Ordo for the third week of Eastertide


Sunday April 26 - Third Sunday after Easter, Class II; St Cletus, memorial

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms; rest from MD 363* ff; the commemoration at Lauds, MD [113-4]

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

All as for Monday in Eastertide; collect, MD 363*; canticle antiphons, MD 365*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [114-5]

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

All as for Tuesday in Eastertide; collect, MD 363*; canticle antiphons, MD 365*

Wednesday April 29 – SS Odo, Majolus, Odilo and Hugh, 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 Wednesday

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)

Thursday April 30 – Class IV; St Catherine of Siena, Memorial [EF: Class III]

All as for Thursday in Eastertide; collect, MD 363*; canticle antiphons, MD 366*; for the commemoration, MD [121-2]

I Vespers of St Joseph the Worker, MD [123] ff

Friday May 1 –  St Joseph the Worker, Class I

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

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast

Saturday May 2 – St Athanasius, Class III

Lauds: Psalms of Saturday, 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]



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

Ordo for the second week of Eastertide


Sunday April 19 – 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; rest from MD 359-60*

Monday April 20  - Class IV

All as in the psalter for Monday in Eastertide; collect of Sunday MD 358*; canticle antiphons MD 360*

Tuesday April 21 - 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 Tuesday 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]

Wednesday April 22 – Class IV [EF: SS Soter and Cajus]

All as in the psalter for Wednesday in Eastertide; collect, MD 358*; canticle antiphons MD 360-1*

Thursday April 23 – Class IV; St George, memorial

All as in the psalter for Thursday in Eastertide; collect, MD 358*; canticle antiphons MD 361*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [112-3]

Friday April 24 - Class IV [EF: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen]

All as in the psalter for Friday in Eastertide; collect, MD 358*; canticle antiphons MD 361*

Saturday April 25  The Greater Litanies and St Mark [Australia: ANZAC Day]

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

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

Vespers: Common of Apostles (psalms MD (13), rest MD (26) with a commemoration of the Third Sunday after Easter, MD 362* 

Ordo for the first week of Eastertide



Ordinary of Eastertide

The Ordinary for Eastertide is set out at MD 346* ff.
Note especially that at:
. Lauds and Vespers, chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle are of the season, from the temporale and are not included in the psalter section;
Lauds and Vespers canticles have proper antiphons for each day of the week.

Sunday April 12 - 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*

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

All as in Monday in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide (including hymns of the season for Lauds and Vespers); canticle antiphons MD 352*; collect (of Low Sunday), MD 344*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [108-9].  Note: Paschaltide forms of the antiphon and versicle.

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

All as in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide (including hymns of the season for Lauds and Vespers); canticle antiphons MD 352*; collect, MD 344*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [109-10].  Note: Paschaltide forms of the antiphon and versicle.

Wednesday April 15  – Class IV

All as in Wednesday in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide (note especially hymns of the season for Lauds and Vespers); canticle antiphons MD 352-3*; collect, MD 344*

Thursday April 16  - Class IV

All as in Thursday in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons MD 353*; collect, MD 344*

Friday April 17  - Class IV

All as in Friday in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons MD 353*; collect, MD 344*

Saturday April 18  Saturday of Our Lady

MatinsReading for Saturday 3

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

Ordo for the Easter Octave



Sunday April 5 – 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 April 6 - 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 April 7 – 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 April 8 - 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 April 9 – 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 April 10 – 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 April 11 – 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 Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons and collect, MD 338*
SEASON OF EASTERTIDE

I Vespers of Low Sunday, MD 339* ff

Ordo for Holy Week


Sunday March 29 – 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*

The Office in Holy Week to Wednesday

The first days of Holy Week are all first class days:

For those who say it, Matins each day has two nocturns/three readings, with the invitatory antiphon and hymn of Passiontide.

Lauds to None have proper antiphons for each day, with other texts from the ordinary of Passiontide.

Vespers uses the usual antiphons from the psalter, with a proper canticle and collect.

Monday March 30 – 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 March 31 - 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 April 1  – 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*

THE SACRED TRIDUUM

The Office during the Triduum

The Office during the Triduum does not follow the normal form as set out in the psalter.  In addition, some of the Holy Week ceremonies include parts of the Office so that those who attend them do not need to sing or say those particular hours separately.

Matins and Lauds: The Office of Tenebrae, or Matins and Lauds, is a special feature of the Triduum. It is said in darkness, and a candle is extinguished as each of the psalms is said, and the Roman (EF) and Benedictine forms of this Office are identical.

The 1962 rubrics specify that Tenebrae is not be anticipated, or said the night before. As this generally makes public recitation of the Office impractical outside a monastery, it is generally ignored. Thus the normal practice is to perform Tenebrae for Maundy Thursday on Wednesday night, and so forth. Note that the Diurnal does not contain the Matins psalms for Tenebrae, so you will need to obtain these from elsewhere should you wish to say it in full.

If Tenebrae is sung in the evening, Compline should be said beforehand.

Prime to None: The psalms for Prime, Terce, Sext and None during the Triduum are set out on MD 279* ff. No introductory prayer or hymns are said, and the Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm. Each hour closes the antiphon ‘Christus factus est’ – each day of the Triduum, an additional phrase of the antiphon is added, as set out on MD 282*.

Vespers: Vespers (if said) is often said quite early, in order to make room for Tenebrae/the Easter Vigil. The antiphons and psalms for Vespers can be found on MD 296* ff.

Note that there are no introductory prayers; as for the other hours, the Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm; the first psalm on Holy Saturday is on MD 298*; antiphons for the Magnificat each day are on MD 303*; on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the antiphon Christus factus est is said; and on the concluding prayers for Holy Saturday, see MD 305*.

Compline: The rubrics for Compline from Maundy Thursday to Holy Saturday are set out on MD 305* ff. Note the addition of the Nunc Dimittis.

Thursday April 2 –– Maundy Thursday, Class I

Note that:
  • There are no opening prayers
  • The Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm
  • The psalms and antiphons to be used are set out at 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 April 3 – Good Friday, Class I

See MD 309*ff.  Note that:
  • There are no opening prayers
  • The Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm
  • The psalms etc for Prime to None are set out at MD 279* 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 April 4 – Holy Saturday, Class I

See MD 318* ff.  Note that:
  • There are no opening prayers
  • The Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm
  • 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*

Ordo for first week of Passiontide

This Sunday marks the start of the last stretch of Lent, viz Passiontide, which has its own particular rubrics.

The Ordinary of the Passiontide ferial Office, used from the Monday after First Passion Sunday, is set out in the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal at MD 240* ff.

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal): the invitatory antiphon is for the season (Hodie si vocem Domini audieritis); the hymn is for the season of Lent and is the same each day (Pange lingua); the readings during the week are usually patristic sermons, relating to the Gospel of the Mass set for that day; and the chapter verse for Nocturn II is for the season (Jer 11:18-19).

At Prime to None: the antiphons, chapters and versicles are of the season of Passiontide, and can be found in the psalter section; the collect for Terce to None is the same as for Lauds of that day.

At Lauds and Vespers: chapters, hymns, etc of the season replace those in the psalter section; the responsories omit the Gloria Patri, instead repeating the opening verse; the canticle antiphons are proper for each day. They generally reflect the (EF) Gospel for the day; and there is a specific collect for both Lauds and Vespers each day.

It is also important to be aware that when a feast displaces the Lent texts, a commemoration of the day is made at both Lauds and Vespers using the respective collects, canticle antiphon and versicle that occurs before the relevant canticle at that hour.

Sunday March 22  – (First) Passion Sunday, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and texts for the day, MD 234* ff with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons and chapter verses, MD 238-9*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter etc as per I Vespers, MD 234* ff; versicle and Magnificat antiphon MD 239*

Monday March 23  – Monday in (First) Passion Week, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; Propers of the season (chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for passiontide), MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 246*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Libera me)

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season

Vespers: chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 247*

Tuesday March 24 – Tuesday in Passion Week, Class III [EF: commemoration of St Gabriel]

Lauds: Propers, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon & collect, MD 247-8*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Libera me)

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: I Vespers of the Annunciation, MD [100] ff with a commemoration of the feria, MD 248*

Wednesday March 25 - Annunciation of the BVM, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [102] ff; commemoration of the feria, MD 248-9*

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

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD [100], Magnificat antiphon, MD [106]; commemoration of the feria, MD 249*

Thursday March 26 - Thursday in Passion Week, Class III

Lauds: Propers, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 249-50*

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Propers, MD 244*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 250*

Friday March 27 – Friday in Passion Week, Class III; St John Damascene, Memorial

Lauds: Propers, MD 240*ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 250-1*; for the commemoration, MD [106-7]

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Propers, MD 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 251-2*

Saturday March 28 – Saturday in Passion Week, Class III [EF: St John of Capistran; Seven Sorrows of BVM]

Lauds: Propers, MD 240*ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 252*

Prime: Antiphon for the season



Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Ordo for the fourth week of Lent


Sunday March 15 – Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday), Class I

Lauds: Antiphons etc, MD 223* ff with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons (and chapter verses etc), MD 226-7*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter, hymn as per I Vespers; versicle and Magnificat antiphon MD 227*

Monday March 16 - Monday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 227-8*

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season, noted in the psalter and MD 192-3*; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 228*

[in some places: I Vespers of St Patrick with a commemoration of the feria]

Tuesday 17 March - Tuesday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III [***in some places, St Patrick, Class I]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 228*

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 193* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 228-9*

For St Patrick, see MD 22**

Wednesday March 18  - Wednesday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III; St Cyril, Memorial

Lauds: chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 229*; for the commemoration, MD [83]

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

Vespers: I Vespers of St Joseph, MD  with a commemoration of the feria, MD 229-30*

Thursday March 19 – St Joseph, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons etc of the feast, MD [87] ff, with a commemoration of the feria, MD 230*

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms from I Vespers of Apostles, MD (2); chapter etc from I Vespers of the feast, MD [84]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [91]; commemoration of the feria, MD 230*

Friday March 20 – Friday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III [**in some places, St Cuthbert, memorial]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 230-1*

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds

I Vespers of St Benedict, MD [91] ff with a commemoration of the feria, MD 231*

For St Cuthbert, MD 22**

Saturday March 21 – St Benedict, Class I

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and texts of the feast; MD [94] ff; commemoration of the feria, MD 231-2*

Prime to None: Antiphon etc of the feast

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD [91]; Magnificat antiphon, MD [99]; commemoration of I Vespers of Passion Sunday, MD 234*