Ordo for October 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


Saturday 1 October - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: Commemoration of St Remigius]

Matins to None: At Matins, reading of Saturday 1 of October; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of First Sunday of October, MD 457*/Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, collect MD 479*

Sunday 2 October – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Sunday 1 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 3 October – Class IV; St Teresa of the Child Jesus, memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 479*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [297]

If Class I, see MD 45**

Tuesday 4 October – St Francis, Class III

Lauds to Vespers: psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from the Common of a Confessor, MD (78) with collect, MD [298]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [298]

Wednesday 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

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

Collect, MD 479*; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [305]

Friday 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, MD [307] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [310-11]

Vespers: Antiphons of the feast with psalms from the Common of the BVM, MD (119), proper texts of the feast, MD [317] ff

Saturday 8 October - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Brigid]

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*/Twenty-first Sunday, MD 480*

Sunday 9 October – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Sunday 2 of October

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 480*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 480*

Monday 10 October Class IV [EF: St Francis Borgia]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Tuesday 11 October – Class IV [EF: The Maternity of Our Lady]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

Wednesday 12 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*

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

All as in the psalter; collect MD 480*; at Lauds, for the commemoration, MD [314]

Saturday 15 October St Teresa, Class III

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

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

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

I Vespers of the Third Sunday of October, MD 458*/Twenty-second after Pentecost, MD 481*

Sunday 16 October Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Third Sunday of October

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 481*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 481*

Monday 17 October –   Class IV [EF: St Margaret Mary Alacoque]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481*

Tuesday 18 October – St Luke, Evangelist, Class II

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except readings and responsories for Nocturns II & III

Lauds to Vespers: All as for the Common of Apostles, MD (9), with collect from MD [317-18]

Wednesday 19 October - Class IV [EF: St Peter of Alcantara]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481*

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481*

Friday 21 October – Class IV; St Hilarion, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 481*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [318]

Saturday 22 October - Saturday of Our Lady

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

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of October, MD 458-9*/ Twenty-Third Sunday, MD 482*

Sunday 23 October  – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: Sunday 4 of October

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Reum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 482*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 482*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 482*

Monday 24 October - Class IV [EF/***in some places, St Raphael]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

For St Raphael, MD 51** ff

Tuesday 25 October  – Class IV; SS Chrysanthus and Daria, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [327]

Wednesday 26 October - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Evaristus]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Thursday 27 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 482*

Friday 28 October - SS Simon and Jude, Class II

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

Saturday 29 October - Saturday of Our Lady

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

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

Sunday 30 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 31 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 484* (fourth remaining after Epiphany)

I Vespers of All Saints, MD [328] ff

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