Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ordo for December 2011


Herewith the Benedictine Ordo according to the general calendar for the Order, and rubrics approved in 1961/2, with page references to the Monastic Diurnal (MD) published by Farnborough Abbey, 2004.

Please let me know if you find any errors, or have any questions on the Ordo.

You will of course need to add in any local feasts celebrated in your monastery, parish, diocese and country. In particular, this should include (where they have been appointed):

• the principal patron of your country, region or province as a Class I;
• the principal patron of your diocese or territory;
• the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of your diocese;
• the patron of your town or city;
• the anniversary of the dedication of your church;
• the titular feast of your church;
• the patron saint of your congregation or monastery (if you are an oblate);
• the feast of the monasteries founder (if canonised or beatified); and
• any saints specified in the calendar of your monastery's congregation.

Note that REF=Roman Extraordinary Form calendar.

December includes the liturgical periods of Advent and Nativitytide.

THE ORDO

Thursday 1 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III [**in some places Blessed Richard, Hugo, John, abbots and companions, martyrs, memorial]

Collect (Sunday I), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 18*

Blessed Richard et al: MD 1**

Friday 2 December - Class III; St Peter Chrysologus, bishop, confessor and doctor, memorial [REF: St Bibiana, Cl III]

Collect MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 19*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [2-3]

Saturday 3 December - Class III; St Francis Xavier, Confessor, Memorial [REF: Cl III; in some places, Class I]

Collect MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 19*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9]

For St Francis Xavier as a Class I feast, see MD 1**

First Vespers of the Second Sunday in Advent – antiphons etc from MD19*ff

Sunday 4 December - Second Sunday of Advent, Class I

MD 22* ff

Monday 5 December – Class III [REF: St Sabbas, Commem]

Collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 26-7*

Tuesday 6 December – Class III; St Nicholas, Memorial

Collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 27*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9-10]

Wednesday 7 December – St Ambrose, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Class III

MD [10]; Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Wednesday in Advent; chapter etc from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64); collect, MD [10]; commemoration of the feria, (versicle/canticle antiphon/ collect), MD 11*/27*


Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts from Common of a Confessor Bishop with psalms of Wednesday, collect MD [10]

Vespers: I Vespers of the Immaculate Conception, MD [11] with a commemoration of the feria, MD 11*/27*

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

All as set out at MD [13] ff; at Lauds and Vespers make a commemoration of the feria MD 27-8*

Friday 9 December – Class III

Collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 28*

Saturday 10 December – Class III [REF: Commem. of St Melchiades;**in some places, Blessed Mark Barkworth, John Roberts and companions, martyrs, memorial]

Collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 28*

**MD 2**

First Vespers of the Third Sunday of Advent, MD 28* ff

Sunday 11 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday); St Damasus I, Pope and Confessor, Memorial [in some places: Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

MD 31* ff

Monday 12 December – Class III [**In some places, Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

Collect (Sunday III), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 41-2*

[For Our Lady of Guadeloupe, use Common of the BVM, MD (119)]

Tuesday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

MD [18] ff; at Lauds and Vespers, a commemoration of the feria (versicle/canticle antiphon/collect), MD 42*

Wednesday 14 December – Ember Wednesday, Class II

Collect and canticle antiphons MD 42-43*

Thursday 15 December - Class III

Collect (Sunday III), MD 11*; canticle antiphons MD 43*

Friday 16 December – Ember Friday, Class II [REF: St Eusebius, memorial]

Canticles antiphons and collect MD 44*

Saturday 17 December – Ember Saturday, Class II

Note: Between December 17 &23: All hours have proper antiphons of the day of the week, MD 37* ff; At Vespers, O Antiphons for each date are used as the Magnificat antiphons, MD 35-36*

Antiphons for Lauds to None: MD 40-41*
Lauds: Benedictus antiphon and Collect, MD 44-45*
I Vespers for the fourth Sunday of Advent, MD 45*, O Antiphon for the Magnificat – O Sapientia MD 35*

Sunday 18 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent, Class I

MD 48* ff ; at Vespers, Antiphon for Magnificat, O Adonai, MD 35*

Monday 19 December – Class II

Antiphons for Lauds to Vespers: MD 37*
Collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*
Lauds: Benedictus antiphon, MD 52*
Vespers: O Antiphon O Radix Iesse MD 36*

Tuesday 20 December – Class II

Antiphons for Lauds to Vespers: MD 37-38*
Collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*
Lauds: Benedictus antiphon, MD 52*
Vespers: O Antiphon, O clavis David MD 36*

Wednesday 21 December – St Thomas, Apostle, Class II

MD [22] ff : At Lauds, commemoration of the feria (versicle/canticle antiphon/collect): canticle antiphon is Nolite timere, MD 41*; At Vespers, commemoration of the feria (versicle/canticle antiphon/collect), canticle antiphon is O Oriens, MD 36*

Thursday 22 December – Class II

Antiphons for Lauds to Vespers: MD 39*
Collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*
Lauds: Benedictus antiphon, MD 53*
Vespers: O Antiphon O Rex gentium, MD 36*

Friday 23 December – Class II

Antiphons for Lauds to Vespers: MD 39-40*
Collect (Sunday IV), MD 12*
Lauds: Benedictus antiphon Ecce completa sunt omnia, MD 45*
Vespers: O Antiphon, O Emmanuel MD 36*

Saturday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

See MD 54* ff:

SEASON OF THE NATIVITY
I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58* ff

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

MD 61*ff

Monday 26 December – St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

MD 83* ff

Tuesday 27 December – St John the Evangelist, Class II

MD 90* ff

Wednesday 28 December - Holy Innocents, Martyrs, Class II

See MD 97*ff:

Thursday 29 December – Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II

MD 103*

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

MD 103*

Saturday 31 December – Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II; commemoration of St Sylvester I

MD 103*

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104*ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalm from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119).

8 comments:

Martyn McGettigan said...

Hello,

I have another question. Sorry, I didn't know where best to post it, this was the best place I could find.

I'm wondering about the Christmas Octave: specifically, what psalms to use at Prime and the little hours. This is complicated by the fact that there are many II class feasts in the Octave. For the days without feasts, the Diurnal says 'everything as on the feast of the Nativity'. Now, with Easter and Pentecost this same rubric caused me to use the Sunday psalms every day. But I'm unsure with Christmas, I mean for a start Christmas isn't usually on a Sunday (obviously) so, if it had been on a Tuesday, would I use the 'during the week' psalms every day? And what about days when there are feasts? - the Vespers psalms are still of the Nativity, so should I use the psalms that were used on the Nativity for the little hours on each of these days too?

Alternatively, I could just use the appropriate psalms for each day... What do you do?

Kate said...

This is a perfectly fine place to ask your question Martyn!

And it is a tricky one, as the rubrics as you note are extremely vague, nor is the Monastic Breviary any help. On Easter, I think you did the right thing - certainly in the pre-1962 rubrics and in the Roman Office the Easter Octave was and is viewed as an extended Sunday.

Christmas however, for the reasons you set out, seems to be different. Many of the days of the octave have their own special antiphons, and as far as I can work out they should be used with the festal psalms of Lauds and Vespers (of the Nativity) as specified, and the psalms of the day for the little hours.

Martyn McGettigan said...

Thank you, Kate!

Another question, if I may? (One even less related to this post, I'm afraid).

I have the Farborough Diurnal. Do you know of a good book for Matins? Even if it's something entirely in Latin or in English, I don't mind.

Kate said...

No problem Martyn.

There are basically three choices that I know of for Matins so far as the monastic office goes.

The cheapest is the Latin-English 'Matins according to the Benedictine Ritual' booklet available from the Clear Creek Monks website. Has the normal week day texts, but not the seasonal variations, feasts, commons for them or readings.

Next option is the Latin only Breviarum Monasticum (2 vols), 1963 - available secondhand only and not cheap, but this is the official version of all of the hours according to the (EF) Benedictine Use.

Alternatively, many people use the all English Monastic Breviary Matins published by Lancelot Andrewes Press. It's an Anglicanized version of the Office (using Coverdale translation of the psalms and KJV, plus I believe a number of anglican feasts. Also pre 1955 rubrics.

Of course given the length of the monastic Office (at least 14 quite long psalms a day!), another alternative is to use the Little Office of Our Lady for Matins. The Benedictine version pretty much aligns with the Roman, and Baronius Press have a nice edition of the Little Office which is useful to have anyway!

Martyn McGettigan said...

Thank you,

You suggest using Matins from the Little Office. As it happens, I do exactly that!

I'll continue with that while looking into the other options.

Michael Dorner said...

Just got the MD as a Christmas gift. For Dec 21, the feast of St Thomas, you say to use the versicle/canticle antiphon/collect as secondary to that for St Thomas. Question: Where do I find the versicle/canticle antiphon/collect? I am bewildered. I see nothing such noted for the Wed. in the fourth week of Advent.

I also followed --or tried to-- Norcia Vespers for today (Tues 20th) and they used antiphons, vesicles, collect, etc., I could find nowhere in the MD. I tried to check between the MD and the Antiphonale Monasticum of 1962 and found nothing the same except the standard psalms for the 4th Sundayo f Advent rather than the Tuesday in the fourth week. I am utterly confused.

Michael Dorner
Albuquerque

Kate said...

In that case, I should add that if you wanted to increase variety of psalms and do something very virtuous, Matins from the Office of the DEad is contained in the Monastic Diurnal....

Kate said...

Michael - Unfortunately you have picked the most complex tme of the year liturgically to start!

But the antiphons for each day that Norcia were using can be found on page 37* of the MD (front section of the book), they are the ones for Lauds and the hours December 17 to 23.

On the feast of St Thomas, the commemoration consists of the versicle for Advent (at Vespers, Rorate caeli desuper, page 19*), the Magnificat antiphon for the day, the O antiphon, MD 36*, and the collect for the fourth week of Advent.

My post on the Advent rubrics might be worth a read. But I'd also suggest a careful working through my 'how to say the Office' series - this is quite tricky stuff at first!