Saturday, June 10, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Ordo - First week after Pentecost (including Trinity Sunday (June 11 - 17 )

As usual, the notes below are designed to help you say one or more hours from the Benedictine Office according to the 1962-3 rubrics.

The page references are to the 2004 and later editions published by Farnborough Abbey, so if you are using an earlier edition of the Diurnal, the Antiphonale Monasticum or a breviary, you may need to hunt around a bit to get them to line up.

The Office this week

This week marks the start of time after Pentecost, so remember to drop all the Paschaltide alleluias added to verses etc, and use the normal time throughout the year antiphons, chapters etc, except where otherwise indicated for example for feasts.

Sunday is of course the exception to this, being the great feast of the Trinity, and a day to say Prime even if you don't usually, in order to recite the wonderful Athanasian Creed, which was almost certainly written around the time of St Benedict.

Note that from Monday onwards this week the default collect for the hours (except Prime and Compline) is of the First Sunday after Pentecost, not Trinity Sunday.

Tuesday of St Benedict

Note that as the first unimpeded Tuesday of the month occurs this week, the Votive Office of St Benedict on Tuesday on Tuesday would have been used on this day.  Votive Offices are not permitted, strictly speaking, under the 1962-3 rubrics, but have been revived as part of the modern Office, so it could certainly be said as a devotion at least if you wished.  The Matins readings for June will appear here and on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog the day before.

Matins this week

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal), the readings and responsories for all of the feasts this week can be found over at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

For Trinity Sunday, for some reason, the feast is not included in the Liber Responsorialis, but you can find sources for the chants for the responsories here.  Some, but not all of the texts for the antiphons can be found at Divinum Officium (with corresponding chants in the Nocturnale Romanum).

Note that Divinum Officium does not include a monastic version of the feast of Corpus Christi.  The Latin texts and chants, including a listing of the psalms, for the feast though are all available in the Liber Responsorialis (which you can download from CC Watershed) from page 119, and translations can be found at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

New to the traditional Benedictine Office?

And if you are new to the Benedictine Office, start here.

Ordo notes for the week

Sunday 11 June – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns (Invitatory antiphon, hymn, psalms, canticles, antiphons, Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the feast)

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

Prime: Antiphon of the feast, after the psalms, the Athanasian Creed is said, MD 411* ff

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapters and versicle of the feast, MD 416* ff

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

Monday 12 June – Class IV [EF: St John of Facundo; Commemoration of SS Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius]

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year (at Matins, short reading of the day of the week), collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

[I Vespers of Votive Office of Tuesday of St Benedict]

Tuesday 13 June - Class IV; St Anthony of Padua, memorial [EF: Class III; OF: Immaculate Heart of the BVM]

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [154]

[Matins to None: Votive Office of St Benedict]

Wednesday 14 June – St Basil the Great, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a Confessor bishop; antiphons and psalms of the day; one reading of the feast; chapter of a confessor bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (64); collect MD [155]

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from Common; collect, MD [155]

I Vespers of Corpus Christi: Psalms and antiphons, etc of the feast, MD 419*

Thursday 15 June – Corpus Christi, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

LaudsFestal 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 16 June - Class IV

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

Saturday 17 June – Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Gregory Barbarigo]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 3 in June

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff 

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


Kevin Davis said...

Kate, for those of us who own a copy of the Monastic Breviary from before the abolition of the Octave of Corpus Christi: What are the 2nd Nocturn readings for the 2nd Sunday After Pentecost as of 1962? Thanks.

Kate Edwards said...

You can find them over at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog here:

For the Latin, look at the Divinum Officium website - it isn't arranged as for the Benedictine Office (ie uses three readings rather than four) but the text is all there.

Kate Edwards said...

PS I think you will find that the readings are actually the same - the 1962 just relabels the day without changing the actual texts. Only the responsories are different.

Kevin Davis said...

Kate, yes, you're right, and I was going to comment as such. The readings are all the same, but all else is as on Sundays "per annum," and the responsories are not of the feast, but as for Sundays after Pentecost until the first Sunday in August. As you know, during these Sundays in June and July, the I Nocturn readings are from the books of Kings, and the II Nocturn readings are usually commentaries on them. Except this Sunday, formerly the Sunday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi, when the II Nocturn readings have a Corpus Christi theme.

Kate Edwards said...

Yes one of those cases where I'm not sure whether to applaud at retaining at least some of the tradition, or boo because they were too lazy to find a suitable substitute commentary on I Kings 1 (St Bede's is pretty good for example!).

Personally, though, I wish they'd kept the CC responsories as well, that June and July set seem to get repeated forever - only six Sundays worth of them this year, but can be up to eleven!