Saturday, 2 January 2016

Matins readings for the second week after the Nativity

The Benedictine Patristic readings at Matins differ from the Roman this Sunday, and are unfortunately not available online as far as I can find.  Accordingly, I won't make a separate post for the Sunday, I'll just list what they are for reference purposes.

**I should note though, that readings set for the Roman Office this Sunday (both homilies by St Bernard) are those that were used in the Benedictine Office up until the 1962-3 revision of the breviary, and can be found online over at Divinum Officium.

Matins readings

Sunday 3 January - Second Sunday after the Nativity

Nocturn I (Romans readings for the date, split into four): Romans 6:1-18

Nocturn II: Sermon of St Augustine (Inter serm. suppos. Aug in Append 128 in Nat Dom 12)
Nocturn III: Sermon of St Jerome on Matthew 1, 2
GospelSt Matthew 2:19-23

Monday 4 January

Romans 7:1-3; 4-6; 7-9

Tuesday 5 January

Romans 8:1-4; 5-9; 9-11

Wednesday 6 January - Feast of the Epiphany (see separate post)

Nocturn I


Reading 1:Isaiah 55:1-4 

Reading 2: Isaiah 60:1-3;
Reading 3: Isaiah 60: 4-6
Reading 4: Isaiah 61:10-11; 62:1

Nocturn II: Sermon 32 of St Leo

Nocturn III: Homily 10 of St Gregory 
Gospel: St Matthew 2:1-12

Notes on St Matthew 2:1-12 (Gospel for the feast of the Epiphany) (Jan 6)

Thursday 7 January

Romans 9:1-5; 6-10; 11-16

Friday 8 January

Romans 12:1-3;4-8;9-16


Saturday 9 January

Romans 13:1-4; 4-7; 8-10.


Lectio on St Matthew

And for those wanting to do some lectio based on a systematic reading of the Gospel of St Matthew, here are links to a week's worth of notes:

St Matthew chapter 1

1:1-17
1:18-25 (Vigil of Christmas: 18-21)

St Matthew chapter 2

2:1-12 (Epiphany; Christmas Day post-communion)

2:1-3
2:4-6
2:7-12

2:13-23 (Holy Innocents: 2:13-18; Second Sunday after the Nativity: 2:19-23)

Matins readings for Lent: Index of posts

The weekday readings at Matins in the Benedictine Office during Lent (and the first week and a half of Passiontide) are generally Patristic texts on the Gospel of the Mass of the day (in the EF calendar).

Note: I'm planning to repost these during Lent 2016 and fill in any gaps (due to first class feasts in the year I originally posted them).  I'll also include the responsories where these are readily available online.  Accordingly links may not work temporarily (where I've scheduled them to appear at a particular time).

Ash Wednesday and days after

Gospel and readings for Ash Wednesday (St Matthew 6:16-21; St Augustine on the Sermon on the Mount)
Thursday after Ash Wednesday (St Matthew 6:5-13; St Augustine on the harmony of the Gospels)
Friday after Ash Wednesday (St Matthew 5:43-48; 6:1-4; Homily of St Jerome)
Saturday after Ash Wednesday (St Mark 6:47-56; Homily of St Bede)

First week of Lent (weekday readings are Patristic commentaries on the Gospel of the day)

First Sunday of Lent

Nocturn I: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, 11-16;  7:4-6, 7-9
Nocturn II: Sermon 42 of St Leo
Nocturn III and Gospel: Homily 16 on the Gospels of St Gregory
Gospel: St Matthew 4:1-11

Monday in the first week of Lent
Tuesday in the first week of Lent
Ember Wednesday of Lent
Thursday in the first week of Lent
Ember Friday of Lent
Ember Saturday of Lent

Second week of Lent

Sunday II in Lent

Nocturn I: Genesis 27:1-4;13-20; 21-29
Nocturn II: St Augustine:  Against liars
Nocturn III and Gospel: Sermon 51 of St Leo; St Matthew 17:1-9

Monday in the second week of Lent
Tuesday in the second week of Lent
Wednesday in the second week of Lent
Thursday in the Second Week of Lent
Friday in the second week of Lent
Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Third week of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent

Nocturn I: Genesis 37:2-4, 5-10, 11-20, 21-25
Nocturn II: St Ambrose on Joseph the Patriarch
Nocturn III and Gospel: Homily of St Bede; St Luke 11:14-28

Monday in the third week of Lent
Tuesday in the third week of Lent
Wednesday in the third week of Lent
Thursday in the third week of Lent
Friday in the third week of Lent
Saturday in the third week of Lent

Fourth week of Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Nocturn I: Exodus 3:1-6, 7-8, 9-12, 13-15
Nocturn II: Sermon of St Basil
Third Nocturn and Gospel: Homily of St Augustine; St John 6:1-15

Monday in the fourth week of Lent
Tuesday in the fourth week of Lent
Wednesday in the fourth week of Lent
Thursday in the fourth week of Lent
Friday in the fourth week of Lent
Saturday in the fourth week of Lent

First Week of Passiontide

First Passion Sunday

Nocturn I: Jeremiah 1: 1-6; 7-13; 14-16; 17-19
Nocturn II: Sermon 47 of St Leo
Nocturn III and Gospel: Homily 18 on the Gospels of St Gregory
Gospel: St John 8:46-59

Monday in Passion week
Tuesday in Passion week
Wednesday in Passion week
Thursday in Passion week
Friday in Passion week
Saturday in Passion week

Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Nocturn I: Jeremiah 2:12-15; 16-19; 20-22; 29-32
Nocturn II: Sermon 62 of St Leo
Nocturn III and Gospel: Homily of St Ambrose; St Matthew 21:1-9

Monday of Holy week
Tuesday of Holy Week
Wednesday of Holy Week
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday

Matins readings for the season of Septuagesima

The Matins readings in the Benedictine Office for the season of Septuagesima are set out below.

Septuagesima Sunday

Nocturn I: 

Reading 1: Genesis 1:1-8
Reading 2: Genesis 1: 9-13
Reading 3: Genesis 1: 14-19
Reading 4: Genesis 1:20-26

Nocturn II: From St Augustine's Enchiridion (chapters 25-27)
Nocturn III: St Gregory Homily 19 on the Gospels
GospelSt Matthew 20:1-16

Monday after Septuagesima Sunday: Genesis 1:27-31; 2: 1-6, 7-10
Tuesday: Genesis 2:15-18; 19-20; 21-24
Wednesday: Genesis 3:1-7;7-13; 14-20
Thursday: Genesis 4:1-5; 8-12; 13-16
Friday: Genesis 4:17-22; 23-26; 5:1-5
Saturday: Genesis 5:15-21; 22-27; 28-31

Sexagesima Sunday

Nocturn I: 

Reading 1: Genesis 5:32; 6:1-3
Reading 2: Genesis 6: 4-6
Reading 3: Genesis 6: 7-10
Reading 4: Genesis 6:11-15

Nocturn II: From the book of St Ambrose on Noah and the Arc
Nocturn III: Homily 15 on the Gospels of St Gregory
Gospel: St Luke 8:4-15

Monday after Sexagesima Sunday: Genesis 7: 1-4, 7:5& 10-12; 13-14&17
Tuesday: Genesis 8:1-4; 5-9; 10-13
Wednesday: Genesis 8:15-19; 20-22; 9:1-6
Thursday: Genesis 9:12-15; 20-23; 24-29
Friday: Genesis 10:1-6; 11:1-4; 5-8
Saturday: Genesis 11:10-15; 16-23; 24-30

Quinquagesima Sunday

Nocturn I: 

Reading 1: Genesis 12: 1-5
Reading 2: Genesis 12: 6-8
Reading 3: Genesis 12: 9-13
Reading 4: Genesis 12: 14-19

Nocturn II: From the book of St Ambrose on the Patriarch Abraham
Nocturn IIIHomily 2 on the Gospel's of St Gregory
GospelSt Luke 18:31-43

Monday after Quinquagesima Sunday: Genesis 13:1-6; 7-11;12-16
Tuesday: Genesis 14: 8-12; 13-16;17-20

(End of Septuagesimatide)

Matins readings for the weeks after Epiphany

A post with this week's Matins readings will appear shortly, but I thought it might be helpful to let those who are trying to include the Matins readings and/or do some lectio following the pattern of the liturgy know what is coming up.

Accordingly, I'm posting now a partial list of the readings for Matins in the Benedictine Office for the weeks after the Epiphany.  This year (2016) there are only two weeks after Epiphany before we hit Septuagesimatide (when the readings switch to Genesis), so I will fill out the details of the readings for week three and beyond at a later date.

Note that feasts of the saints often have their own readings which displace the ones set out below, and on fourth class Saturdays the three scriptural readings are combined into two, and the third reading is a Patristic text for the Office of Our Lady on Saturday.

First week after Epiphany

First Sunday after Epiphany

Nocturn I: 1 Corinthians I: 1-3; 4-9; 10-11; 12-13
Nocturn IISermon 36 of St Leo
Nocturn III: Homily of St Ambrose on St Luke 2:63-65
GospelSt Luke 2: 42-52

Monday: 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5; 6-9; 10-13
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 5: 1-5; 6-8; 9-11
Wednesday1 Corinthians 6: 1-6; 7-11; 12-18
Thursday1 Corinthians 7: 1-4; 5-9; 10-14
Friday1 Corinthians 13: 1-3; 4-10; 11-13
Saturday1 Corinthians 16: 1-4; 5-9; 10-14

Second week after Epiphany

Second Sunday

Nocturn I2 Corinthians 1: 1-5, 6-7, 8-11, 12-13
Nocturn II: Sermon of St John Chrysostom (Preface to the letters of St Paul)
Nocturn III: Homily of St Augustine (Tract 9 on St John n2)
Gospel: John 2:1-11

Monday: 2 Corinthians 3: 1-3, 4-8, 9-14
Tuesday2 Corinthians 5: 1-4, 6-10, 11-15
Wednesday:2 Corinthians 7: 1-3, 4-7, 8-10
Thursday2 Corinthians 10: 1-3, 4-9, 10-12
Friday:2 Corinthians 12: 1-4, 5-9, 9-11
Saturday2 Corinthians 13: 1-4, 5-9, 10-13

Third week after Epiphany

Sunday

Nocturn I: Galatians 1: 1-5; 6-8, 9-10, 11-14
Nocturn II: St Augustine on Glaatians
Nocturn III: St Jerome
Gospel: St Matthew 8:1-13

Monday: Galatians 3
Tuesday: Galatians 5
Wednesday: Ephesians 1
Thursday: Ephesians 4
Friday: Ephesians 5
Saturday: Ephesians 5

Fourth week after Epiphany

Sunday
Nocturn I:  Philippians 1
Gospel: St Matthew 8: 23-27

Monday: Philippians 4
Tuesday: Colossians 1
Wednesday: Colossians 3
Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 1
Friday: 1 Thessalonians 4
Saturday: 2 Thessalonians 1

Fifth Week after Epiphany

Sunday

Nocturn I: 1 Timothy 1
Nocturn IIIGospel and Third Nocturn Readings for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Gospel: St Matthew 13: 24-30

Monday: 1 Timothy 3
Tuesday: 2 Timothy 1
Wednesday: 2 Timothy 3
Thursday: Titus 1
Friday: Titus 3
Saturday: Philemon

Sixth Week after Epiphany

Sunday

Nocturn I: Hebrews 1
Gospel: St Matthew 13: 31-35

Monday: Hebrews 3
Tuesday: Hebrews 4
Wednesday: Hebrews 6
Thursday: Hebrews 7
Friday: Hebrews 11
Saturday: Hebrews 13

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Matins readings for the Octave of the Nativity (Jan 1)

The Readings for the Octave Day of the Nativity (aka Circumcision of Our Lord) in the Benedictine Office are set out below.

Nocturn IRomans 4 1-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-17

Reading 1: What shall we say then that Abraham hath found, who is our father according to the flesh.  For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God.  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice. Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned according to grace, but according to debt. But to him that worketh not, yet believeth in him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reputed to justice, according to the purpose of the grace of God.

R. Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Which taketh away the sins of the world; behold Him of Whom I said unto you: He That cometh after me is preferred before me * Whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
V. He that is of the earth speaketh of the earth; He That cometh from heaven is above all.
R. Whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

Reading 2: As David also termeth the blessedness of a man, to whom God reputeth justice without works: Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord hath not imputed sin.

R. This day which is breaking is holy; O come, ye Gentiles, and worship the Lord.* For this day is much light come down unto us from heaven.
V. This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
R. For this day is much light come down unto us from heaven.
Reading 3: This blessedness then, doth it remain in the circumcision only, or in the uncircumcision also? For we say that unto Abraham faith was reputed to justice. How then was it reputed? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the justice of the faith, which he had, being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, being uncircumcised, that unto them also it may be reputed to justice: And might be the father of circumcision; not to them only, that are of the circumcision, but to them also that follow the steps of the faithful, that is in the uncircumcision of our father Abraham.

R. Blessed be He That cometh in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord Who hath showed us light.* Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
R. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Reading 4: For not through the law was the promise to Abraham, or to his seed, that he should be heir of the world; but through the justice of faith. For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, the promise is made of no effect. For the law worketh wrath. For where there is no law, neither is there transgression. Therefore is it of faith, that according to grace the promise might be firm to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations, before God, whom he believed, who quickeneth the dead; and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.

Nocturn II: Sermon of St Leo (27 on the Nativity of Our Lord 7)

Reading 5: Dearly beloved brethren, whosoever will keep truly and honour piously this day's festival, it is necessary for him neither to think falsely of the Lord's Incarnation, nor meanly of the Lord's Godhead. For as there is danger, on the one hand, of denying the truth of Christ's participation of our nature, so is there no less danger, on the other, of doing despite to the equality of His glory with the glory of the Father. Wherefore, when we draw near to understand the mystery of Christ's Birth, wherein He was born of the Virgin Mary, we must leave the clouds of earthly imagination behind and pierce the fog of human wisdom with the eye of enlightened faith.

R. Rejoice with me, all ye that love the Lord.* For while I was yet little I pleased the Most High, and from my womb have I brought forth God and man.
V. All generations shall call me blessed, for God hath regarded the lowliness of His hand-maiden.

R. For while I was yet little I pleased the Most High, and from my womb have I brought forth God and man.

Reading 6:The authority on which we believe is the authority of God Himself; the teaching which we follow is the teaching of God Himself. Wherefore whether we lend the ear of our mind to the testimony of the Law, or to the revelations of the Prophets, or to the full pealing of the Gospel trumpet, that is true, which John the Son of Thunder, uttered, when he was filled with the Holy Ghost, and said: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

R. The heart of the Virgin was fixed, when the Angel declared unto her the mystery of God, and she conceived, then did she receive in her pure womb Him That is fairer than the children of men.* And, she that is blessed for ever, brought forth for us God and man.
V. Soon rises, in that modest shrine, The Temple of the Lord Divine The stainless and unwedded one, Within her womb conceived the Son.
R. And, she that is blessed for ever, brought forth for us God and man.

Reading 7: The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made. True also is his witness when he saith: The Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father. The Person of the Son of God therefore remaineth unchanged and one, though He have two natures, keeping His own, and taking ours. He appeareth as man to be the restorer of men, but abideth all the while in His immutable Godhead. 

R. Blessed and worshipful art thou, O Virgin Mary; from thee, still maiden undefiled, the Saviour came a little Child.* He Whose glory filled the heavens lay in a manger.
V. O Lord, I have heard thy speech and was afraid; I considered thy works and trembled. O Thou That dwellest between the two living creatures!
R. He Whose glory filled the heavens lay in a manger.

Reading 8: That Godhead which He shareth with the Father was not a whit the less Almighty, nor did the form of a servant touch the form of God to derogate from it. The Most High and Everlasting Being, bending down for man's salvation, took the Manhood into His glory; He ceased not to be That which He is from everlasting. Hence we see the Only-begotten Son of God in one place confessing that the Father is greater than He, John xiv. 28, and in another declaring that He and the Father are One, x. 30. This is an evident proof of the distinction of His two natures, and the unity of His Person; for He is inferior to the Father as touching His Manhood, and yet equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and yet, though He be God and Man, He is not two, but One Christ.

Nocturn III: Homily of Ambrose (On Luke 2:55-57)

Reading 9: So the Child is circumcised. This is the Child of Whom it is said: Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Made under the law to redeem them that were under the law.  To present Him to the Lord. 

In my Commentary on Isaiah I have already explained what is meant by being presented to the Lord in Jerusalem, and therefore I will not enter into the subject again. He that is circumcised in heart gaineth the protection of God, for the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous.  

R. O Mary, how holy and how spotless is thy virginity! I am too dull to praise thee* For thou hast borne in thy breast Him Whom the heavens cannot contain.
V. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
R. For thou hast borne in thy breast Him Whom the heavens cannot contain.

Reading 10: We will see that as all the ceremonies of the old law were types of realities in the new, so the circumcision of the body signified the cleansing of the heart from the guilt of sin.But since the body and mind of man remain yet infected with a proneness' to sin, the circumcision of the eighth day is also a type of that complete cleansing from sin which we shall have at the resurrection. This ceremony was also performed in obedience to the commandment of God: Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy unto the Lord. These words were written with especial reference to the delivery of the Blessed Virgin. 

R. The Virgin-Mother that knew not a man, bore, but travailed not.* She fed the Saviour of the world, The King of Angel hosts above, Jesus, our Redeemer blest, From the fountain of her breast.
V. Soon rises in that modest shrine, The Temple of the Lord Divine; The stainless and unwedded one, Within her womb conceived the Son.
R. She fed the Saviour of the world, The King of Angel hosts above, Jesus, our Redeemer blest, From the fountain of her breast.

Reading 11: Truly He That opened her womb was holy, for He was altogether without spot, and we may gather that the law was written specially for Him from the words of the Angel: That Holy Thing Which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.Among all that are born of women the Lord Jesus Christ stood alone in holiness. Fresh from His immaculate Birth, He felt no contagion from human corruption, and His heavenly Majesty drove it away. 

Reading 12: If we are to follow the letter and say that every male that openeth the womb is holy, how shall we explain that so many have been unrighteous? Was Ahab holy? Were the false prophets holy? Were they holy on whom Elijah justly called down fire from heaven? But He to Whom the sacred commandment of the law of God is mystically directed is the Holy One of Israel; Who also alone hath opened the secret womb of His holy Virgin-bride the Church, filling her with a sinless fruitfulness to give birth to Christian souls.

Gospel: St Luke 2:21

When eight days had passed, and the boy must be circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name which the angel had given him before ever he was conceived in the womb.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

St Paul's Letter to the Romans


Codex Alexandrinus

From January 1 the readings in the Office to turn to the letter of St Paul to the Romans, so I thought I'd provide a few short notes here to aid reading on it.

The Office, of course, only provides a few extracts from selected chapters; in a monastery the rest is traditionally read either over a meal and/or individually as lectio divina.

The basics

Romans is the sixth book of the New Testament, coming immediately after Acts, and is widely regarded as the most important of St Paul's letters.   It consists of sixteen chapters in total.

The epistle was probably written between 55 and 57 AD, and internal references suggest that it was written while St Paul resided in Corinth.  St Paul was planning to visit Rome, and the letter is in effect a self-recommendation in preparation for that visit by way of doctrine.

Theologically the letter is very dense, and dealing with justification as it does, has spawned many heresies.  Accordingly, it is a good idea to read it with the help of a sound commentary.  Some useful online resources include:


Structure

The following outline is a shortened version of that provided in Fr Kenneth Baker's Inside the Bible:

I Introduction 1:1-18

II There is no salvation apart from Christ 1:18-3:20

III Salvation found only in Christ 3:21-4:25

IV Salvation described and defined 5:1-8:39
Doctrine - Judaism

V Jew and Gentile in God’s plan 9:1-11:36
Practice

VI Moral demands of God’s justice 12:1-15:13

VII Final words and greetings 14:13-16:27

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Gospel of St Matthew: Index of posts

For those interested in reading each of the Gospels over a quarter of the year, I've previously posted notes on this blog aimed at allowing you to tackle one section a day for each of the Gospels, with breaks for Sundays and major feasts.

This post provides links to all of my posts of lectio notes/Matins readings on the Gospel of St Matthew.  I've noted where the texts are used in the EF/traditional Benedictine Mass cycle/Commons of Saints).

Resources on St Matthew


There are a number of Patristic commentaries (or fragments thereof) on St Matthew available online:

St John Chrysostom
St Augustine (Sermon the Mount)
St Augustine (Harmony of the Gospels)
Origen
Chromatius of Aquileia
St Gregory Thaumaturgus on Mt 6
St Thomas Catena Aurea

Later commentaries:

St Thomas Aquinas
Cornelius de Lapide
Haydock
Divine Lamp links list

Posts


Why do lectio: Chrysostom on St Matthew

St Matthew chapter 1

1:1-17
1:18-25 (Vigil of Christmas: 18-21)

St Matthew chapter 2

2:1-12 (Epiphany; Christmas Day post-communion)

2:1-3
2:4-6
2:7-12

2:13-23 (Holy Innocents: 2:13-18; Second Sunday after the Nativity: 2:19-23)

St Matthew chapter 3

3:1-12
3:13-17

St Matthew chapter 4

4: 1-11  First Sunday of Lent (4:1-11)
4:12-25

St Matthew chapter 5

Mt 5:13-19 (Common of a Doctor)
5:1-16 (Mt 5:1-12, Common of a Martyr)
5:17-32 (5th Sunday after Pentecost: 5:20-24)
5:33-48 (Friday after Ash Wednesday: 5:45-38; 6:1-4)

St Matthew chapter 6

6:1-18
6:16-21(Ash Wednesday)
6:19-34 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: 6: 24-33)

St Matthew chapter 7

7:1-12
7:13-29  Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: 7:15-21

St Matthew chapter 8

8:1-17  Third Sunday after Epiphany: 1-13  Thursday after Ash Wednesday - Mt 8:5-15
8:13-34 (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany - Mt 8:23-27)

St Matthew chapter 9

9:1-17 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: 9:1-8)
9:18-38 (23rd Sunday after Pentecost)

St Matthew chapter 10

10:1-23
10:24-42 (Mt 10:26-32; Mt 10:34-42, Martyr not a bishop)

St Matthew chapter 11

11:1-19   Second Sunday of Advent - Mt 11:2-10
11:20-30

St Matthew chapter 12

12:1-21
12:22-37
12:38-50 (Ember Wednesday of Lent)

St Matthew chapter 13

13:1-23
13:24-33
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany: 13: 24-30
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: 13:31-35
13:44-58 (Mt 13:44-52, virgin martyr)

St Matthew chapter 14

14:1-21
14:22-36

St Matthew chapter 15

15:1-20 Wednesday in the third week of Lent
15:21-39 (Thursday Lent I: 15:21-28)

St Matthew chapter 16

16:1-12
16:13-20 (Mt 16:13-19, Common for pope confessors)
16:21-28 (Mt 16:24-27, Martyr bishop)

 St Matthew chapter 17

Second Sunday of Lent: Mt 17:1-9 Ember Saturday in Lent: Mt 17:1-9
17:1-13
17:14-27

St Matthew chapter 18

18:1-14
18:15-20 (Tuesday in Wk III of Lent: 18:15-22)
18:21-35 (21st Sunday after Pentecost: 18:23-35)

St Matthew chapter 19

19:1-15 (Mt 19:3-12; Virgin martyr)
19:16-30
Mt 19:27-29 (Abbot)

St Matthew Chapter 20

Septuaginta Sunday: Mt 20:1-16
20:17-28 (Wednesday Wk II of Lent)
20:29-34

St Matthew chapter 21

21:1-9 (Palm Sunday)
21:10-17 (Tuesday wk I of Lent)
21:17-23
21:33-46 (Friday, wk II of Lent)

St Matthew chapter 22

22:1-14 (19th Sunday after Pentecost)
22:15-21 (22nd Sunday after Pentecost)
22:22-33
22:34-46 (17th Sunday after Pentecost)

St Matthew chapter 23

23:1-12 (Tuesday wk II of Lent)
23: 13-33
23:34-39 (Feast of St Stephen)
23:37-39

St Matthew chapter 24

24:1-14 (Mt 24:3-13, Several martyrs)
24:15-35 (Last Sunday after Pentecost)
24:32-35
24: 36-51
Mt 24:42-47 (Confessor bishop)

St Matthew chapter 25

25:1-13 (Common of Virgins)
25:14-30 (Mt 25:14-23, Confessor bishop)
25:31-46 (Monday in Lent I)

St Matthew chapter 26

26:1-75 (Palm Sunday)
26: 59-68

St Matthew chapter 27

27:1-66 (Palm Sunday)
27:62-65

St Matthew chapter 28

28:1-7 (Easter Vigil)
27:8-10
28:11-15
28:16-20 (Friday in Octave of Easter) (28:18-20; Trinity Sunday)

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Matins readings for Nativity to the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord: Masterlist

As regular readers will have noticed, I've started putting together a complete list of Matins readings for the Benedictine Office (which include the Sunday Gospels for the Mass) each week.  I'll continue to do that until the list is complete, but I thought it might be helpful to try and consolidate the listings by season for future reference.  This post will accordingly be something of a work in progress.

Sources

Where they are available online, I'm providing the texts specified or a link thereto, based on the Monastic Breviary of 1962-63.  The English for most feasts is available in hardcopy in Liturgical Readings.  The Lessons of the Temporale Cycle and Principal Feasts of the Sanctoral  Cycle according to the Monastic Breviary, Grail Publicatins, 1941 (Reprint available).

Useful online sources for the English (and sometimes Latin) sources of the readings are:
New Advent (Bible and Fathers)
Divinum Officium (you may have to check the different version of Matins on offer there; in addition the readings are divided in accordance with the Roman Office, not the Benedictine)
Divine Light Blog

Readings for the traditional Benedictine Office, for the season are set out below.  Note that Sundays and other feasts will displace the readings set for the days some cases, so you will need to check against an Ordo).

Vigil of the Nativity

Nocturn I: Homily of St Jerome
Nocturn II: Chapter, Rom 1:4

Christmas Octave

Matins readings for the feast of the Nativity

Matins readings for Sunday within the Octave of Christmas

St Stephen (December 26)

Nocturn I: Acts 6:1-4, 5-6, 7-10 &7:54; 7: 55-60a
Nocturn II: Sermon of St Fulgentius on St Stephen
Nocturn III: Homily of St Jerome on Matthew 4: 23, 34-36
Gospel: St Matthew 23: 34-39

Holy Innocents (December 28)

Nocturn I: Jeremiah 31:15-17; 18-19;20-21; 22-23
Nocturn II: Sermon of St Augustine (nb attributed to St Caesarius in breviary)
Nocturn III: Sermon of St Jerome
Gospel: St Matthew 2: 13-18

29 December (5th day in the Octave)

Nocturn I: Homily of St Bede (I, 7 on the Nativity of Our Lord)
Nocturn II (chapter): Isaiah 9:6

(or Common of a Martyr for St Thomas Beckett)

30 December (6th day in Octave)

Nocturn I: Homily of St Ambrose (on St Luke 2:53-54)
Nocturn II (chapter): Isaiah 9:6

31 December (7th day in the Octave)

Nocturn I: Homily of St Leo (Sermon 26 on the Nativity of Our Lord, 6)
Nocturn II (chapter): Isaiah 9:6

1 January (Octave of the Nativity)

Nocturn I: Romans 4 1-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-17
Nocturn II: Sermon of St Leo (27 on the Nativity of Our Lord 7)
Nocturn III: Homily of Ambrose (On Luke 2:55-57)
Gospel: St Luke 2:21

Gospel for Most Holy Name of Jesus (formerly Jan 2) (St Luke 2:21)

2 January 

Romans 5: 1-5; 6-9; 10-12

3 January

Romans 6:1-5; 6-11; 12-18

4 January

Romans 7:1-3; 4-6; 7-9

5 January

Romans 8:1-4; 5-9; 9-11

Epiphanytide

Feast of the Epiphany

Gospel for the feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6)

January 7

Romans 9:1-5; 6-10; 11-16

January 8

Romans 12:1-3;4-8;9-16

January 9

Romans 13:1-4; 4-7; 8-10

January 10

Romans 14:1-4; 5-8; 9-13

January 11

Romans 15:1-4; 5-11; 12-16

January 12

Romans 15:17-21; 30-33; 16: 17-19; 25-27

January 13

Gospel for the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord (Jan 13)


Advent: Sunday Gospels and Matins Readings: Masterpost

As regular readers will have noticed, I've started putting together a complete list of Matins readings for the Benedictine Office (which include the Sunday Gospels for the Mass) each week.  I'll continue to do that until the list is complete, but I thought it might be helpful to try and consolidate the listings by season for future reference.

Sources

Where they are available online, I'm providing the texts specified or a link thereto, based on the Monastic Breviary of 1962-63.  The English for most feasts is available in hardcopy in Liturgical Readings.  The Lessons of the Temporale Cycle and Principal Feasts of the Sanctoral  Cycle according to the Monastic Breviary, Grail Publicatins, 1941 (Reprint available).

Useful online sources for the English (and sometimes Latin) sources of the readings are:
New Advent (Bible and Fathers)
Divinum Officium (you may have to check the different version of Matins on offer there; in addition the readings are divided in accordance with the Roman Office, not the Benedictine)
Divine Light Blog

Readings for the traditional Benedictine Office, for the season are set out below.  Note that Sundays and other feasts will displace the readings set for the days some cases, so you will need to check against an Ordo).

Advent 1

First Sunday of Advent (Gospel and Nocturn III readings)
Week 1 Matins readings list (Isaiah 1-7)

Advent 2

Second Sunday of Advent (Matins Readings+ Gospel)
Week 2 Matins readings list (Isaiah 11-25)

Advent 3

Third Sunday of Advent (Matins readings+Gospel)
Week 3 Matins readings list (Isaiah 28-33; St Luke)

Advent 4

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Matins readings and Gospel)
Readings for fourth week of Advent &Christmas

Matins readings for the first week of Christmas

Matins in the Benedictine Office this week are as follows:

Sunday 27 December (Sunday within the Octave) - see separate post 

Nocturn I: Acts 1:1-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-19
Nocturn II: St Leon, Sermon 29 (on the Nativity 9, 1)
Nocturn III: Homily of St Ambrose on St Luke 2: 60-62
Gospel: St Luke 2:33-40

Monday 28 December (Holy Innocents)

Nocturn I: Jeremiah 31:15-17; 18-19;20-21; 22-23
Nocturn II: Sermon of St Augustine (nb attributed to St Caesarius in breviary)
Nocturn III: Sermon of St Jerome
Gospel: St Matthew 2: 13-18

Tuesday 29 December (5th day in the Octave)

Nocturn I: Homily of St Bede (I, 7 on the Nativity of Our Lord)
Nocturn II (chapter): Isaiah 9:6

(or Common of a Martyr for St Thomas Beckett)

Wednesday 30 December (6th day in Octave)

Nocturn I: Homily of St Ambrose (on St Luke 2:53-54)
Nocturn II (chapter): Isaiah 9:6

Thursday 31 December (7th day in the Octave)

Nocturn I: Homily of St Leo (Sermon 26 on the Nativity of Our Lord, 6)
Nocturn II (chapter): Isaiah 9:6

Friday 1 January (Octave of the Nativity)

Nocturn I: Romans 4 1-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-17
Nocturn II: Sermon of St Leo (27 on the Nativity of Our Lord 7)
Nocturn III: Homily of Ambrose (On Luke 2:55-57)
Gospel: St Luke 2:21

Saturday 2 January (Our Lady on Saturday)

Reading 1: Romans 5 1-5
Reading 2: Romans 5: 6-12
Reading 3: From the letter of St Ambrose to Pope Siricius (Letter 42, n4-5)