Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ordo notes for the week after the Ascension (May 13-19, 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.


In the pre-1962 calendar there was an 'octave' of the Ascension; the remnants of the octave can be found in the 'Ordinary' of Ascensiontide, the rubrics of which you can read up on 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 13 May – Sunday after the Ascension, Class II

[Note: The feast of St Robert Bellarmine is not marked in the Office this year]

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

Lauds: Festal psalms with three antiphons (alleluia - canticle - alleluia); chapter etc from MD 389*/AM 513 ff

Prime to None: Antiphons, etc from MD 391*/AM 514 ff

Vespers: Psalms of Sunday under one antiphon; chapter and hymn of Lauds; responsory and Magnificat antiphon, MD 393*/AM 515

Monday 14 May – Class IV, St Pachomius, Memorial [EF: Commemoration of St Boniface]

Matins:  Ordinary of Ascensiontide, viz Invitatory Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia; hymn Aeterne Rex altissime (LH 82); versicles, short reading (Heb 6:18-20), short responsory (Dominus in caelo) and chapter (Eph 2:6-7) of the season

Lauds to VespersOrdinary of the Ascension, MD 386*, that is:
Lauds and Vespers: chapter, Conresuscitavit (Eph 2:6-7) with short responsory, hymn, versicle and canticle antiphons of Ascension, AM 510&512
Terce to None: versicles of the Ascension with chapters Eph 2:6-7 at Terce; Eph 1:20-21 at Sext; and Eph 1:22-3 at None
For the commemoration at Lauds, MD [147-8]; SupAnt 74

Tuesday 15 May – Class IV [EF: St John Baptist de la Salle; Ben Confed: St. Pacomius, abbot - Optional Memorial

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 386* ff

Wednesday 16 May – Class IV [EF: St Ubald]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 386* ff

Thursday 17 May - Class IV [EF: St Pascal Baylon, Class III]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 386* ff

Friday 18 May - Class IV [EF: St Venantius]

Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 386* ff

Saturday 19 May - Whitsun Eve (Vigil of the Pentecost), Class I

Matins: Ordinary of Ascensiontide but with three readings and responsories of the day

Lauds to None: Ordinary of the Ascension, MD 386*


I Vespers of Pentecost, MD 393*/AM 517 ff (Sunday psalms with antiphons and rest of the feast)

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