Ordo for April 2011

Herewith the Benedictine Ordo according to the general calendar for the Order, and rubrics approved in 1961/2, with page references to the Monastic Diurnal (MD) published by Farnborough Abbey, 2004.

You will of course need to add in any local feasts celebrated in your monastery, parish, diocese and country. In particular, this should include (where they have been appointed):
  • the principal patron of your country, region or province as a Class I;
  • the principal patron of your diocese or territory;
  • the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of your diocese;
  • the patron of your town or city;
  • the anniversary of the dedication of your church;
  • the titular feast of your church;
  • the patron saint of your congregation or monastery (if you are an oblate);
  • the feast of the monasteries founder (if canonised or beatified); and
  •  any saints specified in the calendar of your congregation.
April starts as time in Lent, so be sure to consult the rubrics for this period.  Easter Sunday falls on April 24.

Friday 1 April – Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190-2*;Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 220*

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 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 220*

Saturday 2 April – Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190-2*; 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, chapter and versicle for the season, noted in the psalter and MD 192-3*; Collect of Lauds.

I Vespers of Sunday, MD 221*ff: Psalms and antiphons of Saturday with the rest proper.

Sunday 3 April - Fourth Sunday of Lent, Class I

MD 223*ff:

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 223* with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc for the Sunday.

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

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

Monday 4 April – St Isidore, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor, Memorial

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 227-8; For the commemoration, MD [107]

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 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 228*

Tuesday 5 April – 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 228*; For the commemoration, MD [107]

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 193-5*;
Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 228-9*

Wednesday 6 April – 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 229*

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 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 229*

Thursday 7 April – 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 230*

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 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 230*

Friday 8 April - 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 230-1*

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 193-5*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 231*

Saturday 9 April - 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 231-2*

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.

I Vespers of Sunday, MD 232*: Psalms and antiphons of Saturday, rest for the day.

Sunday 10 April – First Passion Sunday, Class I

MD 234*ff:

Lauds: Antiphons for the day, MD 234* with psalm scheme 1 (Ps 50, 117, 62); chapter etc for the day

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; Magnificat antiphon MD 239*

Monday 11 April – Class III of Passion Week; St Leo, Memorial

NOTE: ORDINARY OF THE OFFICE OF PASSIONTIDE, MD 240*FF

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 246* For the commemoration, MD [107-8]

Prime: antiphon for first Passion week (Libera me), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the first Passion week, noted in the psalter and MD 242-244*; Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 247*

Tuesday 12 April – Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 247-8*

Prime: antiphon for first Passion week (Libera me), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the first Passion week, noted in the psalter and MD 242-244* Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 248*

Wednesday 13 April – Class III; St Justin, Memorial

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 248-9*; For the commemoration, MD [108-9]

Prime: antiphon for first Passion week (Libera me), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the first Passion week, noted in the psalter and MD 242-244*; Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 249*

Thursday 14 April – Class III; SS Tibertius, Valerian and Maximus, Martyrs, memorial

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 249-50*; For the commemoration, MD [109]

Prime: antiphon for first Passion week (Libera me), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the first Passion week, noted in the psalter and MD 242-244*; Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 250*

Friday 15 April – Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 250-1*

Prime: antiphon for first Passion week (Libera me), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the first Passion week, noted in the psalter and MD 242-244*; Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 251-2*

Saturday 16 April – Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 240*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 252*

Prime: antiphon for first Passion week (Libera me), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: antiphon, chapter and versicle for the first Passion week, noted in the psalter and MD 242-244*; Collect of Lauds.

I Vespers of Palm Sunday, MD 252*ff: Psalms and antiphons of Saturday, rest for the day.

Sunday 17 April – Second Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday, Class I

See MD 255*ff:

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 258-260*

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

Monday 18 April – Monday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 260-1* with psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, 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 for Passiontide, MD 242-244**

Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*;
Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 261-2*

Tuesday 19 April - Tuesday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 262* with psalms of Tuesday; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, 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, MD 242-244**; Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 263*

Wednesday 20 April -Wednesday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 263-4* with psalms of Wednesday; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244*;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 242-244*; Collect of Lauds.

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory and hymn for the season, MD 244-6*; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 265*

Note: According to the 1962 rubrics, Tenebrae (Matins and Lauds of each day of the Triduum) may not be anticipated when said in choir or in common. However, this instruction is widely ignored, and the earlier practice of saying these hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings followed. If so, Compline should be said, before Tenebrae!

Thursday 21 April – Maundy Thursday, Class I

See MD 265* - 309*. 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 265ff
 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 22 April – Good Friday

See MD 309* - 318*. 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 279ff;
  • ‘Mortem autem crucis’ is added to the antiphon Christus factus est, MD282*
 Vespers are not said by those who attend the afternoon liturgy; if it is said, see MD 296*
Compline as for Maundy Thursday, MD 305*

Saturday 23 April – Holy Saturday

See MD 318* - 326*. 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 279ff;
  • ‘Propter quod…’ is added to the antiphon Christus factus est, MD282*
 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 is not said by those who attend the Vigil; otherwise see MD 325*

Sunday 24 April – Easter Sunday

See MD 328*- 335*

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).

At Compline note that Marian Antiphon is Regina Caeli.

Monday 25 April – Monday within the Octave of Easter [**Australia and NZ: ANZAC Day]
[At Mass: commemoration the Pontiff]

See MD 335*

Throughout the Octave, all as for Easter Sunday including psalms at the day hours, except that:
  • Matins has two nocturns and readings for each day Matins (or note option of using ferial psalms with antiphon for the feast throughout the octave);
  • Lauds and Vespers have Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons for each day;
  • collect is of the day.
 Tuesday 26 April – Tuesday within Octave of Easter

All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Matins readings, Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons, collect, MD 336*

[Note that the Greater Litanies are said today]


 Wednesday 27 April – Octave of Easter

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, collect, MD 336-7*

Thursday 28 April - Octave of Easter

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, collect, MD 337*

Friday 29 April - Octave of Easter

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, collect, MD 337-8*

Saturday 30 April - Octave of Easter, White Saturday

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn of Easter Sunday, antiphon of the day, ferial psalms, three readingsLauds to Compline: All as for Easter Sunday including psalms, except for Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons, collect, MD 338*

I Vespers of Low Sunday, MD 339*ff

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