Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ordo notes within the Octave of the Nativity to the Epiphany (31 Dec-6 Jan)


 Menologion of Basil II, 979-984.


This week includes two major feasts, the Octave of Christmas, and the Epiphany, which marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas.

For those saying Matins, keep in mind that the readings from Jan 2-5 are of the date.  You can find translations of the readings and responsories for study purposes on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

Sources for the chants of the Matins Responsories (and recordngs of them where available online) can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog under the labels:


THE ORDO


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

SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek.

Sunday 31 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus]

[Note: The feast of St Sylvester is not commemorated in the Office this year]

Matins: as for the Nativity except for the readings and responsories

Lauds to None: MD 77*/AM 265 ff 

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104*/AM 270 ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)/AM 703 (no commemoration of the Sunday)


Monday 1 January – Octave of the Nativity (Circumcision of Our Lord), Class I

Matins: Proper antiphons and other texts; psalms of Christmas

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 108*/AM 271 ff, with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds, rest of the feast

Vespers:  As for I Vespers, MD 104* ff, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 113*/AM 275

Compline: Marian Antiphon, Alma Redemptoris Mater, MD 265*/AM 173 or 178

Tuesday 2 January – Class IV **in some places, St Thomas of Canterbury; Most Holy Name of Jesus]

Matins: Ordinary of the Nativity (Invitatory, Christus natus est (LH 16); hymn, Christe redemptor (LH 14); versicles and chapter verse); three readings of the date

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of the Nativity, MD 119*; AM 273 ff (chapters etc of the Circumcision)

**for St Thomas, see MD 2**

Wednesday 3 January - Class IV

Matins: Ordinary of the Nativity (Invitatory, Christus natus est; hymn, Christe redemptor; versicles and chapter verse); three readings of the date

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of the Nativity, MD 119*/AM 273 ff

Thursday 4 January – Class IV; St Titus, memorial

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of the Nativity, MD 119*/AM 273 ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD 125-6*/AM 284

Friday 5 January – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Telesphorus]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of the Nativity, MD 119*/AM 273 ff

EPIPHANYTIDE

I Vespers of the Epiphany: MD 126*/AM 287 ff: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn for the feast with Sunday psalms, MD 203 ff

Saturday 6 January – Epiphany of Our Lord, Class I

Matins: All of the feast, LR 68 ff

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD 129*/AM 290 ff, with festal (Sunday) psalms (MD 44)

Prime to None: Antiphons of Lauds; rest of the feast, MD 132-3*

Vespers: Antiphons of I Vespers, MD 126* ff, with Magnificat antiphon of II Vespers (Tribus miraculis

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Christmas! - Ordo notes for the Benedictine Office for the week of Christmas (Dec 24-30)


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Petites Heures de la reine Anne de Bretagne, c15th

Sunday - Vigil of the Nativity


As Christmas is on a Monday this year, this Sunday is the Vigil of Christmas rather than the fourth Sunday of Advent.

In the Office, though, the Fourth Sunday is still marked firstly in Saturday Vespers, and at Matins in the first and second Nocturn readings and responsories.  Sources for the responsories can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog under the label VigilNativity.

The Vigil of the Nativity marks the end of Advent and the start of the season of the nativity.  You can find notes on the rubrics for Nativitytide here.

Christmas Day


For those saying Matins, all of the necessary chants can be found in the Liber Responsorialis.  Alternativ sources for the responsories, though, can also be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog (with recordings where available) under the label Nativity.

Octave of Christmas


As Christmas has a second class octave, the psalms after Monday are of the day or particular feast except at Vespers.

At Lauds, the festal psalms are used up to and including Thursday due to the series of feast days (St Stephen, St John and Holy Innocents).

The key exception is Vespers, which uses the festal psalms throughout the week, but with an alternating fourth psalm.

Happy Christmas


And wishing everyone a happy and holy Christmas!



THE ORDO


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.
SupAnt= Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum, Clear Creek


Sunday 24 December - Vigil of the Nativity, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of the Vigil; psalms of Sunday with antiphons for Advent; Nocturn I&II readings and responsories for the fourth Sunday of Advent; Nocturn III readings and responsories for the Vigil (with an extra reading and responsory for the Sunday added)

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday), MD 44 with antiphons and proper texts of the Vigil, MD 54*/AM 232 ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 54*; Terce to None: Antiphons and texts, MD 57* ff

CHRISTMASTIDE

I Vespers of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 58*/AM 236 ff (with Sunday psalms)

Monday 25 December – The Nativity of Our Lord, Class I with a II Class Octave

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, psalms, antiphons, twelve readings and responsories all of the feast, LR 54

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts, festal psalms, MD 61*/AM 240 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 64*/AM 244 ff

Vespers: Antiphons, psalms and proper texts, MD 65*/AM 245 ff

Tuesday 26 December – Second Day in the Octave; St Stephen, Protomartyr, Class II

Matins: Common of a martyr (LR 148) except for the Invitatory antiphon and hymn (LR 428) and readings and responsories of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 83*/AM 250 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm = Ps 131, MD 70*]; proper texts, MD 87*/AM 253 ff

Wednesday 27 December – Third day in the Octave; St John the Evangelist, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles (LR 134) except for the readings and responsories (of the feast)

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 90*/AM 255 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Nativity, MD 65* [4th psalm = Ps 129]; proper texts, MD 94*/259 ff

Thursday 28 December – Fourth day in the Octave; SS Innocents, Class II

Matins: Antiphons and psalms from the Common of several martyrs (LR 175); invitatory antiphon, hymn, readings and responsories of the feast, LR 450

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts with festal psalms, commemoration of the Octave, MD 97*/AM 260 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: of the Nativity with proper texts of the feast, MD 101*/AM 263 [4th psalm = Ps 131]

Friday 29 December – Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [in some places, St Thomas Beckett, Class I]

**For St Thomas Becket, MD 2; SupAnt 15**

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day

Lauds to None: Psalms of the day with antiphons and proper texts of the Nativity, MD 61*/AM 265 ff

Vespers: of the Nativity [4th psalm = Ps 129]

Saturday 30 December – Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the Nativity, 3 readings of the day

Lauds to None: Psalms of the day with rest of the Nativity

I Vespers of Sunday within the Octave: Vespers of the Nativity, with proper texts, MD 75*/AM 265 ff

Sunday 31 December – Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Class II [EF: Most Holy Name of Jesus]

Matins: as for the Nativity except for the readings and responsories

Lauds to None: MD 77*/AM 265 ff (note: St Sylvester is not commemorated this year)

I Vespers of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord, MD 104*/AM 270 ff: Antiphons and proper texts with psalms from Common of feasts of the BVM, MD (119)/AM 703 (no commemoration of the Sunday)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Benedictine Office Ordo for the third week of Advent (December 17-23)

This Sunday marks the start of the more intense period of Advent, making this easily the most complicated week of the Office for the entire year.

Accordingly, you will need to make full use of the ribbons in your Diurnal or other Office book!

Advent days between December 17 and 23 - where to put your ribbons


During this period, the other texts can come from several different sources each day, so I strongly recommend following the Ordo very closely (alternatively, particularly if you are new to the Office, rather than trying to say it all yourself, listen and absorb the Office being sung by the monks of Le Barroux!).

If you are going to say the Office this week, I would suggest deploying your ribbons as follows:

(1) The Ordinary of Advent: The Ordinary of Advent continues to be used each day, with a change of invitatory antiphon for those saying Matins, those set for the Advent day, the particular date, or (most often) a mix of the above.

(2) The psalms for the particular hour you are saying - the normal daily psalms continue to be used, except on Thursday when festal psalms for the feast of St Thomas are used instead at Matins, Lauds and Vespers.

(3) The antiphons for the day of the week between December 17 and 23 (from Monday).

(4) The day within the Third Week of Advent, for the canticle antiphon of  Lauds and the collects (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are  Ember Days, with their own collects).  Note though that the Vespers canticles set out there are not used, and December 21 and 23 have particular antiphons at Lauds that displace those of the Advent day.

You can find more details on the rubrics for this more intense period of Advent here.

Saturday Vespers on 23 December


Because Christmas is on Monday this year, next Sunday is the Vigil of Christmas rather than the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  But the texts for the Fourth Sunday are still used in the Office at I Vespers on Saturday December 23 (ie the Vigil is literally just the Sunday).

THE ORDO


Key to the abbreviations:

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


Sunday 17 December – Third Sunday of Advent, Class I (Gaudete Sunday)

Matins: Invitatory for Third Sunday of Advent onwards (Prope est, LH 10 or NR lv), hymn Verbum supernum; antiphons of Advent; readings and responsories for the Third Sunday 

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 31*/AM 204 ff; psalms of Sunday (at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62)

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of I Vespers, MD 28*, Magnificat antiphon, O Sapientia, MD 35*/AM 208

Monday 18 December – Monday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory Prope est, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons for the psalms (Monday in the period Dec 17-23), MD 37*/AM 212
Chapter, hymn, responsory and versicle - Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff
Canticle antiphons: Benedictus (Lauds), MD 41*/AM 220; Magnificat, O Adonai, MD 35*/AM 209
Collect (for hours other than Prime and Compline) of Sunday III, MD 11*/AM 206

Tuesday 19 December – Tuesday in the third week of Advent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory Prope est, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons: MD 37* ff/AM 213-4
Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff
Canticle antiphons: Benedictus, 42*/AM 221; Magnificat antiphon, O radix Iesse, MD 36*/AM 209
Collect (for hours except Prime and Compline): (Sunday III), MD 11*

Wednesday 20 December – Ember Wednesday of Advent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory Prope est, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons:  MD 38* ff/AM 215-6
Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff
Canticle antiphons: Benedictus, 42*/AM 222; Magnificat, O clavis David, MD 36*/AM 210
Collect Lauds, Terce to Vespers): of the Ember Day, MD 42-3*/AM 223

Thursday 21 December - St Thomas, Class II

Matins: All from the common of Apostles (LR 134 ff) except for the readings and responsories for Nocturns II&III (of the feast)

Lauds: All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (9)/AM 622ff, except for the Benedictus antiphon, MD [22] and collect, MD [23]; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon (Nolite timere), MD 43*/AM 219; versicle MD 11*/AM 185; collect, MD 12*/AM 206

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common, collect, MD [23]

Vespers: All as in the Common of Apostles, MD (13)/AM 620, except for the Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD [22]/AM 744 and collect, MD [23]; Commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon (O Oriens), MD 36*/AM 210; versicle, MD 17*/AM 183; collect, MD 12*/AM 206

Friday 22 December – Ember Friday of Advent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory Prope est, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings

Lauds to Vespers:
Antiphons: (MD 39*/AM 217 ff);
Rest from ordinary of Advent (chapter, hymn etc for Lauds and Vespers);
Benedictus antiphon, MD 44*/AM 224; Magnificat antiphon, O Rex gentium, MD 36*/AM 211;
Collect of the Ember Day, MD 44/AM 224

Saturday 23 December – Ember Saturday in Advent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory Prope est, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings

Lauds: Antiphons for Saturday (Dec 17-23), MD 40*/SupAnt 3-4, chapters, hymn etc of Advent; Benedictus antiphon, Ecce completa sunt, MD 45*/AM 220; collect of the Ember Day, MD 45*/AM 225

Prime: Antiphon 1, MD 48*; Terce to None: Antiphons, MD 41*; chapters, hymn etc of Advent; collect of the Ember Day, MD 45*

I Vespers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, MD 45*/AM 226 ff; Magnificat antiphon, O Emmanuel, MD 36*/AM 211

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ordo for the Second week of Advent**

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THE ORDO

Sunday 10 December – Second Sunday of Advent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon (Regem venturum Dominum), hymn (Verbum supernum), antiphons and versicles of Advent; readings and responsories of Sunday II in Advent

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts, MD 22*/AM 195 ff; psalms of Sunday; at Lauds, schema 1: Ps 50, 117, 62

Monday 11 December – Monday in the second week of Advent, Class III; St Damasus, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181 ff

Prime to None:  Antiphons of (Sunday) wk II, MD 13*/AM 195 ff); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*/AM 198

Lauds and Vespers: Canticle antiphons, MD 26-7*/AM 199-200; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [17-8]/AM 768

Tuesday 12 December – Tuesday in the second week of Advent, Class III; [EF: in some places, Our Lady of Guadeloupe]

**For Our Lady of Guadeloupe, SupAm 6* ff

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*/AM 198; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 27*/AM 200

Wednesday 13 December – St Lucy, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Virgin Martyr (LR 211-2); psalms and antiphons of Wednesday; first two readings of the Wednesday in second week of Advent (combine readings 2&3), third reading of the feast; chapter verse for a virgin martyr; responsories of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [18]/AM 769 ff with festal psalms. Commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 27*/AM 201; versicle MD 11*/AM 185; collect, MD 11*/AM 198

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds, texts from the common of Virgins, MD (84); versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD [22]/AM 773. Commemoration of the Advent feria: (antiphon, MD 27*/AM 201; versicle MD 17*/AM 183; collect, MD 11*/AM 198

Thursday 14 December – Thursday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 27-8*/AM 201

Friday 15 December – Friday in the second week of Advent, Class III

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent (Prime to None antiphons of wk II); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 28*/AM 202

Saturday 16 December – Saturday in the second week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Eusebius, Class III]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9* ff (Prime to None antiphons of wk II, MD 13*ff); collect (Sunday II), MD 11*; canticle antiphon at Lauds, MD 28*/AM 203

I Vespers of Third Sunday in Advent, MD 28* ff/AM 203 ff (Psalms of Saturday, chapter and antiphons of Sunday Advent 3, hymn and response from the Ordinary of Advent)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Ordo for the First week of Advent**

The notes below are designed to assist those wishing to say the Benedictine Office according to the officially approved 1962 books (noting that older books can readily be adapted to this end).

They provides notes on the variable parts of the Office only, so should be read in conjunction with the Learn to Say the  Benedictine Office notes provided elsewhere on the blog.

Advent

This week marks the start of Advent, which has its own special rubrics which you can read up on.

The Matins readings and responsories for each day of Advent or the feast of the day can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.  Notes on where you can find the chants for the responsories and other background on them can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

For those who say Matins, you can find an integrated version of all the texts and chants for the First Sunday of Advent on the Gregofacsimil website.  Be aware though, that some of the material does not align with the breviary, as it uses the texts provided by the Hartker MSS.

You can find the Ordinary of Advent (both the Sunday and ferial versions of the invitatory and the hymn) in the Liber Hymnarius (pages 4-6).

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
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek



THE ORDO


Sunday 3 December – First Sunday of Advent, Class I

[Note: The feast of St Francis Xavier is not marked in the Office this year]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon (Regem venturum Dominum), hymn (Verbum supernum), antiphons and versicles of Advent; readings and responsories of Sunday I in Advent (for all texts and chants, see the Gregofacsimil website).

Lauds: Proper antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn etc, MD 4*/AM 183ff with Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 6* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday, antiphons and other texts as for I Vespers, MD 1* except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 8*/AM 190; with psalms of Sunday

Monday 4 December – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Peter Chrysologus; St Barbara; Some monasteries: Illation of the relics of St Benedict]

**For the illation of St Benedict, See LR 427-8; SupAnt 9 ff

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of the Advent week 1 (Monday in first week of Advent) [*For illation of St Benedict, LR 427]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 9*/AM 183 ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17* (AM 191); collect, MD 11*; 

Prime to None: Antiphons for Advent wk I, MD 13*/AM 187-8 ff; Terce to None: chapter and versicle for Advent; collect, MD 11*/AM 189

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Advent, MD 15*/AM 181 ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17* (AM 191); collect of the Sunday, MD 11*

Tuesday 5 December – Tuesday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF/1975 Benedictine (optional memorial): Commemoration of St Sabbas]

Matins: 
Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings

Lauds and Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 181; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*/AM 191, collect (Sunday I), MD 11*/AM 189

Prime to None:  antiphons of wk I (Sunday I)

Wednesday 6 December – Wednesday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Nicholas, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to Vespers: Ordinary of Advent, antiphons (Prime to None) and collect (except at Prime and Compline) of Sunday/week I; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*/AM 192; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9-10]/AM 760

Thursday 7 December – St Ambrose, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Confessor bishop (LR 190); psalms and antiphons of the day; first two readings of day (combine reading 2&3, omit responsory 2 of the feria); third reading and responsory of the feast (In medio ecclesiae, LR 203); Chapter verse for a confessor bishop

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day; chapter etc from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)/AM 657; collect, MD [10]/AM 760; commemoration of the Advent feria (antiphon, MD 18*, versicle MD 11*, collect, MD 11*/AM 193/189

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common, collect MD [10]/AM 760

I Vespers of the Immaculate Conception, MD [11]/AM 761; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 18*; versicle MD 17*; collect, MD 11*/AM 193/189

Friday December 8 December – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class I

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, antiphons and twelve lessons and responsories of the feast, LR 259

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with ant iphons and rest from MD [13]/AM 763 ff; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 19*; versicle MD 11*; collect, MD 11*/ AM 193/189

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms of I Vespers of the BVM, MD (119); antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [11]AM 767 ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD [17]; commemoration of the Advent feria: antiphon, MD 19*; versicle MD 17*; collect, MD 11*/AM 194/189

Saturday 9 December – Saturday in the first week of Advent, Class III 

Matins to None: Ordinary of Advent; collect (Sunday I), MD 11*/AM 189; canticle antiphons at Lauds, MD 19*/AM 194

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Advent, MD 19* ff/AM 195 (psalms of Saturday, chapter and antiphons of Sunday Advent 2, hymn and short responsory from the Ordinary of Advent)



 (First responsory for Matins of the first Sunday of Advent)


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