Sunday, 5 July 2009
V Sunday after Pentecost
The fifth Sunday after Pentecost is of semi-double rite. It is also the Sunday within the Octave of SS Peter and Paul. As last Sunday it is possible to avoid a 'green' Mass as will be detailed below.
At Vespers a commemoration of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul was sung along with a commemoration of the occurring feast of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. As last Sunday the Suffrage at Vespers and Dominical preces at Compline are omitted due to the occurring double feast and Octave.
At Mattins the lessons in the first nocturn are from the beginning of the Second Book of Kings. In the second nocturn the lessons are taken from St. Gregory the Great and in the third nocturn from a homily of St. Augustine on St. Matthew's Gospel.
At Lauds a commemoration of St. Anthony Zaccaria is sung and a commemoration of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul. The Suffrage is omitted due to the occurring feast and Octave. Likewise at Prime the Dominical psalms are sung but Quicumque and the Dominical preces are omitted for the same reason.
Mass is sung after Terce. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of St. Anthony, the third of the Octave. The Credo is sung and the preface is that of Sunday.
As last week it is permissible to celebrate all Masses except the Conventual one of the feast that was formerly kept on the first Sunday of July, the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Mass is celebrated in red vestments. The Gloria is sung, the second collect is of the Sunday, the Credo is sung, the preface is of the Holy Cross and the last Gospel that of the Sunday.
In some countries (such as the USA and Canada) where the feast of SS Peter and Paul is not a holyday the External Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul is celebrated today. The Mass is on the feast celebrated in red vestments with Gloria, the second collect of the Sunday and last Gospel of the Sunday.
At Vespers a commemoration of the following Octave Day of SS Peter and Paul is sung (the feast, days within the Octave and the Octave Day all have proper texts indicative of the antiquity of the Octave - presumably Pius XII considered it antiquarianism to keep it so abolished it) and St. Anthony Zaccaria.
In the liturgical books of 1962 Mattins is reduced to one nocturn of three lessons. St. Anthony Zaccaria is omitted this year and the Octave has been abolished.
Art: Jerome Nadal Note the delighful scenes in the roundels at the top of the image illustrating the Gospel story.