Saturday, December 16, 2017

Benedictine Office Ordo for the third week of Advent (December 17-23)

This Sunday marks the start of the more intense period of Advent, making this easily the most complicated week of the Office for the entire year.

Accordingly, you will need to make full use of the ribbons in your Diurnal or other Office book!

Advent days between December 17 and 23 - where to put your ribbons


During this period, the other texts can come from several different sources each day, so I strongly recommend following the Ordo very closely (alternatively, particularly if you are new to the Office, rather than trying to say it all yourself, listen and absorb the Office being sung by the monks of Le Barroux!).

If you are going to say the Office this week, I would suggest deploying your ribbons as follows:

(1) The Ordinary of Advent: The Ordinary of Advent continues to be used each day, with a change of invitatory antiphon for those saying Matins, those set for the Advent day, the particular date, or (most often) a mix of the above.

(2) The psalms for the particular hour you are saying - the normal daily psalms continue to be used, except on Thursday when festal psalms for the feast of St Thomas are used instead at Matins, Lauds and Vespers.

(3) The antiphons for the day of the week between December 17 and 23 (from Monday).

(4) The day within the Third Week of Advent, for the canticle antiphon of  Lauds and the collects (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are  Ember Days, with their own collects).  Note though that the Vespers canticles set out there are not used, and December 21 and 23 have particular antiphons at Lauds that displace those of the Advent day.

You can find more details on the rubrics for this more intense period of Advent here.

Saturday Vespers on 23 December


Because Christmas is on Monday this year, next Sunday is the Vigil of Christmas rather than the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  But the texts for the Fourth Sunday are still used in the Office at I Vespers on Saturday December 23 (ie the Vigil is literally just the Sunday).

THE ORDO


Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed)
NR=Nocturnale Romanum
LH=Liber Hymnarius, Solesmes, 1983


Sunday 17 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)

Matins: Invitatory for Third Sunday of Advent onwards (Prope est, LH 10 or NR lv), hymn Verbum supernum; antiphons of Advent; readings and responsories for the Third Sunday 

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 31*/AM 204 ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 28*, Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*/AM 208

Monday 18 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons for the psalms (Monday in the period Dec 17-23), MD 37*/AM 212
Chapter, hymn, responsory and versicle - Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff
Canticle antiphons: Benedictus (Lauds), MD 41*/AM 220; Magnificat, O Adonai, MD 35*/AM 209
Collect (for hours other than Prime and Compline) of Sunday III, MD 11*/AM 206

Tuesday 19 December – Tuesday in the third week of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons: MD 37* ff/AM 213-4
Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff
Canticle antiphons: Benedictus, 42*/AM 221; Magnificat antiphon, O radix Iesse, MD 36*/AM 209
Collect (for hours except Prime and Compline): (Sunday III), MD 11*

Wednesday 20 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons:  MD 38* ff/AM 215-6
Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff
Canticle antiphons: Benedictus, 42*/AM 222; Magnificat, O clavis David, MD 36*/AM 210
Collect Lauds, Terce to Vespers): of the Ember Day, MD 42-3*/AM 223

Thursday 21 December - St Thomas, Class II

Matins: All from the common of Apostles (LR 134 ff) except for the readings and responsories for Nocturns II&III (of the feast)

Lauds: All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (9)/AM 622ff, except for the Benedictus antiphon, MD [22] and collect, MD [23]; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon (Nolite timere), MD 43*/AM 219; versicle MD 11*/AM 185; collect, MD 12*/AM 206

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

Vespers: All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (13)/AM 620, except for the Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD [22]/AM 744 and collect, MD [23]; Commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon (O Oriens), MD 36*/AM 210; versicle, MD 17*/AM 183; collect, MD 12*/AM 206

Friday 22 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

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

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons: (MD 39*/AM 217 ff);
Rest from ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers);
Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*/AM 224; Magnificat antiphon, O Rex gentium, MD 36*/AM 211;
Collect of the Ember Day, MD 44/AM 224

Saturday 23 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*/SupAnt 3-4, chapters, hymn etc of Advent; Benedictus antiphon, Ecce completa sunt, MD 45*/AM 220; collect of the Ember Day, MD 45*/AM 225

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*/AM 226 ff; Magnificat antiphon, O Emmanuel, MD 36*/AM 211

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ordo for the Second week of Advent**

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THE ORDO

Sunday 10 December – Second Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon (Regem venturum Dominum), hymn (Verbum supernum), antiphons and versicles of Advent; readings and responsories of Sunday II in Advent

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 22*/AM 195 ff; psalms of Sunday; at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62

Monday 11 December – Monday in the second week of Advent, Class III; St Damasus, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff

Prime to None:  Antiphons of (Sunday) wk II, MD 13*/AM 195 ff); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*/AM 198

Lauds and Vespers: Canticle antiphons, MD 26-7*/AM 199-200; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [17-8]/AM 768

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

**For Our Lady of Guadeloupe, SupAm 6* ff

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*/AM 198; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 27*/AM 200

Wednesday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Virgin Martyr (LR 211-2); psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; first two readings of the Wednesday in second week of Advent (combine readings 2&3), third reading of the feast; chapter verse for a virgin martyr; responsories of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18]/AM 769 ff with festal psalms. Commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 27*/AM 201; versicle MD 11*/AM 185; collect, MD 11*/AM 198

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds, texts from the common of Virgins, MD (84); versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD [22]/AM 773. Commemoration of the Advent feria: (antiphon, MD 27*/AM 201; versicle MD 17*/AM 183; collect, MD 11*/AM 198

Thursday 14 December – Thursday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 27-8*/AM 201

Friday 15 December – Friday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 28*/AM 202

Saturday 16 December – Saturday in the second week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Eusebius, Class III]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk II, MD 13*ff); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphon at Lauds, MD 28*/AM 203

I Vespers of Third Sunday in Advent, MD 28* ff/AM 203 ff (Psalms of Saturday, chapter and antiphons of Sunday Advent 3, hymn and response from the Ordinary of Advent)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ordo for the First week of Advent**

The notes below are designed to assist those wishing to say the Benedictine Office according to the officially approved 1962 books (noting that older books can readily be adapted to this end).

They provides notes on the variable parts of the Office only, so should be read in conjunction with the Learn to Say the  Benedictine Office notes provided elsewhere on the blog.

Advent

This week marks the start of Advent, which has its own special rubrics which you can read up on.

The Matins readings and responsories for each day of Advent or the feast of the day can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.  Notes on where you can find the chants for the responsories and other background on them can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

For those who say Matins, you can find an integrated version of all the texts and chants for the First Sunday of Advent on the Gregofacsimil website.  Be aware though, that some of the material does not align with the breviary, as it uses the texts provided by the Hartker MSS.

You can find the Ordinary of Advent (both the Sunday and ferial versions of the invitatory and the hymn) in the Liber Hymnarius (pages 4-6).

Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek



THE ORDO


Sunday 3 December – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

[Note: The feast of St Francis Xavier is not marked in the Office this year]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon (Regem venturum Dominum), hymn (Verbum supernum), antiphons and versicles of Advent; readings and responsories of Sunday I in Advent (for all texts and chants, see the Gregofacsimil website).

Lauds: Proper antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn etc, MD 4*/AM 183ff with Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 6* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday, antiphons and other texts as for I Vespers, MD 1* except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 8*/AM 190; with psalms of Sunday

Monday 4 December – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Peter Chrysologus; St Barbara; Some monasteries: Illation of the relics of St Benedict]

**For the illation of St Benedict, See LR 427-8; SupAnt 9 ff

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the Advent week 1 (Monday in first week of Advent) [*For illation of St Benedict, LR 427]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9*/AM 183 ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17* (AM 191); collect, MD 11*; 

Prime to None: Antiphons for Advent wk I, MD 13*/AM 187-8 ff; Terce to None: chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*/AM 189

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Advent, MD 15*/AM 181 ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17* (AM 191); collect of the Sunday, MD 11*

Tuesday 5 December – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF/1975 Benedictine (optional memorial): Commemoration of St Sabbas]

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

Lauds and Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*/AM 191, collect (Sunday I), MD 11*/AM 189

Prime to None:  antiphons of wk I (Sunday I)

Wednesday 6 December – Wednesday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Nicholas, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, antiphons (Prime to None) and collect (except at Prime and Compline) of Sunday/week I; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*/AM 192; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9-10]/AM 760

Thursday 7 December – St Ambrose, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Confessor bishop (LR 190); psalms and antiphons of the day; first two readings of day (combine reading 2&3, omit responsory 2 of the feria); third reading and responsory of the feast (In medio ecclesiae, LR 203); Chapter verse for a confessor bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day; chapter etc from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)/AM 657; collect, MD [10]/AM 760; commemoration of the Advent feria (antiphon, MD 18*, versicle MD 11*, collect, MD 11*/AM 193/189

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common, collect MD [10]/AM 760

I Vespers of the Immaculate Conception, MD [11]/AM 761; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 18*; versicle MD 17*; collect, MD 11*/AM 193/189

Friday December 8 December – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, antiphons and twelve lessons and responsories of the feast, LR 259

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with ant iphons and rest from MD [13]/AM 763 ff; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 19*; versicle MD 11*; collect, MD 11*/ AM 193/189

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms of I Vespers of the BVM, MD (119); antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [11]AM 767 ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD [17]; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 19*; versicle MD 17*; collect, MD 11*/AM 194/189

Saturday 9 December – Saturday in the first week of Advent, Class III 

Matins to None: Ordinary of Advent; collect (Sunday I), MD 11*/AM 189; canticle antiphons at Lauds, MD 19*/AM 194

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Advent, MD 19* ff/AM 195 (psalms of Saturday, chapter and antiphons of Sunday Advent 2, hymn and short responsory from the Ordinary of Advent)



 (First responsory for Matins of the first Sunday of Advent)


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ordo for 2018 now available

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British Library, Additional MS 18851 calendar scenes


As we are rapidly coming up to the beginning of the new liturgical year, I want to alert readers that the Ordo for the year ahead for the Benedictine Office according to the 1962 rubrics is now available.

You can obtain it by a variety of means:

  • on the Saints Will Arise blog posted weekly (it is normally scheduled for Saturday before the Sunday 7am Australian Eastern Time) with additional notes on rubrics, where to find the Matins readings etc;
  • weekly via email by subscribing to the blog (see right-hand side toolbar), along with other material posted here);
  • arranged by month on this blog on the Ordo page; 
  • the entire Ordo for the year in black and white format here; or 
  • by downloading the PDF of the year's Ordo from the BenOfficeHelp yahoo group (**this is the simplest option as no membership approval is needed) or Traditional Benedictine Office facebook group (if all else fails, email me using the link on the blog).
A big thank you to Brian and Patrick who assisted by proofreading, and to those who have alerted me to issues over the last year.

Any remaining errors are my responsibility, but please do let me know if you find any, or have other feedback on the content and format to offer (which can influence future editions of the Ordo, should there be any, or enable me to make corrections to the online version if there is still time!).

And a big thank you too, to those who have prayed for me and/or utilised my Amazon wishlist over the last year - I very much appreciate your support.

And please do keep me in your prayers over the next year.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Office: Ordo for the twenty-fifth and last week after Pentecost (Nov 26 - Dec 2)

The notes below are designed to assist those wishing to say the Benedictine Office according to the officially approved 1962 books (noting that older books can readily be adapted to this end).

They provides notes on the variable parts of the Office only, so should be read in conjunction with the Learn to Say the  Benedictine Office notes provided elsewhere on the blog.

Fifth Sunday of November and  Last after Pentecost

This Sunday is the last Sunday after Pentecost - note that in some books this is described as the 'Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost'.

This week at Matins the three readings each day (feasts aside) continue the reading of the minor prophets.  Listings of the ferial readings and responsories will be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

Note that Advent, with its special rubrics, starts from I Vespers of Sunday (ie Saturday) on 2 December.

Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983


THE ORDO

Sunday 26 November – Twenty-fifth and last Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter with Nocturn I&II readings, and all responsories for Sunday 5 of November

Lauds to Vespers: All as for Sunday in the psalter, Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 487*/AM 617-8

Monday 27 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter with Matins readings for fifth week of November, collect, MD 487*/AM 618

Tuesday 28 November – Class IV

All as in the psalter with Matins readings for fifth week of November, collect, MD 487*/AM 618

Wednesday 29 November – Class IV; St Saturninus, memorial

All as in the psalter with Matins readings for fifth week of November, collect, MD 487*/AM 618; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [385]/AM 753

Thursday 30 November - St Andrew, Class II

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of Apostles, LR 134; antiphons and readings of the feast, psalms from Common of Apostles,  You can find a listing of the antiphons and sources for the chants on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [2]/AM 755 ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast 

Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn of Lauds; psalms from the Common, MD (13); responsory etc, MD [7-8]/AM 758

Friday 1 December – Class IV [In some places: **Blessed Richard, Hugo, John and Companions]

For Blessed Richard…MD 1**

Matins: Readings for Friday in the fifth week of November

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the psalter; collect Excita quaesumus, MD 487*/AM 618 (24th and last Sunday after Pentecost)

Saturday 2 December – Saturday of Our Lady; St Peter Chrysologus, memorial [EF: St Bibiana]

Matins to None: At Matins, readings 1&2 of Saturday after the fifth Sunday in November, reading 3 of Our Lady of Saturday 1 of December

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [8-9]/AM 759

START OF ADVENT

Vespers: I Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, MD 1* (Psalms of Saturday as in the psalter with antiphons of Lauds, omitting the fourth, AM 187-8; chapter of Saturday I of Advent, AM 186; responsory and hymn from Ordinary of Advent, AM 182; Magnificat antiphon, Ecce nomen, AM 186)

Compline: Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater, MD 265/AM 173 or 178 henceforward

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Brush up your rubrics for Advent - the chapter, versicle, responsories and hymns

Today the final part in the brush up your rubrics for Advent series, aimed at helping you to get ready for the complexities of the Advent Office.

 So far I have covered:

Today I want to focus on the parts of the Office that immediately follow the psalmody (other than the canticle and its antiphon at Lauds and Vespers and the closing prayers which we have already covered).

Lauds and Vespers - all change!

The most important thing to keep in mind when saying Lauds and Vespers during Advent is that all of the parts of the Office after the psalmody - that is the chapter, short responsory, hymn and versicle - change during Advent.  

That means you have to ignore what appears in the psalter section of your Diurnal or breviary and instead use the texts found under the 'Ordinary of Advent' (Diurnal page 9* onwards; Antiphonale Monasticum page 181 onwards).


The table below summarises the impact of Advent on these two hours.


Lauds and Vespers during the week

I&II Vespers of Sunday, Sunday Lauds
Opening prayers
As throughout the year


Antiphons for the psalms
As throughout the year until December 17, then of the week day in the period

Of the Sunday of Advent
Psalms
Of the day

Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle
Ordinary of Advent
Of the Advent Sunday (mostly from the Ordinary)

Canticle antiphon
Of the Advent day or date

Canticle
As throughout the year

Closing prayers
Collect of the Advent week or day



The hymns (and hymn tones) of the season

Accordingly, this is the week to brush up (or learn) the hymns of the season, namely:
(Note the recordings I've linked to use slightly different texts to the monastic ones in some cases).

In the case of Prime, Terce to None and Compline the texts of the hymns do not change.  If you are singing them though, there are special chant tones for the season:
  • the chant tone for the hymn, Te Lucis ante Terminum (Compline) can be found on page 183 of the Antiphonale Monasticum; and
  • the chant tone for Iam lucis orto at Prime is also used at Terce to None, and can be found in the Antiphonale Monasticum on page 185.
Chapter and versicles for Terce to None

The chapter and versicles of the little hours are all of Advent, but because they are the same throughout Advent they can be found both in the Ordinary of Advent section and in the psalter section.

The table below summarises the impact of Advent on Prime, Compline and Terce to None.


PART OF THE HOUR
COMPLINE
PRIME
TERCE TO NONE




Opening prayers/section

As for throughout the year

Hymn
Text as for throughout the year; chant tone of Advent, AM 183

Text as for throughout the year; chant tone of Advent, AM 185
Antiphon and psalms
Unchanged (no antiphon)
Antiphon of the week or day of Advent with psalms of the day of the week
Antiphon of the week or day of Advent with psalms of day

Chapter/short reading and versicle

As for throughout the year

For Advent, as noted in the psalter section
Closing prayers
As for throughout the year
Collect of the Advent week or day

Matins

At Matins, the Ordinary of the season includes:
  • the invitatory antiphon (which changes from the Third Sunday of Advent);
  • the hymn;
  • antiphons on Sundays;
  • versicles at the end of Nocturn I; and
  • chapter.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Brush up your rubrics for Advent - The canticle antiphons and collects in Advent

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In the previous part of this series I talked about how the canticle antiphons and collects usually work; today I want to work on the canticle antiphons and collects of Advent.

Advent days and dates

The first thing you need to know is that during Advent, the antiphons for the Benedictus at Lauds and the Magnificat at Vespers are different each day, being either of the Advent day (eg Monday in the First week of Advent, Tuesday in the first week of Advent, etc) or of the date (unless, of course, displaced by a feast).

The trick is that between December 17 and 23, the Lauds canticle is generally (subject to two key exceptions) of the Advent day (not date), while the Vespers canticles of the Advent day are displaced by those of the date (viz the O antiphons).

So this year (2017) for example, at Lauds on Monday 18 November, the canticle is of Monday in the Third Week of Advent (Egredietur virga).

The O antiphons

At Vespers, however, you have to ignore the Magnificat antiphon set down for the Monday in the third week in your book and instead use the O antiphon of the date, O Adonai.
  • The Great O's as they are known, can be found in the Diurnal on page 35-6*, or in the Antiphonale on page 208-11.  In other books, look after the Third Sunday of Advent.
The O antiphons are ancient indeed, known to St Benedict's contemporary Boethius, and all have essentially the same melody, so are easy to learn, and there are numerous recordings of them available on youtube.

Lauds canticles

Although Lauds mostly sticks to canticles of the Advent day, it does have some canticles of the date as well, namely for December 21 (Nolite Timere, used in the commemoration of the day as it is the feast of St Thomas) and December 23 (Ecce completa).

The table below summarises the source of the canticles between December 17 and the end of Advent - and of course don't forget that the first word of the O antiphons working backwards spells out Ero Cras - tomorrow I will come!


Lauds
Vespers

Dec 17
Of the Advent day (2017: Third Sunday of Advent)

O Sapientia
Dec 18
Of the Advent day (2017: Monday in the third week of Advent)

O Adonai
Dec 19
Of the Advent day (2017: Tuesday wk III)

O Radix Iesse
Dec 20
Of the Advent day (2017: Ember Wednesday of Advent)

O Clavis David
Dec 21
Of the Advent day (St Thomas – for the commemoration of the Advent Day, Nolite Timere)

O Oriens
Dec 22
Of the Advent day (2017: Ember Friday of Advent)

O Rex gentium
Dec 23
Of the date – Ecce completa est

O Emmanuel
Dec 24
Of the Vigil of the Nativity
Of I Vespers of the Nativity

The collects

The collects for Advent follow the normal pattern, generally being of the Sunday each week (except at Prime and Compline).

The key exception is the three Ember days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the third week of Advent), which each have their own collect.