Office of Readings/Morning Prayer for Easter Sunday
  • My Pastor, already preparing for next year, wishes me to put together the Office of Readings/Morning Prayer of Easter Sunday to be prayed before Mass (he's assuming that most didn't attend the Vigil). Does anyone have these for the Ordinary Form they could scan, perhaps from Les Heures Grégoriennes or the Antiphonale Monasticum? I believe the Vigil takes the place of the Office of Readings, so I'm not even sure that chants exist for it, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • igneusigneus
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    Rubrics in the breviary state that those who haven't attended the Vigil pray the Office of Readings by reading at least four of it's readings (beginning absolute with the first reading, without any opening verse), followed by the same psalms and prayers as in the Vigil, and concluded by Te Deum and collect. So the chants wouldn't be taken from an antiphonale, but from the graduale.
  • Ah! Thank you. What about Lauds?
  • smvanroodesmvanroode
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    This day, Lauds starts with the Invitatorium:
    A. Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia. (LH 79) (see attached file)

    The chants for Lauds are:
    H. Aurora lucis rutilat (LH 82)
    A1. Surrexit Christus (CAO 5077) (see attached file)
    A2. Redemptor noster (CAO 4589) (see attached file)
    A2. Crucifixus resurrexit, alleluia (CAO 1956) (see attached file) Haec dies (ARII 204)
    B. Et valde mane (AM 456) (see attached file)

    The attached files are taken from Les Heures Grégoriennes or the Liber Hymnarius.

    PS. The podatus initio debilis on "monumentum" in the antiphon Et valde mane should point to the right instead of left, but I don't know how to do that.
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  • Thank you, good sir!
  • quilisma
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    To get the initio debilis you just put - in front of the first note:


    if I understood correctly.
  • smvanroodesmvanroode
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    I did, but it didn't render correctly. Maybe the online Illuminare Score Editor (with which I created the scores) doesn't run the latest version of Gregorio?
  • igneusigneus
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    This day, Lauds starts with the Invitatorium

    True, if you have attended the Vigil and pray Lauds in the morning as the first prayer of the day. If you haven't attended the Vigil and you are beginning the day by praying the Office of Readings, the Office of Readings is first prayer of the day and would normally be preceded by the invitatory. But it begins directly with the first reading, as mentioned above. Lauds follow as second prayer of the day and therefore should not be preceded by the invitatory either.

    GILH 35: The invitatory is placed at the beginning of the whole sequence of the day's prayer, that is, it precedes either morning prayer or the office of readings, whichever of these liturgical rites begins the day.
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  • smvanroodesmvanroode
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    Interesting. The rubric in Liturgia Horarum for Easter Sunday reads: "Hac die Invitatorium dicitur semper ante Laudes matutinas."

    How does the wording and placement (between Office of Readings and Lauds) of this rubric relate to GILH 35?

    Does it mean that only if the day starts with Lauds, the Invitatory does precede it? Or that, even if the day starts with the Office of Readings, the Invitatory still precedes Lauds?
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  • What language and country?

    Are you intending to celebrate the three different liturgies (Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Mass) separately and distinctly, or combine them into a single continuous liturgical celebration?
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  • ClemensRomanusClemensRomanus
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    Well, since it's a year away, I'm not 100% on all the details, but it seems to me that the intention is to have Office of Readings/Morning Prayer together, then allow the pastor time to collect himself before Mass and change vestments. This is in Texas in Latin.
  • igneusigneus
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    @smvanroode Lex specialis derogat legi generali. If there is a general rule and a particular one pertaining to the same matter, the latter usually takes precedence. So the rubric takes precedence over GILH 35 and my reasoning above is wrong.
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  • StephenMatthew
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    Latin celebration of the ordinary form Liturgy of the Hours in a parish, that is interesting and rare.

    For a source for the texts you could perhaps use:

    It offers both the English and the Latin texts and other languages as well, there is a function to select the date and language you want. If you intend to print handouts you will find it a maze to cite all the correct copyright holders, though the last time I researched it my conclusion was printing such for a one time use in a parish was permissible on condition of including correct copyright notices on every copy.

    In the Liturgy of the Hours (United States of America version), Volume II, page 515 says in red:

    "The Easter Vigil takes the place of the Office of Readings. Those, therefore, who do not participate in the Easter Vigil should read at least four readings with canticles, psalms and prayers from the Easter Vigil. They may wish to choose the four preferred readings which follow.

    The Office of Easter Sunday begins with the first reading."

    The entire provided Office of Readings consists of four readings, the first three to be followed by a psalm/canticle with antiphon and a prayer, the fourth followed by the Te Deum and a prayer.

    Then on page 524 in red it says:
    "On Easter Sunday the Invitatory is always said at the beginning of Morning Prayer."

    My personal pet interpretation is thus:

    The Invitatory always is said at the start of the first hour/office of the day, but there is, per se, not precisely an actual Office of Readings for Easter Sunday. Rather there is a set of readings taken from the Vigil that serves as a substitute for the Office of Readings. This handily reconciles the Invitatory always beginning the daily cycle and it always preceding Morning Prayer on Easter Sunday.

    Because of the particular content of the readings, on this day it would not be fitting to reverse the order and celebrate Morning Prayer first.

    Celebration of the Hours in the parish is something of an axe I grind from time to time to little avail, though on that point I am rather a hypocrite as I constantly lapse into not praying the hours personally.

    Edit: Also see Chapter II section VII of the General Instruction of LOTH, containing nos. 93 - 99 regarding combining the hours with one another or with mass.
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  • ClemensRomanusClemensRomanus
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    Could someone please post the Invitatory Tone VI for Easter Sunday from the Liber Hymnarius? Thank you so much, everyone, for all your help.
  • ClemensRomanusClemensRomanus
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    Are there any changes in the Invitatory Tone 6 from the Officium Majoris Hebdomadae et Octavae Paschae to the Liber Hymnarius?