Ordo for June 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


JUNE

Wednesday 1 June - Class IV [EF: St Angela Merici]

Collect, MD 432*

Thursday 2 June -  Class IV; SS Marcellinus and Peter, memorial [EF: and St Erasmus]

Collect, MD 432*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [151]

I Vespers of the Sacred Heart, MD 432* ff

Friday 3 June – Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and other texts of the feast with festal psalms, MD 439* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons from Lauds, chapter etc, MD 442* ff

Vespers: Antiphons of the feast, MD 443-4* with psalms of I Vespers of Corpus Christi, MD 419*; texts for the Sacred Heart, MD 444*

Saturday 4 June - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Francis Caracciolo; OF: Immaculate Heart of Mary]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 1 in June

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of Third Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*

Sunday 5 June – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 462-3*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 463*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 463*

Monday 6 June - St Norbert, Class III

Matins: One reading, of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64); collect, MD [152]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [152]

Tuesday 7 June - Class IV

Collect, MD 463*

Wednesday 8 June - Class IV

Collect, MD 463*

Thursday 9 June - Class IV; SS Primus and Felician, memorial [**in some places, St Columba]

Collect, MD 463*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [153]

Friday 10 June - Class IV [EF: St Margaret of Scotland]

Collect, MD 463*

Saturday 11 June -  St Barnabas, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of an Apostle, MD (10); collect, MD [153-4]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [153-4]

I Vespers of Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*

Sunday 12 June – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 463-64*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 464*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 464*

Monday 13 June -  Class IV; St Anthony of Padua, memorial [EF: Class III; OF: Immaculate Heart of the BVM]

Collect, MD 464*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [154]

Tuesday 14 June – St Basil the Great, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64); Magnificat antiphon for a doctor; collect MD [155]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [155]

Wednesday 15 June  – Class IV; St Vitus, memorial [EF: also SS Modestus and Crescentia]

Collect, MD 464*; at Lauds for the commemoration, MD [155]

Thursday 16 June - Class IV

Collect, MD 464*

Friday 17 June - Class IV [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo]

Collect, MD 464*

Saturday 18 June - Saturday of Our Lady;  St Ephrem Syrus, SS Mark and Marcellianus, memorials [EF: St Ephrem, Class III]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 3 in June

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff ; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [156-7]

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 446*

Sunday 19 June -- Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; St Gervase and Protase, Memorial [EF: St Juliana Falcionieri]

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis ; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 464-5*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [157]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 464-5*

Vespers: All as in the psalter; Magnificat antiphon, MD 465*

Monday 20 June - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Silverius]

Collect MD 464-5*

Tuesday 21 June - Class IV; St Aloysius Gonzaga, memorial

Collect MD 464-5*; for the commemoration, MD [157-8]

Wednesday 22 June - Class IV [EF: ST Paulinus]

Collect MD 464-5*

Thursday 23 June - Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class II

Matins: readings and collect of the feast

Lauds to None: All as in the psalter for the day except for the collect, MD [158]

I Vespers of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, MD [159] ff

Friday 24 June - Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class I

Lauds:  Festal psalms of Sunday; antiphons etc of the feast, MD [161] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons etc, MD [164-5]

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of Lauds; Psalms from I Vespers of Apostles, MD (2); Magnificat antiphon, MD [165]

Saturday 25 June - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St William, Class III]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 4 in June

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 446-7*

Sunday 26 June -  Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Class II ; SS John and Paul, Memorial

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect MD 465-6*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [167]

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 466*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 466*

Monday 27 June  - Class IV

Collect, MD 466*

Tuesday 28 June - Vigil of SS Peter and Paul, Class II

Matins: readings and collect of the feast

Lauds to None: All as in the psalter for the day except for the collect, MD [166-7]

Vespers: I Vespers of SS Peter and Paul, MD [167] ff

Wednesday 29 June – SS Peter and Paul, Class I

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories, of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [169] ff with festal psalms;

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds; chapter and versicles of feast; collect MD [171]

Vespers (of the feast): Antiphons and psalms from Common of Apostles, MD (13), Magnificat antiphon MD [173]

Thursday 30 June - Commemoration of St Paul, Class III; commemoration of St Peter

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

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [173] ff with festal psalms; note two collects under one ending

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, Chapter etc of the feast; collects as at Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms from common of Apostles, MD (13); rest from MD [178-9]

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