Ordo September 18 to 24- 2016


TRINITY XVII, Semidouble w/commem. of St. Joseph of Cupertino

Sunday September 18

All as in the Ordinary and Psalter at all Hours except:

Matins: lessons i-vi (Tobit) from Third Sunday of September, vii-ix from Trinity XVII. Te Deum.

Lauds: Ant. on Ben. & Collect from Proper of the Season (Trinity XVII), Commem. of St. Joseph of Cupertino (E430),  Common Commemoration at Lauds, & Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers: 2nd Vespers of Trinity XVII w/commemoration of St. Theodore (Table 7a) followed by St. Januarius & Companions (E431) followed by St. Joseph of Cupertino (E427).

St. Theodore of Canterbury 

Monday September 19

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: IX Lessons , i-iii Tobit, iv-vi St. Theodore, vii-vii Common 7 series 1, ix St. Januarius & Companions. Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast (Common 7).

Vespers: from Chapter of the Feast (Common 7).

Vigil of St. Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist, Simple.

Tuesday September 20

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: Te Deum is not said.

Lauds:  Preces & Common Commem. are said. Preces at all other Hours (except Matins).

Vespers: all as for the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist p. E435 & Common 3.

Traditional Collect for St. Matthew: 

May we be helped, O Lord, by the prayers of the blessed Apostle and Evangelist Matthew: that those things which we are not able to obtain by our own power, may be given us at his intercession. Through.

SAINT MATTHEW THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST, Double II Class.

Wednesday September 21

All as for the Feast in the Proper of the Saints p. E435-437 using Common 3 for what is lacking in the Proper of the Saints.

Matins: Festal, IX Lessons. Lesson ix for the Ember Day (!) from C589-591. Te Deum.

Lauds: all as for the Feast, w/ commem. of Ember Day (C591).

Vespers: all as for the 2nd Vespers of the Feast using Common 3 for what is lacking in the Proper of the Saints, w/commem. of St. Thomas Villanova (Table 7a).

St. Thomas of Villanova, Double. 

Thursday September 22.

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins: IX Lessons. i-iii Tobit; iv-vi St. Thomas; vii-viii Common 7 series 1; ix Sts. Maurice & Companions. Te Deum. (alternatively by Rule 1)

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast w/commem. of Sts. Maurice & Comp.

Vespers: 2nd Vespers of St. Thomas w/commem. of St. Linus (Common 7a) followed by St. Thecla (Table 12a).

St. Linus, Semidouble, w/commemoration of St. Thecla & Ember Friday.

Friday September 23.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: IX Lessons. i-iii Tobit; iv Linus using lessons iv – v from Common 5 series 2 as lessons v & vi; Lessons vii & viii Common 7 series 3 w/ lesson ix for Ember Day (C592-593).

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast, commem. of St. Thecla (Table 12b) & Ember Day (C593), Common Commem. is said. At Prime Dominical Preces.

Vespers:  Our Lady of Mercy and Ransom, w/commem. of St. Linus (Common 7c).

OUR LADY OF MERCY AND RANSOM, Greater Double. 

Saturday September 24.

All as in the Proper of the Saints using Common of BVM I for what is not given as proper.

Matins: IX Lessons. At Nocturn III lesson ix for the Ember Day (C593-594). Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast using Common I of the BVM, w/commem. of the Ember Day (C5934). No Preces at Prime.

Vesspers: Trinity XVIII, Ant. on Magn. p. C595, Collect Trinity XVIII w/commem. of Our Lady of Mercy & Ransom (Common I of the BVM, 2nd Vespers + Proper Collect).

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Ordo September 18-24


TRINITY XVII, Semidouble w/commem. of St. Joseph of Cupertino

Sunday September 18

All as in the Ordinary and Psalter at all Hours except:

Matins: lessons i-vi (Tobit) from Third Sunday of September, vii-ix from Trinity XVII. Te Deum.

Lauds: Ant. on Ben. & Collect from Proper of the Season (Trinity XVII), Commem. of St. Joseph of Cupertino (E430),  Common Commemoration at Lauds, & Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers: 2nd Vespers of Trinity XVII w/commemoration of St. Theodore (Table 7a) followed by St. Januarius & Companions (E431) followed by St. Joseph of Cupertino (E427).

St. Theodore of Canterbury 

Monday September 19

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: IX Lessons , i-iii Tobit, iv-vi St. Theodore, vii-vii Common 7 series 1, ix St. Januarius & Companions. Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast (Common 7).

Vespers: from Chapter of the Feast (Common 7).

Vigil of St. Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist, Simple.

Tuesday September 20

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: Te Deum is not said.

Lauds:  Preces & Common Commem. are said. Preces at all other Hours (except Matins).

Vespers: all as for the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist p. E435 & Common 3.

Traditional Collect for St. Matthew: 

May we be helped, O Lord, by the prayers of the blessed Apostle and Evangelist Matthew: that those things which we are not able to obtain by our own power, may be given us at his intercession. Through.

SAINT MATTHEW THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST, Double II Class.

Wednesday September 21

All as for the Feast in the Proper of the Saints p. E435-437 using Common 3 for what is lacking in the Proper of the Saints.

Matins: Festal, IX Lessons. Lesson ix for the Ember Day (!) from C589-591. Te Deum.

Lauds: all as for the Feast, w/ commem. of Ember Day (C591).

Vespers: all as for the 2nd Vespers of the Feast using Common 3 for what is lacking in the Proper of the Saints, w/commem. of St. Thomas Villanova (Table 7a).

St. Thomas of Villanova, Double. 

Thursday September 22.

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins: IX Lessons. i-iii Tobit; iv-vi St. Thomas; vii-viii Common 7 series 1; ix Sts. Maurice & Companions. Te Deum. (alternatively by Rule 1)

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast w/commem. of Sts. Maurice & Comp.

Vespers: 2nd Vespers of St. Thomas w/commem. of St. Linus (Common 7a) followed by St. Thecla (Table 12a).

St. Linus, Semidouble, w/commemoration of St. Thecla & Ember Friday.

Friday September 23.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: IX Lessons. i-iii Tobit; iv-vi Linus & lessons iv – v from Common 5 series 2 as lessons vi & vi; Common 7 series 3 w/ lesson ix for Ember Day (C592-593).

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast, commem. of St. Thecla (Table 12b) & Ember Day (C593), Common Commem. is said. At Prime Dominical Preces.

Vespers:  Our Lady of Mercy and Ransom, w/commem. of St. Linus (Common 7c).

OUR LADY OF MERCY AND RANSOM, Greater Double. 

Saturday September 24.

All as in the Proper of the Saints using Common of BVM I for what is not given as proper.

Matins: IX Lessons. At Nocturn III lesson ix for the Ember Day (C593-594). Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast using Common I of the BVM, w/commem. of the Ember Day (C5934). No Preces at Prime.

Vesspers: Trinity XVIII, Ant. on Magn. p. C595, Collect Trinity XVIII w/commem. of Our Lady of Mercy & Ransom (Common I of the BVM, 2nd Vespers + Proper Collect).

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Ordo September 4 -10


TRINITY XV, Semidouble. 

Sunday September 4

Simple Kalendar: same.

All as in the Ordinary and Psalter at all Hours except:

Matins: lessons i-vi from Second Sunday of September, vii-ix from Trinity XV. Te Deum.

Lauds: Ant. on Ben. & Collect from Proper of the Season (Trinity XV) Common Commemoration, & Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers: Ant. on Magn. from Proper of the Season (Trinity XV) & Collect from Proper of the Season w/ commem. of St. Lawrence Justinian using Table 7a.

St. Lawrence Justinian, Semidouble.

Monday September 5

Simple Kalendar: all for the Feria and nothing of St. Lawrence Justinian.

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins: Inv. & Hymn from Common 7. Abbreviate according to Rule 1 (p. xli). Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of Common 7, Collect from Proper of the Saints, Common Commem. is said. Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers: from Chapter of Common 7. Common Commem. is said. Dominical Preces at Compline.

Feria.

Tuesday September 6

Simple Kalendar: all as in the Ordinary & Psalter. At Prime Dominical Preces, at Lauds Common Commem.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: Te Deum is not said.

Lauds:  Common Commem. & Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers: Common Commem. & Dominical Preces at Compline.

Simple Kalendar: ferial.

Feria

Wednesday September 7

Simple Kalendar same.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: Te Deum is not said.

Lauds:  Common Commem. & Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers: all as for the Feast of the Nativity of the BVM as in the Proper of the Saints p. E400 – 401 w/ commem. of St. Hadrian using Table 5a. The lacking propers for the Nativity of the BVM are taken from Common II of the BVM (F193).

NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Double 2nd Class w/commemoration of St. Hadrian.

Thursday September 8

Simple Kalendar: ignore all for St. Hadrian.

All as for the Feast of the BVM, using Common II where necessary.

Matins: ix Lesson.  Te Deum.

Lauds: no Common Commem. no Preces w/commem. of St. Hadrian using Table 5b.

Vespers: 2nd Vespers of the Feast w/commem. of St. Gorgonius using Table 5a.

St. Gorgonius, Simple.

Friday September 9

Simple Kalendar ferial. Ignore St. Gorgonius.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: III Lessons (combine lessons ii & iii into one lesson so that lesson ii is that of the feast), I Nocturn. Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of St. Gorgonius. Common Commem. is said & Dominical Preces at Prime.

Vespers:  from Chapter of St. Nicholas of Tolentino. No Common Commem. & no Preces at Compline.

Simple Kalendar: ignore St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas of Tolentino

Saturday September 10.

Simple Kalendar: ferial, ignore St. Nicholas.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: Inv & Hymn from Common 9, Office according to Rule i (p. xli).

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast using Common 9. Collect from Proper of the Saints. No Common Commem. No Preces at Prime.

Vespsers: 1st Vespers of Trinity XVI, At. on Magn. C585) w/ commem. of St. Nicholas using Common 9.

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Ordo for August 28 – September 3


TRINITY XIV, Semiouble, w/ commemoration of Sts. Augustine & Hermes

Sunday August 28

Simple Kalendar: ignore St. Hermes entirely. Rest as given.

All as in the Ordinary and Psalter at all Hours except:

Matins: lessons i-vi from Fifth Sunday of August, vii-ix from Trinity XIV. Nothing of Sts. Augustine & Hermes. Te Deum.

Lauds: Ant. on Ben. & Collect from Proper of the Season (Trinity XIV) w/commem. of Sts. Augustine (Table 8, Collect from Proper of the Saints) and Hermes (Table 5b, Collect from Proper of the Saints). No Common Commemoration, no Preces.

Vespers: Ant. on Magn. from Proper of the Season (Trinity XIV) & Collect from Proper of the Season w/ commem. of Sts. John Baptist (see p. E389) & Augustine (Table 8c). , and Sabina (Table 13a). No Common commemoration, no Preces.

The Beheading of St. John Baptist

Monday August 29

Simple Kalendar: all for St. John nothing of St. Sabina.

All from Common 5 except what is provided as proper (p. E389-393).

Matins: lessons i-iii from Nativity of St. John Baptist (p. E237-238); iv-ix from Proper (p. E390-392) where lessons ix is for St. Sabina. Te Deum.

Lauds: Antiphons, V/R, Ant. on Ben., & Collect from Proper (p. E392-393) w/commem. of St. Sabina (Table 13b). No Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: Pss from Vespers 2, Antiphons from Lauds, V/R, Ant. on Magn., from Proper w/ commem. of Sts. Rose of Lima (Table 12a) and Felix & Audactus (Table 6a). No Preces, no Common Commem.

St. Rose of Lima

Tuesday August 30

Simple Kalendar: all as in the Ordinary & Psalter. At Prime Dominical Preces, at Lauds Common Commem.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins according to Rule 1 (p. xli) so that lesson ix for SS. Felix & Adauctus is integrated with lesson iii. Lacking propers are taken from Common 12. Te Deum.

Lauds: Collect from proper w/commem. of SS. Felix & Adauctus using Table 6b & proper Collect. No Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: from Chapter of Common 9 w/ proper Collect p. E396 St. Raymund. Commem. of St. Giles using Table 10a & St. Rose using Table 12b. Nothing of St. Aidan.

Simple Kalendar: nothing of St. Rose and nothing of St. Raymund. From Chapter onward of St. Aidan using Common 7. 

St. Raymund Nonnatus

Wednesday August 31

Simple Kalendar Feast of St. Aidan. Matins by Rule 1 using Common 7 where necessary. Lauds & Vespers from Chapter of St. Aidan using Common 7.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins by Rule 1 (p. xli) using Common 9 as needed. Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the feast using Common 9. Collect from Proper.

Vespers: from Chapter of St. Raymund using Common 9 commem. of St. Giles using Table 10a/

 St. Giles the Abbot. 

Thursday September 1

Simple Kalendar ferial.  Common Commem. & Dominical Preces are said.

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: lesson iii is for St. Giles. Te Deum.

Lauds: from chapter of the Feast, Collect from Proper, Common Commem. is said.

Prime: Dominical Preces are said.

Vespers: from Chapter onward of St. Stephen using Common 9 as needed. Collect from Proper, Common Commem. is said.

St. Stephen, King and Confessor

Friday September 2

Simple Kalendar as below, except ignore Office of Our Lady on Saturday at Vespers.

Matins by Rule 1 (p. xli). Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of St. Stephen using Common 9 as needed. Common Commem. is said.

Prime: Dominical Preces are said.

Vespers:  from Chapter of St. Stephen using Common 9 as needed w/commem. of Our Lady on the Sabbath (p. G1 & G4) Common Commem. is said.

Office of Our Lady on the Sabbath

Saturday August 3

Simple Kalendar ignore the Office of Our Lady on the Sabbath.

All as on p. G1 to G7. Pss & Ants at all Hours are ferial.

Vespsers: 1st Vespers of Trinity XV.

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Ordo August 21 – 27


TRINITY XII, Semidouble w/commem. of St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Sunday August 21

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary at all Hours.

Matins: ix Lessons. Nocturn I: Beginning of the Book of Wisdom. Nocturn II: St. Ambrose. Nocturn III: Luke 10, 23 & St. Bede. Te Deum is said. Nothing of Octave & St. Jane.

Lauds: commem. of Octave & St. Jane. No Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: commem. of the Octave day of the Assumption followed by a commem. of St. Jane.

Octave Day of the Assumption w/commem. of Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus & Symphorian

Monday August 22

Simple Kalendar ignore Sts. Timothy, Hippolyuts  &Symphorian. At Vespers ignore St. Philip Beniti. 

All as in the Ordinary & Psalter except:

Matins: Inv. & Hymn of the Feast. IX Lessons. Nocturn I occurrent Scripture & V/R from feria; II and III Nocturn as p. F213-215. Lesson ix if Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus & Symphorian. Te Deum.

Lauds: from the Chapter onward of the Asumption w/commem. of Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus & Symphorian.

Vespers: from the Chapter onward of the Assumption w/commem. of St. Philip Beniti.

St. Philip Beniti & Commem. of the Vigil of St. Bartholomew the Apostle

Tuesday August 23

Simple Kalendar ignore St. Philip. All as for Vigils of Apostles from Common I.

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins: III Lessons by Rule 2 (p. xli-xlii). Inv. & Hymn from Common 9. Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter onward of the feast using Common 9 w/commem of the Vigil using Table I. No Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: all from Common 2 except what is given as proper for St. Bartholomew the Apostle. No Preces, no Common Commem.

SAINT BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE, Double 2nd Class

Wednesday August 24

All as in Common 2 except what is given as proper at all Hours.

Matins IX lessons. Te Deum.

Lauds: no Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: all as in Common 2 except what is given as proper & commem. of St. Louis using Table 9a. No Preces, no Common Commem.

St. Louis King & Confessor, Double

Thursday August 25

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins III Lessons using Rule 2. Inv. & Hymn from Common 9.  Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast using Common 9. No Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: from Chapter of the Feast w/ commem. of St. Zephyrinus using Table 5a. No Preces, no Common Commem.

Simple Kalendar: ignore St. Zephyrinus. No Preces but Common Commem. is said.

St. Zephyrinus, Simple

Friday August 26

Simple Kalendar: ferial. Ignore St. Zephyrinus. Dominical Preces at Prime & Common Commem. at Lauds.

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins III Lessons. Second lessons is ii & iii combined, iiird lesson for St. Zephyrinus.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast. No Preces but Common Commem. is said.

Vespers: from Chapter onward of St. Joseph using Common 9.

Simple Kalendar, ferial. Office of St. Mary on Saturday.

St. Joseph Calasanza, Double

Saturday August 27

Simple Kalendar ignore St. Joseph. Ferial (Office of St. Mary on Saturday) w/ Dominical Preces at Prime & Common Commem.

All as in the Psalter & Ordinary except:

Matins III Lessons. According to Rule2. Te Deum.

Lauds: from Chapter of the Feast using Common 9. No Preces, no Common Commem.

Vespers: all as for Trinity XIV w/commem of St. Joseph using Common 9c.

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St. Joachim’s Feast


The Orthodox Church has celebrated the feast of St. Joachim for a very long time. Much longer than the Roman rite has celebrated this feast. The feast has always been celebrated by them in close association with the birthday of Our Lady. Only later on in the Middle Ages was this feast introduced into the Western Church. At times the feast could be found celebrated the day after the Octave of the Nativity of the BVM on September 16th, but it was also celebrated on the day following the feast of the Conception of the BVM on December 9th.

In the early 16th century Pope Julian II introduced the feast into the Roman Kalendar and gave it a Major Double rank. The feast was located on March 20-ieth, the day following the feast of St. Joseph. Less than 5 decades after it had been introduced into the Roman Kalendar the feast was removed from the Roman Kalendar. This was done under the rising influence of rationalism which failed to understand hagiography and thus desired to remove the feast because of its lack of historical foundation. Mere historicity – of course – was never the point of hagiography in the first place. Legends of the Saints were never “biographies” in the modern sense.

In 1622 Pope Gregory XV reintroduced the feast of St. Joachim into the Roman Kalendar as a double and it has been featured in the Roman Kalendar ever since. In 1738 Pope Clement XII transferred the feast to the Sunday following the Assumption of his daughter (St. Mary) and gave restored it the rank of major double. The year 1879 saw Pope Leo XIII (who was himself baptized with the name Joachim) raised the feast of Joachim (and that of Anne) to the rank of a double of the second class. In the Anglican Breviary – which is modelled after the 1911 Pian Breviary) the feast of St. Joachim is still a double of the second class but it is no longer celebrated on a Sunday. The feast now – quite appropriately – follows immediately upon the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and Mother of God St. Mary, Joachim’s daughter.

The close association of Joachim and his daughter is also expressed in the fact that a commemoration of the Assumption is absent from the office today. Because St. Joachom’s feast is ranked as a double of the second class, and the Octave of the Assumption is a Common Octave there is no commemoration of the Octave in today’s Office. This is fitting in that in a way the feast of St. Joachim is a celebration of his daughter. Feasts that are of the same nature, or more precisely, that celebrate the same person are not both commemorated at the same time. Joachim is celebrated precisely because he is the father of the BVM! The character of St. Joachim is that of father. Not just any father, but the father of the one who gave birth to the Godman. Joachim refers to his daughter, Mary in her turn, refers to Jesus Christ. The saints – including St. Mary – always have their ultimate telos or goal in Jesus Christ. After all a saint is nothing more than one in whom Jesus Christ reveals Himself.

Fr. Gregory Wassen

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For the Octave of Assumption


As Christ is Lord, so Mary is Lady and sovereign. He who bends the knee before the Son, kneels before the Mother. At the sound of her name the devils tremble, men rejoice, the Angels glorify God. Mary and Christ are one flesh, one mind, and one love. From the day when it was said “the Lord be with thee,” the grace was irrevocable, the unity inseparable; and in speaking of the glory of the Son and Mother, we must call it not so much a common glory as the self-same glory.

~ Arnold of Bonneval

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