About the Ordo






The full Ordo for the Traditional Benedictine Office according to the 1962 rubrics for the liturgical year 2021 - 2022 can be ordered in either paperback or PDF (ebook) form from Lulu.

I will only be providing an abbreviated version on the blog on a monthly basis this year.

If you are a Catholic monastery or religious, however, please contact contact me to arrange a free copy.

What the Ordo provides

The ordo provides:

  • a guide to the Benedictine General calendar, and notes where it differs from the 1962 Extraordinary Form;
  • selected additional feasts, or optional feasts observed by the traditional monasteries and/or permitted in accordance with the decree Cum Sanctissima;
  • a guide to the next necessary for each hour for feasts and seasons, including page number references to the Monastic Diurnal (Farnborough editions) and Antiphonale Monasticum;
  • notes on how to say the Office during the different liturgical seasons.
A sample week is included below to give a flavour of it: 
 

Sunday 28 November – First Sunday of Advent, Class IMatins: Invitatory antiphon (Regem venturum Dominum), hymn (Verbum supernum), antiphons, versicles and canticles of Advent; readings, responsories and collect of the First Sunday of Advent. 

Lauds: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect of the First Sunday of Advent, MD 4*/AM 187 ff. 

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD 6-7*/AM 187.

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the First Sunday of Advent I, MD 7-8*/AM 189-90. 

2 Vespers: Antiphons (of Lauds, omitting the fourth), chapter, responsory, hymn and collect as for 1 Vespers, MD 1*/AM 186 ff; versicle and Magnificat antiphon of 2 Vespers, MD 8-9*/AM 190. 

Monday 29 November – Monday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Saturninus, Memorial 

Matins: Ordinary of Advent (Invitatory, hymn, versicles and chapter) with three readings of Advent week 1 (Monday in first week of Advent). 

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of the Ordinary of Advent, MD 9*/AM 183 ff; Benedictus antiphon, MD 17*/AM 191; collect, MD 11*/AM 189; for the commemoration, MD [385]/AM 753. 

Prime: Antiphon for Advent week I (Antiphon 1 of Sunday Lauds), MD 13*/AM 187. 

Terce to None: Antiphon of Advent week 1; chapter and versicle for Advent, as in the psalter or MD 13* ff; collect, MD 11*/AM 189.

Vespers: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle of the Ordinary of Advent, MD 15*/AM 181 ff; Magnificat antiphon, MD 17*/AM 191; collect of the Sunday, MD 11*/AM 189.  

In some monasteries, I Vespers of St Andrew. 

Tuesday 30 November – St Andrew, Class II

 Matins: Three nocturns with invitatory antiphon, hymn, psalms and canticles of the Common of apostles, Liber Responsorialis (LR) 134 ff; antiphons, readings, responsories, Gospel and collect of the feast. 

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect for the feast, MD [2]/AM 755 ff; commemoration of the Advent day, Benedictus antiphon, MD 18*/AM 191-2, versicle and collect, MD 11*/AM 189. 

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds, MD [3]/AM 755. 

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect of the feast, MD [6-7]/AM 757-8. 

2 Vespers: Antiphons, chapter and hymn of Lauds; psalms (109, 112, 115, 138) of the Common, MD (13); responsory, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect of the feast, MD [7-8]/AM 758; commemoration of the Advent day, Magnificat antiphon, MD 18*/AM 192, versicle, MD17*, collect, MD 11*/AM 189.

 Wednesday 1 December – Wednesday in the first week of Advent, Class III [In some places: **Blessed Richard, Hugo, John and Companions] 

Ordinary of Advent; Matins readings of the Advent day; antiphons (Prime to None) of Sunday/week I; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*/AM 192; collect, MD 11*/AM 189.

 Thursday 2 December – Thursday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Peter Chrysologus, Memorial [EF: St Bibiana]

 Ordinary of Advent; Matins readings of the Advent day; antiphons (Prime to None) of Sunday/week I; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 18*/AM 193; collect, MD 11*/AM 189; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [8-9]/AM 759.

 Friday 3 December – Friday in the first week of Advent, Class III; St Francis Xavier, Memorial [EF: Class III; In some places, Class I] 

For St Francis Xavier as a Class I feast, Common of a Confessor/see MD 1**. 

Ordinary of Advent; Matins readings of the Advent day; antiphons (Prime to None) of Sunday/week I; canticle antiphons at Lauds and Vespers, MD 19*/AM 193-4; collect, MD 11*/AM 189; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [9]/AM 759-60. 

Saturday 4 December – Saturday in the first week of Advent, Class III [EF: St Peter Chrysologus; St Barbara; Some monasteries: Illation of the relics of St Benedict] 

For the Illation of St Benedict, See LR 427-8; Supplement to the AM (SupAnt) 9 ff. 

Matins to None: Ordinary of Advent; Matins readings of Saturday in the first week of Advent; collect (Sunday I), MD 11*/AM 189; canticle antiphons at Lauds, MD 19*/AM 194. 

I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Advent, MD 19*/AM 194 ff (Psalms of Saturday, chapter and antiphons of Sunday Advent 2, hymn and short responsory from the Ordinary of Advent).


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