Brush up your rubrics - Lauds



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For those who say Lauds (or are interested in learning to say it), I'm currently posting a series over at Psallam Domino on that hour, including the spiritual and theological context of the hour, as well as notes on the variable psalms (and links to previous more detailed notes on the fixed psalms of the hour).

For those just wanting the quick skinny on the hour, here are a few key summaries to help you.


1.  The structure of Lauds.

The table below summarises the structure of Lauds - note that there are in effect three versions of it: Lauds on Sundays; Lauds for major feasts (festal); and Lauds on normal weekdays.  The table sets out what changes each day and what doesn't.



ELEMENT OF LAUDS
 SUNDAY                       FEASTS                 WEEKDAYS                     
Opening prayers

                                          Fixed
Psalm 66

                                          Fixed
Antiphon:


Variable (normally alleluia)
Psalm 50+ Gloria


Fixed
Psalm 92+variable antiphon
Fixed +variable antiphon
Psalm+Gloria


Psalm 117
Psalm 99+variable antiphon
Of the day +variable antiphon
Psalm+Gloria


Psalm 62
Psalm 62+variable antiphon
Of the day +variable antiphon
Antiphon

Variable
Antiphon for the canticle

Variable
Variable
Variable
OT Canticle



Benedicite Domino (no Gloria)
Festal canticle of the day of the week with Gloria
Ferial or festal canticle of the day of the week  with Gloria
Antiphon

                                     Variable
Ps 148+149+150+Gloria

                                     Fixed
Antiphon

                                    Variable
Chapter

                                    Variable
Responsory

                                    Variable                
Hymn


Variable – summer winter and seasons
Of the feast
Of the day of the week or season
versicle

                                     Variable
Antiphon for the Benedictus

                                     Variable
Benedictus

                                      Fixed
Antiphon

                                      Variable
Closing prayers

                                      Fixed
-          Collect

Of the Sunday
Of the feast
Of the Sunday or day
-          Commemoration (if applicable)
Of the feast
Of the feast or day (ie Lent or Advent days)
Of the feast


2.  Page numbers in the Diurnal

The chants for Lauds can be found in the Antiphonale Monasticum (which can be downloaded from the CCWatershed or purchased through monastic bookshops, including online via Le Barroux); alternatively learn them by ear by listening to the monks of Norcia..

PART OF LAUDS                                 PAGE

Opening prayers – Deus…
MD 1
Psalm 66 – Deus miseratur…
MD 38, 58
Antiphons
of day of the week or feast/season
Antiphon(s), Psalm 50; 2 variable psalms; OT canticle; Laudate psalms Ps 148-150
Sunday, MD 39
Festal (for feasts), MD 44
Monday - MD 59
Tuesday - start MD 76
Wednesday – MD 89
Thursday – MD 102
Friday - MD 118
Saturday - MD 133
Chapter
See in psalter as above or for season/feast
Short Responsory
See in psalter as above or for season/feast
Hymn
Of the day of the week (pg nos above) or feast/season
Versicle
See in psalter as above or for season/feast
Antiphon for the Benedictus
Of the day of the week/feast/season
[on Sundays, of the week of the liturgical year]
Benedictus
MD 56, 73
Antiphon for the Benedictus
 M-S of the day of the week; Sun of the week in the calendar
Closing prayers
 MD 57
-          Collect
Of the week of the liturgical year or day/feast
-          Commemoration of the saint or day
Canticle antiphon, versicle and collect said immediately after the collect of the day

3.  Key points to remember about Lauds

1. The key texts for each day of the week (starting with Sunday) can be found in the Diurnal after Prime (but the hour is said before it) in the psalter section.

2. Lauds is said in the early morning, ideally at first light.

3. Only two (three on feasts) of the psalms change each day – Psalm 66 and 148-150 are normally said every day, and Psalm 50 is said every day except feasts and during some seasons.

4. There is also an Old Testament canticle for each day of the week (including a ‘ferial’ and optional ‘festal’ canticle for Monday-Saturday).

5. The antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle can be of the day of the week (Class IV days), season, feast or day.

6. The collect is either of the Sunday of the week (all Class IV days) or of the day, season or feast.

7. The antiphon for the Benedictus is of the day of the week or feast from Monday to Saturday, but on Sunday is normally of the week of the month or liturgical season.


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