Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ordo for the twenty-first week after Pentecost, including feast of Christ the King (Oct 29- Nov

The Ordo notes for the traditional Benedictine Office according to the 1962 rubrics and calendar this week are set out below.

Be aware that the Ordo provides page numbers for the variable texts of the Office only, and assumes you are familiar with the structure of the hours.  If  you are new to the Office, or need to brush up on the basics, start here instead.

Feast of Christ the King

This Sunday is the feast of Christ the King in the Extraordinary Form and Benedictine 1962 calendar.

The chants for the day hours can be found in the Le Barroux reprint of the Antiphonale Monasticum; sources for the Matins chants can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

Translations of the readings and responsories will, as usual, appear on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

All Saints and All Souls

November 1 is of course the great feast of All Saints, and readings and responsories for it can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.  For those saying Matins, an integrated version of the texts and chants for the Office can be found on the Gregofacsimil Website.  Note however that the verses provided for responsories 3, 4 and 10 are incorrect (they are from the medieval Hartker MSS rather than reflecting the verses used in the post-Tridentine breviaries); sources for the correct texts can be found in their Benedictine Responsory Blog listing.

On the feast of All Souls, in the 1962 Office, Matins, Lauds and Vespers are essentially (aside from the readings at Matins and collect).as for the Office of the Dead, which is said instead of the Office of the day, not as well as it.

At Prime to None and Compline, the opening prayers, hymn and antiphon are omitted.   At the end of each psalm, instead of the Gloria Patri the verses 'Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine. E lux perpetua luceat eis' are said.  At Compline the Nunc Dimittis is also said on this day.

Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983


Sunday 29 October – Feast of Christ the King, Class I

Matins: Of the feast: Invitatory Iesum Christum, LH 124; Hymn Aeterna imago, LH 125; antiphons of the feast; readings and responsories of the feast (see Lectio Divina Notes Blog)

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday, rest for the feast, MD [322]/AM 1092 ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [324]/AM 1095 ff

Vespers: All as for I Vespers, MD [318] ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD [326]/AM 1096-7

Monday 30 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*/AM 613 (21st Sunday after Pentecost)

Tuesday 31 October - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*/AM 613

I Vespers of All Saints, MD [328]/1099 ff

Wednesday 1 November – All Saints, Class I

Martins: All of the feast, see Gregofacsimil (and/or Benedictine Responsory and Lectio Divina Notes Blogs for translations and sources of the readings and responsories)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [331]/1102 ff with festal psalms

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts from I Vespers; psalms from the Common of Martyrs, MD [328]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [336]/AM 1107

Thursday 2 November - All Souls, Class I

Matins: All as for Office of the Dead except for the readings

Lauds: Of the Dead, MD (163)/AM 1167 with additional prayers set out for the feast, MD [337] ff

Prime: The usual opening prayers, hymn and antiphon are omitted; Requirem said at the end of each psalm instead of  Gloria Patri; the collect is Supplices Domine...

Terce to None:  The opening prayers, hymn and antiphon are omitted;  Requirem said at the end of each psalm instead of  Gloria Patri; the collect, Fidelium, Deus (see the instructions MD [338] ff)

Vespers: As for the Office of the Dead with collect etc MD [341]/AM 1150 ff

Compline: The hour starts with the examination of conscience made in silence; confiteor and absolution.  This is immediately followed by the psalms, with Requirem aeternam said instead of  Gloria Patri;.  The hymn etc is replaced by the Nunc Dimittis and closing prayers for the dead (see MD [343] ff)

Friday 3 November - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 480*/AM 613

Saturday 4 November – Our Lady on Saturday; St Charles Borromeo, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: Office of Our Lady with reading for Saturday 1 of November (from St Basil, available on Lectio Divina Notes Blog)

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [344-5]

I Vespers of the first Sunday in November: Magnificat antiphon, MD 459*/AM 590; collect of Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 481*/AM 614


Kevin Davis said...

According to the Rule, November 1 marks the transition at Matins from the summer pattern of one short reading on weekdays, to three longer readings with responsories. So, for any weekdays between November 2 and the first Sunday of November, where does one turn for scripture readings at Matins?

Kate Edwards said...

Under the 1962 rubrics, the readings actually start from the first Sunday of November, which is next week. You can find a broad outline of the cycle of readings here: