Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ordo for first Passion week**

This week marks a change of season, with the start of Passiontide, whihc has its own Ordinary texts.

Detailed notes on how to say each of the hours can be found using the links here.

Page references in the Ordo below are to the Farnborough editions of the Monastic Diurnal (MD), the Antiphonale Monasticum (AM), Liber Hymnarius (LH) and Liber Responsorialis (LR) but the notes can readily be adapted to other older Benedictine breviaries and Office books.

And for those who say Matins, or want to follow the daily readings of the Office, the proper texts for each day can be found on the Lectio Divina Notes Blog.

The Office during Passiontide

Passiontide (the period up to and including Wednesday in Holy Week) has its own ‘Ordinary’ which can be found in the 'of time' section of an office book.
  • The invitatory antiphon each day is for the season (Hodie si vocem Domini audieritis), and is said without doxology;
  • The hymn is for the season of Lent and is the same each day (Pange lingua);
  • The readings during the week are usually patristic sermons, relating to the Gospel of the Mass set for that day;
  • The responsories omit the doxology, instead simply repeating the response; and
  • The chapter verse for Nocturn II is for the season (Jer 11:18-19).
At Prime to None:
  • The antiphons, chapters and versicles are of the season of Passiontide, and can be found in the psalter section; and
  • The collect for Terce to None is the same as for Lauds of that day.
At Lauds and Vespers:
  • Chapters, hymns, responsories and versicles of the season replace those in the psalter section;
  • The responsories (but not the psalms) omit the Gloria Patri, instead repeating the opening verse;
  • The canticle antiphons are proper for each day. They generally reflect the (EF) Gospel for the day; and
  • There is a specific collect for both Lauds and Vespers each day.

THE ORDO

Sunday 29 March – (First) Passion Sunday, Class I

Matins: Invitatory (Hodie si vocem, note that the Gloria Patri is not said; instead the antiphon is repeated in full at the end), hymn (Pange lingua) and versicles of Passiontide; Nocturn III antiphon of the Sunday with canticles of Lent (and Passiontide); readings, responsories (omitting the Gloria Patri from the last responsory of each Nocturn) and collect of First Passion Sunday.

Lauds: Antiphons, chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Benedictus antiphon and collect, MD 234*/AM 388 ff.

Prime: Antiphon of the Sunday, MD 238*/AM 391 (Note: The antiphons of Prime to None are not those of Lauds).

Terce to None: Antiphon, chapter, versicle and collect, MD 238-9*/AM 391.

Vespers: Chapter, responsory, hymn and collect of 1 Vespers, MD 232*/AM 387 ff; versicle and Magnificat antiphon, MD 239-40*/AM 393.

Monday 30 March – Monday in (First) Passion Week, Class III

Matins: Ordinary of Passiontide: Invitatory (Hodie si vocem, the Gloria Patri is not said; instead the antiphon is repeated in full at the end), hymn (Pange lingua), chapter and versicles of Passiontide; three readings and responsories of the day.

Lauds: Ordinary of Passiontide: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle, MD 240*/AM 385 ff; Benedictus antiphon and collect of the day, MD 246-7*/AM 393.

Prime: Antiphon of Passiontide (Libera me Domine) as noted in the psalter.

Terce to None: Ordinary of Passiontide: Antiphon, chapter and versicle as noted in the psalter; collect of Lauds, MD 246-7*/AM 393.

Vespers: Ordinary of Passiontide: Chapter, responsory, hymn and versicle, MD 244*/AM 382 ff; Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 247*/AM 394.

Tuesday 31 March – Tuesday in Passion Week, Class III 

Ordinary of Passiontide, MD 240*/AM 382 ff; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 247-8*/AM 394-5.

Wednesday 1 April – Wednesday in Passion Week, Class III

Ordinary of Passiontide, MD 240*/AM 382 ff; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 248-9*/AM 395-6.

Thursday 2 April – Thursday in Passion Week, Class III [EF: St Francis of Paula, memorial]

Ordinary of Passiontide, MD 240*/AM 382 ff; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 249-50*/AM 396-7.

Friday 3 April – Friday in Passion Week, Class III [EF: Commemoration of the Seven Sorrows of the BVM]

Ordinary of Passiontide, MD 240*/AM 382 ff; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 250-2*/AM 397-8.

Saturday 4 April – Saturday in Passion Week, Class III; St Isidore, memorial

Matins to None: Ordinary of Passiontide, MD 240*/AM 382 ff; canticle antiphons and collects, MD 252*/AM 398; for the commemoration at Lauds, MD [107]/AM 869.

HOLY WEEK

1 Vespers of Palm Sunday: Antiphons and psalms of Saturday; Chapter, responsory, hymn, versicle, Magnificat antiphon and collect, MD 252* ff/AM 399.

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