Fourth Week of Advent

You can find notes on how the Benedictine Office is said during this period of Advent here and a list of the Matins readings for the week here.


Sunday 18 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory for Third Sunday of Advent onwards (Prope est), hymn Verbum supernum; antiphons of Advent; readings and responsories for the Fourth Sunday 

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 48* ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 45*; Magnificat antiphon, O Adonai, MD 35*

Monday 19 December – Monday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to VespersAntiphons for Monday, MD 37* ff, ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers);  Benedictus antiphon at Lauds, MD 52*; collect, MD 12*; Magnificat antiphon, O radix Iesse, MD 36*

Tuesday 20 December - Tuesday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to VespersAntiphons for Tuesday, MD 37-8*, ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers); Benedictus antiphon at Lauds, MD 52*; collect, MD 12*; Magnificat antiphon, O clavis David, MD 36*

Wednesday 21 December - St Thomas, Class II

Matins: All from the common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories for Nocturns II&III (of the feast)

Lauds: All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (9), except for the Benedictus antiphon, MD [22] and collect, MD [23]; for the commemoration of the feria, Nolite timere, MD 43*/11*/12* 

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapters etc from the Common, collect, MD [23]

VespersAll as in the Common of Apostles, MD (13), except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD [22] and collect, MD [23]; for the commemoration of the feria, O Oriens, MD 36*/17*/12*

Thursday 22 December - Thursday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to VespersAntiphons for Thursday, MD 39*; ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers); Benedictus antiphon at Lauds, MD 53*; collect, MD 12*; Magnificat antiphon, O Rex gentium, MD 36*

Friday 23 December - Friday in the fourth week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to VespersAntiphons for Friday, MD 39-40*; ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers); Benedictus antiphon at Lauds, Ecce completa sunt, MD 45*; collect, MD 12*; Magnificat antiphon, O Emmanuel, MD 36*

Saturday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and readings of the feast; antiphons and psalms of the day; readings of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday), MD 44 with antiphons and proper texts, MD 54* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 54*

Terce to None: Antiphons and texts, MD 57* ff

CHRISTMASTIDE

I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58* ff (Sunday psalms with antiphons and texts from MD 58* ff)

2 comments:

Brian M said...

Dear Kate, I just prayed Vespers of Thursday 21 December, and I wanted to ask you if I got a detail right:

Two of the four psalms are divisions of psalm 138 generally said with just one antiphon, but a Glory Be halfway through, if I understand "Division" correctly.

How does that work with the five proper psalm antiphons of the day in this last week of Advent?

Here is what Le Barroux says:

Ad Vesp. divisiones P 138 ut integri psalmi sumuntur, ita ut quatuor antiphonæ cantentur (quod servatur etiam F. VI pro P 143).

If I understand the Latin correctly, I treat each division of 138 as separate psalms, and in so doing, use proper antiphons 1 and 2 with them, thus being able to use the four proper antiphons at Vespers like usual.

May I ask if this was correct? Thanks as always--

Kate Edwards said...

Dear Brian,

Yes that is my understanding.

As usual all five psalms are said at Lauds, the fourth is omitted at Vespers.

The two segments psalm 138 of are treated as separate psalms for the purpose of the antiphons though.