Third Week of Advent

Note that from Saturday, all Advent days are Class II and have a set of antiphons for the day of the week - you can find more detailed notes on the Office during this period here.  The Matins readings for this week are listed here.

Sunday 11 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)

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

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 31* ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 28* except for canticle antiphon, MD 35* 

Monday 12 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class III [EF: in some places, Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

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

Lauds to Vespers:Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk III, MD 13* ff); collect (Sunday III), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 41-2*

Tuesday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Virgin Martyr; psalms and antiphons of Tuesday; first two readings of the Tuesday in third week of Advent (combine readings 2&3), third reading of the feast; responsories of the feast; chapter verse for a virgin martyr

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18] ff with festal psalms; commemoration of the feria - MD 42*/11*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds of the feast

Terce to None: Antiphons and collect of Lauds; chapter etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds, texts from the common of Virgins, MD (84); versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD [22]; commemoration of the feria, MD 42*/17*/11*

Wednesday 14 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk  III, MD 13* ff); collect of the Ember Day, MD 42-3*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 42-3*

Thursday 15 December – Thursday in the third week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to VespersOrdinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk  III, MD 13* ff); MD 43*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 43*

Friday 16 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to VespersOrdinary of Advent, MD 9* ff; ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers); collect of the Ember Day, MD 44*; canticle antiphons, MD 44*

Saturday 17 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

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

Lauds: Antiphons for Saturday (Dec 17-23), MD 40*, chapters, hymn etc of Advent; Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*; collect of the Ember Day, MD 45*

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 48*

Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 41*; chapters, hymn etc of Advent; collect of the Ember Day, MD 45*
I Vespers for the fourth Sunday of Advent, MD 45*ff; Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*


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