April 2014


The calendar (Ordo) for the traditional Benedictine Office provided below has been prepared accordance with the calendar and rubrics of the Monastic Breviary of 1963 for use by all Benedictine monasteries and oblates attached to them.  This Ordo is intended as an aid to those who wish to say the Benedictine Office using the order of the psalms and prayers as specified in St Benedict’s Rule and developed as part of the patrimony of the Order of St Benedict.

MD=Monastic Diurnal
EF=Roman Extraordinary Form

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APRIL 2014

Tuesday April 1 - Tuesday 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* 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 228-29*

Wednesday April 2 – Wednesday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III [EF: St Frances of Paula, Memorial]

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 229*

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 229*-230*

Thursday April 3 – Thursday 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 230*

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 230*

Friday April 4 – Friday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III; St Isidore, 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 230-31*; for the commemoration, MD [107]

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 231*

Saturday April 5 – Saturday in the fourth week of Lent, Class III [EF: St Vincent Ferrer, 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 231-32*

Prime: Antiphon for the season

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

PASSIONTIDE

Vespers: I Vespers of Passion Sunday, MD 232* ff

Sunday April 6 – 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 238-39*

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

Monday April 7 – Monday in first Passion Week, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; 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), noted in the psalter and MD 242*

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter and versicle for the season, noted in the psalter and MD 242* ff; collect of Lauds

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

Tuesday April 8 – Tuesday in first Passion Week, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Passiontide, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 247-48*

Prime: Antiphon for the season (Libera me)

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 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 248-9*

Wednesday April 9 – Wednesday in first Passion Week, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Passiontide, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 248*

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 244*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 249*

Thursday April 10 - Thursday in First Passion week

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Passiontide, MD 240* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 249-50*

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 244*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 250*

Friday April 11 – Friday in first Passion Week, Class III; St Leo I, Memorial

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Passiontide, MD 240*ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 250-51*; for the commemoration, MD [108]

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 244* ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 251*

Saturday April 12 – Saturday in first Passion Week, Class III

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle for Passiontide, 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

HOLY WEEK

I Vespers of Palm Sunday: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday with chapter and rest from MD 252* ff

Sunday April 13 – 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 April 14 – Monday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 260-61* with psalms of Monday; chapter, responsory and hymn of Passiontide, MD 240* ff; 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 260-61*; 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 261-62*


 Tuesday April 15 - 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 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* 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 263*

Wednesday April 16 – Wednesday in Holy Week, Class I

Lauds: Antiphons MD 263-64* 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*

SACRED TRIDUUM

Thursday April 17 – Maundy Thursday, Class I

All as set out at MD 265* ff. Note that:
  • There are no opening prayers
  • The Gloria Patri is not said at the end of each psalm
 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 18 – 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 19 – 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*

Sunday April 20  – 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

Monday April 21 - 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 22 – 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 23 - 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 336-37*

Thursday April 24 – 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 25 – 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 337-38*

Saturday April 26 – 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

Sunday April 27 - 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 28 – Class IV [EF: St Paul of the Cross]

All as in Monday in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide (note especially hymns of the season for Lauds and Vespers).  At Lauds and Vespers, canticle antiphons MD 352*; collect (of Low Sunday), MD 344*

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

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [115] ff

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Antiphons and proper texts of the feast, MD [119] ff with psalms from Common of an apostle

Wednesday April 30 – Class IV; St Catherine of Siena, Memorial

All as in Wednesday in the Psalter with the Ordinary of Eastertide (note especially hymns of the season for Lauds and Vespers)

At Lauds, canticle antiphon MD 352*; collect (of Low Sunday), MD 344*; for the commemoration, MD [121-22]

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

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