Traditional Benedictine Office - Ordo for the fifth week after Easter including the Ascension (May 21 - 27)

Herewith notes on the Benedictine Office according to the 1962-3 rubrics for this week.

This week marks the end of the main Easter season, with the feast of the Ascension, and the start of its final sub-component, 'Ascensiontide'.

Monday to Wednesday are Rogation Days which don't affect the Office (at least in its 1962 incarnation), but are worth noting.

The 'ordinary' texts for the Office do change after the feast, so do take a look at my notes on the Office in Ascensiontide.

Readings and responsories for the assorted days and feasts of the week will be found on the Lectio Divina Notes blog the afternoon before the feast (Australian time).  In an earlier version of the Office,m the Office during the Octave of Ascension had Patristic readings each day, however they are omitted in the modern version and I'm afraid I can't find an online version (though they are in Liturgical Readings).

For those saying Matins, more detailed notes on where to find the various texts for the week can be found here.

Sunday 21 May – Fifth Sunday after Easter, Class II

Matins: Invitatory (Surrexit Dominus), hymn (Rex sempiterne), Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the Sunday

Lauds: (Three) Antiphons for Eastertide with festal psalms for Eastertide, rest from MD 373* ff

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter for Sunday

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide, Sunday psalms; chapter verse, versicle and collect, MD 373* ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn, MD 354*; Magnificat antiphon, MD 375*

Monday 22 May – Rogation Day, Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 375*; collect, MD 373*

Tuesday 23 May – Rogation Day, Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 375-6*; collect, MD 373*

Australia: I Vespers of Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 25**

Wednesday 24 May – Vigil of the Ascension, Class II [Australia: Our Lady Help of Christians, Class I]

Matins: All as for the Ordinary of Eastertide except for the three readings and responsories of the day

Lauds to None: all as for ordinary of Paschaltide; collect, MD 372-3*; at Lauds, versicle and Benedictus antiphon MD 376*

Australia: All of Our Lady Help of Christians, MD 28**, with a commemoration of Ascension at Vespers (for Matins, Common of the BVM)

ASCENSIONTIDE

I Vespers of the Ascension, see MD 376* ff

Thursday 25 May  The Ascension of Our Lord, Class I

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, antiphons, psalms, Gospel, twelve readings and responsories of the feast

Lauds: Festal psalms with proper antiphons and texts of the feast, MD 379* ff

Prime: Antiphon 1 of Lauds of the feast

Terce to None: Antiphons, chapter and versicle, MD 382-3*; collect, MD 381*

Vespers: as for I Vespers, with Magnificat antiphon, MD 383*

Friday 26 May – St Augustine OSB, Class III [EF: St Philip Neri, Class III]

Matins: Invitatory and hymn from Common of a confessor bishop; psalms of the day; antiphons, versicle and brief reading from the Ordinary of Ascensiontide; one reading of the feast

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor bishop except for collect, MD [150]  [NB The Clear Creek supplement to the Antiphonale contains a hymn specific to the feast]

Prime: Antiphon from the Common

Terce to None: chapter & versicle from the Common

If Class I, see MD 30**

Saturday 27 May – St Bede OSB, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a confessor bishop; psalms of the day; antiphons, versicle and brief reading from the Ordinary of Ascensiontide; one reading of the feast

Lauds: Psalms and antiphons of the day; rest from common of a confessor not a bishop, MD (78) except for collect, MD [150]  

Prime: Antiphon from the Common

Terce to None: Chapter & versicle from the Common, collect MD [150]  

If Class I, see MD 31** 

I Vespers of the Sunday after the Ascension, MD 388*

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