Monday, November 3, 2014

Ordo for February 2015

This calendar (Ordo) for the traditional Benedictine Office 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.

These include the two volume 1963 Breviarium Monasticum (out of print), the Antiphonale Monasticum (containing the chants for the day hours and available through the monastery of Le Barroux and elsewhere), and books for the individual hours available through Clear Creek Abbey in the US and on lulu.

The most useful starting point for most people, however, will surely be the Monastic Diurnal (MD) published by Farnborough Abbey.  Originally intended for novices and those religious travelling outside the monastery, it provides the day hours (Lauds to Compline) in a parallel English/Latin text version with translations prepared by monks of that monastery in the first half of the twentieth century. The current edition is essentially the 1963 edition of that book, which carried an imprimatur.

Accordingly, 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

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.


FEBRUARY

Sunday February 1 - Septuagesima Sunday, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 154* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc for the day from MD 158-9*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, responsory, hymn etc for the day, from MD 159* ff

Monday February 2 - Purification of the BVM, Class II

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 [51-2]

Compline: Antiphon of Our Lady, Ave Regina Caelorum, MD 266 (and henceforward)

Tuesday February 3 - Class IV; St Blase, Memorial

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 157-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [52]; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 161*

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

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 157-8*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 161*

Thursday February 5 – St Agatha, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [52] ff with festal psalms (of Sunday, MD 44)

Prime to None: Antiphons (and proper texts, collect as appropriate) of the feast with psalms of Thursday

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds (omitting the fourth) with Psalms 109, 111, 112 (from Sunday Vespers) and 126 (None); chapter from Lauds, rest, MD [57]

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

All as for Friday in the psalter; collect, MD 157-8*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 162*

Saturday February 7 – St Romuald, Class III

Matins: Lesson 3 of the feast

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of Saturday, with the rest from the Common of a Confessor, MD (75); collect, MD [58]

Prime: Antiphon from Common

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from Common, Collect, MD [58]

I Vespers of Sexagesima Sunday, MD 162* ff

Sunday February 8 – Sexagesima, Class II

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Sexagesima, MD 164* ff with Sunday psalms

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 168* ff

Monday February 9 - Class IV [EF: ST Cyril of Alexandria]

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

Tuesday February 10 - St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, Virgin, Class II (Class I for 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]

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

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 170-1*

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

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

Friday February 13 - Class IV

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

Saturday February 14 - Saturday of Our Lady; St Valentine, memorial [in Europe: SS Cyril and Methodius]

Matins: Reading 3 is of Our Lady, Saturday 2 in February

Lauds to None: MD (130) ff

I Vespers of Quinquagesima Sunday, MD 171* ff

Sunday February 15 – Quinquagesima Sunday, Class II [EF: with a commemoration of SS Fautinus and Jovita]

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Quinquagesima, MD 173* ff;

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 177* ff

Monday February 16  - Class IV

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect, MD 176*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 179*

Tuesday February 17 – Class IV (Shrove Tuesday)

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 176*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 179*

Wednesday February 18 – Ash Wednesday, Class I

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Wednesday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 180*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect, MD 180*

Vespers: Vespers of Wednesday throughout the year with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 180-1*

Thursday February 19  – Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Thursday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 181*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect from Lauds

Vespers: Vespers of Thursday throughout the year with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 181-2*

Friday February 20 - Friday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Friday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 182*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect from Lauds

Vespers: Vespers of Friday throughout the year with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 182-3*

Saturday February 21 -– Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Saturday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 183*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect from Lauds

I Vespers of the First Sunday of Lent: antiphons and psalms of Saturday, rest from MD 184* ff

The Ordinary of the Office in Lent (from the First Sunday in Lent up to Passion Sunday)

The Ordinary of the ferial Office in Lent is set out in the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal at MD 190* ff.

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal): the invitatory antiphon on weekdays is the same as throughout the year; the hymn is for the season of Lent and is the same each day (Ex more); the readings during the week are usually patristic, relating to the Gospel of the Mass set for that day; and the chapter verse for Nocturn II is for the season (Is 1:16-18).

At Lauds and Vespers: chapters, hymns, etc of the season replace those in the psalter section; the canticle antiphons are proper for each day; and each day there are two sets of collects: the first for use from Matins to None; the second for Vespers.

During Lent, third class feasts are generally reduced to commemorations only.  In the case of Class I & II feasts, where the 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.

Sunday February 22  – First Sunday of Lent, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts from MD 186* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 188* ff

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; rest from MD 190* ff                       

Monday February 23 - Monday in the first week of Lent, Class III; St Peter Damian, memorial  [**Note: where Chair of St Peter is first class, ie for FSSP, it is transferred to today]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195*; for the commemoration, MD [73]

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego) as noted in the psalter

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season as noted in the psalter; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195-6*

*For Chair of St Peter, see MD [68]ff

Tuesday February 24 - St Matthias, Class II

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the common of Apostles, MD (9), with collect, MD [73]; at Lauds and Vespers commemoration of the feria (versicle from the ordinary of the season; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 196*)

Wednesday February 25 Ember Wednesday of Lent, Class II (in some places St Walburga, Class I)

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197*

For St Walburga, MD 21**

Thursday February 26 – Thursday in the first week of Lent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197-8*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 198*

Friday February 27 – Ember Friday of Lent, Class II [EF: Commemoration of St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 198-9*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego), noted in the psalter and MD 192*

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season, noted in the psalter and MD 192-3*; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193*-195*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 199*

Saturday February 28 – Ember Saturday of Lent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 199*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Lent.  Psalms and antiphons of Saturday, rest from MD 199* ff

2 comments:

OSB_OBLATE said...

Terra,
Shouldn't Vespers for February 9 be I Vespers for St. Scholastica?

Kate Edwards said...

Only for monasteries of nuns - second class feast don't have I Vespers in the 1962 rubrics.