Monday, December 16, 2013

February 2014

The calendar (Ordo) for the traditional Benedictine Office provided below has been prepared accordance with the calendar and rubrics of the Monastic Breviary of 1963 for use by all Benedictine monasteries and oblates attached to them.  This Ordo is intended as an aid to those who wish to say the Benedictine Office using the order of the psalms and prayers as specified in St Benedict’s Rule and developed as part of the patrimony of the Order of St Benedict.

Variations from the calendar

Individual monasteries may, however, observe their own Ordos and use rubrics that differ somewhat from those specified in the Monastic Breviary.

In addition to the feasts specified in the calendar, it will be necessary to add in any local feasts particular to the monastery, parish, diocese and country.

While the Benedictine Calendar generally follows the structure of the 1962 Roman Extraordinary Form (EF) Calendar, the monastic calendar, it does differ from it in some respects, and the calendar below generally indicates where there are feasts of the EF calendar that are omitted or celebrated differently in the Benedictine general calendar.

Monastic Diurnal

A number of Catholic and other books are available to say the Benedictine Divine Office in its traditional form and calendar.

The calendar provided here provides page references to the MD, and instructions on how to say the Benedictine Office using that book can also be found on the blog (see the right hand sidebar). Please note that the Diurnal is not page numbered sequentially, but differentiates sections of the book by use of asterisks, square brackets and so forth.

Matins is not included in the Diurnal, but occasional notes (generally where the hour does not follow the normal pattern) have been included here for the benefit of those who use other books to say that hour.

Key to abbreviations

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

Hardcopy and emails of the Ordo

A hardcopy of the Ordo for the year can be obtained by visiting the BenOfficeHelp Yahoo group.

If you have comments, questions or corrections to offer, please use the comment function on the blog or  contact the author at australiaincognita@gmail.com.

ORDO FOR FEBRUARY 2014

Saturday February 1 - St Ignatius, Class III

Matins: Lesson 3 is of the feast
Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of the Saturday in the psalter; the rest from the Common of one martyr, MD (31); collect, MD [46]
Prime: Antiphon from the Common
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [46]

I Vespers of the Purification, MD [47] ff

Sunday February 2 - Purification of the BVM, Class I

Lauds: Proper antiphons and texts for the feasts, MD [49] ff with festal psalms
Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast
Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms and propers from Common of BVM, MD (119), Magnificat antiphon, MD [51-52]
Compline: After today antiphon of Our Lady, Ave Regina Caelorum, MD 266

Monday February 3 - Class IV; St Blase, Memorial

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect, MD 149-50*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [52]

Tuesday February 4 - Class IV [EF: ST Andrew Corsini]

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 149-50*

Wednesday February 5 – St Agatha, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [52] ff with festal psalms
Prime to None: Antiphons (and proper texts, collect as appropriate) of the feast with psalms of Wednesday

Thursday February 6 - Class IV [EF: St Titus]

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 149-50*

Friday February 7 – St Romuald, Class III

Matins: Lesson 3 of the feast
Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Friday, with the rest from the Common of a Confessor, MD (75); collect, MD [58]
Prime: Antiphon from Common
Terce to None: Antiphon, chpatr and versicle from Common, Collect, MD [58]

Saturday February 8 - Class IV, Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St John of Matha]

Matins: Reading 3 is of Our Lady, Saturday 2  in February
Lauds to None: MD (130) ff

I Vespers of the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, MD 150*

Sunday February 9 - Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Class II

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Rerum Conditor; canticle antiphon MD 151*
Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter, with collect MD 151*
Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 151*

Note: Where St Scholastica is first class, I Vespers of the feast, MD [59] ff

Monday February 10 - St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, Class II (Class I for monasteries of nuns)

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons etc from MD [62] ff
Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [65] ff
Vespers: Psalms from Common of Virgins, MD (84) ; proper texts, MD [59] ff; versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD [66]

Tuesday February 11 - Class IV [EF: Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary]

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 151*

Wednesday February 12 - Class IV [EF: The Seven Founders of the Servite Order]

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 151*

Thursday February 13 - Class IV

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 151*

Friday February 14 - Class IV; St Valentine, memorial [in Europe: SS Cyril and Methodius]

All as for Friday in the psalter; collect, MD 151*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [67]

Saturday February 15 - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: SS Faustinus and Jovita]

Matins: Reading 3 is of Our Lady, Saturday 3 in February
Lauds to None: MD (130) ff

I Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday, MD 153-54* (note the alleluia is not said after this)

Sunday February 16 - Septuagesima Sunday, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons from MD 154* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc for the day from MD 153* ff
Prime to None: Antiphons etc for the day from MD 158-59*
Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday from the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn etc for the day, from MD 159* ff

Monday February 17 – Class IV

All as for Monday in Septuagesima with collect MD 157-58*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 161*

Tuesday February 18 – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Simeon]

All as in the psalter for Tuesday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157-58*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 161*

Wednesday February 19 - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Wednesday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157-58*; Magnificat antiphon MD 161*

Thursday February 20 - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Thursday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157-58*; for the Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 162*

Friday February 21 - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Friday in Septuagesima, collect MD 157-58*; for the Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 162*

Saturday February 22 - Chair of St Peter, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday; proper texts, MD [68] ff
Prime to None: Antiphons etc MD [69] ff

I Vespers of Sexagesima Sunday, MD 162* ff

Sunday February 23 – Sexagesima, Class II;  St Peter Damian, memorial

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Sexagesima, MD 164* ff with Sunday psalms; for the commemoration, MD [73]
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 168* ff

Monday February 24 - St Matthias, Class II

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the common of Apostles, MD (9), with collect, MD [73]

Tuesday February 25 - Class IV (in some places St Walburga, Class I)

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 170*

For St Walburga, MD 21**

Wednesday February 26 - Class IV

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 170*-171*

Thursday February 27 - Class IV [EF: St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows]

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 171*

Friday February 28 - Class IV

All as for Friday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 171*

2 comments:

Louis M said...

May I ask a question?

Which MD do you use? Farnsworth?


Thanks and God bless!

Kate Edwards said...

The page numbers given here are for the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal: http://www.theabbeyshop.com/product_info.php?products_id=745

However, it is possible to the calendar and rubric notes in conjunction with any other books for the 1962 or older forms of the Benedictine Office, such as the other editions of the Monastic Diurnal, the 2 vol 1962 Breviarium Monasticum, Antiphonale Monasticum (which provides the chants and is available online), etc.