Saturday, October 13, 2018

Ordo for the twenty-first week after Pentecost (Oct 14-20)

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.

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.

THE ORDO

Sunday 14 October – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter with hymn Nocte surgentesNocturn I&II readings, and all responsories for Sunday 2 of October; Nocturn III readings of the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Lauds to Vespers: Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 480*/AM 612-3

Monday 15 October  St Teresa, Class III

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

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day with chapter, hymn etc from MD [315]/AM 1086 ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common of Virgins, MD (90)

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from the Common; collect of the feast

Tuesday 16 October – Class IV [***in some places, St Gall; EF: St Hedwig, Class III]

For St Gall, MD 46**

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

Wednesday 17 October –   Class IV [EF: St Margaret Mary Alacoque]

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

Thursday 18 October – St Luke, Evangelist, Class II

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except readings and responsories for Nocturns II&III, of the feast

Lauds to Vespers: All as for the Common of Apostles, MD (9), with collect from MD [317-18]/AM 1087

Friday 19 October - Class IV [EF: St Peter of Alcantara]

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

Saturday 20 October – Saturday of Our Lady, Class IV [EF: St John Cantius]

Matins to None: Our Lady on Saturday with Matins reading of Sat 3 of October, MD (129) /AM 714 ff

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of October: Magnificat antiphon, MD 458-9*/AM 589; collect of the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 481*/AM 614

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Ordo for the twentieth week after Pentecost (Oct 7-13)

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.  The collect listed for the day is used at Matins and Lauds, and from Terce to Vespers only.

The Matins readings for the Sunday, and for Our Lady on Saturday will be posted on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

Note that at Matins and Lauds the hymns for Sunday change to Primo dierum and Aeterne Rerum Conditor respectively from this week.

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.

THE ORDO


Sunday 7 October – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

[The feast of the Holy Rosary is not marked in the Office this year]

Matins: All as in the psalter with hymn Nocte surgentes henceforth; Nocturn I&II readings, and all responsories for Sunday 1 of October; Nocturn III readings of the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 (50, 117, 62); hymn Aeterne Rerum Conditor henceforth; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 479*/AM 611-12

Prime to None: As in the psalter

Vespers: Canticle antiphon and collect, MD 479*/AM 612

Monday 8 October – Class IV [EF: St Brigid]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*/AM 612

Tuesday 9 October - Class IV [EF: St John Leonardi]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*/AM 612

Wednesday 10 October – Class IV [EF: St Francis Borgia]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*/AM 612

Thursday 11 October – Class IV [EF: The Maternity of Our Lady]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*/AM 612

Friday 12 October - Class IV [in some places, St Wilfrid, Class III]

For St Wilfrid, MD 45**

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 479*/AM 612

Saturday 13 October – Saturday of Our Lady, Class IV [in some places/EF: St Edward]

For St Edward, MD 45**

Matins to None: Our Lady on Saturday with Matins reading of Sat 2 of October, MD (129) /AM 714 ff

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of October: Magnificat antiphon, MD 458*/AM 588; collect of the Twenty-first Sunday, MD 480*/AM 613

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ordo for the nineteenth week after Pentecost (Sept 30-Oct 6)

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).

Saying the 1962 Office

The notes below relate to the variable parts of the Office only  - unless otherwise indicated the texts for throughout the year for the particular day and hour should be used.  


Note also that the collect at Prime and Compline is always the same, and does not vary with the day of the week or feast (except for the chant tone).

For more details on how to say the Office , take a look at the Learn to Say the Benedictine Office notes.

The feasts of the week

The readings and other texts for the feasts of the week for Matins can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog the day before the feast.

For those who want to sing some or all of the chants, I recommend listening to the recordings of Le Barroux from last year which are archived here.

You can also find recordings of many of the hymns for the feasts of the week on the Liber Hymnarius website.


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, Solesmes.
ff =  and following pages

THE ORDO



Sunday 30 September – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

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

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

Lauds to Vespers: All as for Sunday in the psalter, canticle antiphons and collect, MD 478*/AM 610-11


Monday 1 October – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Remigius]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 478*/AM 611

Tuesday 2 October – The Holy Guardian Angels, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn (LR 449, LH 441, 451-2) and one reading of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and rest from MD [291]/AM 1067 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds, Psalms of Sunday except for the last (Ps 137), rest from MD [295]/AM 1070-1 ff

Wednesday 3 October – Class IV; St Teresa of the Child Jesus, memorial [in some places, Class I; EF: Class III]

Collect, MD 478*/AM 611; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [297]/SupAnt 135

If Class I, see MD 45**

Thursday 4 October – St Francis, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from the Common of a Confessor; reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from the Common of a Confessor, MD (78) with collect, MD [298]/AM 1071

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from the Common and collect of the feast

Friday 5 October - SS Maurus and Placid, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon (Regem Confessorum, LR 190) and hymn (Inclitos Christi, LH 316) and one reading of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and propers from MD [299] ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD [302] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with psalms of Sunday; rest from MD [303] ff

Saturday 6 October – Saturday of Our Lady, Class IV; St Bruno, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins to None: Our Lady on Saturday with Matins reading of Sat 1 of October, MD (129) /AM 714 ff; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [305]/AM 1072

I Vespers of First Sunday of October, MD 457*/ AM 587-8; collect of Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 479*/AM 612

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ordo for the eighteenth week after Pentecost (Sept 23-29)

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.

Those looking for the antiphons, psalms and other texts and chants for the feast of St Michael should consult the Benedictine Responsory Blog.



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.

THE ORDO

Sunday 23 September – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

[Note the feast of St Linus is not marked in the Office this year]

Matins: All as in the psalter with Nocturn I&II readings, and all responsories for Sunday 4 of September

Lauds to Vespers: Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 477*/AM 609-10

Monday 24 September - Class IV [EF: and Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom]

All as in the psalter, collect, MD 477*/AM 610

Tuesday 25 September – Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 477*/AM 610

Wednesday 26 September – Class IV [EF: Commemoration of SS Cyprian and Justina]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 477*/AM 610

Thursday 27 September - Class IV, SS Cosmas and Damian, Memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 477*/AM 610; for the commemoration, MD [281]/AM 1054

Friday 28 September – Class IV [EF: St Wenceslaus]

Matins to None: All as in the psalter, collect, MD 477*/AM 610

I Vespers of St Michael: MD [282]/AM 1055

Saturday 29 September - Dedication of St Michael the Archangel, Class I

Matins: Three nocturns, all of the feast – Invitatory and hymn, LR 447; psalms, antiphons, readings and responsories of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [284]/AM 1058 ff with festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: All as for I Vespers except the fourth psalm and Magnificat antiphon, see MD [289]/AM 1063 ff; commemoration of the Fifth Sunday of September, MD 457*/AM 587, Nineteenth Sunday, MD 478*/AM 611

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ordo for the seventeenth week after Pentecost (Sept 16-22)

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.

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.

THE ORDO


Sunday 16 September – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

[Note: The feast of SS Cornelius and Cyprian are not marked in the Office this year]

Matins: Readings for Nocturns I&II and responsories for Sunday 3 of September; Nocturn III readings of the 17th Sunday

Lauds to Vespers:  Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 476-7*/AM 608-9

Monday 17 September - Class IV; St Hildegard, memorial [EF: Commemoration of the Imprinting of the Stigmata of St Francis; OF: St Hildegard, Solemnity]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 476*/AM 609; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [278-9]/AM 1052

Tuesday 18 September - Class IV [EF: St Joseph of Cupertino]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 476*/AM 609

Wednesday 19 September - Ember Wednesday, Class II

Matins: All as in the psalter except for three readings and collect of the Ember Day

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the psalter except for the canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, and collect MD 454*/AM 584

Thursday 20 September - Class IV [EF: commemoration of St Eustace and Companions]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 476*/AM 609

Friday 21 September - St Matthew, Class II; Commemoration of Ember Friday

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles except for the readings for Nocturns II&III, Gospel and collect

Lauds to Vespers: All from the Common of Apostles, MD (9) with collect MD [279]/AM 1053; commemoration of the Ember Day at Lauds and Vespers, MD 455*/AM 585

Saturday 22 September – Ember Saturday, Class II; St Maurice and Companions, memorial

Matins: All as in the psalter except for three readings and collect of the Ember Day

Lauds to None: All as in the psalter for Saturday except for the canticle antiphon at Lauds and collect, MD 456*/AM 585; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [280]/AM 1053

I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of September, MD 456*/AM 586-7; Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 477*/AM 610

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Ordo notes for the sixteenth week after Pentecost/Second Sunday of September (Sept 9-15) - Updated**

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 indicate where to find the variable texts for the Office each day; for notes on the fixed parts of the Office see the Learn to Say the Benedictine Office notes.

The texts necessary to say Matins of the feasts of the Exaltation of Holy Cross and the Seven Sorrows of the BVM can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

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
ff = and following pages.

THE ORDO


Sunday 9 September – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

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

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

Lauds to Vespers: All as for Sundays throughout the year, canticle antiphons and collect, MD 475-6*/AM 607-8

Monday 10 September – Class IV [EF: St Nicholas of Tolentino]

Collect, MD 475*/AM 607

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

Collect, MD 475*/AM 607; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [265]/AM 1037

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

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 475*/AM 607

Thursday 13 September - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 475*/AM 607

Friday 14 September – Exaltation of Holy Cross, Class II

Matins: Invitatory, hymn antiphons and readings of the feast (three Nocturns) with psalms and antiphons of the feast, LR 437

Lauds: Festal psalms (of Sunday) with antiphons and proper texts from MD [266]/AM 1040 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds (omit fourth); psalms of Sunday, MD 203 ff; rest from MD [270]/AM 1038ff, Magnificat antiphon, AM 1046 (O crux benedicta)

Saturday 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]/AM 1047 ff; festal psalms

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

I Vespers of the Third Sunday in September, MD 453-4*/AM 584; Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 476*/AM 609

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Ordo notes for the First Sunday of September/Fifteenth week after Pentecost (Sept 2-8)

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.

The Matins readings and responsories for Sunday, as well as the for the feasts of the week, can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

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.

THE ORDO


Sunday 2 September – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Class II

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

Lauds to Vespers: Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 474-5*/AM 606-7

Monday 3 September - St Pius X, Class III [***In some places St Seraphia, memorial]

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a Pope, reading of the feast.

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day, with the rest from the Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64); collect, MD [258]

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [258]

Tuesday 4 September - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 474-5*/AM 606

Wednesday 5 September - Class IV [EF: St Laurence Justinian]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 474-5*/AM 606

Thursday 6 September - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 474-5*/AM 606

Friday 7 September - Class IV [**In some places, St Cloud, Confessor, Class I]

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 474-5*/AM 606

**For St Cloud, MD [258]

Saturday 8 September - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Class II [EF: with a commemoration of St Hadrian, Martyr]

Matins: Three Nocturns, with invitatory (LR 446), hymn and readings of the feast, rest from Common of feasts of the BVM

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast with festal psalms, MD [259]/AM 1032 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts for the feast, MD [263]/AM 1035 with psalms from the Common of Our Lady, MD (119); commemoration of the Second Sunday of September, MD 453*/AM 583; Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, MD 475*/AM 607

Friday, August 31, 2018

Understanding the calendar VIC - Liturgical seasons and Conclusion


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In this last post in this series on understanding the calendar, I want to to finish off by treatment of the liturgical seasons and provide a bit of a recap of the series, in order to try and bring together everything I've covered, by way of completing the construction of the 'personal Ordo' for August that we have looked at as we've progressed through the series.

To do that, we need to recall that there are essentially five different cycles at work in the Office, consisting of: the hours; the day of the week; the date (fixed feasts); the calendar month and seasons; and the cycle of movable feasts and seasons of liturgical year, which depends on the date of Easter each year.


(1) THE HOURS



The first step in constructing your personal Ordo, you will recall, is to decide which hours you are going to say, and find the pages that relate to them in your Office book.  

In Part IIA of this series, on the hours, we looked at the eight hours that make up the Office and the way they are spread through the day and night to sanctify time.  

In Part IIB we looked at the particular character of each hour, which is reflected in the different structures employed for each of them, the hymns and other texts used at them, and the psalms allocated to each hour.

In a monastery using the traditional Office, all of the hours are normally sung each day.

Most Oblates and other laypeople though, would normally only say one or two hours - such as Prime and Compline, or Lauds and Vespers - a day.

The table below provides a starting point for your consideration, with page numbers for the Monastic Diurnal produced by Farnborough.


Hour
When said
Key considerations in deciding whether to say...
Page references in Monastic Diurnal (Psalter section, middle of book)

Matins
After midnight, before first light
No available in Latin-English; longest hour by far (40-90 mins depending on day if said).

na
Lauds
First light
Quite long (9 psalms & canticles) and complex structure; varies substantially on feasts.

37-146
Prime
Morning before work
Simple structure (only psalms and antiphons vary each day) makes it a good starting point for beginners; theology of hour is about our foundations in Christ, awareness of presence of God.

1-37 (M-Sat); 146-150 (Sunday)
Terce, Sext and None
Mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon
Simple structure, each hour is very short, uses three sets of psalms.  Traces Passion of Christ, our spiritual ascent through humility.

151-203
Vespers
Late afternoon/sunset
The most variable hour in content on feasts.  Focuses on reflection on the day.

203-256
Compline
Before bed
Best starting point for beginners as same each day of the week.  Preparation for sleep/death.
256-269



(2) THE DAYS OF THE WEEK




The second key cycle in the Office is of the day of the week, since one of the most distinctive features of the traditional Benedictine Office was originally that it ensured that the entire psalter was said each week.

Part IIIA of this series focused on the parts of each hour that vary with the day of the week in the 'ferial' Office, that is, as it said on days of the year that are not feasts, special days, or part of special seasons.   

Part IIIB of the series started looking at the different ranking of days, providing a 'default' Ordo that listed Sundays as Class II and weekdays as Class IV, includes the Office of Our Lady each week, and for any given day of the week, looked something like this:

Wednesday - Class IV

Matins: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Lauds: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Prime: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Terce to None:  All as for Tuesday to Saturday in the psalter

Vespers: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Compline: All as in the psalter every day



(3) FIXED DATE FEASTS OF THE YEAR




The next step in constructing our Ordo is to take account of the fixed date feasts of the year.

Part IVA of the series looked at the feasts of the general calendar that fall on ordinary weekdays.

Part IVB looked at the interactions of feasts with Sundays. 

Part IVC looked at how to take account of local feasts, and the effects of different levels of feasts on each hour.

It showed that for August 2018, for example, the ferial texts have to be adjusted to take account of the memorial of the Holy Maccabees that falls on that day:


Wednesday 1 August - Class IV; The Holy Maccabees, memorial

Matins: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Lauds: All as for Wednesday in the psalter with a commemoration of the Holy Maccabees

Prime: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Terce to None:  All as for Tuesday to Saturday in the psalter

Vespers: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Compline: All as in the psalter every day



(4) MONTHS AND THE 'NATURAL' SEASONS




The fourth step in the construction of our Ordo is to take account of the months and seasons in the Office.

In Part VA of the series we saw that the Benedictine Office has only two 'natural seasons': winter (First Sunday of November to Easter), when three readings are said during the week at Matins; and summer (Easter to the end of October) when the weekday readings are reduced to one.  

Part VB focused on the monthly cycle in the Office from August to the end of Epiphanytide, which depends on the interaction of calendar months and fixed date feasts.

For those who say Matins, it is worth noting that there is one other monthly cycle of readings in the 1962 version, namely for the Office of Our Lady on Saturday, there are readings for four Saturdays of each month of the year (December and March aside, where the liturgical seasons mean that there can never be more than one Saturday of Our Lady). 

With that information, we can now look at the Ordo for August 2018, for example, we can now add in the Sunday cycle for the month of August to reflect the fact that the first Sunday of August fell on August 5, so our Ordo for the first few days of August now looks like this:


Wednesday 1 August - Class IV; The Holy Maccabees, memorial

Matins: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Lauds: All as for Wednesday in the psalter with a commemoration of the Holy Maccabees

Prime: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Terce to None:  All as for Tuesday to Saturday in the psalter

Vespers: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Compline: All as in the psalter every day

Or, in summary:

All as in the psalter for Wednesday with a commemoration of the Holy Maccabees at Lauds

Thursday 2 August – Class IV; St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, memorial

All as in the psalter for Thursday with a commemoration of St Alphonsus at Lauds

Friday 3 August - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Friday

Saturday 4 August - St. Dominic, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a Confessor; antiphons and psalms of Saturday; one reading of the feast; chapter of a confessor; collect of the feast.

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday; rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, Collect of the feast.

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common of a Confessor, rest as in the psalter for Saturday.

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from the Common of a Confessor; collect of the feast; rest as in the psalter for Tuesday to Saturday.

Vespers: I Vespers of Sunday (ie Saturday Vespers) with Magnificat antiphon for the First Sunday of August

Sunday 5 August - First Sunday of August, Class II

Matins: All as for Sunday in the psalter with responsories and Nocturn I&II readings for the First Sunday of August

Lauds: All as for Sunday in the psalter

Prime: All as for Sunday in the psalter

Terce to None:  All as for Sunday in the psalter

Vespers: All as for Sunday in the psalter

Compline: All as in the psalter every day

.....Saturday 11 August – Our Lady on Saturday, Class IV; St. Tiburtius, Memorial 

Matins to None: Our Lady on Saturday with Matins reading of Saturday 2 of August and commemoration of St Tiburtius at Lauds.

I Vespers with Magnificat antiphon of the Second Sunday of August.



(5) THE LITURGICAL SEASONS




The last step in creating our Ordo is to take account of what is commonly known as the liturgical year, that is the cycle of feasts and Sundays whose date depends on that of Easter.

Part VIA of the series provided a bit of an overview, and focused on the parts of the Office that change each week depending on the part of the liturgical year.  

Part VIB of the series looked at the special seasons of the year and their effect on the Office.

There are two last points to note on this topic.

First, the Marian antiphons and prayers said at the end of Compline also change at particular points of the liturgical year (viz Advent, 2 February, Easter and at the end of the octave of Pentecost).

Secondly, the Office of Our Lady on Saturday has some variants for the period after the Nativity and during Eastertide.

So we are now in a position to add in the final layer of the Office cycles to our sample Ordo for August 2018, to reflect the number of the Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost:


Wednesday 1 August - Class IV; The Holy Maccabees, memorial

Matins: All as for Wednesday in the psalter, collect of the tenth Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost

Lauds: All as for Wednesday in the psalter with a commemoration of the Holy Maccabees; collect of the tenth Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost

Prime: All as for Wednesday in the psalter

Terce to None:  All as for Tuesday to Saturday in the psalter, collect of the tenth Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost

Vespers: All as for Wednesday in the psalter, collect of the tenth Sunday after the Octave of Pentecost

Compline: All as in the psalter every day, with Marian antiphon for time after Pentecost, Salve Regina

Or, in summary:

All as in the psalter for Wednesday with a commemoration of the Holy Maccabees at Lauds, collect of the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thursday 2 August – Class IV; St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, memorial

All as in the psalter for Thursday with a commemoration of St Alphonsus at Lauds, collect of the Tenth the Sunday [ie at all hours other than Prime and Compline]

Friday 3 August - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Friday, collect of the Tenth Sunday

Saturday 4 August - St. Dominic, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a Confessor; antiphons and psalms of Saturday; one reading of the feast; chapter of a confessor; collect of the feast.

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday; rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, Collect of the feast.

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds from the Common of a Confessor, rest as in the psalter for Saturday.

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle from the Common of a Confessor; collect of the feast; rest as in the psalter for Tuesday to Saturday.

Vespers: I Vespers of Sunday (ie Saturday Vespers) with Magnificat antiphon for the First Sunday of August; Collect of the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday 5 August - First Sunday of August, Class II, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matins: All as for Sunday in the psalter with responsories and Nocturn I&II readings for the First Sunday of August; Third Nocturn readings, Gospel and collect of the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lauds: All as for Sunday in the psalter, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the Eleventh Sunday

Prime: All as for Sunday in the psalter

Terce to None:  All as for Sunday in the psalter, collect of the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Vespers: All as for Sunday in the psalter, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the Eleventh Sunday

Compline: All as in the psalter every day

....Saturday 11 August – Our Lady on Saturday, Class IV; St. Tiburtius, Memorial 

Matins to None: Our Lady on Saturday as for throughout the year with Matins reading of Saturday 2 of August and commemoration of St Tiburtius at Lauds.

I Vespers with Magnificat antiphon of the Second Sunday of August; collect for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.


If you want to test your understanding, have a go at constructing a full Ordo for August 2018, then check it against the version you can find here.



FINAL NOTE: BREVIARIES AND THE SEASONS




There is one last issue I'd like to cover off, in response to a question, and that relates to Office books.

As I noted earlier, the Benedictine Office has only two 'natural' seasons, summer and winter.

So you might think the two volumes of the 1962 Monastic Breviary would align with this division.  And if you are using an older breviary, you may find it comes in four volumes, labelled Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, you might think that the volume change occurs at the equinox, or some other fixed date associated with the change of seasons.

In fact, however, the divisions in these books are mostly based on the liturgical year, which only loosely aligns with the 'natural seasons'

The first of the two volumes of the 1962 breviary covers Advent to Pentecost; the second covers the Sundays after Pentecost to the end of the liturgical year.

My late nineteenth English Congregation breviary divides up as follows:

Pars Autumnalis (Autumn): First Sunday of September to Last Sunday after Pentecost
Pars Hiemalis (Winter): First Sunday of Advent to the Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Pars Vernalis (Spring): First Sunday of Lent to Pentecost
Pars Aestiva (Summer): Trinity Sunday to last Sunday of August

The date at which you change volumes, in other words, changes each year depending on the date of Easter and that of the first Sunday of Advent.

For this reason, the sections containing the feasts of saints includes some overlap between volumes. 


COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS


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