Saturday, July 22, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for the seventh week after Pentecost (July 23-29)

As usual, the notes below provide a guide to the variable texts of the Benedictine Office, with page references to the most recent editions of the Monastic Diurnal.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday is the Seventh after Pentecost, and the Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons as usual reflect the (EF) Mass Gospel (which is also said at Matins), St Matthew 7: 15-21.

At I Vespers of Sunday (ie Saturday night) the Magnificat antiphon refers to the first Nocturn readings at Matins, from 1 Kings 1.

Accordingly, even if you don't include Matins in your schedule (and most people don't, for very good reasons) it is worth, I think, taking a look at the readings for it, which include Scriptural readings based on the annual cycle, and Patristic commentaries on them.  You can find them over at my Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

This week's feasts

There are two key feasts this week.

On Tuesday we celebrate the feast of St James, whose legendary moorslaying associations (he was claimed to have appeared in battle to aid Spanish Catholics in driving out the Muslim invaders in the ninth century) seem particularly pertinent at the moment.  The texts for the feast are from the Common of Apostles, apart from the second and third nocturn readings at Matins.

On Wednesday, the Benedictine Office celebrates the feast of both SS Joachim and Anne.  For those saying Matins, the hymn (Gaude mater Anna) can be found in the Antiphonale Monasticum, pg 985, and a translation of the one reading and responsory will appear on Lectio Divina notes.

New to the Office?

Those new to the Benedictine Office are strongly advised to start by working your way through Learn the Office notes.

And for those interested, I plan to run a new 'learn to say the Office' series shortly, focusing on Vespers - if you are interested, keep an eye on the 'Learn the Benedictine Office Blog' (where I previously ran a series on Matins).  You can find a general introductory post here.


Sunday 23 July – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter with readings and responsories of the Sunday.

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

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 467*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 467*

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

Collect MD 467*

Tuesday 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]

Wednesday 26 July – SS Joachim and Anne, Class III [EF: St Anne]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of the feast; one reading of the feast; chapter verse Is 56:7

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [202] ff with festal psalms

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons of Lauds, chapter and versicle of the feast, MD [205] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms of Sunday; proper texts of the feast, MD [206-7]

Thursday 27 July – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Pantaleon]
Collect, MD 467*
Friday 28 July – Class IV [EF: SS Nazarius and Celsus, Victor I, Innocent I]

Collect, MD 467*

Saturday 29 July  Saturday of Our Lady; SS Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrice, memorial [EF: St Martha]

Matins: As for Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 4 in July

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [207-8]

I Vespers of Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 448*

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