Herewith notes on this week's Benedictine Ordo, to be read in association with the Ordo provided elsewhere on this site.
Monday 9 August – Vigil of St Lawrence, martyr, Class III/Tuesday 10 August – St. Lawrence, Martyr, Class II
St Lawrence of Rome (c. 225 – 258) was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome who were martyred during the persecution of Valerian in 258. He is famous for his cry during his torture, "This side’s done, turn me over and have a bite." You can read more on his life in The Golden Legend.
Wednesday 11 August – St. Tiburtius, Martyr, Memorial
St Tibertius was an early christian martyr - reputedly a sub-deacon, betrayed by apostate christians.
Thursday 12 August – St. Clare, Virgin, Memorial
Today is the feast day of the great disciple of St Francis, and foundress of the Poor Clares, St Clare of Assissi (1194-1253). Do say a prayer for those in Order, particularly the Australians scattered around the world in more observant convents!
Fri 13 – SS Pontianus, Pope and Hippolytus, Martyrs, Memorial
Saturday August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class II/ Sunday August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I
The Assumption is perhaps the most important of the Marian feast of the year, and a Holy Day of Obligation (even in countries that have largely abandoned the concept such as Australia). The Diurnal offers a choice of two versions of the Office for this feast - the first is the ‘new approved Office’ was written after the official proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption. Youtube contains a number of recordings of Monteverdi's splendid Vespers for this feast day. Do go an listen to some of them if you don't have your own recording. To get you started, here is an extract to enjoy: