First week of Lent (March 5-11)

This week marks the start of Lent proper, so far as the liturgy is concerned, so do make sure you take a look at 'the Ordinary of the ferial Office in Lent', which is set out in the Farnborough edition of the Monastic Diurnal at MD 190*ff.

The rubrics for Lent

For those saying Matins (not in the Diurnal):

  • the invitatory antiphon on weekdays is the same as throughout the year. On Sundays there is a special invitatory verse;
  • 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.
  • Each day there are two sets of collects: the first for use from Matins to None (excluding Prime); the second for Vespers.

At Prime there is an antiphon for the season; Terce, Sext and None add seasonal chapters and versicles.

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.

Matins

You can find the English version of the Matins readings over at my lectio divina blog.  And for those interested in learning to pray Matins more or less according to the 1963 rubrics, do take a look here and also consider joining my facebook group.

Ordo for the first week of Lent


Sunday 5 March – First Sunday of Lent, Class I

Matins: Invitatory (Non sit vobis), hymn (Ex more), readings and responsories of the Sunday

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 I Vespers, Magnificat antiphon, MD 190* ff                       

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

Matins: Ordinary of Lent: Invitatory as for throughout the year; hymn of the season (Ex more); chapter verse Is 1:16-18; three readings of the Lent day

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the psalter; chapter etc from the Ordinary of Lent, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 195*; for the commemoration, MD [74]

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

Terce to None: Ordinary of Lent as noted in the psalter section; collect of Lauds

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

Tuesday 7 March – Tuesday in the first week of Lent, Class III; St Thomas Aquinas, memorial

Matins: Ordinary of Lent; three readings

Lauds: Ordinary of Lent, MD 190* ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 196*; for the commemoration, MD [75]

Prime to None: Ordinary of Lent

Vespers: Ordinary of Lent, MD 193*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 196*

Wednesday 8 March   – Ember Wednesday of Lent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Lent; three readings

Lauds: Ordinary of Lent, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197*

Prime to None: Ordinary of Lent 

Vespers: Ordinary of Lent, MD 193*ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect of the day, MD 197*

Thursday 9 March – Thursday in the first week of Lent, Class III; St Frances of Rome, memorial

Matins: Ordinary of Lent; three readings

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Lent, MD 190*; canticle antiphons and collects of the day, MD 197-8*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [75-6]

Friday 10 March – Ember Friday of Lent, Class IIThe Forty Martyrs, memorial

Matins: Ordinary of Lent; three readings

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Lent, MD 190*; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 198-9*; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [76]

Saturday 11 March – Ember Saturday of Lent, Class II

Matins: Ordinary of Lent; three readings

Lauds to None: Ordinary of Lent, MD 190*; Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 199*

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


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