Ordo for the week of Quinquagesima

This week marks the start of Lent, however, the impact on the Office doesn't really start until next week.  Still, this is a good time to reread the notes on the Office for the first part of Lent.

This is also a good point to decide (if you haven't already) what you are going to do by way of penance during Lent.  I've previously written a mini-series on St Benedict's suggestions for the period, viz:


Sunday 7 February – Quinquagesima Sunday, Class II

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 8 February  – Class IV [EF: St John of Matha, Class III]

Collect, MD 176*

Vespers: Magnificat antiphon MD 179*

Tuesday 9 February – Shrove Tuesday, Class IV [EF: ST Cyril of Alexandria, Class III]

Collect, MD 176*

Vespers: Magnificat antiphon MD 179*

Wednesday 10 February  – 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 11 February – Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Class III/St Scholastica, sister of St Benedict, Class I (Monasteries of nuns)

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*

For St Scholastica:

Lauds: Festal psalms with antiphons etc from MD [62] ff; commemoration of the feria

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]; commemoration of the feria

Friday 12 February – 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 13 February  – 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

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