Saturday, August 5, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for ninth week after Pentecost, including the Transfiguration (August 6 - 12)

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

The notes assume you are familiar with the structure of the normal day to day (ferial) Office and shorthand of the Diurnal though, so if you are new to the Benedictine Office, start by working your way through Learn the Office notes.

Feast of the Transfiguration

This year the feast of the Transfiguration falls on a Sunday, and so as a feast of Our Lord, takes precedent over the Ninth Sunday of Pentecost.  You can find the Matins readings and responsories for the feast over at Lectio Divina Notes Blog, but note that the chants for Matins are not provided in the Liber Responsorialis.  And apologies, I haven't been able to get to providing translations of the responsories not included in the Roman version of the feast.

Feasts this week

The main feast this week is that of St Lawrence, which has a Vigil attached to it the day before.  The Office of the Vigil is as for the day of the week except for the readings, responsories and collect.

The Office of Our Lady next Saturday uses the reading for the second Saturday of August, which will also appear on Lectio Divina Notes.


Sunday 6 August - Transfiguration of Our Lord, Class II

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday) with antiphons and rest from MD [212] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [214] ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday, MD 203; antiphons etc, MD [216] ff

Monday 7 August - Class IV; SS Sixtus II, Felicissimus and Agapitus, memorial [EF: St Cajetan]

All as in the psalter, collect MD 469* (Ninth Sunday); for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [219]

Tuesday 8 August - Class IV; St Cyriacus, memorial [EF: St John Mary Vianney; Australia and NZ: St Mary of the Cross]

Collect, MD 469*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [219-20]

*For St Mary of the Cross, Common of Virgins

Wednesday 9 August – Vigil of St Lawrence, Class III

Matins: Two nocturns with three readings of the feast; responsories from the preceding Sunday

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the psalter for the day; collect, MD [220]

Thursday 10 August - St Lawrence, Class II

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

Lauds: Antiphons of the feast, MD [221] with festal psalms, MD 44; rest from MD [222-3]

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons of Lauds with chapter etc, MD [223] ff

Vespers: Antiphons, MD [225] with psalms from the Common of a Martyr, MD (36); rest from MD [225] ff

Friday 11 August - Class IV; St. Tiburtius, Memorial [EF: and St Susanna]

All as in the psalter, collect, MD 469*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [227-8]

Saturday 12 August – Saturday of Our Lady; St. Clare, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 2 of August

Lauds to None: Lauds to None, MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [228]

I Vespers of Second Sunday of August, MD 451*/ Sunday, collect, MD 470*

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