Ordo for the first week of Advent

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Below are notes to help you say the Office during the first week of Advent.  Please be aware that these assume you are already familiar with the structure and rubrics for these hours - if you are just starting out on saying the Office, I'd suggest starting here.

Advent

This is the first week of Advent, and the traditional Benedictine Office becomes much more elaborate than usual during this period.

For a general introduction to the Office during Advent, please go and take a look at this post: the Office during Advent.

I have also put out a recent series of rubrics notes on the individual hours:

Matins in Advent
Lauds in Advent
Prime and Compline in Advent
Terce, Sext and None in Advent
Vespers in Advent; Lauds pt II

Order of recitation for the first week of Advent 


Note: all page references (indicated by MD) refer to the Monastic Diurnal (published by St Michael's Abbey).


Saturday 26 November – Saturday of Our Lady; St Sylvester, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to None: At Matins, Saturday 4&5 of November; Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [384]

END OF TIME AFTER PENTECOST – START OF ADVENT

I Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, MD 1* (psalms of Saturday with antiphon, chapter etc of I Vespers)

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater, MD 265 henceforward


Sunday 27 November – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons and readings of Sunday I in Advent

Lauds: Proper antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn etc, MD 4* ff with Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime: Antiphon, MD 6*

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 7* ff

Vespers: Proper texts as for I Vespers, MD 1* except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 8*; with psalms of Sunday, MD 203

Monday 28 November – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the Advent day (Monday in first week of Advent)

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9* ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*; 

Prime: Antiphon for week I, MD 13*

Terce to None: Antiphon for Advent wk I, MD 13* ff; chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Advent, MD 15* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17*; collect, MD 11*

Tuesday 29 November – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Saturinus, memorial

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the day 

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* (Prime to None antiphons of wk I, MD 13* ff); collect (Sunday I), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [385]

Wednesday 30 November - St Andrew, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles; antiphons and twelve readings of the feast, psalms from Common of Apostles

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [3] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria, MD 18*/11*

Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast with psalms of the day

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn of Lauds; psalms from the Common, MD (13); responsory etc, MD [7-8]; commemoration of the feria, MD 18*/17*/11*


Thursday 1 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III [In some places: Blessed Richard, Hugo, John and Companions]

For Blessed Richard…MD 1**

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the Advent day 

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk I, MD 13* ff); collect (Sunday I), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*

Friday 2 December – Friday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Peter Chrysologus, memorial [EF: St Bibiana]

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the Advent day 

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk I, MD 13* ff); collect (Sunday I), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 19*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [8-9]

Saturday 3 December - Saturday in the first week of Advent; St Francis Xavier, memorial [EF: Class III; Class I in some places]

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the Advent day 

Lauds to VespersPsalms of Saturday with Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* (Prime to None antiphons of wk I, MD 13* ff); collect (Sunday I), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds, MD 19*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9]

For St Francis Xavier as a Class I feast, see MD 1**

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Advent, MD 19* ff

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