Saturday, June 3, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Ordo - Octave of Pentecost (June 4-10)

This week the Office is of the Octave of Pentecost, and the day hours (Lauds to Vespers) uses the Sunday psalms each day; the key thing that changes are the canticle antiphons and Lauds and Vespers.  Note also that at Terce the hymn each day is Veni Creator.

For those saying Matins (not in the Monastic Diurnal), the Office at Matins includes three readings each day, which can be found at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog each day; more detailed information on Matins during the office can be found here.

Sunday 4 June – Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn, antiphons, psalms, Gospel and twelve readings and responsories of the feast

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 5 June – Whit Monday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, with invitatory antiphon, hymn, psalms and antiphons as for Nocturns I&II of Sunday with three readings 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 6 June – Whit Tuesday, Class I

Matins: As for Sunday omitting Nocturn III, with three readings 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*

Wednesday 7 June – 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*

Thursday 8 June - 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*

Friday 9 June - 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*

Saturday 10 June – 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*

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm preparing for a few days retreat at Clear Creek Monastery, and I stumbled upon your blog today. What a tremendous resource! Thank you for producing this. I've ordered a Monastic Diurnal, and I hope to make use of it during my days at Clear Creek. The information you provide here will certainly be helpful!

I'll be at the monastery 14-16 June (and part of 13 June). I attend a Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter parish and follow the 1962 calendar, so I'll be sure to check your blog for any potential differences in the calendar. That aside, can I expect any differences in the Benedictine celebration of Mass when compared to what I'd find in my 1962 hand missal?

In Christ,
Andrew

Kate Edwards said...

Dear Andrew,

I am sure you will find the retreat a wonderful experience.

A Diurnal will certainly be useful in following the Office there - but they do have some excellent and easy to follow booklets available at the monastery which are great for beginners. The Diurnal will be helpful though in giving you the texts for feasts, the collects etc, which the booklets mostly lack.

That said, I wouldn't worry too much about trying to follow every word, my advice would be to enjoy the chant and use it as an aid to prayer.

The monks there do follow a somewhat different calendar to the Diurnal - while the Diurnal (and my blog) use the general monastic calendar of 1962, in practice every monastery and/or congregation has their own that differs from it to greater or lesser degress. The Diurnal is relatively close to the 1962 EF calendar (minus a few feasts), but Clear Creek follows the general Solesmes Congregation one, so closer to the novus ordo calendar while specifically monastic in character.

In terms of the Mass, there isn't really a specially Benedictine Mass, just a few minor differences in the ritual in places. My decade old memory of CC is that the differences were not big - I think from memory that at the main conventual Mass (as opposed to the individual monks' masses at the side altars) they actually use a 1965 version, joining Terce to Mass and omitting the prayers at the foot of the altar. But someone who has been there more recently than I can probably help you better on this.

Do say a prayer for me while you are there!

Andrew Tillcock said...

I'm sorry but this might sound dumb but I can't find matins.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kate,

Thanks for so quickly responding to my question. I didn't realize that individual monasteries/congregations might use different calendars, but I suppose that makes perfect sense. I'll be very interested to see what (if any) differences I might be able to pick up, and I'll certainly check back in over here after the retreat with my observations.

You can be assured of my prayers while I'm at Clear Creek, and my wife and I have also added you to a list of people we pray for often (we try to make it daily or close to it).

In Christ,
Andrew

Kate Edwards said...

PS And not dumb at all, the Diurnal does not include Matins, just the day hours.

Benedictine matins is about as long again as all of the day hours, with some fourteen psalms, and on Sundays, three canticles as well. For most laypeople, a couple of the day hours (Prime and Compline for example, or perhaps Lauds and Vespers) will be more than enough!

If you really want to say Matins though, I recommend the booklet put out by Clear Creek as a good starting point, and you can find more detailed notes on the hour at my Benedictne matins blog.

Andrew Tillcock said...

I'm sorry to sound repetitive but your listing direction for matins above correct?

Kevin Davis said...

For Anonymous and Kate: the abbey at Clear Creek uses the 1970 sanctoral calendar with additional Benedictine and Solesmes Congregation feasts; but they use the 1962 seasonal calendar. So, for them, the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas is January 28, not March 7. But the 4th Sunday After Pentecost is just that, not the XX Sunday in Ordinary Time. Private Low Mass follows the 1962 rubrics. But the conventual mass uses some--not all--changes given in Inter Oecumenici. These include: omitting prayers at the foot of the altar when mass follows Terce (but not combining Terce and mass, as in the Novus Ordo rubrics); the whole community sing the Pater Noster, not the priest alone; and singing the Epistle and Gospel facing the people, not facing the altar (Epistle) or facing north (Gospel).

Kate Edwards said...

Thanks Kevin, that is useful to know.

And Andrew, I'm not quite sure what it is that you want to know about Matins? You can find more detailed notes on Matins for this week here:http://learnbenoffice3.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/ordo-notes-on-matins-for-feast-of.html

Andrew Tillcock said...

Thanks Kate I've since looked at the clear creek book and this one

http://andrewespress.com/monastic-breviary-matins?ReturnUrl=LwBiAG8AbwBrAHMA

And have looked over your notes.

Kate Edwards said...

You cna find reviews of those books and the others around here:http://learnbenoffice3.blogspot.com.au/p/resources-for-matins.html