Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!



The Office this week

Sun 31 Mar Easter Sunday, Class I with a Class I Octave
Mon 1 April Monday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Tues 2 April Tuesday in Octave of Easter, Class I
Wed 3 April Wednesday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Thurs 4 April Thursday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Fri 5 April Friday in the Octave of Easter, Class I
Sat 6 April White Saturday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Octave of Easter

Throughout the Octave, all as for Easter Sunday including the psalms at the day hours, except that:

. Matins has two nocturns and readings for each day Matins (or note option of using ferial psalms with antiphon for the feast throughout the octave);

. Lauds and Vespers have Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons for each day; and
. the collect is of the day. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Holy Week


The calendar this week - Holy Week


Sun 24 Mar Second Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday, Class I
Mon 25 Mar Monday in Holy Week, Class I
Tues 26 Mar Tuesday in Holy Week, Class I
Wed 27 Mar Wednesday in Holy Week, Class I
Thur 28 Mar Maundy Thursday, Class I
Fri 29 Mar Good Friday, Class I
Sat 30 Mar Holy Saturday, Class I

The Office in Holy Week to Wednesday

The first days of Holy Week are all first class days.

For those who say it, Matins each day has two nocturns/three readings, with the invitatory antiphon and hymn of Passiontide.

Lauds to None have proper antiphons for each day, with other texts from the ordinary of Passiontide.

Vespers uses the usual antiphons from the psalter, with a proper canticle and collect.

The Office during the Triduum

The Office during the Triduum does not follow the normal form as set out in the psalter.  In addition, some of the Holy Week ceremonies include parts of the Office so that those who attend them do not need to sing or say those particular hours separately.

Matins and Lauds: The Office of Tenebrae, or Matins and Lauds, is a special feature of the Triduum. It is said in darkness, and a candle is extinguished as each of the psalms is said, and the Roman (EF) and Benedictine forms of this Office are identical.

The 1962 rubrics specify that Tenebrae is not be anticipated, or said the night before. As this generally makes public recitation of the Office impractical outside a monastery, it is generally ignored. Thus the normal practice is to perform Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday on Wednesday night, and so forth. Note that the Diurnal does not contain the Matins psalms for Tenebrae, so you will need to obtain these from elsewhere should you wish to say it in full.

If Tenebrae is sung in the evening, Compline should be said beforehand.

Prime to None: The psalms for Prime, Terce, Sext and None during the Triduum are set out on MD 279* ff. No introductory prayer or hymns are said, and the Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm. Each hour closes the antiphon ‘Christus factus est’ – each day of the Triduum, an additional phrase of the antiphon is added, as set out on MD 282*.

Vespers: Vespers (if said) is often said quite early, in order to make room for Tenebrae/the Easter Vigil. The antiphons and psalms for Vespers can be found on MD 296* ff.

Note that there are no introductory prayers; as for the other hours, the Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm; the first psalm on Holy Saturday is on MD 298*; antiphons for the Magnificat each day are on MD 303*; on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the antiphon Christus factus est is said; and on the concluding prayers for Holy Saturday, see MD 305*.

Compline: The rubrics for Compline from Maundy Thursday to Holy Saturday are set out on MD 305* ff. Note the addition of the Nunc Dimittis.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

First Passion Sunday



Vespers this Saturday marks the start of Passiontide, a sub-season of Lent that has its own special rubrics.

And with it comes that run of Solemnities that give us some time off of Lent - this week three, for Benedictines (depending where you live), namely St Patrick, St Joseph and St Benedict.

The Office this week

Sun 17 Mar First Passion Sunday, Class I
Mon18 Mar Monday in First Passion Week, Class III; St Cyril, Memorial
                        [in some places, St Patrick, Class I]
Tues 19 Mar St Joseph, Class I
Wed 20 Mar Wednesday in First Passion Week, Class III
Thur 21 Mar St Benedict, Class I
Fri 22 Mar         Friday in First Passion Week, Class III
Sat 23 Mar Saturday in First Passion Week, Class III

The Office in Passiontide

The Ordinary of the Passiontide ferial Office, used from the Monday after First Passion Sunday, is set out in the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal at MD 240* ff.

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal): the invitatory antiphon is for the season (Hodie si vocem Domini audieritis); the hymn is for the season of Lent and is the same each day (Pange lingua); the readings during the week are usually patristic sermons, relating to the Gospel of the Mass set for that day; and the chapter verse for Nocturn II is for the season (Jer 11:18-19).

At Prime to None: the antiphons, chapters and versicles are of the season of Passiontide, and can be found in the psalter section; the collect for Terce to None is the same as for Lauds of that day.

At Lauds and Vespers: chapters, hymns, etc of the season replace those in the psalter section; the responsories omit the Gloria Patri, instead repeating the opening verse; the canticle antiphons are proper for each day. They generally reflect the (EF) Gospel for the day; and there is a specific collect for both Lauds and Vespers each day.

It is also important to be aware that when a feast displaces the Lent texts, a commemoration of the day is made at both Lauds and Vespers using the respective collects, canticle antiphon and versicle that occurs before the relevant canticle at that hour.

Pray for our Pope!

And of course it is also the inauguration of Pope Francis on Tuesday, so do keep him in your prayers.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Fourth Week of Lent


This week in the traditional Benedictine Office:


Sun 10 Mar Fourth Sunday of Lent, Class I
Mon 11 Mar Monday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III
Tues 12 Mar St Gregory the Great OSB, Class II
Wed 13 Mar Wednesday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III
Thurs 14 Mar Thursday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III
Fri 15 Mar      Friday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III
Sat16 Mar       Saturday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Third Week of Lent




This week's Ordo in the Traditional Benedictine calendar is:


Sun 3 Mar         Third Sunday of Lent, Class I
Mon 4 Mar Monday in the third week of Lent, Class III
Tues 5 Mar Tuesday in the third week of Lent, Class III
Wed 6 Mar Wednesday in the third week of Lent, Class III; SS Perpetua and
                         Felicitas, memorial
Thurs 7 Mar Thursday in the third week of Lent, Class III; St Thomas
                        Aquinas, memorial
Fri 8 Mar          Friday in the third week of Lent, Class III
Sat 9 Mar         Saturday in the third week of Lent, day in the third week of Lent,
                        Class III; St Frances of Rome, Memorial