First Week after Pentecost

Trinity Sunday marks the return to 'ordinary time' as the (very) Ordinary Form calendar likes to call it, which means all those Paschaltide alleluias drop out of the Office, and the Marion antiphon at Compline changes to Salve Regina. For those using the monastic breviary, it is time to change volumes!

 Note that the collect of the week is for the First Week after Pentecost, not Trinity Sunday.

Sunday 22 May – Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms, rest of the feast, MD 409 ff

Prime: The Athanasian Creed is said

Vespers: As for I Vespers except for Magnificat antiphon, MD 418*

Monday 23 May - Class IV

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

Tuesday 24 May - Class IV

All as in the psalter for time throughout the year, collect of the first Sunday after Pentecost, MD 418*

Australia and NZ: I Vespers of Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 25**

Wednesday 25 May –  St Gregory VII, Class III; In Australia and NZ, Our Lady Help of Christians, Class I

Matins: One reading of the feast.

Lauds to Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect and Magnificat antiphon, MD [149]

I Vespers of Corpus Christi, MD 419*

For Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 28** (at Vespers, commemoration of Corpus Christi)

Thursday 26 May -  Corpus Christi, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons etc of the feast, MD 427* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle, MD 430-1*

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD 419* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 431*

Friday 27 May – St Bede, Class III

Matins: One reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect, MD [150]  

Terce to None: Chapter & versicle from the Common

If Class I, see MD 31**

Saturday 28 May - Saturday of Our Lady [EF: St Augustine OSB, Class III]

Matins: Reading of Saturday 4&5 in May

Lauds to None: MD (129) ff

I Vespers of the Second Sunday after Pentecost, MD 432*

Octave of Pentecost

This week is the last of the Easter season, and at Lauds to Vespers, the psalms used are those of Sunday.

Sunday 15 May – Pentecost Sunday, Class I with Class I Octave

Lauds: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD 396* ff; festal psalms of Sunday

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle of the feast, MD 400*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Vespers: All as for I Vespers, MD 393* ff except for the Magnificat antiphon, MD 402-3*

Monday 16 May – Whit Monday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday, including the psalms, except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Tuesday 17 May  – Whit Tuesday, Class I

Matins: Two nocturns, as for Nocturns I & II for Sunday except for the readings which are of the day OR Invitatory and hymn of the feast with psalms of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 403-4*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Wednesday 18 May  – Ember Wednesday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Wednesday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 404-5*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Thursday 19 May - Whit Thursday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Thursday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Friday 20 May - Ember Friday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Friday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to Vespers: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Canticle antiphons and collect, MD 405-6*; at Terce, hymn Veni Creator

Saturday 21 May Ember Saturday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of the feast; psalms of the Saturday under one antiphon of the feast; readings of the day

Lauds to None: As for Pentecost Sunday except the Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 406-7*; at Terce hymn, Veni Creator

TIME AFTER PENTECOST (THROUGHOUT THE YEAR)

I Vespers of the Most Holy Trinity, MD 407* ff

Compline: Marian Antiphon Salve Regina from henceforward

Week after Ascension

Sunday 8 May – Sunday after the Ascension, Class II

Lauds: Festal psalms with three antiphons (alleluia- canticle – alleluia); chapter etc from MD 389* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, chapter etc from MD 391* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter and hymn of Lauds; responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD 393*

Monday 9 May  - St Gregory Nazianzen, Class III

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [141] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [141]

Tuesday 10 May – SS Gordian and Epimachis, memorial [EF: St Antonius]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [141-2]

Wednesday 11 May - SS Philip and James, Class II

Matins: Common of Apostles with readings for the feast.

Lauds to Vespers: Antiphons and canticle antiphons of the feast, MD [142] ff, rest from the Common of Apostles in Eastertide, MD (23) ff.  At Lauds and Vespers, festal psalms (of Sunday).

Thursday 12 May - Class IV; SS Nereus, Archilleus and Pancras, memorial [EF: Class III, and Domitilla]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds MD [146] 

Friday 13 May St Robert Bellarmine, memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [147]

Saturday 14 May – Whitsun Eve (Vigil of the Pentecost), Class I

Lauds to None: All as for Saturday during Ascensiontide; collect, MD 386*

PENTECOST

I Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393* ff (including psalms of the feast)

Fifth week after Easter

This week marks the end of (the first part of) Eastertide proper, and the start of the season of Ascensiontide.  You can find notes on saying the Office during Ascensiontide here.  The three days leading up to Ascension are traditionally Rogation Days.

You might also be interested in reading up on the saints whose feasts occur this week, viz:
Sunday 1 May –  St Joseph the Worker, Class I

Note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff:

Matins: English translations of the readings for the feast will be up on the lectio divina blog in advance of the feast.

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 373*

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast; commemoration of the Sunday, MD 375*

Monday 2 May – St Athanasius, Class III; Rogation Day

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop except collect, MD [138] and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor)

Terce to None: Chapter and versicle from the Common; collect, MD [138]

Tuesday 3 May – Class IV; SS Alexander, Eventius and Theodolus, memorial; Rogation Day [in some places: Finding of Holy Cross]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 375-6*; collect, MD 373*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138-9]

Wednesday 4 MayVigil of the Ascension, Class II; St Monica, memorial

Lauds to None: all as for ordinary of Paschaltide; collect, MD 372-3*; at Lauds, versicle and Benedictus antiphon MD 376*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [139-40]

ASCENSIONTIDE

I Vespers of the Ascension, see MD 376* ff

 Thursday 5 May - The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms with proper antiphons and texts of the feast, MD 379* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: as for I Vespers, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 383*

Friday 6 May - Class IV

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 383*; collect, MD 386*

Saturday 7 May  –  Saturday of Our Lady  [EF: St Stanislaus, Class III]

Matins: Reading for Saturday 1 in May

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

I Vespers of the Sunday after the Ascension, MD 388*

Saints and feasts of May

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