Fourth Week after Easter

The Ordo for the traditional Benedictine Office (with page references to the Monastic Diurnal) for the fourth week after Easter is set out below.

Note that the Office is said as in Eastertide, so at Lauds and Vespers the psalms are generally said under one antiphon, rather than a separate one for each psalm.  You can find the readings for Matins on Sunday at the Lectio Divina blog.


Sunday 24 April – Fourth Sunday after Easter, Class II

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 368* ff

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide; chapter verse, versicle and collect from MD 368* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn from MD 354*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 370*

Monday 25 April   St Mark and the Greater Litanies and [Australia/NZ: ANZAC Day]

[Today is the feast of St Mark, Class II; In Australia and New Zealand it is ANZAC Day.]

Matins: Three Nocturns (Common of Apostles with readings etc for the feast)

Lauds to None: All from the Common of Apostles except for the collect, MD [113]

Vespers: Common of Apostles (psalms MD (13), rest MD (26)

Tuesday 26 April  - Class IV; St Cletus, memorial [EF: SS Cletus and Marcellinus, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 370-1*; collect, MD 368*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [113-4]

Wednesday 27 April - Class IV; St Peter Canisius, memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 370-1*; collect, MD 368*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [114-5]

Thursday 28 April  Class IV [EF: St Paul of the Cross]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 371*; collect, MD 368*

Friday 29 April – SS Odo, Majolus, Odilo and Hugh OSB, Class III [EF: St Peter of Verona]

Lauds: Antiphons for the feast with festal psalms, MD [115] ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds with psalms of the day

Terce to None: Antiphons and texts of the feast, MD [117] ff

Vespers: Antiphons and texts of the feast, MD [119] ff with psalms from the Common of Apostles, MD (2)

Saturday April 30  Saturday of Our Lady; St Catherine of Siena, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 4&5 April

Lauds to None: MD (134) ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them; for the commemoration, MD [121-2]

I Vespers of St Joseph the Worker, MD [123] ff; commemoration of the Fifth Sunday after Easter, MD 372*

Third Week after Easter

Sunday 17 April  - Third Sunday after Easter, Class II

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms; rest from MD 363* ff

Prime: Antiphons of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter for Sunday

Terce to None: antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle, MD 364* ff; collect, MD 363*

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn from MD 354*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 365*

Monday 18 April   Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 365*; collect, MD 362*

Tuesday 19 April  – Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 365*; collect, MD 362*

Wednesday 20 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 366*; collect, MD 362*

Thursday 21 April - St Anselm, Class III

See MD [110] ff – note choice of offices.

Matins: Either one reading, of the feast, or use hymn Fortis en praesul at matins with reading as above, or three nocturns, all from Common of a confessor Bishop except for the readings etc for Nocturns II&III.

Lauds to Vespers: Either antiphons and psalms of the day at Lauds, with rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64), collect, MD [110]; OR use the Common of a Confessor Bishop with the Benedictus antiphon, and Vespers hymn, MD [110-1]

Friday 22 April  – Class IV [EF: SS Soter and Cajus, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 366-7*; collect, MD 362*

Saturday 23 April Saturday of Our Lady; St George, memorial

Matins: Reading for Saturday 4&5 April


Lauds to None: MD (134) ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [112-3]

I Vespers of Fourth Sunday in Eastertide: MD 367*ff

Second Week after Easter

Sunday 10 April –  Second Sunday after Easter, Class II

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 356* ff

Prime: Antiphons of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter for Sunday

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle and collect from MD 358* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter etc, from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon, MD 360*

Monday 11 April - St Leo I, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and Psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)ff; Collect, MD [108]

Terce to None:  Texts from Common;  collect, MD [108]

Vespers: Antiphons and Psalms of the day, Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)ff; Magnificat antiphon of a doctor, MD (74); Collect, MD [108]

Tuesday 12 April  - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 360*; collect, MD 358*

Wednesday 13 April  – Class IV; St Justin, memorial [EF: St. Hermenegild, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; collect, MD 358*; Canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 360-1*; commemoration at Lauds, MD [108-9]

Thursday 14 April  - Class IV; SS Tiburtius Valerian and Maximus, memorial [EF: St Justin, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 361*; collect, MD 358*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [109-10]

Friday 15 April   – Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 361*; collect, MD 358*

Saturday 16 April   Saturday of Our Lady

Matins: Reading for Saturday 3 April

Lauds to None: MD (134) ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them

I Vespers of Third Sunday after Easter, MD 362* ff

First week after Easter

Sunday 3 April  – Low Sunday, Class I 

Lauds: Three antiphons, MD 341* ff with festal psalms, ie Antiphon 1(Alleluia) – Ps 92, 99, 62 – Ant 1; Antiphon 2 (Surrexit) – Benedicite – Ant 2; Antiphon 3 – Laudate psalms – Antiphon 3; Rest from MD 342* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc MD 344* ff

Vespers: II Vespers of Low Sunday – psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter etc from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon, MD 345*; commemoration of the Annunciation, MD [101-2]

Monday 4 April  – Annunciation of the BVM, Class I (transferred)

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [102] ff

Prime to None: Antiphons from Lauds, proper texts MD [104] ff

espers: As for I Vespers, MD [100], Magnificat antiphon, MD [106]; commemoration of St Benedict, MD [94]

Tuesday 5 April –  St Benedict, Class I (transferred)

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and texts of the feast; MD [94] ff

Prime to None: Antiphon etc of the feast

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD [91]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [99]

Wednesday 6 April  - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 352-3*; collect, MD 344*

Thursday 7 April  – Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 353*; collect, MD 344*

Friday 8 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 353*; collect, MD 344*

Saturday 9 April  – Saturday of Our Lady (in Eastertide)

Matins: Reading for Saturday 2 in April

Lauds to None: MD (134) ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them

I Vespers of Second Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), MD 354* ff

Octave of Easter

Sunday 27 March – Easter Sunday, Class I with a Class I Octave

Matins and Lauds are included in the Vigil, so do not need to be said by those who attended it. If Lauds is said, note Psalm scheme 2 (92, etc)

Prime to Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds with proper texts of the feast, MD 326* ff

Compline: Marian Antiphon, Regina Caeli henceforwad

Monday 28 March – Monday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readings

Lauds to Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons and collect, MD 335*

Tuesday 29 March –– Tuesday in Octave of Easter, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readings

Lauds to Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons and collect, MD 336*

Wednesday 30 March –- Wednesday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readings

Lauds to Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons, and collect, MD 336-7*

Thursday 31 March – Thursday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readings

Lauds to Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons and collect, MD 337*

Friday 1 April – Friday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readings

Lauds to Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons and collect, MD 337-8*

Saturday 2 April –– White Saturday in the Octave of Easter, Class I

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readings

Lauds to None: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for the Benedictus antiphon, MD 338* and collect, MD 344*

SEASON OF EASTERTIDE

I Vespers of Low Sunday, MD 339* ff

Holy Week

Sunday 20 March – Second Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons for the day, MD 255* with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc for the day

Prime to None: Antiphons and chapter verses, MD 258* ff

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter etc as per I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon, MD 260*

Monday 21 March – Monday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 260-1* with psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory and hymn of Passiontide, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 261*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds (MD 260*) with psalms etc of Monday

Terce to None: Antiphons 2, 3 and 5 of Lauds respectively, MD 260-1*; chapter and versicle of passiontide; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 261-2*

Tuesday 22 March   – Tuesday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 262* with psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 263*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds (MD 262*) with psalms etc of Tuesday

Terce to None: antiphons 2, 3 and 5 of Lauds respectively, MD 262*; chapter and versicle for passiontide; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 263*

Wednesday March 23  – Wednesday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 263-4* with psalms of Wednesday; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 264*

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds (MD 263*) with psalms etc of Wednesday

Terce to None: antiphons 2, 3 and 5 of Lauds respectively, MD 264*; chapter and versicle for Passiontide, MD 242* ff; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 265*

Thursday 24 March –– Maundy Thursday, Class I

MD 265* ff

Vespers are not said by those who attend the evening mass.

Compline is said according to the rubrics at MD 305* after the denudation of the altar, with extinguished candles and no chant.

Friday 25 March – Good Friday, Class I

See MD 309*ff.  
  • ‘Mortem autem crucis’ is added to the antiphon Christus factus est, MD 282*; and
  • Compline as for Maundy Thursday, MD 305* 
Vespers is not said by those who attend the afternoon liturgy; if it is said, see MD 296*

Saturday 26 March – Holy Saturday, Class I

See MD 318* ff.  
  • The psalms and antiphons to be used are set out at MD 279* ff
  • Propter quod…’ is added to the antiphon Christus factus est, MD 282*
Vespers:  As per Maundy Thursday, MD 296* except for the first antiphon and Magnificat antiphon, MD 325*.  It may said any time after noon.


Compline: MD 325*