Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ordo for the fifth week after Easter (May 6-12)

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.

Eastertide

You can find notes on the rubrics for Eastertide here.

This week marks the feast of the Ascension though, and from Friday onwards, the texts are those of the Ascensiontide season

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


THE ORDO




Sunday 6 May – Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II

Matins: Invitatory (Surrexit Dominus), hymn (Rex sempiterne), Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 373*/AM 499 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; Terce to None:  chapter verse, versicle and collect, MD 373-4*/AM 500 ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn, MD 354*/AM 466; Magnificat antiphon, MD 375*/AM 501

Monday 7 May – Class IV (Rogation Day) [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*/AM 466 ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers (Monday in the fifth week after Easter), MD 375*/AM 501-2; collect, MD 373-4*/AM 500

Tuesday 8 May – Class IV (Rogation Day)

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 375-6*/AM 503; collect, MD 373-4*/AM 500

Wednesday 9 May – Vigil of the Ascension, Class II; Commemoration of St Gregory Nazianzen

Matins: All as for the Ordinary of Eastertide except for the three readings and responsories of the day

Lauds to None: all as for ordinary of Paschaltide; collect, MD 373-4*/AM 504; at Lauds, versicle and Benedictus antiphon MD 376*/AM 503-4; commemoration of St Gregory, MD (63)&[141]/AM 905

ASCENSIONTIDE

I Vespers of the Ascension, see MD 376*/AM 505 ff

Thursday 10 May - The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, antiphons, psalms, Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the feast, LR 94 ff

Lauds: Festal psalms with proper antiphons and texts of the feast, MD 379*/AM 508 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD 382-3*/AM 511

Vespers: as for I Vespers, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 383*/AM 512

Friday 11 May - SS Philip and James, Class II [Ben. Confed: St. Odo, St. Maiolus, St. Odilo, St. Hugh and Blessed Peter the Venerable, abbots of Cluny – Memorial]

Matins: All from the Common of Apostles during Eastertide (LR 162), except for readings and responsories, of the feast

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and canticle antiphons of the feast, MD [142]/AM 893 ff, rest from the Common of Apostles in Eastertide, MD (23) ff.  At Lauds and Vespers, festal psalms.

Saturday 12 May – Our Lady on Saturday, Class IV; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, memorial [EF: Class III, and Domitilla]

Matins: Office of our Lady in Eastertide with reading for Saturday 2 in May

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (134)/718 ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [146]/AM 905

I Vespers of the Sunday after the Ascension, MD 388*/AM 513 (Note antiphon is Alleluia…)

Monday, April 30, 2018

St Catherine of Siena (April 30)





St Catherine rates only a memorial in the 1963 calendar, a grave injustice in my view for this important doctor of the Church.

In any case, here are the readings for her feast from Matins in the Roman Office from Divinum Officium:
This Katharine was a maiden of Sienna, and was born of godly parents, (in the year 1347.) She took the habit of the Third Order of St Dominick. Her fasts were most severe, and the austerity of her life wonderful. It was discovered that on some occasions she took no food at all from Ash Wednesday till Ascension Day, receiving all needful strength by taking the Holy Communion. She was engaged oftentimes in a wrestling with devils, and was sorely tried by them with divers assaults : she was consumed by fevers, and suffered likewise from other diseases. Great and holy was the name of Katharine, and sick folk, and such as were vexed with evil spirits, were brought to her from all quarters. Through the Name of Christ, she had command over sickness and fever, and forced the foul spirits to leave the bodies of the tormented.
While she dwelt at Pisa, on a certain Lord's Day, after she had received the Living Bread Which came down from heaven, she was in the spirit; and saw the Lord nailed to the Cross advancing towards her. There was a great light round about Him, and five rays of light streaming from the five marks of the Wounds in His Feet, and Hands, and Side, which smote her upon the five corresponding places in her body. When Katharine perceived this vision, she besought the Lord that no marks might become manifest upon her flesh, and straightway the five beams of light changed from the colour of blood into that of gold, and touched in the form of pure light her feet, and hands, and side. At this moment the agony which she felt was so piercing, that she believed that if God had not lessened it, she would have died. Thus the Lord in His great love for her, gave her this great grace, in a new and twofold manner, namely, that she felt all the pain of the wounds, but without there being any bloody marks to meet the gaze of men. This was the account given by the handmaiden of God to her Confessor, Raymund, and it is for this reason that when the godly wishes of the faithful lead them to make pictures of the blessed Katharine, they paint her with golden rays of light proceeding from those five places in her body which correspond to the five places wherein our Lord was wounded by the nails and spear.
While she dwelt at Pisa, on a certain Lord's Day, after she had received the Living Bread Which came down from heaven, she was in the spirit; and saw the Lord nailed to the Cross advancing towards her. There was a great light round about Him, and five rays of light streaming from the five marks of the Wounds in His Feet, and Hands, and Side, which smote her upon the five corresponding places in her body. When Katharine perceived this vision, she besought the Lord that no marks might become manifest upon her flesh, and straightway the five beams of light changed from the colour of blood into that of gold, and touched in the form of pure light her feet, and hands, and side. At this moment the agony which she felt was so piercing, that she believed that if God had not lessened it, she would have died. Thus the Lord in His great love for her, gave her this great grace, in a new and twofold manner, namely, that she felt all the pain of the wounds, but without there being any bloody marks to meet the gaze of men. This was the account given by the handmaiden of God to her Confessor, Raymund, and it is for this reason that when the godly wishes of the faithful lead them to make pictures of the blessed Katharine, they paint her with golden rays of light proceeding from those five places in her body which correspond to the five places wherein our Lord was wounded by the nails and spear.
And if you would, please  say a prayer for me on my name day!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ordo for the fourth week after Easter (April 29-May 5)

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).

Resources for the Benedictine Office

The Ordo notes below assume you already have a good grasp of how to use the books for this form of the Office.  Accordingly, they are designed to be used in conjunction with a number of related resources for this blog that you may wish to explore:

1.  Learn to say the Benedictine Office notes:  A comprehensive set of notes on how to say and sing the Office according to the 1962 rubrics and calendar can be found on the Learn the Benedictine Office Blog, starting with a general introduction to this form of the Office.  A guide to them can be found on the Learn to Say the Benedictine Office page on this blog.

2.  Notes on the psalms:  Notes on the psalm in the context of the Benedictine Office, focusing on the commentaries of the Fathers and Theologians, and including a selection of translations, as well as a literal word by word translation of many verses, can be found on the Psallam Domino Blog.

3.  Readings and responsories for Matins: Translations of the readings and responsories for Matins arranged as for the Benedictine Office can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

4.  Chants for Matins: Notes on the responsories  and other chants for Matins, including sources for the chants, and links to recordings of them where available, can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

5. Books and other online resources for the Benedictine Office: Links to other resources for the Office, including podcasts and recordings of the Office being sung, downloadable books for the Office and so forth can be found on the Office Resources page on this blog.

6.  The Ordo:  An Ordo provides details of the things that are different to the standard texts for the Office each day, such as the collects (which change at least each week for the hours other than Prime and Compline), seasonal texts, feasts and special days.  This blog provides weekly Ordo notes (which you can have emailed to you by using the subscribe box on the blog) and the notes organised by month.  Many monasteries also produce Ordos for use by their Oblates.

Eastertide

You can find notes on the rubrics for Eastertide 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
ff= and following pages


THE ORDO




Sunday 29 April – Fourth Sunday after Easter, Class II

[The feasts of SS Odo, Majolus, Odilo and Hugh are not marked in the Office this year.]

Matins: Invitatory (Surrexit Dominus), hymn (Rex sempiterne), Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 368*/AM 493 ff

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter 

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide; chapter verse, versicle and collect from MD 368*/AM 494 ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn from ordinary of Easter; Magnificat antiphon, MD 370*/AM 495

Monday April 30 – Class IV; St Catherine of Siena, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*/AM 466 ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 370*/495-6; collect, MD 368*/AM 494; for the commemoration, MD [121-2]/AM 882

I Vespers of St Joseph the Worker, MD [123]/AM 883 ff

Tuesday 1 May – St Joseph the Worker, Class I

Note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff

Matins: All of the feast with twelve readings and responsories – Invitatory and hymn, LH 370-1

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast

Wednesday 2 May – St Athanasius, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of a confessor bishop (LR 190-1); one reading of the feast; psalms and antiphons of the day

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (84)/AM 659, except collect, MD [138]/AM 896 and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor), MD (74)/AM 665

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common, MD [138]

Thursday 3 May – SS Alexander, Eventius and Theodolus, memorial [in some places: Finding of Holy Cross]

For finding of Holy Cross: LR 437/AM 896

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers (Thursday in fourth week after the Octave of Easter), MD 371*/AM 497-8; collect, MD 368*/AM 494; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138-9]

Friday 4 May - Class IV; St Monica, memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 371*/AM 498; collect for the fourth week after Easter, MD 368*/AM 494; for the commemoration, MD [139-40]/AM 903

Saturday 5 May – Our Lady on Saturday, Class IVSt Pius V, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: Office of our Lady in Eastertide with reading for Saturday 1 in May

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (134)/718 ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [140]/903

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Easter, MD 372*/AM 499 ff

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.

Eastertide

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

THE ORDO




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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ordo notes for the second week after Easter (April 15-21)

This week's Ordo notes on the Benedictine Office using the 1962 rubrics are set out below.

If you are new to the Office, you can more detailed notes on how to say the traditional Benedictine Office starting here.

Note that we are currently in the season of Eastertide, which has special rubrics and texts which you can find more on here.

And for those interested in the Matins responsories, I've updated my notes on this week's responsories with links to recordings of them where available.

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


THE ORDO



Sunday 15 April – Second Sunday after Easter, Class II

Matins: Invitatory (Surrexit Dominus, LR 82/NR LXII/LH 79), hymn (Rex sempiterne, LR 82), Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 356*/AM 481 ff

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

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle and collect of the Sunday

Vespers: Antiphon, alleluia; Psalms of Sunday; Chapter, responsory and hymn of I Vespers, MD 354*/AM 483

Monday 16 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 360*/AM 483-4; collect, MD 358*/AM 482

Tuesday 17 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 360*/AM 484; collect, MD 358*/AM 482

Wednesday 18 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 360-1*/AM 485; collect, MD 358*/AM 482

Thursday 19 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 361*/AM 485-6; collect, MD 358*/AM 482

Friday 20 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 361*/AM 486 & 481 (for Magnificat, Ego sum pastor bonus); collect, MD 358*/AM 482

Saturday 21 April - St Anselm, Class III

Note there is a choice of offices, effectively treating it either as a third class feast (two nocturns at Matins; antiphons and psalms of the day at Lauds), or de facto second class (using Common of a Confessor Bishop with some proper texts of the feast).  The notes below are based on the first option.

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from the Common of a Confessor Bishop; one reading of the feast with responsory In medio Ecclesiae

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)/AM 659, collect, MD [110]/AM 870

Prime to None: Antiphon etc from the Common

I Vespers of Third Sunday after Easter, MD 362*/AM 487 ff

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ordo for the week of Low Sunday (April 8-14, 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.

Eastertide

This week marks the start of the season of Eastertide, and you can find notes on the rubrics for it 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 8 April – Low Sunday, Class I 

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, antiphons, Gospel, readings and responsories for the Sunday

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 341*/AM 474 ff with festal psalms 

Prime to None: Antiphons etc MD 344* ff (noted in the psalter in AM)

Vespers: II Vespers of Low Sunday – psalms of Sunday under one antiphon (AM 476); chapter etc from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon, MD 345*/AM 477; commemoration of the Annuncation, MD [101-2]/AM 859

Monday 9 April – Annunciation of the BVM, Class I (transferred)

Matins: Invitatory (Ave Maria, LR 435), hymn, psalms and antiphons from the Common of the BVM; readings and responsories of the feast 

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [102] ff/AM 861

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD [104]/AM 865 ff

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD [100]/AM 859, Magnificat antiphon, MD [106]/AM 866

Tuesday 10 April - Class IV

MatinsOne reading

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*/AM 466 ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 352*/AM 477; collect, MD 344*/AM 475

Wednesday 11 April - St Leo I, Class III

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

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)/AM 672 ff; Collect, MD [108]/AM 869

Prime to None:  Antiphons etc from Common

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day, chapter etc from the Common of a Confessor Bishop; Magnificat antiphon of a doctor, MD (74)/AM 666; collect of the feast

Thursday 12 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 353*/AM 479-80; collect, MD 344*/AM 475

Friday 13 April  Class IV; St Justin, memorial [EF: St. Hermenegild, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 353*/AM 480; collect, MD 344*/475; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [108-9]/AM 869

Saturday 14 April – Office of Our Lady on Saturday, Class IV; SS Tiburtius, Valerian and Maximus, memorial [EF: St Justin, Class III]

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, absolution and versicle of Our Lady on Saturday, reading for Saturday 2 of 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]; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [109-10]/AM 870

I Vespers of Second Sunday after (the Octave of) Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), MD 354*/481 ff

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

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May you have a happy and holy Easter.