Advent starts this Saturday tonight, at first Vespers, and the Office during this period is at its most complex, so do take the time to prepare yourself in advance.
The Office up to December 16
There are basically two distinct periods in Advent so far as the Office is concerned, and here are some notes on the Office up to and including December 16.
If you are using the Farnborough Monastic Diurnal, the 'Ordinary' of the period is set out at pages at 8*-17*.
Sat 1 Dec – Our Lady on Saturday
Sun 2 Dec – First Sunday of Advent, Class I
Mon 3 Dec – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Francis Xavier, memorial
[St Francis Xavier SJ, 1506-1552, was a missionary. You can read more about him here.]
Tues 4 Dec – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III
Wed 5 Dec – Wednesday in the first week of Advent, Class III
Thurs 6 Dec – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Nicholas, memorial
[St Nicolas (270–346) was Bishop of Myra (part of modern-day Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus.]
Fri 7 December – St Ambrose, Class III
[Saint Ambrose (340-397), was bishop of Milan, and is a doctor of the Church. You can read more about him here.]
Sat 8 Dec– The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I
(Note that Vespers are of the feast with a commemoration of the Sunday)