Ordo for Christmastide, from the first Sunday within the Octave

Sunday 27 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; Commemoration of St John the Evangelist

Matins: as for the Nativity except for the readings and responsories

Lauds to None: MD 77* ff'; commemoration of St John, MD 92*

Vespers of the Nativity, Magnificat antiphon, MD 82*; commemoration of St John, MD 96*

Monday 28 December - Holy Innocents, Class II; Fourth day in the Octave of Christmas

Matins: Common of several 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 97* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc MD 97* ff

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm   = Ps 131]; proper texts, MD 101* ff

Tuesday 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

Lauds: festal psalms with rest of the Nativity, MD 61*ff

Prime to None:  Antiphons and proper texts of the Nativity

Vespers: of the Nativity

Wednesday 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

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Nativity

Vespers: of the Nativity [4th psalm   = Ps 131]

Thursday 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)

Friday 1 January – 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

Saturday 2 January - Class IV; 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**

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