February 14, June 15, October 15
Chapter 12: How the Morning Office Is to Be Said
The Morning Office on Sunday shall begin with Psalm 66
recited straight through without an antiphon.
After that let Psalm 50 be said with “Alleluia,”
then Psalms 117 and 62,
the Canticle of Blessing (Benedicite) and the Psalms of praise
then a lesson from the Apocalypse to be recited by heart,
the responsory, the Ambrosian hymn, the verse,
the canticle from the Gospel book,
the litany and so the end.
Something that always confuses me is that in traditional monastic practice, the day starts at sundown. As it does for our Jewish brothers and sisters. So Vespers is the first prayers of the new day. maybe I am bad monastic, but I don’t bother to try to figure it out anymore. I pray Morning Prayers in the actually morning. Apparently, I will leave it to the more educated Benedictines like Michael Casey or Judith Sutera to explain the nuances of Benedictine prayer. As for me, the message I take is that it is important to pray the Psalms every day. That is what I, who am not in a monastic setting, can do.
Michael Casey: Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer; Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina
Judith Sutera: Work Of God: Benedictine Prayer