Week of Septuagesima Sunday (Feb 12-18)


This Sunday marks the start of the pre-Lenten season of Septuagesimatide.  At I Vespers of Sunday, the Alleluia is 'buried' in a final flourish of repetitions, and not used thereafter until Easter.

From Septuagesima Sunday to the first Sunday of Lent:
  • the Alleluia is not used in the opening prayers - use Laus tibi Domine...;
  • at Matins, Nocturn II has antiphons for Septuagesimatide (in the psalter);and
  • Matins has three readings, of the day of the week.
The notes below provide a guide to the calendar this week, but if you are new to the Benedictine office, or need to check how a particular how is said, have a look at the notes here.

Sunday 12 February – Septuagesima Sunday, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon for the Sunday (Preoccupemus faciem Domini); hymn Primo dierum (from the psalter); readings, responsories and collect of the Sunday; note that the Alleluia is not used, antiphons for Septuagesima instead

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 154* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc for the day from MD 158-9*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, responsory, hymn etc for the day, from MD 159* ff

Monday 13 February – Class IV

All as for throughout the year except:

Collect, MD 157*

Matins: in Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima; three readings of the day

Vespers Magnificat antiphon MD 161*

Tuesday 14 February – Class IV; St Valentine, memorial [in Europe: SS Cyril and Methodius]

Matins: in Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima; three readings of the day

Collect, MD 157*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [67]; at VespersMagnificat antiphon MD 161*

Wednesday 15 February – Class IV [EF: commemoration of SS Fautinus and Jovita]

Matins: in Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima; three readings of the day

Collect, MD 157*’ at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 161*

Thursday 16 February – Class IV

Matins: in Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima; three readings of the day

Collect, MD 157*; Magnificat antiphon MD 162*

Friday 17 February – Class IV

Matins: in Nocturn II, antiphons of Septuagesima; three readings of the day

Collect, MD 157*; Magnificat antiphon MD 162*

Saturday 18 February - Saturday of Our Lady

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

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff

I Vespers of Sexagesima Sunday, MD 162* ff

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kate, do you know the reason for the printed numbers at the bottom left hand of certain pages of the Farnborough? For instance on page 161* there is writen at the bottom of the page 7* Monastic Diurnal. And throughout the diurnal there are multiple instances of this. I can't figure out what they are for. Am I missing something obvious?
Thanks
Matthew