Sunday, 18 January 2009
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany is of semi-double rite. The Gospel fragment at Mattins and the Gospel at Mass are St. John's account of the Marriage Feast at Cana.
Yesterday afternoon first Vespers of the Sunday were sung. The antiphon on the Magnificat for the Sundays after Epiphany is the same, Suscepit Deus. Commemorations were made of the preceding Office of St. Anthony then the occurring feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome and, as always happens when St. Peter is commemorated, a commemoration of St. Paul follows and finally a commemoration of St. Prisca. As a double feast was commemorated Dominical preces are not sung at Compline.
At Mattins the invitatory is Adoremus Dominum and this is sung until Septuagesima. The hymn is Primo die and that is sung until the first Sunday in Lent. Mattins has, as usual, three nocturns and nine lessons. At Lauds commemorations are made of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Prisca. At Prime the Dominical preces are not sung because of the occurring double feast.
At Mass the Gloria is sung, the second collect is for St. Peter's Chair, the third St. Paul and the fourth St. Prisca. The Credo is sung and the preface is that of Sundays. The last Gospel is the Gospel from the feast of St. Peter's Chair.
In Vespers a commemoration of the following Office of S Marius and his companions, St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Canute the King.
In the 'liturgical books of 1962' there are no commemorations at either Vespers. Mattins is reduced by two-thirds to one nocturn of three lessons. St. Prisca is not commemorated at all and the feast of St. Peter's Chair at Rome has been abolished entirely.
Art: Jerome Nadal