|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:
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
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)