Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ordo notes for the third week after Easter (April 22-29, 2018)

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.


You can find notes on the rubrics for Eastertide here.  

For those who want to sing or listen to some or all of the chants for Matins, you can find links to sources for them here.  Note that there is an integrated version providing all of the (Latin only) texts and chants for Matins of the Third Sunday on the Gregofacsimil 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, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek.
ff = and following pages


Sunday 22 April – Third Sunday after Easter, Class II

Matins: Invitatory (Surrexit Dominus), hymn (Rex sempiterne), Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the Sunday (for all texts and chants see Gregofacsimil website)

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms; rest from MD 363*/AM 487 ff

Prime: Antiphons of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter for Sunday

Terce to None: antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle of Eastertide

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn from MD 354*/AM 470; Magnificat antiphon, MD 365*/AM 489

Monday 23 April – Class IV; St George, memorial [Ben. Confed: St. Adalbert, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 365*/AM 489-90; collect, MD 362*/AM 488; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [112-3]/AM 872

Tuesday 24 April  Class IV [EF: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 365*/AM 490-1; collect, MD 362*/AM 488

Wednesday 25 April  The Greater Litanies and St Mark [Australia: ANZAC Day]

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles in Eastertide except for the readings and responsories, of the feast)

Lauds to None: All from the Common of Apostles in Paschaltide, MD (23)ff, except for the collect, MD [113]/AM 873

Vespers: Common of Apostles in Paschaltide MD (20), except for the versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD (26) and collect, MD [113]

Thursday 26 April – Class IV; St Cletus, memorial [EF: SS Cletus and Marcellinus, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 366*/AM 492; collect, MD 362*/AM 488; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [113-4]/AM 873

Friday 27 April  Class IV; St Peter Canisius, memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 366*/AM 490-1; collect, MD 362*/AM 488; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [114-5]/AM 873

Saturday 28 April – Office of Our Lady on Saturday [EF: St Paul of the Cross]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 4&5 April

Lauds to None: MD (134)/AM 718 ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them

I Vespers of Fourth Sunday in Eastertide: MD 367*/AM 493 ff


Anonymous said...

Do you know if anyone has ever written about the pre-1962 Benedictine Office. There may ever be a web site.The problem is that I think all the OSB Abbeys use the 1962 edition and rubrics, as far as I know. My Collegeville Diurnal is a 1955 edition. Do you know of anything ?
Thank you so much for all the work you do.

Kate Edwards said...

I'm pretty sure there is no website, but what is it you want to know?

It is actually pretty easy to adapt earlier books to the 1962 rubrics - anyone who sings the traditional Office (ie all trad monasteries) actually use the 1934 Antiphonale Monasticum, supplementing it and adapting it where necessary.

And in reality the various traditional monasteries do include some variant rubrics, using elements of earlier and in some cases later calendars and rubrics.

The main difference between your Diurnal and the one I provide notes here for go to:

(1) page numbers - these will not align, but you should be able to work out the right numbers easily enough by looking at days of the week, feasts.
(2) levels of feasts - different terminology, but just follow the Ordo and it will mostly work.
(3) some extra prayers and some variants - if you look through the notes I've provided on learning the Benedictine Office (links on the blog), you will find summaries of the structure of the 1962 versions of the hours so you can work out what to drop (some preces etc).

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much indeed; this is all very useful.
I know that there is a published Ordo for the pre-1955 Roman Breviary and Missal. Have you ever heard of anything for those who follow the pre-1962 monastic rite and the calendar ?

Kate Edwards said...

Anon - The short answer is no, there wouldn't be much point.

First, the differences between 1962 and 1955 calendars in the Benedictine Office are not great; the great cull of feasts etc took place much earlier (turn of c20th) in the Benedictine calendar than in the Roman. Where octaves have been removed, for example, the key texts have generally been retained and described as propers for the time.

By contrast the older Ordos for the Roman rite have some historical interest because of the changes in feasts etc over the twentieth century, but that is much less of an issue in the Benedictine Office which has largely (with a few notable exceptions) held its own course.

And the Office itself is for most purposes identical (just a few extra prayers not mentioned in the Rule trimmed out).

Secondly, 1962 and 1979 are the only general calendars actually currently officially approved for the Benedictine Office, apart from those of individual monasteries (who have the right within specified limits to construct their own forms of the Office).

And thirdly most monasteries do (and have always done) their own individual Ordos, reflecting the saints of their particular congregation/house and locality, rather than relying on a general Ordo of the type used in the Roman Office.

If you really want to say the Office from your 1955 book as is as a devotion, rather than adapting it to 1962, I'd suggest trying to use my Ordo, and ignoring any references to feasts or texts not in it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the helpful suggestions and the information.
Good wishes and thanks.