Ordo for January 2016

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.

It 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.

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.

Key to abbreviations

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

THE ORDO

Friday 1 January – Octave of the Nativity, Class I [OF: Mary, Holy Mother of God]

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

Saturday 2 January - Office of Our Lady on Saturday [**in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury]

Matins: Saturday 1 of January

Lauds:  As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD (133)

Prime to None: As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Antiphons MD (134) and (for Terce to None) collect MD (133)

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after the Nativity, MD 113* ff

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Sunday 3 January – Second Sunday after the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus; OF: Epiphany]

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons 50, 117, 62 etc as in the psalter; rest, MD 116* ff

Prime to None: MD 118-9*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, hymn etc from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon MD 119*

Monday 4 January - Class IV; St Titus, memorial

Lauds to Vespers: Proper texts for the Ordinary of the Office after the Nativity, MD 119-24*; at Lauds for the commemoration, MD 125*

Tuesday 5 January - Class IV

Lauds to None: Proper texts for the Ordinary of the Office after the Nativity, MD 119-24*

I Vespers of the Epiphany: MD 126* ff

Wednesday 6 January – 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*

Thursday 7 January - Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Thursday; chapter, hymn etc (Ordinary of the ferial office of Epiphanytide), MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day II, 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 II, MD 139*

Friday 8 January - Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Friday; 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 Friday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day III, MD 139*

Saturday 9 January - Saturday of Our Lady

Matins: Saturday 2 of January

Lauds:  As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD (133)

Prime to None: As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Antiphons MD (134) and (for Terce to None) collect MD (133)

Vespers: I Vespers of First Sunday after Epiphany, MD 140*ff

Sunday 10 January – First Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II; St Paul the first hermit, memorial [EF: Feast of the Holy Family; OF: Baptism of Our Lord]

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; for the commemoration, MD [23] 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 11 January - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Hyginus]

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; chapter, hymn etc, MD 133* ff; Benedictus, antiphon Day IV, MD 135*; collect MD 136* (after Sunday)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle of Epiphanytide

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Monday; chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day IV, MD 139*

Tuesday 12 January - Class IV

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Tuesday; 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 Tuesday; Chapter, hymn, etc, MD 137*; Magnificat, antiphon Day V, MD 139*

Wednesday 13 January  – Commemoration of Our Lord’s Baptism, Class II

All is said as on the feast of the Epiphany, MD 129* ff (except for the collect).  Note:

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

Thursday 14 January - Class IV; SS Hilary [EF: Class III] and Felix, memorials

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

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

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

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

Saturday 16 January - Office of Our Lady on Saturday; St Marcellus I, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: Saturday 3 of January

Lauds:  As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD (133); for the commemoration, MD [25]

Prime to None: As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Antiphons MD (134) and (for Terce to None) collect MD (133)

I Vespers of Second Sunday of Epiphany: MD 146*

Sunday 17 January - 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 18 January - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Prisca; start of Church Unity Octave, St Peter's Chair]

Collect MD 147*

Tuesday 19 January - Class IV; Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial

Collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [26]

Wednesday 20 January - 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]

Thursday 21 January - 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 the day

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

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

Collect MD 147*; for the commemoration, MD [34]

For St Meinrad, Class II, MD 20**

Saturday 23 January – Saturday of Our Lady; St Emerentiana, memorial [EF: St Raymond Pennafort]

Matins: Saturday 4&5 of January

Lauds:  As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD (133); for the commemoration, MD [35]

Prime to None: As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Antiphons MD (134) and (for Terce to None) collect MD (133)

I Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, MD 153-4* [Note: The Alleluia is ceremonially 'buried' at Vespers, with concluding versicle and is not said thereafter in the opening prayers of the Office until Holy Saturday]

Sunday 24 January - Septuagesima Sunday, Class II; Commemoration of St Timothy

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 154* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62); for the commemoration, MD [35]

Prime to None: Antiphons etc for the day from MD 158-59*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, responsory, hymn etc for the day, from MD 159* ff

Monday 25 January – Conversion of St Paul, Class III

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, readings and collect of the feast; rest as in the psalter

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD [36] ff with festal (Sunday psalms, MD 44), with collects of St Paul and St Peter under one conclusion

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, with psalms of the day

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [39] ff with hymns and psalms (for 'throughout the week'); collect of St Paul, MD [39]

Vespers: Antiphons for the feast, MD [40] with psalms for the Common of Apostles, MD (13).  Chapter, responsory etc for the feast, with collects of St Paul and St Peter under one conclusion

Tuesday 26 January –  Class IV; St Polycarp, memorial [EF: Class III] [Australia Day]

Lauds: Collect,  MD 157*; for the commemoration, MD [42-3]

Vespers: Magnificat antiphon MD 161*

Wednesday 27 January – St John Chrysostom, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day, 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]

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

Lauds:  Collect,  MD 157*; for the commemoration, MD [44]

Vespers: Magnificat antiphon MD 162*

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

Lauds: Collect,  MD 157*;for the commemoration, MD [44-5] 

Vespers: Magnificat antiphons MD 162*

**As Class I, see MD 21**

Saturday 30 January – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Martina]

Matins: Saturday 4&5 of January

Lauds:  As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD (133); for the commemoration, MD [35]

Prime to None: As for the Office of Our Lady throughout the year, MD (129) except for the Antiphons MD (134) and (for Terce to None) collect MD (133)

I Vespers of Sexagesima Sunday, MD 162* ff

Sunday 31 January – Sexagesima, Class II; St John Bosco, memorial

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Sexagesima, MD 164* ff with Sunday psalms; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [45–6]

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 168* ff

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