Saturday, August 12, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for tenth week after Pentecost (August 13 - 19)

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.

The Office this week

This week marks the start of the parallel use in the calendar between Sundays after Pentecost and the calendar month.

For the day hours this really only affects the canticles for I Vespers of Sunday (which reflect the Matins readings for the first Nocturn, this week for the second Sunday of August) and for the Benedictus and Magnificat (which reflect the Gospel of the tenth Sunday after Pentecost).

At Matins, however, note that Nocturns I&II and the responsories are of the August Sunday, while the Nocturn III readings and Gospel are of the Sunday after Pentecost.

The major feast this week is of course the Assumption, which has a vigil.  You can find the Matins readings and responsories for the feast over at Lectio Divina Notes Blog (sources for the chants and translations of the responsories can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog).

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


Sunday 13 August – Tenth Sunday after PentecostClass II

Matins: All as in the psalter with Nocturn I&II readings, and all responsories for the Second Sunday of August; Nocturn III readings and Gospel of the Tenth Sunday

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce Iam Lucis; canticle antiphon and collect MD 469-70*

Prime to None: All as for Sunday in the psalter; collect, MD 470*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 470*

Monday 14 August – Vigil of the Assumption, Class II           

Matins: All as in the psalter, except for three readings and responsories and collect of the Vigil

Lauds to None: All as in the psalter with collect of the Vigil, collect, MD [229]

I Vespers of the Assumption, MD [230] ff

(Note that there is a choice of Office: the ‘new’ Office composed after the formal declaration of the dogma, MD [230] ff, or the older version, MD [238] ff)

Tuesday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, with three Nocturns

Lauds: MD [233] ff or MD [241] ff – Festal psalms with texts of the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: All as for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon

Wednesday 16 August - Class IV [EF: St Joachim]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 470*

Thursday 17 August - Class IV [EF: ST Hyacinth]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 470*

Friday 18 August - Class IV; St Agapitus, memorial

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 470*; for the commemoration, MD [245]

Saturday 19 August - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St John Eudes]

Matins: Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 3 of August

Lauds to None: Lauds to None, MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Third Sunday in August, MD 451*/ Sunday after Pentecost, collect, MD 471*


LeBarroux said...

I am a Le Barroux oblate, and I use their ordo. Le Barroux had retained some of the feasts eliminated in the calendar reform of Ven. Pius XII. Where will I find the texts for these feasts to add to my MD?

Kate Edwards said...

Actually their Ordo more closely follows the current 1962 EF calendar than the pre 1960 one I think.

The differences are not huge - this week for example the two calendars are identical. Next week the additional feast for Le Barroux is St Louis of France on Friday, with a couple of extra commemorations earlier in the week.

But a few options.

First, you are not, I think, obliged to follow their Ordo - courtesy of Summorum Pontificum, the 1962 General Calendar has been revived and be used, hence this blog.

That said, the simplest approach is just to buy the (French-Latin) version of the Diurnal they put out - I presume it matches the calendar they follow.

Third possible option is that at least some of the missing texts can be found in the (Latin only) Antiphonale Monasticum of 1934, which you can download from CC Warehouse (or buy from Le Barroux). In the case of St Louis, for example, the Benedictus and Magnficat antiphons for St Louis can be founded in the Solesmes congregation supplement at the end of the Antiphonale. Clear Creek also publish (available via Lulu) a supplement to the Antiphonale which fills in some of the gaps.

Fourth possible approach is to use the Commons of the type of saint to provide the missing texts - for St Louis, the Common of a confessor; for the commemoration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you could use the common of the BVM. You might be able to find the proper prayer in your missal.

Fifth option would be to borrow texts from the Roman 1962 breviary I guess - Divinum Officium generally has them.

Hope that helps.

LeBarroux said...

I don't speak French (I live in Oregon) , do you still recommend that I buy Le Barroux's Diurnal? The main pre-Pius XII feast that Le Barroux has retained is the Finding of the Holy Cross (May 3).

Kate Edwards said...

I really can't make a recommendation for you - depends on (1) how determined you are to follow Le Barroux's Ordo and (2) how good your Latin is (3) how familiar with the Office you are.

If you are trying to follow Le Barroux because of their podcasts, looking at the Antiphonale will probably get you 90% or more of the way - Finding Holy Cross is in the Antiphonale for example.

But if that isn't the issue and your Latin is poor or non-existent, I would suggest sticking with the General Calendar in the Diurnal using the notes I provide on the blog.

Brian M said...

Dear Le Barroux,

My French is pretty limited but I use the Diurnale Monastique pretty profitably--I use the Latin, and I can generally figure out the French language rubrics with a little help from Google Translate.

Incidentally, may I ask how you became an Oblate of Le Barroux without speaking French? I am not being critical, I am genuinely curious. Are you a "distance Oblate" who does not visit the monastery, and do any of the monks offer you direction in English?

PAX, Brian McCord

LeBarroux said...

Dear Brian M,
I contacted Le Barroux about becoming an oblate via e-mail. There is a Fr. Michael at Le Barroux who is from Virginia who offers direction for distance Oblates in the US and other English speaking countries.

Kate Edwards said...

LeB - In that case shouldn't you be asking Fr Michael's advice on which Diurnal to use?

LeBarroux said...

I will go ahead and ask him. There are not many computers at Le Barroux. I sent Fr Michael an email a week ago, and there has been no response. The reason I commented here is so that I could get a quick answer.