Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ordo notes for the second week after the Epiphany (Jan 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.

The Sunday hymns and Matins and Lauds

This week marks the return of the Office to the 'time throughout the year' texts.

Note that the Sunday hymns at Matins and Lauds change this week to Primo dierum and Aeterne Rerum Conditor.  These hymns are used up until the start of Lent.

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 14 January – Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Class II

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

Matins: All as in the psalter with hymn Primo dierum omnium (LH 182), except for the readings, responsories and collect

Lauds: Psalm schema 1 – 50, 117, 62; hymn Aeterne rerum Conditor; collect and canticle antiphon, MD 147*/AM 306

Prime to Vespers: All as in the psalter for Sunday; canticle antiphon, MD 147*

Monday 15 January – Class IV [EF: St Paul the first hermit; Ben. Confed: St. Maurus and St. Placid, disciples of our Holy Father St. Benedict - Memorial ; **In some places, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Class I]

 **For Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MD 11 ff**

All as in the psalter: Collect MD 147*

Tuesday 16 January – Class IV; St Marcellus I, memorial [EF: Class III]

All as in the psalter; Collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [25]/AM 737/783

Wednesday 17 January - St Antony, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a Confessor, LR 190; psalms and antiphons of the day; reading 1&2 of the feria (combine readings 2&3; use responsories 1&3 of the feria), reading and responsory 3 of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day; the rest from the Common of a Confessor not a bishop, MD (78)/AM 672; collect MD [26]/AM 783

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common

Thursday 18 January - Class IV [EF: Commemoration of St Prisca; start of Church Unity Octave, St Peter's Chair]

Three readings at Matins; Collect MD 147*

Friday 19 January - Class IV; Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, memorial

Three readings at Matins; Collect MD 147*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [26]/AM 784

Saturday 20 January - SS Fabian and Sebastian, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of martyrs, LR 175; psalms and antiphons of the day; reading 1&2 of the feria (combine readings 2&3; use responsories 1&3 of the feria), reading and responsory 3 of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day; rest from common of many martyrs, MD (43)/AM 648; collect MD [27]/AM 784

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common

I Vespers of the Third Sunday after Epiphany, MD 147-8*/AM 163

3 comments:

tim said...

Hello Kate,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

First, thank you for this great blog! I have never known any other layfolk who pray this office so it's great to have some sense of community!

I was wondering if you have ever, or if you could in the future write a post:

1. About the different classes of feasts (perhaps some of the history of the double system preceding it) and their interaction, especially when they overlap at Vespers? I noticed recently that a few feasts have had no commemoration of the Sundays or other overlapping feasts, etc.

2. The festal canticles at Lauds. I've never quite understood when these are supposed to be prayed.

Thank you!

in Christ,

Timothy

Kate Edwards said...

Thanks Timothy.

You might also want to have a look at the facebook Traditional Benedictine Office group.

In terms of your two topics, I'll add them to the list!

I have done a couple of related posts that you might find useful as starting points at least though. On feasts, try this one: https://saintsshallarise.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/brush-up-your-rubrics-what-changes-and.html

The question of what happens when feasts overlap is actually summarised in the tables of occurrence and concurrence at the beginning of the Diurnal.

On Lauds the festal canticles were actually post 1911 addition, in imitation of the changes made to the Roman Office and are entirely optional. I've spelt it out a bit here: https://saintsshallarise.blogspot.com.au/2009/05/learning-office-part-xc-lauds-during.html

Personally I think that inclusion of the the festal canticles was a mistake - the ferial canticles are what was specified by St Benedict, are in my integral to the content/design of the Office. And they are ancient indeed - the use of the Deuteronomy canticle on Saturdays goes back to the time of Moses.

timothy said...

Thank for this information Kate! I’ll check it out! :)