Traditional Distribution for Sunday Matins with the Anglican Breviary


SUNDAY ~ the FIRST NOCTURN

PSALMS

Antiphons:

Advent: Behold, there cometh the King.

Throughout the year: Serve the Lord.

Eastertide: Alleluia.

1 – B3

2 – B3-4

3 – B4

6 – B56

Advent: Behold, there cometh the King, even the Most High, with great power, to save the nations. Alleluia.

Throughout the year: Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling before Him.

Advent: Strengthen ye.

Throughout the year: God is a righteous judge.

7 – B57

8 – B5

9 & 10 – B5-8 (9 & 10 are said as one Psalm)

11 – B8

Advent: Strengthen ye the weak hands: be strong; say: Behold our God will come, and save us, Alleluia.

Throughout the year: God is a righteous judge, strong and patient: is He not provoked every day?

Advent: Rejoice, all ye.

Throughout the year: Thou shalt keep us.

12 – B77

13 – B78

14 – B35-6

15 – B36

Advent: Rejoice, all ye, and be glad: for, behold, the Lord will come with vengeance He will come and save us.

Throughout the year: Thou shalt keep us, O Lord and preserve us.

Eastertide: Allluia. The stone was rolled away, Alleluia, from the door of the sepulchre. Alleluia, alleluia.

SUNDAY ~ the SECOND NOCTURN

PSALMS

Antiphons:

Advent: Rejoice greatly.

Throughout the year: Thou hast no need.

Eastertide: Alleluia.

16 – B78

Advent: Rejoice greatly O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh into thee, O Zion; fear not, for thy salvation cometh quickly.

Throughout the year: Thou hast no need of my goods, in Thee do I put my trust, preserve me, O Lord.

Advent: Christ our King.

Throughout the year: By the words.

17 – B36-7

Advent: Christ our King cometh, Whom John preached, saying; Behold the Lamb that should come!

Throughout the year: By the words of Thy lips I have kept me to strait paths.

Advent: Behold, I come.

Throughout the year: I will love Thee.

18 – B37-40

Advent: Behold, I come quickly, saith the Lord and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Throughout the year: I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength.

Eastertide: Alleluia. Woman, whom seekest thou? Alleluia. The Living among the dead? Alleluia, alleluia.

SUNDAY ~ the THIRD NOCTURN

PSALMS

Antiphons:

Advent: The Angel Gabriel.

Throughout the year: There is no speech.

Eastertide: Alleluia.

19 – B48

Advent: The Angel Gabriel spake unto Mary, saying: Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Throughout the year: There is no speech, nor language where their voice is not heard.

Advent: Mary said.

Throughout the year: The Lord.

20 – B40

Advent: Mary said: What manner of salutation is this? My soul is troubled. Shall I bear the King? And will He not break the seal of my virginity?

Throughout the year: The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble.

Advent: The King.

Throughout the year: The king.

21 – B40-1

Advent: The King, even the Most High, cometh; therefore let the hearts of men be purified to go forth to meet Him, for, behold He will not tarry.

Throughout the year: The king shall joy in Thy strength, O Lord.

Eastertide: Alleluia, Weep not, Mary, Alleluia: the Lord is risen, Alleluia, alleluia.

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About Father Gregory

I am an Anglican Catholic Priest, currently residing in Orvelte, the Netherlands.
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3 Responses to Traditional Distribution for Sunday Matins with the Anglican Breviary

  1. Charles Smith says:

    Incredible work Father! Have a blessed Sunday.

  2. Charles Smith says:

    I noticed that you loaded most of the Psalms in the First Nocturne. Is there a liturgical reason for doing this, and not, making them equally divided among the Nocturns? Accidentally posted this question on the work you did for Sunday Lauds, it should have gone here.

    • Father Gregory says:

      Hi Charles!

      There are two ancient “Roman” distributions of the Psalter. One is Benedict’s the other is this one. In other words I didn’t invent it … It was designed that way many centuries ago 😉 Amalarius of Metz in fact comments on what is recognizably this structure and distribution of the Psalms in his fourth book of “On the Liturgy.”

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