Ordo for Second Week of the Nativity

Herewith the ordo for the week of the Second Sunday after the Nativity.  It is worth noting that this Sunday is one of the rare occasions when the official 1962-3 Benedictine Calendar differs from the Roman EF one.  You can find some background on this here. 

For more on the peculiarities of the calendar in this period (which basically arise from the abolition and creation of assorted feasts and octaves around this time), as well as links to my assorted posts on saints whose feasts occur this week, have a look here.

You can also find some notes on saying the Office during Nativitytide here.

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

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 125-6*

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 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 - Class IV; 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

13 comments:

Brian M said...

Oddly enough, Le Barroux does observe the Most Holy Name of Jesus, and they have included the propers for the feast in their Latin/French edition of the MD.

Kate Edwards said...

Not that surprising - Le Barroux's calendar is often closer to the EF than the 1962-3 Benedictine, and in this case very sensibly so! There are in my view a lot of things wrong with the 1962 books - including the removal of traditional feasts like this one. Shame the Farnborough ed doesn't include the texts in an appendix! But the Antiphonale Monasticum available online) has them of course...

Victimae Paschali Laudes said...

For Saturdays of Our Lady, are we supposed to pray the Festal or Ferial Canticle during Lauds? I know the rule of the "splitting" but I am not too sure about the Canticle.

Thank you.

Kate Edwards said...

VPL - The rubrics specify the festal.

An unfortunate 20th century innovation in my view, imitating the Roman Office reforms of Pope St Pius X. The ferial canticles are the ones that St Benedict specified, contains very important moral and doctrinal content, and the Saturday ferial canticle has actually been said liturgically on Saturdays for thousands of years (since God instructed that it be said every sabbath when he dictated it to Moses according to Deuteronomy).

But the rubrics are there to be obeyed I guess.

Victimae Paschali Laudes said...

When would the opportunity come to pray the Ferial Canticle on Saturday? Unless I am getting this wrong

Festal Psalm on:
1.) Saturday of Our Lady
2.) A I,II, or III Class Feast celebrated on a Saturday
3.) Saturday of Our Lady with a Commemoration of a Saint

Unless I am missing something, it seems the chance to pray the Ferial Canticle is a rare matter.

Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

Kate Edwards said...

Yes, under the current Rules Advent & Lent are virtually the only time it is used. Pretty sad considering that up until the early 20th century it was said every Saturday.

Paul said...

Hmm, actually I thought the Festal Canticles were only to be said if a specific Benedictine monastery asked and got permission to say them. At least, I read that in the Farnborough MD.

Kate Edwards said...

Can you provide a page number for that Paul? The rubrics as far as I can see are on page 65 (Monday Lauds) note that there are two options without any need for special permission. Either way the ferial psalms are said during Advent, Septuagint and Lent.

Similarly the rubrics in the breviary simply note that in monasteries that use the festal psalms, they are not used during Advent, Septuagint and Lent except on feasts (190). Having said that I don't know of any monasteries that doesn't use the festal canticles these days?

Paul said...

My mistake; I put my interpretation of page 65 instead of what it actually stated. But it is true that for us laity, we have the option of choosing either festal or ferial canticles, at least if we're not attached to a monastery.

As for myself, I have started using the older editions of the Benedictine breviary because they are so much richer in feasts and using older arrangements of the psalms for certain feasts.

Kate Edwards said...

Paul - A couple of points.

First regardless of whether you are attached to a monastery that adopts the festal canticles I think you are probably entitled to use the ferial instead. The rubrics in the breviary are approved for use by all oblates, so while you have the option of using the calendar and rubrics of the particular monastery you are attached to, my guess would be that it is equally legitimate to use the generally approved ones. My problem has always been Our Lady on Saturdays where the Diurnal seems to require the use of the festal canticle, but now that I've looked at the breviary more closely, that seems to be a bit of shorthanding by the Diurnal for those using the festal canticles rather than a formal requirement.

In terms of using older breviaries though, I'm not terribly convinced we are truly free to simply pick and choose which feasts and rubrics we'd like to use. The traditional view is that the Office is liturgy; like other forms of the liturgy such as the Mass, the person saying it is performing a priestly role and the 'say the black do the red' principle applies. Just as with the Mass priests (arguably) can't randomly pick up some long defunct set of rubrics/claendar and use them (or make up their own), so with the Office...

Paul said...

First, I've been reading up on the history of the liturgy, particularly the Office, and am convinced that the reforms in the 20th century were a big mistake.

Second, as I am not an Oblate but a normal layperson, I don't believe the rules for the Office apply, since I am doing it for personal devotion. I know the priests and others are bound to the '62 books (or in the case of Benedictines '63), but I repeat I am not an Oblate, so I do have more freedom. I feel, as do others, that the older breviaries represent Tradition more fully than the 20th century-reformed ones from Pius X to the LOTH, so I just use them. Just my 2 cents.

Still, I do like what you're doing for the '63 MD. It is still more traditional than the respective '62 breviary issued by John XXIII. Without it, I wouldn't have researched on my own concerning these things.

Kate Edwards said...

Fair enough if you are not an oblate and saying it devotionally.

I agree with you on the 20th century reforms being a big mistake - but canticles and slashing of octaves aside, very little damage done to the 1963 breviary.

So far as the Benedictines go, the damage is arguably romanisations that pre-date Pius X, in the form of things like the festal psalms for Sundays at Lauds/feasts and commons. St Benedict, of course, insisted on his monks saying all of the psalms every week - changing the antiphons and adding a nocturn at Matins was ok by him, but nothing more!

Paul said...

That's very true. Which was why the '63 MD was my first choice, rather than the '62 Roman breviary.