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

Matins: Common of martyrs except for the Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 83* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, MD 83* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD 87* ff

Saturday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 90* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc, MD 90* ff



Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* (note alternating days on 4th psalm); proper texts, MD 94* ff

Ordo for the Third week of Advent



The Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent in the traditional calendar is St John 1:19-28.

The O Antiphons 

Note that from Wednesday, the rubrics for the Office change.

The days between December 17 and 23 are Class II ferias, and reflecting this, the liturgy intensifies.

In particular a special set of antiphons for the psalms each day of the week are used for the day hours, set out at MD 37* ff.  In addition:
  • At Lauds: Note that a couple of the Benedictus antiphons are said on specific dates (see MD 41*).
  • At Vespers: The 'O Antiphons' (MD 35*) are sung with the Magnificat, displacing the Magnificat antiphon that would otherwise be said on these days (in the third week of Advent).
Sunday 14 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 31*ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62); collect (except at Prime)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 28* except for canticle antiphon, MD 35* with Sunday psalms

Monday 15 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 41-42*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 3, proper texts of Advent

Tuesday 16 December  -– Tuesday in the third week of Advent, Class III
 [EF: St Eusebius]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 42*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 3, proper texts of Advent

Wednesday 17 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of day, MD 38-9*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 42*; collect, MD 42-3*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Wednesday, MD 38*

Terce to None:  Antiphons, MD 38-9*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 42-3*

Vespers: Psalms of Wednesday with Antiphons, MD 38-9* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*; collect, MD 42-3*

Thursday 18 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 39*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 43*; collect (Sunday III), MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Thursday, MD 39*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 39*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons, MD 39* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O Adonai, MD 35*

Friday 19 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 39-40*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect, MD 44*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Friday, MD 39*

Terce to None:  Psalms for throughout the week with antiphons, MD 40*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 44*

Vespers: Psalms of Friday with Antiphons, MD 39-40* (omit 4th); chapter etc of Advent; Magnificat antiphon, O radix Iesse, MD 36*; collect, MD 44*

Saturday 20 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons of the day, MD 40*; chapter, versicle, hymn etc of Advent, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect, MD 45*
P
rime: Antiphon, MD 40*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 41*; texts of Advent, MD 14* ff; collect, MD 45*

I Vespers for the fourth Sunday of Advent, MD 45* ff; O Antiphon for the Magnificat, O Clavis, MD 36*

Ordo for the Second week of Advent


The Gospel for this Sunday in the traditional calendar (to which the Lauds and Vespers canticle antiphons refer) is St Matthew 11:2-10.

You can also find notes on the first of the Advent canticles used at Matins on Sunday here.

In the Office this week...

Sunday 7 December – Second Sunday of Advent, Class I

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 22* ff; psalms of Sunday 

At Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62
At Vespers: Commemoration of the Immaculate Conception, MD [17] (versicle and antiphon), MD [15-16] (collect)

Monday 8 December – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest from MD [13] ff ; for the commemoration of the feria: versicle, MD 11*; canticle antiphon, MD 26-27*; collect, MD 11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

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

Vespers: Psalms of I Vespers of the BVM, MD (119); antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [11] ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD [17]; for the commemoration of the feria: versicle, MD 17*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Tuesday 9 December – Tuesday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

Wednesday 10 December – Wednesday in the second week of Advent, Class III [**in some places, Blessed Mark Barkworth, John Roberts and companions, memorial; EF: Commemoration of St Melchiades]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

Thursday 11 December – Thursday in the second week of Advent, Class III; St Damasus, memorial [EF: Class III; in some places: Our Lady of Guadeloupe;]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 27-8*; collect, MD 11*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [17-8]

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

Friday 12 December - Friday in the second week of Advent, Class III [EF: in some places, Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

Lauds and Vespers: Proper texts of the season, MD 9* ff; canticle antiphons, MD 28*; collect, MD 11*

Prime to None: Antiphons for week 2, proper texts of Advent

Saturday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 28*
Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds
Terce to None: Antiphons and collect of Lauds; chapter etc of the feast

I Vespers of Third Sunday in Advent, MD 28* ff