This period of time comprises:
- Eastertide – From Vespers of the Easter Vigil to None of Vigil of our Lord’s Ascension inclusive
- Ascension – From Vespers of the Wednesday before our Lord’s Ascension to None of vigil of Pentecost inclusive
- Octave of Pentecost – From the Mass of Vigil of Pentecost to None of following Saturday inclusive.
Rubrics during Paschaltide
- In Paschaltide an Alleluia is added at the end of the antiphons and verses unless they already have one.
- The Regina Cœli becomes the Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin during Paschaltide and is recited after the Nunc dimittis from Holy Saturday until Lauds of the Saturday before Trinity Sunday.
- An additional stanza is sung in the Hymns in all hours but Vespers and Compline.
- An additional stanza is sung during the Octave of the Ascension in the Hymns in all hours but Vespers and Compline.
- An additional stanza is sung during the Octave of Pentecost in the Hymns in all hours but Vespers and Compline.
☩ – Large sign of the cross (Sign of the cross from the forehead to the breast and from the left shoulder to the right)
✠ – Sign of the cross over the lips
☨ – Sign of the cross over the heart
Prayers before the Office
Colunt, adórant, prædicant,
Trinam regéntem máchinam,
Claustrum Maríæ bájulat.
Desérviunt per témpora,
Perfúsa cæli grátia,
Gestant puéllæ víscera.
Cujus supérnus ártifex
Mundum pugíllo cóntinens,
Ventris sub arca clausus est.
Fœcúnda sancto Spíritu,
Cujus per alvum fusus est.
During Paschaltide, the following stanza is inserted just before the concluding stanza.
In hoc pascháli gáudio,
Ab omni mortis ímpetu,
Tuum defénde pópulum.
During the octave of the Ascension, the following stanza is inserted just before the concluding stanza.
Qui es futúrus præmium:
Sit nostra in te glória,
Per cuncta semper sæcula.
During the octave of Pentecost, the following stanza is inserted just before the concluding stanza.
Tua replesti grátia:
Dimítte nostra crímina,
Et da quiéta témpora.
Qui natus es de Vírgine,
Cum Patre, et almo Spíritu
In sempitérna sæcula.
(For Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays)
First Lesson – Cant. 3:6; 4:7,12
Second Lesson – Ecclesiasticus 24:22-25
Third Lesson – Ecclesiasticus 24:26-28, 30-31
The Antiphon of Our Lady
The Antiphon of the Blessed Virgin should be recited at the end of Matins if Matins is separated from Lauds.
The Antiphon of Our Lady
Prayer After the Office
To those who, after the Divine Office, shall on their knees recite with devotion the following prayer, Pope Leo X granted indulgence in respect of those shortcomings and faults which they may have committed through human frailty while saying Office.
Then is said secretly an ‘Our Father’ and a ‘Hail Mary’.