Fourth week after the Epiphany (Jan 29-Feb 4)

The notes below set out notes for the feasts with the page numbers in the Monastic Diurnal.  If you are new to the Benedictine Office though, you should start with my Learn to say the Office page, to orient yourself to the book and the structure and fixed texts for each 'hour'.

Sunday 29 January – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter; readings, responsories and collect of the Sunday

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62 with hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; Collect and canticle antiphons from MD 149-50*; for the commemoration, MD [44–5]

Vespers: As for Saturday in the psalter with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 149-50*

**As Class I, see MD 21**

Monday 30 January – Class IV [EF: St Martina]

Collect, MD 149-50*

Tuesday 31 January – Class IV; St John Bosco, memorial [EF: Class III]

Collect MD 149-50*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [45–6]

Wednesday 1 February - St Ignatius, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a martyr; psalms and antiphons of the day; reading 1&2 of the feria (combine readings 2&3; use responsories 1&3 of the feria), reading and responsory 3 of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day, the rest from the Common of one martyr, MD (31) 

Prime: Antiphon 1 from the Common

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, etc from the common; collect of the feast, MD [46]

Thursday 2 February - Purification of the BVM, Class II

Matins: Invitatory of the feast; hymn from the Common of the BVM; psalms and antiphons from the Common; Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the feast

Lauds: Proper antiphons and texts for the feast, MD [49] ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms and propers from Common of BVM, MD (119), Magnificat antiphon, MD [51-2] 

****Compline: Antiphon of Our Lady, Ave Regina Caelorum, MD 266 (and henceforward)

Friday 3 February – Class IV; St Blase, Memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 149-50*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [52]

Saturday 4 February – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: ST Andrew Corsini, Class III]

Matins: Reading 3 is of Our Lady, Saturday 1 in February

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, MD 150*

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