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.


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


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)

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