Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ordo for the fourth week after Easter (April 29-May 5)

The notes below are designed to assist those wishing to say the Benedictine Office according to the officially approved 1962 books (noting that older books can readily be adapted to this end).

Resources for the Benedictine Office

The Ordo notes below assume you already have a good grasp of how to use the books for this form of the Office.  Accordingly, they are designed to be used in conjunction with a number of related resources for this blog that you may wish to explore:

1.  Learn to say the Benedictine Office notes:  A comprehensive set of notes on how to say and sing the Office according to the 1962 rubrics and calendar can be found on the Learn the Benedictine Office Blog, starting with a general introduction to this form of the Office.  A guide to them can be found on the Learn to Say the Benedictine Office page on this blog.

2.  Notes on the psalms:  Notes on the psalm in the context of the Benedictine Office, focusing on the commentaries of the Fathers and Theologians, and including a selection of translations, as well as a literal word by word translation of many verses, can be found on the Psallam Domino Blog.

3.  Readings and responsories for Matins: Translations of the readings and responsories for Matins arranged as for the Benedictine Office can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

4.  Chants for Matins: Notes on the responsories  and other chants for Matins, including sources for the chants, and links to recordings of them where available, can be found on the Benedictine Responsory Blog.

5. Books and other online resources for the Benedictine Office: Links to other resources for the Office, including podcasts and recordings of the Office being sung, downloadable books for the Office and so forth can be found on the Office Resources page on this blog.

6.  The Ordo:  An Ordo provides details of the things that are different to the standard texts for the Office each day, such as the collects (which change at least each week for the hours other than Prime and Compline), seasonal texts, feasts and special days.  This blog provides weekly Ordo notes (which you can have emailed to you by using the subscribe box on the blog) and the notes organised by month.  Many monasteries also produce Ordos for use by their Oblates.


You can find notes on the rubrics for Eastertide here.

Key to the abbreviations:

MD= Monastic Diurnal (MD, 2004 onwards editions)
AM =Antiphonale Monasticum 1934 (1995 edition).
LR=Liber Responsorialis (downloadable from CC Watershed) and the Nocturnale Romanum.
LH=Liber Hymnarius, 1983
SupAM=Supplement to the Antiphonale Monasticum published by Clear Creek
ff= and following pages


Sunday 29 April – Fourth Sunday after Easter, Class II

[The feasts of SS Odo, Majolus, Odilo and Hugh are not marked in the Office this year.]

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 368*/AM 493 ff

Prime: Antiphon of Eastertide, rest as in the psalter 

Terce to None: Antiphons of Eastertide; chapter verse, versicle and collect from MD 368*/AM 494 ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter of Lauds; responsory and hymn from ordinary of Easter; Magnificat antiphon, MD 370*/AM 495

Monday April 30 – Class IV; St Catherine of Siena, Memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*/AM 466 ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 370*/495-6; collect, MD 368*/AM 494; for the commemoration, MD [121-2]/AM 882

I Vespers of St Joseph the Worker, MD [123]/AM 883 ff

Tuesday 1 May – St Joseph the Worker, Class I

Note choice of Offices: MD [126] ff or [133] ff

Matins: All of the feast with twelve readings and responsories – Invitatory and hymn, LH 370-1

Lauds: Festal psalms, antiphons and other texts for the feast

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast

Vespers: Psalms from the Common of Apostles, rest of the feast

Wednesday 2 May – St Athanasius, Class III

Matins: Invitatory and hymn of a confessor bishop (LR 190-1); one reading of the feast; psalms and antiphons of the day

Lauds and Vespers: Psalms and antiphons of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (84)/AM 659, except collect, MD [138]/AM 896 and Magnificat antiphon (of a Doctor), MD (74)/AM 665

Prime to None: Antiphons etc from the Common, MD [138]

Thursday 3 May – SS Alexander, Eventius and Theodolus, memorial [in some places: Finding of Holy Cross]

For finding of Holy Cross: LR 437/AM 896

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers (Thursday in fourth week after the Octave of Easter), MD 371*/AM 497-8; collect, MD 368*/AM 494; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [138-9]

Friday 4 May - Class IV; St Monica, memorial [EF: Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 371*/AM 498; collect for the fourth week after Easter, MD 368*/AM 494; for the commemoration, MD [139-40]/AM 903

Saturday 5 May – Our Lady on Saturday, Class IVSt Pius V, memorial [EF: Class III]

Matins: Office of our Lady in Eastertide with reading for Saturday 1 in May

Lauds to None: Office of Our Lady, MD (134)/718 ff; note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [140]/903

I Vespers of Fifth Sunday after Easter, MD 372*/AM 499 ff

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