Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Ordo notes for June 2022

The notes below provide a guide to the Benedictine Office according to the 1962 calendar and rubrics.  Page references are to the Farnborough editions of the Monastic Diurnal.

Note that a more detailed Ordo can be ordered from Lulu.

June marks the end of the Easter season, with the feast of Pentecost on June 5.  After the Octave, we return to time after Pentecost, or time throughout the year.

THE ORDO

Wed 1 June  Class IV [EF: St Angela Merici, Class III] 

Ordinary of Ascentionstide; MD 383* ff. 

Thurs 2 June  Class IV; SS Marcellinus and Peter, Memorial [EF: and St Erasmus] 

MD 383* ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [151]. 

Fri 3 June  Class IV [St Charles Lwanga and companions, Optional Class III] 

MD 383* ff. 

Sat 4 June – Vigil of the Pentecost, Class I 

Lauds to None: MD 386* ff; 1 Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393* ff.

Sun 5 June – Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave

 MD 396* ff. 

Mon 6 June – Pentecost Monday, Class I [OF: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church] 

MD 403*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator. 

Tues 7 June – Pentecost Tuesday, Class I 

MD 403-4*. 

Wed 8 June – Ember Wednesday of Pentecost, Class I 

MD 404-5*. 

Thurs 9 June – Pentecost Thursday, Class I 

MD 405*. 

Fri 10 June – Ember Friday of Pentecost, Class I 

MD 405-6*. 

Sat 11 June – Ember Saturday of Pentecost, Class I 

Lauds to None: MD 406-7*; 1 Vespers of the Most Holy Trinity, MD 407* ff (no commemoration of the Sunday); Compline: Marian Antiphon Salve Regina, MD 268-9, henceforward.

Sun 12 June – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

MD 409* with no commemoration of the Sunday; at Prime the Athanasian Creed is said immediately after the psalms, MD 411* ff. 

Mon 13 June – Class IV; St Anthony of Padua, Memorial [EF: Class III] 

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the First Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [154]. 

Tues 14 June – St Basil the Great, Class III 

MD [155]. 

Wed 15 June – Class IV; St Vitus, Memorial [EF/Gower nuns: also SS Modestus and Crescentia, Memorial] 

For the commemoration at Lauds, MD [155]; 1 Vespers of Corpus Christi, MD 419* ff. 

Thurs 16 June – Corpus Christi, Class I 

MD 427* ff. 

Fri 17 June  Class IV [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo] 

Sat 18 June – Class IV; Saturday of Our Lady, St Ephrem Syrus, SS Mark and Marcellianus, Memorials [EF: St Ephrem, Class III] 

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady on Saturday, MD (129) ff; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [156-7]; 1 Vespers of the Second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 432*.

Sun 19 June – Second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

 MD 461-2*. 

Mon 20 June – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Silverius] 

Tues 21 June  Class IV; St Aloysius Gonzaga, Memorial [EF: Class III] 

For the commemoration at Lauds, MD [157-8]. 

Wed 22 June  Class IV [EF/Gower nuns: St Paulinus, Memorial; in England and Wales, SS John Fisher and Thomas More] 

Thurs 23 June – Class IV 

1 Vespers of the Sacred Heart, MD 432* ff. 

Fri 24 June  Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Class I 

[The feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist is transferred this year.] 

MD 439* ff; at 2 Vespers, commem. of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, MD [159] ff. 

Sat 25 June – Nativity of St John the Baptist, Class I (transferred) 

MD [161] ff; 2 Vespers of the feast with a commem. of the Third Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*.

Sun 26 June – Third Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

 MD 462-3* ff. 

Mon 27 June – Class IV 

Tues 28 June – Vigil of SS Peter and Paul, Class II 

MD [166-7]; 1 Vespers of SS Peter and Paul, MD [167] ff. 

Wed 29 June – SS Peter and Paul, Class I 

MD [169] ff. 

Thurs 30 June – Commemoration of St Paul, Class III 

MD [173] ff. 

Fri 1 July – Class IV [EF/In some monasteries: The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Class I] 

Sat 2 July  Visitation of the BVM, Class II 

MD [182]; 2 Vespers of the feast with a commem. of the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 445*.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Why pray in Latin? New book...

 

I wanted to alert readers to a new book that may be of interest, called Latin Prayer. Aspects of Language and Catholic Spirituality, by David Birch.

I will provide a review in a week or two, but in the meantime, here is the information from the flyer:

Praying in Latin has been part of Catholic life for almost 2,000 years. Each Latin prayer, whether prayed in public worship, or in private contemplation, is saturated with the very rich history of the Catholic Church. The place of Latin prayer thus forms an intrinsic part of the deep and extensive patrimony that is Catholic Tradition. Latin Prayer. Aspects of Language and Catholic Spirituality offers a grammar of prayer, with a linguist's eye for language, and with a Catholic heart for the numinous, which, linguistically and spiritually, is steeped in this patrimony and Tradition.

Over 13 detailed chapters, exploring a wide range of grammatical, linguistic and stylistic features of Latin prayer, and including a very comprehensive bibliography of Liturgical Latin, this book seeks to offer a linguistic means to exploring, and articulating, some of the spiritual depths that lie at the heart of the Latin prayer of the Church.

This is not a ‘how to learn Latin’ book, nor is it a compendium of Latin prayers, but a sustained meditation on prayer, using both a linguistics and theological/scriptural vocabulary, and written by a now retired academic, who has spent a lifetime, as first medieval and then modern linguist, praying both public and increasingly now, private Latin prayer.

It is hoped that those who know no Latin will be inspired by this book to learn it, and those who know it, and perhaps some, or all, of the prayers included here, to revisit it, perhaps with renewed eyes and heart. Above all, it is hoped that everyone, regardless of linguistic skills, will, through these pages, acknowledge, and indeed marvel at, the depth of Catholic patrimony and Tradition in Latin prayer, and its power and potency as a still completely relevant way of prayer. 

This is not a call to traditionalist arms; nor a condemnation or critique of contemporary post-Vatican II vernacular Catholicism, but an embrace of the prayer of the Church across its entire history, regardless of how parts of that history may now be viewed.

Available in paperback and as an e-book at https://www.amazon.com; online bookstores or please support your local bookshop by ordering it with its ISBN- 978-0-6454193-0-6

All royalties from this book will be donated in full to the Monks of Notre Dame Priory, Colebrook, Tasmania, Australia: https://www.notredamemonastery.org/helpus

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ordo for May 2022

 The Ordinary of the Office this month is for Eastertide, and then Ascensiontide.

Note that a more detailed Ordo can be ordered from Lulu.

Sun 1 May – St Joseph the Worker, Class I; Commemoration of the Second Sunday after Easter

 MD [126] or MD [133] ff with a commemoration of the Second Sunday after Easter, MD 358* ff. 

Mon 2 May – St Athanasius, Class III 

MD [138]. 

Tues 3 May – Class IV; SS Alexander, Eventius and Theodolus, Memorial [In some places: Finding of Holy Cross] 

MD 360*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138-9]. 

Wed 4 May – Class IV; St Monica, Memorial [EF: Class III] 

MD 360-1*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [139-40]. 

Thurs 5 May – Class IV; St Pius V, Memorial [EF: Class III] 

MD 361*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [140]. 

Fri 6 May – Class IV [In some places: St John before the Latin Gate] 

MD 361*. 

Sat 7 May – Class IV; Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]

 

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady in Eastertide, MD (135); 1 Vespers of the Third Sunday in Eastertide, MD 362* ff.

Sun 8 May – Third Sunday after Easter, Class II

 MD 363* ff. 

Mon 9 May – St Gregory Nazianzen, Class III 

MD [141].

Tues 10 May – Class IV; SS Gordian and Epimachis, Memorial [EF: St Antonius, Class III] 

MD 365*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [141-2].

 [Gower/Le B and others: I Vespers]

Wed 11 May – SS Philip and James, Class II; [Benedictine Confederation: SS Odo, Maiolus, Odilo, Hugh and Blessed Peter the Venerable, Memorial] 

MD [142] ff. 

Thurs 12 May – Class IV; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, Memorial [EF: Class III] 

MD 366*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [146]. 

Fri 13 May – Class IV; St Robert Bellarmine, Memorial [EF: Class III] 

MD 366-7*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [147]. 

Sat 14 May – Class IV; Saturday of Our Lady; St Pachomius, Memorial [EF: Commemoration of St Boniface] 

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady in Eastertide, MD (135); for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [147-8]/ SupAnt 74; 1 Vespers of the Fourth Sunday in Eastertide, MD 367* ff.

Sun 15 May – Fourth Sunday after Easter, Class II

MD 368* ff. 

Mon 16 May – Class IV [EF: St Ubald, Class III] 

MD 370*.

Tues 17 May  Class IV [EF: St Pascal Baylon, Class III/ Gower nuns, Memorial] 

MD 370*. 

Wed 18 May – Class IV [EF: St Venantius, Class III] 

MD 371*. 

Thurs 19 May – Class IV; St Peter Celestine, Memorial [EF: Class III; Benedictine Confederation, St Celestine, Optional Memorial; **In some places: St Dunstan, Class III] 

MD 371*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [148-9]. 

Fri 20 May – Class IV [EF: St Bernardine of Siena] 

MD 371-2*. 

Sat 21 May – Class IV; Saturday of Our Lady [St Christopher Magallanes and companions, Optional Class III]

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady in Eastertide, MD (135); 1 Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Easter, MD 372* ff.

Sun 22 May – Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II

 MD 373* ff. 

Mon 23 May – Class IV; Rogation Day 

MD 375*.

 [In some places: 1 Vespers]

Tues 24 May  Class IV; Rogation Day [In Australia and New Zealand and other places: Our Lady Help of Christians, Class I] 

MD 375-6*. 

Wed 25 May – Vigil of the Ascension, Class II; Rogation Day; Commemoration of St Gregory VII 

Lauds to None: MD 376*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [149]; 1 Vespers of the Ascension, MD 376* ff. 

Thurs 26 May – The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I 

MD 379* ff. 

Fri 27 May – St Bede OSB, Class III 

MD [150]. 

[Gower: 1 Vespers]

Sat 28 May – Class IV; Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Augustine OSB, Class IIIGower nuns: Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, Class I] 

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady in Eastertide, MD (135); 1 Vespers of the Sunday after the Ascension, MD 388-9*. 

Sun 29 May  Sunday after the Ascension, Class II

MD 389* ff. 

Mon 30 May – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Felix] 

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383* ff. 

Tues 31 May – Class IV [EF: The Queenship of the BVM, Class II] 

MD 383* ff.

Wed 1 June  Class IV [EF: St Angela Merici, Class III] 

MD 383* ff. 

Thurs 2 June  Class IV; SS Marcellinus and Peter, Memorial [EF: and St Erasmus] 

MD 383* ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [151]. 

Fri 3 June  Class IV [St Charles Lwanga and companions, Optional Class III] 

MD 383* ff. 

Sat 4 June – Vigil of the Pentecost, Class I 

Lauds to None: MD 386* ff; 1 Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393* ff.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love said to me, sorry that's the end of Christmas!




For those looking for the Ordo, just a reminder that you can find a short version of the notes on the page on the blog, or buy the ebook (or hardcopy) through Lulu for more detailed ones. 

By way of orientation, we are currently in a period of the office confected following the abolition of most of the octaves in the office: keep in mind that the Ordinary is of Nativitytide, and the Matins readings are of the date.

In earlier times, the Sunday (as it still is in the EF) would have been the Holy Name of Jesus, and indeed it is not clear that the 1962 'reformers' ever got around to actually constructing an actual Mass for the 'Second Sunday after the Nativity'. 

The other days in this period were the octave days of the various post Christmas feasts (Jan 2=St Stephen, unless displaced by the Sunday; Jan 3=St John; Jan 4=Holy Innocents; Jan 5=Vigil of the Epiphany).  The 2002 Novus Ordo calendar actually restored the Vigil of the Epiphany (where it is not celebrated on the Sunday).

You can find the instructions for the previous pattern in the Antiphonale Monasticum from page 284.

In the Ordinary Form in many countries, we have the even greater weirdness that is 'Epiphany Sunday', so that instead of the twelve days of Christmas, this year there are only 7....




Saturday, December 25, 2021

Happy Christmas and notes on the Office of the Octave...

 


Happy Christmas to all readers.

And by way of a Christmas present, detailed notes on the Office over the next week or so from the Ordo.

And if you would like to hear sung Matins of the Nativity, have a listen to monks of Notre Dame Priory, Australia.


The Ordo

Friday 24 December – Vigil of the Nativity, Class I 

Matins: Two Nocturns with invitatory antiphon, hymn, three readings and responsories, chapter and collect of the Vigil, MB 85 ff and psalms of the day. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Vigil, MD 54*/AM 232 ff. 

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 54*/AM 232. 

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the Vigil, MD 57-8*/AM 235. 

END OF ADVENT/START OF THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS (NATIVITYTIDE) 

1 Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord: Psalms of Sunday with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the feast, MD 58*/AM 236 ff. 

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma redemptoris, versicle and collect for December 24 (Post partum), MD 265-6/AM 174-5 henceforward. 

The Office during Nativitytide

 The season of the Nativity lasts from 1 Vespers of Christmas Day until January 13, and falls into four parts: the Vigil and feast of the Nativity; the Octave of the Nativity; the days from January 2 to 5; and the season of Epiphanytide. The texts for the Vigil and feast are proper to it. 

Saturday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a Class II Octave 

Matins: Three nocturns with invitatory, hymn, psalms, antiphons, twelve readings and responsories all of the feast, LR 54 ff. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the feast, MD 61*/AM 240 ff. 

Prime: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon MD 64*/AM 244. 

Terce to None: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 64-5*/AM 244-5. 

2 Vespers of the Nativity: Antiphons, psalms, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the feast, MD 65*/AM 245 ff.

[Le Barroux and some other monasteries: with a commemoration of St Stephen, MD 74-5*]

The Office during the Octave of the Nativity

 During the Octave, the psalms are either of the relevant feast, or of the day of the week except at Vespers, which uses the psalms of the feast of the Nativity each day, but with an alternating fourth psalm. The variable texts (antiphons, chapters, versicle, collect, etc) are either of the feast (where there is one), of the Sunday, or as for the feast of the Nativity. 

Sunday 26 December Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; Commemoration of St Stephen, Protomartyr

 Matins: All as for the Nativity except for the readings, responsories and collect. 

Lauds: Festal psalms; antiphons, responsory and hymn of the Nativity (AM 240 ff); chapter, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Sunday within the Octave, MD 77* ff/AM 266; for the commemoration, Benedictus antiphon, versicle and collect, MD 85*/AM 252. 

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 77*/AM 240. 

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the Sunday in the Octave, MD 81*/AM 266 ff. 

2 Vespers: Antiphons, psalms [4th psalm = Ps 129], responsory and hymn of the Nativity, MD 65*/AM 245 ff; chapter, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the Sunday, MD 82*/AM 267. 

Monday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity 

Matins: Three nocturns, all as for the Common of Apostles (LR 134 ff) except for the readings, responsories, Gospel and collect (of the feast). 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the feast, with a commemoration of the Octave, MD 90*/AM 255 ff. 

Prime: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 90*/AM 255. 

Terce to None: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 93-4*/AM 258. 

2 Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm = Ps 129]; chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the feast, with a commemoration of the Octave, MD 94*/AM 259 ff. 

Tuesday 28 December – Holy Innocents, Class II; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity 

Matins: Three Nocturns with antiphons and psalms of the Common of Several Martyrs, LR 175/MB 63* ff; invitatory antiphon, hymn, readings and responsories of the feast, LR 450 ff. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the feast, with a commemoration of the Octave, MD 97*/AM 260 ff. 

Prime: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 97*/AM 260. 

Terce to None: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 100*/AM 263 ff. 

2 Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* ff; chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the feast, MD 101*/AM 263 ff [4th psalm = Ps 131], with a commemoration of the Octave, MD 96-7*/AM 263. 

Wednesday 29 December – Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [Le Barroux, Gower and other  places, St Thomas Becket, Class I or Commemoration] 

For St Thomas Becket, MD 2**; SupAnt 15**. 

Matins: Two Nocturns with invitatory, hymn, antiphons, versicle, chapter and collect of the Nativity; three (Patristic) readings and responsories of the day. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Nativity, MD 61*/AM 267 ff. 

Prime: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon 1 of Lauds of the Nativity, MD 64*/AM 240. 

Terce to None: Psalms of the day of the week with antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the Nativity, MD 64-5*/AM 244-5. 

Vespers: Antiphons, psalms [4th psalm = Ps 129], chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the Nativity, MD 65*/AM 245 ff. 

Thursday 30 December – Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II 

Matins: Two Nocturns with invitatory, hymn, antiphons, versicle, chapter and collect of the Nativity; three (Patristic) readings and responsories of the day. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Nativity, MD 61*/AM 244. 

Prime: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon 1 of Lauds of the Nativity, MD 64*/AM 240. 

Terce to None: Psalms of the day with chapter, versicle and collect of the Nativity, MD 64-5*/AM 244-5. 

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms [4th psalm = Ps 131], chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the Nativity, MD 65*/AM 245 ff. 

Friday 31 December – Seventh Day within the Octave, Class II; Commemoration of St Sylvester 

Matins: Two Nocturns with invitatory, hymn, antiphons, versicle, chapter and collect of the Nativity; three (Patristic) readings and responsories of the day. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Nativity, MD 61*/AM 244; commemoration of St Sylvester, MD 103-4*/AM 269. 

Prime: Psalms of the day of the week; antiphon 1 of Lauds of the Nativity, MD 64*/AM 240. 

Terce to None: Psalms of the day with chapter, versicle and collect of the Nativity, MD 64-5*/AM 244-5. 

1 Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord: Psalms of the Common of Feasts of the BVM, MD (119) ff/AM 703; antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 104*/AM 270 ff. 

Saturday 1 January – Octave Day of the Nativity (Circumcision of the Lord), Class I 

Matins: Three nocturns with psalms of the Nativity, antiphons, psalms, versicles, readings, responsories and collect of the feast. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect for the feast, MD 108*/AM 271 ff. 

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 108*/AM 271. 

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD 111-2*/AM 274-5. 

2 Vespers of the Octave Day of the Nativity: Psalms of the Common of Feasts of the BVM, MD (119) ff/AM 703; antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn and collect as for 1 Vespers, MD 104*/AM 270 ff; versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD 113*/AM 275. 

Note: Where the Holy Name of Jesus, Class II  is said instead of Second Sunday after the Nativity, it is not marked at Vespers today. 

Sunday 2 January – Second Sunday after the Nativity, Class II [EF/Le Barroux and some monasteries: Holy Name of Jesus]

 Note: Prior to 1962 this Sunday was celebrated as the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; accordingly the chants for the ‘Second Sunday’ do not appear in the Antiphonale Monasticum.  The Roman EF however has maintained the feast, and texts for it can be found at MD 3**/AM 276 ff. 

Matins: Invitatory, hymn and versicles of the ordinary of Nativitytide; Nocturn I readings of January 3; Nocturn II & III readings, responsories, Gospel and collect of the Second Sunday after the Nativity. 

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Second Sunday, MD 116*. 

Prime: Antiphon, MD 118*. 

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the Sunday, MD 118-119*. 

2 Vespers: Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle and collect as for I Vespers, MD 113* ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 119*.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Notes on the Office in the fourth week of Advent



For the full Ordo for the week, either buy the detailed version of the Ordo from Lulu or look at the short version on the blog.

In the meantime, just a quick reminder that the day hours from 17 December to 23 December are the most complicated in the Office, so you need to keep your wits about you!

In particular, remember that on these days:

  • the psalms are those of the day of the week (the exception being the feast of St Thomas on December 21);
  • the antiphons for the psalms are of the day of the week in the period December 17-23 (except for Saturday Vespers to Sunday Vespers, which are of the Fourth Sunday of Advent);
  • at Lauds, the Benedictus antiphon is of the day of the week of Advent except on December 21 (of the feast, with a commemoration using the antiphon of the date) and December 23;
  • at Vespers, the Magnificat antiphon is O antiphon of the date; 
  • the variable texts (hymn, chapter, responsory etc) are of the season (Ordinary of Advent);
  • the collect is of the week of Advent (save for at Prime and Compline; on the Ember days; and on the feast of St Thomas).

And here's hoping you have a happy and holy Christmas!


Friday, December 10, 2021

Notes on the Office for the Third Week of Advent in 2021

 


This coming week is the third of Advent, and features the feast of St Lucy on Monday.

The liturgy intensifies this week, with the three Ember Days of Advent (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, traditionally days of fasting and abstinence), and from Friday, the start of the 'O' antiphons at Vespers.

All of the days between December 17 and 23 are Class II days: 

  • At Matins there is a proper Invitatory antiphon for the season (Prope est, MB 14).
  • At Lauds to Vespers a set of antiphons for the psalms for each day of the week are used, set out at MD 37*/AM 212 ff.
  • At Lauds the Benedictus antiphons are normally of the relevant Advent day, but there are specific antiphons said on December 21 and 23.
  • At Vespers, the 'O Antiphons' (MD 35-6*/AM 208ff) are sung with the Magnificat, displacing the Magnificat antiphon of the Advent day. 

You can find a summary Ordo for the full month on the blog.  Alternatively, you can purchase the more detailed version from Lulu.