Saturday, September 9, 2017

Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for the fourteenth week after Pentecost (Sept 10 - 16)

The notes below provide a guide to the variable texts of the Benedictine Office this week, with page references to the most recent editions (2005-) 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

The canticle antiphon for Saturday Vespers on 9 September is the Second Sunday of September, and refers to the Matins on the Book of Job.  The antiphon for the sixteenth of September is for Saturday 3 of September.

The Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons this Sunday (and Nocturn III readings at Matins) refer to the Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost which can also be found over at the Lectio Divina Notes Blog (along with the Matins readings relating to it).

The main feast this week is the Exaltation of Holy Cross on Thursday, and readings and responsories for the feast will appear on the Lectio Divina Notes blog the day before the feast (Australian time).

Friday is the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary, which though third class in the 1962 Benedictine calendar, has proper antiphons and other texts from Lauds to Vespers.  At Matins though, only the invitatory antiphon, hymn, (one) reading and responsory are of the feast.

The reading for the Office of Our Lady on Saturday (Sept 16) for the third Saturday of September in the 1962 Office is from sermon no 13 within the Octave of the Assumption by St Bernard, but is not available online.

Sunday 10 September – Fourteenth Sunday after PentecostClass II

Matins: All as in the psalter with Nocturn I&II readings, and all responsories for Sunday 2 of September

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Ecce iam lucis; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 473-4*

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 473-4*

Monday 11 September - Class IV; SS Protus and Hyacinth, memorial

Collect, MD 473-4*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [265]

Tuesday 12 September – Class IV [EF: Most Holy Name of Mary]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 473-4*

Wednesday 13 September - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 473-4*

Thursday 14 September – Exaltation of Holy Cross, Class II

Matins: Invitatory, hymn antiphons and readings of the feast (three Nocturns) with psalms of the feast 

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday) with antiphons and proper texts from MD [266] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [269] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds (omit fourth); psalms of Sunday, MD 203 ff; rest from MD [270] ff

[Start of monastic Lent]

Friday 15 September – The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class III (EF: Class II)

Matins: Invitatory antiphon, hymn and one reading of the feast, psalms and antiphons of the day

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, MD [273] ff; festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds; chapter, versicle and collect, MD [276] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms from Common of BVM, MD (119); chapter etc MD [277] ff

Saturday 16 September - Saturday of Our Lady; SS Cornelius and Cyprian, memorials [EF: Class III]

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

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff; for the commemorations at Lauds, MD [278]

I Vespers of Third Sunday of September, MD 453-4*; collect, Fifteenth Sunday, MD 474-5*


John R said...

How can readers access the Benedictine Matins blog now?

Kate Edwards said...

The blog is offline for the moment, as I'm reviewing it's appropriateness given the lack of liturgically approved books for it (aside from the breviary). If you send me your email address (australiaincognita I may be prepared to grant access as an interim measure.

LeBarroux said...

I have corresponded with Don Cuthbert Brogan (the abbot of Farnborough) and he has told me that they are working on a Monastic Nocturnal (Latin-English), and it will be published in a few years. So some liturgical books may be available soon! This is great news!

Kate Edwards said...

There have been reports that they were working on this going back several years so I won't be holding my breath, though I know Le Barroux is working on a Latin-French version (but again reportedly some way off still).

But in any case, I am less than convinced of the merits of laypeople attempting to pray Matins as a general rule.

This is a particularly monastic hour, at least as long as all the other hours combined on Sundays and feasts. It was traditionally viewed as the hour above all when monks acted as watchmen on behalf of the rest of us. And it is, in my view, a symptom of our exultation of the individual over the collective, and rejection of the idea of differentiated roles within the body of the Church that we insist on doing everything ourselves.

There are obviously some who are genuinely in a position to say Matins, maintain a balanced regime of liturgical and non-liturgical prayer, lectio and work, and still meet their duties of state of life - such as those who are semi-retired.

But I've been a bit disturbed by the fact that those doing the survey I put up with my Matins notes proved to be overwhelmingly laymen aged 30-60, employed full-time. I find it hard to see how praying the entire Benedictine Office can possibly be compatible with the family and community duties one would expect to be the main focus for this group.

LeBarroux said...

I pray Matins at 5 am followed by Lectio until 6:15 and then Lauds. I see no reason for a layman to not pray Matins if he wants to get up early. Your family and work obligations should come first before Lectio and the Office.

Kate Edwards said...

It's the total time involved that I think is the issue, not when you say it. But that sounds like a lovely way to start the day.