About Those ABC Antiphons

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The full set of nine Gospel Antiphons for the Magnificat I, the Benedictus, and the Magnificat II of the Sundays Throughout the Year appear for the first time in the 1985 edition of the Liturgia Horarum with the a decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship that says, among other things, the following:

"Novae antiphonae ad Benedictus et ad Magnificat Evangelio, ex quo depromuntur, conformes in dominicis et sollemnitatibus plerumque sunt inductae."

That may explain why these antiphons appear neither in the American nor Irish/UK editions of the Liturgy of the Hours. All the same, the texts have been available for 27 years. One would think that by now someone would have included them in the various vernacular editions.


I was wondering where they were! I try and use the actual Year antiphon for all the canticles, though I've been told I shouldn't. Any thoughts?

It really is very annoying how slow the process for updating the breviary is.
Would it be all that difficult to prepare and approve a little supplement to the breviary with, for example, the new propers for various saints, etc... It really is frustrating to have to celebrate the Feast of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Patroness of Europe) from the Common of Martyrs.

Fr. D, Shouldn't use the antiphon that corresponds to the Sunday Gospel? How absurd! You are quite right to do what you are doing. The intention of the Church is that the antiphon at the Benedictus and 2 Magnificats should correspond to the Gospel of the day. There are monasteries where the same Gospel antiphon is repeated 4 times: at the Magnificat I, at the Benedictus, at the Communion of the Mass, and at the Magnificat II.

19th Sunday Per Annum:

Magnificat I
Where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also, says the Lord (Lk 12:34).

Blessed are those servants
whom the Lord when he comes and knocks at the door,
shall find watching (cf. Lk 12: 36-37).

Magn II
Let your loins be girt,
and lamps burning in your hands (Lk 12:35).

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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