Friday, October 30, 2015

Ordo for May 2016



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.

It 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.

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.

Key to abbreviations

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form


MAY 2016


Sunday 1 May –  St Joseph the Worker, Class I

Note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff:

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 373*

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast
V
espers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 375*

Monday 2 May – St Athanasius, Class III; Rogation Day

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [138] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [138]

Tuesday 3 May – Class IV; SS Alexander, Eventius and Theodolus, memorial; Rogation Day [in some places: Finding of Holy Cross]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 375-6*; collect, MD 373*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138-9]

Wednesday 4 MayVigil of the Ascension, Class II; St Monica, memorial

Lauds to None: all as for ordinary of Paschaltide; collect, MD 372-3*; at Lauds, versicle and Benedictus antiphon MD 376*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [139-40]

ASCENSIONTIDE

I Vespers of the Ascension, see MD 376* ff

Thursday 5 May - The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms with proper antiphons and texts of the feast, MD 379* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: as for I Vespers, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 383*

Friday 6 May - Class IV

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*

Saturday 7 May  –  Saturday of Our Lady  [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 1 in May

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (134) ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them

I Vespers of the Sunday after the Ascension, MD 388*

Sunday 8 May – Sunday after the Ascension, Class II

Lauds: Festal psalms with three antiphons (alleluia- canticle – alleluia); chapter etc from MD 389* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, chapter etc from MD 391* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter and hymn of Lauds; responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD 393*

Monday 9 May  - St Gregory Nazianzen, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [141] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [141]

Tuesday 10 May – SS Gordian and Epimachis, memorial [EF: St Antonius]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [141-2]

Wednesday 11 May - SS Philip and James, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles in Eastertide, with readings for the feast.

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and canticle antiphons of the feast, MD [142] ff, rest from the Common of Apostles in Eastertide, MD (23) ff.  At Lauds and Vespers, festal psalms (of Sunday)

Thursday 12 May - Class IV; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, memorial [EF: Class III, and Domitilla]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [146] 

Friday 13 May St Robert Bellarmine, memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [147]

Saturday 14 May – Whitsun Eve (Vigil of the Pentecost), Class I

Lauds to None: All as for Saturday during Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

PENTECOST

I Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393* ff (including psalms of the feast)

Sunday 15 May – Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave

Lauds: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD 396* ff; festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle of the feast, MD 400*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Vespers: All as for I Vespers, MD 393* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 402-3*

Monday 16 May – Whit Monday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday, including the psalms, except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Tuesday 17 May  – Whit Tuesday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403-4*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Wednesday 18 May  – Ember Wednesday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Wednesday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 404-5*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Thursday 19 May - Whit Thursday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Thursday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Friday 20 May - Ember Friday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Friday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405-6*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Saturday 21 May Ember Saturday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Saturday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to None: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 406-7*; at Terce hymn, Veni Creator

TIME AFTER PENTECOST (THROUGHOUT THE YEAR)

I Vespers of the Most Holy Trinity, MD 407* ff

Compline: Marian Antiphon Salve Regina from henceforward

Sunday 22 May – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms, rest of the feast, MD 409 ff

Prime: The Athanasian Creed is said

Vespers: As for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 418*

Monday 23 May - Class IV

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

Tuesday 24 May - Class IV

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

Australia and NZ: I Vespers of Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 25**

Wednesday 25 May –  St Gregory VII, Class III; Our Lady Help of Christians (Australia&NZ)

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds to Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect and Magnificat antiphon, MD [149]

I Vespers of Corpus Christi, MD 419*

For Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 28** (at Vespers, commemoration of Corpus Christi)

Thursday 26 May -  Corpus Christi, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons etc of the feast, MD 427* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle, MD 430-1*

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD 419* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 431*

Friday 27 May – St Bede, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect, MD [150]  

Terce to None: Chapter & versicle from the Common

If Class I, see MD 31**

Saturday 28 May - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Augustine OSB, Class III]

Matins: Reading of Saturday 4&5 in May

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 432*

Sunday 29 May - Second Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Lauds: Psalm scheme 1 (50, 117, 62); Hymn Ecce iam noctis, MD 55; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 461-62*

Prime to None: As for throughout the year on Sunday

Vespers: As throughout the year in the psalter, collect and canticle antiphon, MD 462*

Monday 30 May Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Felix]

Collect, MD 432*

Tuesday 31 May – Class IV [EF: The Queenship of the BVM]

Collect, MD 432*


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