Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ordo notes for Holy Week 2018 (March 25-31)

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.

Holy Week

You can find notes on the rubrics for Holy Week here.

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 25 March – Palm Sunday (Second Passion Sunday), Class I

[Note feast of the Annunciation is transferred to April 9 this year]

Matins: Ordinary of Passiontide; twelve readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 255*/399 ff with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc for the day

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 258*/402 ff

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter etc as per I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon, MD 260*/AM 406

Monday 26 March – Monday in Holy Week, Class I

Matins: Ordinary of Passiontide; three readings of the day

Lauds: Antiphons MD 260-1*/404 ff with psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory and hymn of Passiontide, MD 240*/AM 382 ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 261*/AM 406

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds with psalms of Monday

Terce to None: Antiphons 2, 3 and 5 of Lauds respectively; chapter and versicle of Passiontide; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; Ordinary of Passiontide; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 261-2*/AM 407

Tuesday 27 March - Tuesday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 262*/AM 407 ff with psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory and hymn for Passiontide; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 263*/AM 408

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds with psalms etc of Tuesday

Terce to None: antiphons 2, 3 and 5 of Lauds respectively, MD 262*; chapter and versicle for Passiontide; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn of Passiontide; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 263*/AM 409

Wednesday 28 March - Wednesday in Holy Week, Class I

Matins: Ordinary of Passiontide; three readings of the day

Lauds to None: Antiphons MD 263-4*/AM 409 ff with psalms of Wednesday; Ordinary of Passiontide; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 264*/AM 411

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; Ordinary of Passiontide; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 265*/AM 411

Thursday 29 March – Maundy Thursday, Class I

Note: No introductory prayer or hymns are said, and the Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm. 

Matins: (Tenebrae) - as for the Roman Office, nine psalms and readings

Lauds: (Tenebrae, as for the Roman Office) - MD 265*/AM 413 ff 

Prime to None: MD 279*/AM 421 ff

Vespers: MD 296*/AM 429 ff, Magnificat antiphon of Maundy Thursday, MD 308* [Note: Not said by those who attend the evening Mass]

Compline: MD 305*/AM 436

Friday 30 March –– Good Friday, Class I

See MD 309*ff.  Note that:

  • There are no opening prayers
  • The Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm
  • The psalms etc for Prime to None are set out at MD 279* ff
  • ‘Mortem autem crucis’ is added to the antiphon Christus factus est, MD 282* at the end of each hour

Matins: (Tenebrae) - as for the Roman Office, nine psalms and readings

Lauds: (Tenebrae) - MD 309*/AM 438 ff

Prime to Compline: as for Maundy Thursday

Saturday 31 March – Holy Saturday

See MD 318* ff.  Note that:

  • There are no opening prayers 
  • The Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm
  • The psalms and antiphons to be used are set out at MD 279* ff
  • Propter quod…’ is added to the antiphon Christus factus est, MD 282* at the end of each hour

Matins: (Tenebrae) - as for the Roman Office, nine psalms and readings

Lauds: (Tenebrae) - MD 318*/AM 445 ff

Prime to Compline: as for Maundy Thursday (Note that Compline is not said by those who attend the Vigil) 

2 comments:

Marc said...

Can you direct me to an explanation of what "1963" means, in terms of the Benedictine Office? A new calendar, I know. I guess I wonder what if there is an explanation of what changes were made to the rubrics (I have a 'horae diurnae' of the monastic office from 1898 but it is alas not usable except for purposes of consulation). As part of my attempt to decide about becoming an oblate, I need to learn about the Benedictine monastic office; I say the Roman now for several years and am wondering about the process of 'conversion', as it were.

Kate Edwards said...

Dear Marc,

The changes to the Benedictine Office in 1963 (in reality 1962, 63 is just when it was published) largely mirror those to the Roman Office - use of Class I, II, III, IV for feasts/days; some calendar reforms, though most were earlier in the Benedictine Office; some trimming out of preces; etc.

I'm afraid I haven't come across or done a good summary of the changes, but the core office remained unchanged.

In terms of the differences to the Roman, again one of those tasks I'll get around to sometime.

Basically though the core Benedictine is as spelt out in the Rule (chs 8-18), and closer to the pre-1911 Roman than the Roman 1911- versions.

Key differences are much longer night office; all three Laudate psalms at Lauds, not just one; four psalms instead of five at Vespers; use of responsories at Lauds and Vespers; same psalms each day at Terce to Nne from Tuesday to Saturday'; no Nunc Dimittis at Compline, and same three psalms each night.

You can probably get a good feel for the differences by looking at my Learn the Office notes, which start here: https://learnbenoffice3.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/benedictine-office-basics.html