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*

Ordo for the third week of Lent


Sunday March 8  – Third Sunday of Lent, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons, etc from MD 212* ff with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 215*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter etc as per I Vespers; versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD 216*

Monday March 9 – Monday in the third week of Lent, Class IIISt Frances of Rome, memorial

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 217-8*; commemoration, MD [75-6]

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 and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 217*

Tuesday March 10  - Tuesday in the third week of Lent, Class III, The Forty Martyrs, memorial

Lauds: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 217*; for the commemoration, MD [76]

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 and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 218*

Wednesday March 11 - Wednesday in the third 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 218*

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 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 218-9*

Thursday March 12 – St Gregory the Great OSB, Class II

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and texts of the feast, MD [77] ff; for the commemoration of the feria, MD 219*

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD [77] ff

Vespers: Antiphons of Lauds; psalms from Common of a confessor bishop, MD (68), texts of the feast, MD [81] ff; for the commemoration of the feria MD 219*

Friday March 13 – Friday in the third 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 220*

Prime: Antiphon for the season

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season, noted in the psalter; 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 220*

Saturday March 14 – Saturday in the third 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 220-1*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego), noted in the psalter and MD 192*

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



Vespers: I Vespers of the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday, rest from MD 221* ff

Ordo for the second week of Lent


Sunday March 1 – Second Sunday of Lent, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 201* ff with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc, MD 201* ff

Prime to None: Antiphons and chapter verses, MD 204-5*

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; chapter etc as per I Vespers; versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD 205*

Monday March 2 – Monday in the second week of Lent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 206*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 206*

Tuesday March 3 – Tuesday in the second week of Lent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 206-7*
Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 207*

Wednesday March 4 – Wednesday in the second week of Lent, Class III [EF: Commemoration of St Casimir]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 207-8*
Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 208*

Thursday March 5  – Thursday in the second week of Lent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 208*

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 and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 208-9*

Friday March 6   - Friday in the second week of Lent, Class III; SS Perpetua and Felicitas, memorial

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 209*; for the commemoration, MD [74]

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 and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 209-10*

Saturday March 7  – Saturday in the second week of Lent, Class III; St Thomas Aquinas, 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 210*; for the commemoration, MD [75]

Prime: Antiphon for the season

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



I Vespers of the Third Sunday of Lent, Antiphons and psalms of Saturday, rest from MD 210* ff

Ordo for the first week of Lent

Sunday February 22  – First Sunday of Lent, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons and proper texts from MD 186* ff, with psalms of Sunday (Ps 50, 117, 62)

Prime to None: Antiphons etc, MD 188* ff

Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of Sunday; rest from MD 190* ff                       

Monday February 23 - Monday in the first week of Lent, Class III; St Peter Damian, memorial  [**Note: where Chair of St Peter is first class, ie for FSSP, it is transferred to today]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195*; for the commemoration, MD [73]

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego) as noted in the psalter

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

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195-6*

*For Chair of St Peter, see MD [68]ff

Tuesday February 24 - St Matthias, Class II

Lauds to Vespers: All as in the common of Apostles, MD (9), with collect, MD [73]; at Lauds and Vespers commemoration of the feria (versicle from the ordinary of the season; canticle antiphon and collect, MD 196*)

Wednesday February 25 -  Ember Wednesday of Lent, Class II (in some places St Walburga, Class I)

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)

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

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197*

For St Walburga, MD 21**

Thursday February 26 – Thursday in the first week of Lent, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197-8*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)

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

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 198*

Friday February 27 – Ember Friday of Lent, Class II [EF: Commemoration of St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows]

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 198-9*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego), noted in the psalter and MD 192*

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 and hymn for the season, MD 193*-195*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 199*

Saturday February 28 – Ember Saturday of Lent, Class II

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 199*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Vivo ego)
Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season; collect of Lauds



Vespers: I Vespers of the Second Sunday of Lent.  Psalms and antiphons of Saturday, rest from MD 199* ff

Ordo for week of Quinquagesima Sunday


Sunday February 15 – Quinquagesima Sunday, Class II [EF: with a commemoration of SS Fautinus and Jovita]

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Quinquagesima, MD 173* ff;

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 177* ff

Monday February 16  - Class IV

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect, MD 176*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon MD 179*

Tuesday February 17 – Class IV (Shrove Tuesday)

All as for Tuesday in the psalter; collect, MD 176*; at Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 179*

Wednesday February 18 – Ash Wednesday, Class I

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Wednesday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 180*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect, MD 180*

Vespers: Vespers of Wednesday throughout the year with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 180-1*

Thursday February 19  – Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Thursday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 181*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect from Lauds

Vespers: Vespers of Thursday throughout the year with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 181-2*

Friday February 20 - Friday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Friday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 182*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect from Lauds

Vespers: Vespers of Friday throughout the year with Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 182-3*

Saturday February 21 -– Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Class III

Lauds: All as in the psalter for Saturday throughout the year, except for the collect and Benedictus antiphon, MD 183*

Terce to None: As for throughout the week and throughout the year, with collect from Lauds

I Vespers of the First Sunday of Lent: antiphons and psalms of Saturday, rest from MD 184* ff



The Ordinary of the Office in Lent (from the First Sunday in Lent up to Passion Sunday)

The Ordinary of the ferial Office in Lent is set out in the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal at MD 190* ff.

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal): the invitatory antiphon on weekdays is the same as throughout the year; the hymn is for the season of Lent and is the same each day (Ex more); the readings during the week are usually patristic, relating to the Gospel of the Mass set for that day; and the chapter verse for Nocturn II is for the season (Is 1:16-18).

At Lauds and Vespers: chapters, hymns, etc of the season replace those in the psalter section; the canticle antiphons are proper for each day; and each day there are two sets of collects: the first for use from Matins to None; the second for Vespers.

During Lent, third class feasts are generally reduced to commemorations only.  In the case of Class I & II feasts, where the 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.

Ordo for week of Sexagesima Sunday


Sunday February 8 – Sexagesima, Class II

Lauds to None: Antiphons and proper texts of Sexagesima, MD 164* ff with Sunday psalms
Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of Sunday, the rest for the day, from MD 168* ff

Monday February 9 - Class IV [EF: ST Cyril of Alexandria]

All as for Monday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 170*

Tuesday February 10 - St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, Virgin, Class II (Class I for nuns)

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons etc from MD [62] ff
Prime to None: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [65] ff
Vespers: Psalms from Common of Virgins, MD (84 ; proper texts, MD [59] ff; versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD [66]

Wednesday February 11 - Class IV [EF: Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary]

All as for Wednesday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 170-1*

Thursday February 12 - Class IV [EF: The Seven Founders of the Servite Order]

All as for Thursday in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 171*

Friday February 13 - Class IV

All as in the psalter; collect, MD 167*; Magnificat antiphon at Vespers, MD 171*

Saturday February 14 - Saturday of Our Lady; St Valentine, memorial [in Europe: SS Cyril and Methodius]

MatinsReading 3 is of Our Lady, Saturday 2 in February
Lauds to None: MD (130) ff

I Vespers of Quinquagesima Sunday, MD 171* ff