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Matins and Lauds of Christmas according to the Ritus Strigoniensis

The Capitulum Laicorum Sancti Michaelis Archangeli has informed Rorate that it will be celebrating the Night Office (Matins and Lauds) of Christmas according to the ancient Use of Esztergom (Ritus Strigoniensis), in the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Budapest (see picture) at 7:00 P.M. on December 29, 2009. The celebration of Matins and Lauds is projected to last 4 hours.

The text of Matins and Lauds can be found in the following link (pp. 24-92): IN NATIVITATE DOMINI: Ordo horarum canonicorum secundum ritum et consuetudinem almae Strigoniensis ecclesiae.


  1. ::confused:: What is the photo of? Is it a dramatic thing? Either the photo quality is bad, or the people are wearing makeup.

  2. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Somehow I doubt the original office lasted that long...

  3. To Mary Sexton:

    You are right, the photo is edited, otherwise it would have been impossible to see anything on it because of its darkness. I apologise for the poor quality; in fact, we are more familiar with the liturgy than with modern audiovisual technology.

    To Anonymous 17:30:

    I can assure you that it is the original, unabridged office (you can see it for yourself in the booklet published on Of course, we do not not how long it lasted in the Middle Ages, but we are doing it at our natural pace (i.e. more quickly than the monks of Solesmes), and it has always lasted that long.

  4. Blessings to you all! The Divine Office is the fuel which powers the engine of the Church's interior life, and the fire which is projected through the lens of the Holy Mass. It MUST be done (in both forms), done well, widely, publicly, and regularly. Then we will have the kind of reawakening that will blind the forces of secularism and heresy with its light, forces which currently continue to sap our identity and energies. Bravi tutti!

    God save Pope Benedict XVI. Our Lady of Victories, intercede for him!

  5. What a splendid endeavour.

    Four psalm Compline and much evidence of pre-Tridentine praxis.

    I wish I were in Budapest...

  6. Yet another rite I had never heard of. Thanks!


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