Monday, November 3, 2014

Ordo for July 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

Hardcopy and emails of the Ordo

A hardcopy of the Ordo for the year can be obtained by visiting the files section of the BenOfficeHelp Yahoo Group.

Alternatively, weekly emails of the Ordo can be obtained by subscribing to this blog.

 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.

July 2015

Wednesday 1 July - Class IV [EF: Precious Blood]

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 464-5*

Thursday 2 July - Visitation of the BVM, Class II

Matins: Three nocturns, with invitatory, readings and responsories of the feast, rest from the Common of feasts of the BVM

Lauds: Antiphons of the feast with festal psalms, MD [180] ff

Prime to None: Antiphons from Lauds, chapter etc MD [182] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms etc from Common of BVM, MD (119); Magnificat antiphon MD [184]

Friday 3 July – Class IV; SS Processus and Martinian, memorial [EF: St Irenaeus]

All as for Friday in the psalter; collect, MD 464-5*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [184]

Saturday 4 July - Our Lady on Saturday [**in some places, St Procopius]

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff; at Matins reading of Saturday 1 in July

For St Procopius, MD 35** ff

I Vespers of the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 446-7*

Sunday 5 July – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Class II

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect MD 465-6*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 466*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 466*

Monday 6 July - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Monday; collect, MD 466*

Tuesday 7 July - Class IV [EF: SS Cyril and Methodius]

Collect, MD 466*

Wednesday 8 July - Class IV [EF: St Elizabeth of Portugal]

Collect, MD 466*

Thursday 9 July - Class IV [***in some places: SS John Fisher, bishop and Thomas More]

Collect, MD 466*

**For SS John Fisher and Thomas More, see MD 40** ff

Friday 10 July - Class IV [EF: Seven Holy Brothers and SS Rufina and Secunda]

Collect, MD 466*

*I Vespers of St Benedict if feast is Class I

Saturday 11 July – (Translation of the Relics of) St Benedict [OF: St Benedict; EF: Commemoration of Pius I]

Matins: (Three nocturns), Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons etc for the feast with psalms of a confessor not a bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and other texts of the feast, MD [185] ff; festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons from Lauds, chapter etc of the feast

Vespers: Of St Benedict with a commemoration of the Sunday, MD 447-8*

Sunday 12 July - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; St John Gualbert, memorial

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; collect and canticle antiphon, MD 466-7*; for the commemoration, MD [193]

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 467*

Monday 13 July - Class IV

Collect, MD 467*

Tuesday 14 July  - St Bonaventure, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Class III

Matins: One reading, of the feast

Lauds to Vespers: MD [193] ff: Antiphons and psalms of the day, other texts from common of a confessor bishop.  At Vespers, Magnificat antiphon for a doctor; collect MD [194-5]

Terce to None: collect MD [194-5]

Wednesday 15 July - Class IV [EF: St Henry, Patron Saint of Benedictine Oblates]

Collect, MD 467*

Thursday 16 July - Class IV [**in some places, Our Lady of Einsiedeln; EF: Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel]

Collect, MD 467*

For Our Lady of Einsiedeln, Common of BVM

Friday 17 July – Class IV; St Leo IV, memorial [**in some places, SS Andrew Svoradi and Benedict; EF: Commemoration of St Alexis]

Collect, MD 467*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [194]

For SS Andrew Svoradi and Benedict, Common of martyrs

Saturday 18 July - Class IV [EF: St Camillus de Lellis]

Matins to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff; at Matins reading of Saturday 3 in July

I Vespers of Eighth Sunday, MD 448*

Sunday 19 July  – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II; St Vincent de Paul, memorial 

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon MD 467-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [195]
Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 467-8*

If St Vincent Class I, Common of confessors

Monday 20 July – SS Jerome Aemiliani, Joseph Calanctius and John Baptist de la Salle, memorial

All as in the psalter, collect MD 467-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [195-6]

Tuesday 21 July - Class IV [EF: St Lawrence Brindisi]

Collect MD 467-8*

Wednesday 22 July – St Mary Magdalen, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Wednesday; chapter, responsory from Common of Holy Women, MD (100); hymn, canticle antiphon and collect, MD [196] ff

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common of Holy Women, MD (103); collect, MD [198]

Vespers:  Antiphons and psalms of Wednesday; chapter and responsory from Common of Holy Women, MD (97); hymn etc from MD [198] ff

Thursday 23 July - Class IV; St Apollinaris, Memorial

Collect MD 467-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [200]

Friday 24 July - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Christina]

Collect MD 467-8*

Saturday 25 July - St James, Class II

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except for the readings and responsories for Nocturn II & III (of the feast) and collect

Lauds to Vespers: All from the Common of Apostles, MD (9) except for the collect, MD [201]; at Vespers, commemoration of the Sunday, MD 448-9*

Sunday 26 July – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn, Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon MD 468*; collect, MD 469*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 469*

Monday 27 July - Class IV
  
All as in the psalter for Monday; collect, MD 469*
          
Tuesday 28 July – Class IV [EF: SS Nazarius and Celsus; Victor I; Innocent I]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 469*

Wednesday 29 July - Class IV;  SS Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, memorial  [EF: St Martha]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 469*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [207-8]

Thursday 30 July - Class IV; SS Abdon and Sennen, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 469*; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [208]

Friday 31 July - St Ignatius, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Friday, rest from Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78); collect, MD [209]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common of a Confessor not a bishop; collect of the feast

(if Class I, Common of confessors)


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