Sunday, 23 April 2017

Benedictine Office - Short reading for Eastertide

Now that we are past the Octave of Easter, The Benedictine Office reverts to its 'summer' timetable at Matins, with only one short reading (really just a chapter verse) each day after each Nocturn.  And indeed, through Eastertide, these are the same each day.

The relevant texts don't seem to be on Divinum Officium so I will provide them here.

One reading for Eastertide

For Nocturn I, the text is from Hosea 6:1-3:
Come, and let us return to the Lord: For he hath taken us, and he will heal us: he will strike, and he will cure us. He will revive us after two days: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. We shall know, and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. 
The short responsory that accompanies it is

R: Then the disciples were glad, alleluia, alleluia
V: When they saw the Lord, alleluia, alleluia
R: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
R: Then the disciples were glad, alleluia, alleluia

The chapter verse and versicle at the end of Matins is from Romans 6:4 -
For we are buried together with him by baptism into death; that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. 
V. The Lord is risen, alleluia.
R. As he told you, alleluia.

Roman Office

If you do want to continue with a series of fixed readings though, particularly if you live in the Southern Hemisphere where it is definitely not summer (!) the simplest option is just to adopt the cycle from the traditional Roman Office, which matches up with Sundays in the Benedictine form.

In this case, the readings for Monday are from Acts 1:1-26.

Last year I provided a set of notes on Acts drawing on the Commentary by St John Chrysostom, and you can find a list of the posts and links to other material  on Acts here.  

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