Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ordo for the week of Low Sunday (April 8-14, 2018)

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).

They provides notes on the variable parts of the Office only, so should be read in conjunction with the Learn to Say the Benedictine Office notes provided elsewhere on the blog.


This week marks the start of the season of Eastertide, and you can find notes on the rubrics for it 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.


Sunday 8 April – Low Sunday, Class I 

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, antiphons, Gospel, readings and responsories for the Sunday

Lauds: Antiphons, MD 341*/AM 474 ff with festal psalms 

Prime to None: Antiphons etc MD 344* ff (noted in the psalter in AM)

Vespers: II Vespers of Low Sunday – psalms of Sunday under one antiphon (AM 476); chapter etc from I Vespers; Magnificat antiphon, MD 345*/AM 477; commemoration of the Annuncation, MD [101-2]/AM 859

Monday 9 April – Annunciation of the BVM, Class I (transferred)

Matins: Invitatory (Ave Maria, LR 435), hymn, psalms and antiphons from the Common of the BVM; readings and responsories of the feast 

Lauds: Festal psalms of Sunday with antiphons and rest of the feast, MD [102] ff/AM 861

Prime to None: Antiphons etc of the feast, MD [104]/AM 865 ff

Vespers: As for I Vespers, MD [100]/AM 859, Magnificat antiphon, MD [106]/AM 866

Tuesday 10 April - Class IV

MatinsOne reading

Lauds to Vespers: Ordinary of Eastertide, MD 346*/AM 466 ff; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 352*/AM 477; collect, MD 344*/AM 475

Wednesday 11 April - St Leo I, Class III

Matins: Invitatory antiphon and hymn from Common of a Confessor Bishop; one reading of the feast

Lauds: Antiphons and psalms of the day, rest from Common of a Confessor Bishop, MD (64)/AM 672 ff; Collect, MD [108]/AM 869

Prime to None:  Antiphons etc from Common

Vespers: Antiphons and psalms of the day, chapter etc from the Common of a Confessor Bishop; Magnificat antiphon of a doctor, MD (74)/AM 666; collect of the feast

Thursday 12 April - Class IV

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 353*/AM 479-80; collect, MD 344*/AM 475

Friday 13 April  Class IV; St Justin, memorial [EF: St. Hermenegild, Class III]

Ordinary of Eastertide; canticle antiphons for Lauds and Vespers, MD 353*/AM 480; collect, MD 344*/475; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [108-9]/AM 869

Saturday 14 April – Office of Our Lady on Saturday, Class IV; SS Tiburtius, Valerian and Maximus, memorial [EF: St Justin, Class III]

Matins: Invitatory, hymn, absolution and versicle of Our Lady on Saturday, reading for Saturday 2 of April

Lauds to None: MD (134)/AM 718 ff; [note that the antiphons and versicles for Prime to None should have alleluias added to them]; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [109-10]/AM 870

I Vespers of Second Sunday after (the Octave of) Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), MD 354*/481 ff

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